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December 20, 2010

Things I’ve Learned: Weekend Edition

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I typed out a post just now but deleted it because even I couldn’t stand how teenager whiny I sounded.  Especially because I was just bitching and moaning. Nothing positive.  No bright side. So I’ve turned it into things I’ve learned this weekend.  Because learning is ALWAYS positive. And fun.

  • If it’s 8 days until Christmas then good luck finding those gingerbread kits.  Because my friend and I wanted to make real gingerbread houses Friday night but decided to at 2100 that night.  Meaning we could have made the dough for the walls but decorating would have to wait.  And let’s face it: decorating is what gingerbread house making is all about.  After hitting up several stores searching for those $10 kits there was nothing in sight.  So we said “Eff it” and watched Iron Man 2 instead.

 

Or maybe eating it's the best. Thanks google for the image

  • Sleeping in until 1000 isn’t a bad thing.  Unless of course you have a billion things to do during the day.  Luckily that wasn’t really the case for me on Saturday when my alarm went off at 0845 and I fell back asleep until a little past 1000.  But it felt glorious.  And lazy. I also did this, but to a not-as-late degree, on Sunday morning.  Mostly because it was cold in my apartment (see a later lesson for why) and because
  • Late nights at the GCB (the Graduate Center Bar, literally in the basement of a building at the university) are fun.  It’s essentially a dive bar and I tend to shy away from it because I’m not a student but the drink are extremely cheap (and relatively strong) and there are graduate students there.  Hotttttt. I also think that it was this late night (coupled with restless sleep because it was cold in my room) lead to the sleeping in Sunday morning.  So worth it.

 

Good times with good friends = awesomeness. Not taken Saturday night though.

  • Running post-breakfast is a good idea and leads to good running for me. Although it’s tough to get my butt out the door because I’ll get sucked into the internet vortex or the good book that I’m currently reading.  And even if I manage to pry myself away it takes FOREVER to actually put the running clothes on and get out there. Lesson: do this on days where I have nowhere to be.
  • But once I got out there it was amazing! Lesson: sunny runs and runs where I’ve let my body wake up are the bestest. On Saturday I ended up with 10.8 miles, first double digit post-WR and it was definitely the FASTEST, by a long shot, post-WR. Again, the pace isn’t where I’d love it to be but it was 0:02 away from being within McMillian’s easy pace/LR pace.  So I’m thrilled. The day was perfect for it too: 36* and sunny.  Definitely beats the teens and dark that I’ve been doing during the week.  Sunday was a shorter but equally fast (like 0:01 seconds off that easy pace) run in some cloudy, yet warmish, day.  It felt like it was going to snow though.  Boo.  But both runs kicked booty AND ended with LMPs (last mile parties) and WAY fast splits. Leading me to my next lesson:
  • Rolling, stretching, PT exercises are good.Coupled with the Pushups ( 29, 33, 29, 29, 40 ) and Situps ( 45, 50, 45, 45, 70 ) I’ve been doing my body is feeling good and on that Saturday run I was pain free.  Holler.  I’m feeling like a better/stronger/faster/less hurting runner.  This can only help me in the long term.
  • As can checking the oil burner more frequently (what you thought this would be 100% running?!) Because on Friday we ran out of oil and spent 2.5 days with no heat.  Let’s just say mid-December in New England is not the best time to do so and apparently my apartment, being nice and glorious in it’s antiquity, is not well insulated.  AKA we burned through our oil wicked fast, like 3 weeks fast.  Luckily we finally went out to buy a wrench and bleed the line so we have heat.  I feel incredibly BAMF for being able to bleed the line myself now.  Like a regular MacGyver

thanks google images

  • So I spent most of the whole day working on my bloggy secret santa gift (SORRY TO THE PERSON I HAVE. I’m 99.99% sure it’ll come the Monday after Christmas! I’ll have it in the mail before obviously but I have no idea if it’ll get to you in time), catching up on blogs (as well as reading through the blogs of some new commenters!) and watching the first season of Chuck.  Because Chuck is an awesome show.

And he's a wicked cute nerd, like me 😉 Thanks google images

  • And finally, after staying out way late for two nights and sleeping in for two days Monday mornings suck. I normally don’t care too much about Monday mornings but man it is ROUGH getting out of bed at 0545 (or getting into bed before 2300 the night before!) after getting out of the habit.  And the running isn’t too stellar usually as was the case this morning.  But, after having pain free and fast and AWESOME runs for the past 4 days, I can’t say that the dud of a run this morning was all that awful. And I will say that Monday morning runs are worth it because I get to see my friendly older pair of men walking the pathway when I’m out that early.  They’re always so upbeat and happy and I smile when I pass them and tell them to have a great morning/week/whatever.

What about y’all. Any lessons learned this weekend?

Check out the giveaway from Janae (Hungry Girl Runner) and Julie (HotLegsRunner)

1. Vacation: beach or mountains?

2. Luggage: check it or carry it on?

3. Bed: make it or leave it a rumpled comfy mess?

4. Races: smaller or bigger?

5. Toilet paper roll: over or under?

6. Pancakes: thick and fluffy or thin and crepe-like?

7. Alarm: get up or hit snooze?

November 19, 2010

Friiiiiiiiiiiday

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I’ll play the Four For Friday game. Mostly because I like bullets and this is a bullet point template for posting essentially.  And 4 is my lucky number. There is a flow to the bullet and probably could have been pulled together for a flowing post.  But it’s Friday.  I’ll make it nice and easy for you 🙂

I do want to say HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII to all the new peeps reading! It’s really exciting to get an email saying “Please Moderate a Comment” because it means that someone new is commenting. I LOVE it.  Thanks for finding me!

  • I think I’m going to go with the taper plan I suggested yesterday. I think my message in asking for advice was a bit lost as many of you commented on the volume of running I’d be doing, which I’d never questioned myself. I was more curious about the speed work.  But since no one shouted ‘NO MM DON’T DO THAT” in terms of going the GMP route (and those of you who did mention speed work did say that GMP tempo intervals were the way to go) I’m going to assume that my speed work plan is good.  Plus since my friend did those workouts and beasted Indy with them I’m hoping for the “monkey see monkey do” approach here. But I guess since I’m a newbie then it’s all trial and error.  Eeeep.  Wish me luck? 🙂

Monkey See...thanks google

  • That said I’m still torn between doing Yassos this weekend or tempo intervals.  While I know that tempo intervals might be more beneficial in the long run with 16 (HOLY #$%@) days until WR.  But I ❤ 800m repeats. Yes I am weird.  On one hand, Yassos could build up my confidence with a kick butt workout.  On the other hand they are really intense for a workout.  Possibly too much breakdown with so little time left.
  • I had a really good recovery run this morning.  Like really good.  Very shocking because I felt on the slow side yesterday on my long run too.  Maybe that’ll be a trend this taper: feeling slower than I’m going. Yes the pace was outside of McMillian but it was faster than I thought I was going.  A good sign I think. And if you’ve been reading awhile, then you know that, while I question the validity of calculators, I need paces forced down my throat.  Apparently I am incapable of making pacing decisions on my own. That said, for recovery runs I think that pace is complete horse pooh.  Recovery is recovery.  Sometimes I need a granny shuffle recovery and other times it’s a brisk clip.  I’ve also noticed that as I’ve been training my typical 0500 runs have gotten slower, as they follow hard days.  At first I was a bit upset “What do you mean I’m getting slower?!” but then I said “EFF IT” because my quality workouts are being kickass and BAMF.  Fingers crossed for a BAMF marathon.

Okay so this pic isn't RR at all. But I google imaged BAMF and this came up. Anyone else upset that LOST had to end?

  • Yes the recovery run was good but the temp wasn’t.  I probably shouldn’t say that because 35* really isn’t cold.  It’s not even freezing.  But yesterday I ran in beautiful 45* weather and the morning before, while it was pouring rain, was 57*.  Ahhhhhhh relativity.  And New England. I was completely comfy in my shorts and long-sleeves BUT my hands, with THREE LAYERS OF GLOVES, froze.  I know I have poor circulation but it’s still no bueno.  I might have to break out the snowmobile mittens soon.  The ones that make me look like I have lobster hands.  I should spray paint them red…

And with that enjoy the rest of your Friday.  I’m hoping to be able to leave work on the early side and I’m pretty sure I have a fun weekend planned.  So TGIF.

October 13, 2010

Feeling So Fly

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Or, as Flo told me, I am giggling like a loon for 3 days.  But they haven’t yet made a song that says that.  Maybe someday.

And in case you don’ t know why I’m giggling like a loon or feeling like a G6 check out what I did on Monday.

Thanks a million for the congrats and love y’all gave me.  I’ll admit that I had a bit of an inflated ego after reading them 😉

In the days that have passed I, duh, have still been running.  But it’s been SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW and total, complete 100% recovery paced: Tuesday ended up being 8:53 and Wednesday was….well techically the way I round it should be 9:00 but I *really* want to make the 8:59.25 a 8:59, so I am.  Close enough right? HAHAH. Oh me and my numbers and weird rounding ways.

The runs themselves were pretty unremarkable the weather on Tuesday was 52* 80%, brisk, but it was 0800 so it was pretty sunny out and I got to wear my bamf sunglasses (to those who asked: BAMF is an acronym that stands for Bad Ass Mother F^%#$& and it’s pronounced like it’s written) which helped counter the fact that my legs felt tired.  Which is a good thing since I raced my heart out on Monday.

Wednesday I woke up to 40* and 75% humidity.  Since the sun was out it didn’t really feel that cold and I’m glad that I didn’t break out the gloves yet.  While my extremities always get cold I’ve lived in New England my whole live and it would be quite shameful to have broken out anything yet.  Longsleeves covering my arms sufficed.  I guess.  My hands did get a bit numb by the end and it was slightly difficult to unlock my apartment door.  Oh well.  I did make it inside. 

Again it was a slow run as my legs were tired at beginning but I felt a real pick up at the end, which was encouraging.  I’ve always said that I recover fast so the fact that I was feeling slow and the legs were lead on Tuesday was a bit disheartening.  At least in terms of recovery and what my brain is used to.  I’m taking it as a good sign that I really pushed hard and ran the race my body was primed to at Tufts.

Kristin said in her comment yesterday

Great job! So happy (but not surprised at all) with your HUGE HUGE pr!! “Although if you consider your racing season “untrained for”… I’m afraid to see what insane efforts training entails you’re a workhorse, own it!”

Which got me thinking about the future.

In the immediate future (aka this week) I want to relax a bit.  Despite not following a hard grinding training program for anything this fall I was still doing structured workouts and (GASP) feeling guilty for doing things like…bailing on workouts ooooor skipping them entirely.  It’ll be nice to wake up without knowing how far I’ll be going and to not feel the pressure of an upcoming race. I think I said it yesterday but there’s a Jingle Bell 5k in the beginning of December that would be a fun race. 

Of course I am a racer so we’ll see how the actual race turns out but it’ll be a race in costume.  Which inherently makes it “fun”. Right?

In response to that comment and the more long term future, I actually shudder to think about what would happen if I actually trained for a race.  I think part of the reason I was so successful this fall was because I DID NOT train for any of the races specifically.  Definitely not the half (it really wasn’t on my radar until the week before) and the 5 and 10ks were never “goal”‘ed.  I did a few speed sessions but I wasn’t laser focused on them. 

I say this, the shudder part, not out of the fear of doing great but because the last time I TRULY trained for a race I ended  up with AWFUL shin splits that required forced rest.  AKA the 3 weeks prior to the Boston Marathon I couldn’t run and I was in PT to get over my shin problems.  In fact, the race that was 3 weeks before, Eastern States 20 Miler, I had thought my shin were legit fractured crossing that finish line. Obviously not something I want to repeat.

But I’m looking towards a marathon in 2011 and, duh, training will happen.  It would be nice if I can train SMARTLY for something.

I know that you guys probably want to know more details of what I want to do next year.  But beyond what I’ve written above I simply don’t know.  I just want to take some time and bask in the glow of an awesome Fall 2010 season on races.

If I can find the time to bask.  Clinic this week has been insane so far and doesn’ t look like it’ll lighten up anytime soon.  I probably should stop blogging and start working, right? The weekend can’t come soon enough! Because, as much as I’m giggling like a loon right now, the real celebration will happen this weekend. 

It’s a promise to myself 😀

And since this post is boring with no pictures added, and a bit lackluster as I’m unsure of the future of my races and just am taking time to recover from the fall, here’s a comic from xkcd.com because anything physics-y brightens my day.  I don’t know how much physics anyone has taken but the Right Hand Rule rules all. 

Giveaway from HotLegsRunner and Mel (Tall Mom on the Run)

January 6, 2010

10 Things

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Running Fiance tagged me in her post “10 Things That Make Me Smile”. Thanks girl!  So the gist of it is that I tell you guys 10 things (that obviously make me smile) and then try to do one of them — or more if I’m feeling ambitious.  Then I tag some people whom I want to know more about.  Gosh aren’t you lucky that you get Twelve Questions then this? I know you’re just dying from euphoria 🙂

  1. Robert Downey Jr. Ummm yeah, how could you not smile!
  2. My friends’ laughter.  And I’m not getting all sappy in the sense of “I love hearing laughter” No this is very specific laughter that is just outrageous to hear.
  3. Cleanliness.  As in I just cleaned my room, although cleanliness as in showering or laundry is good too (and oh man the smell of laundry!).  Granted I’m a clean freak in general but there’s not much nicer than looking at a room you just cleaned from top to bottom
  4. Freshly shaved legs in sweatpants.  This might be TMI but sometimes I wait an extra day or two before shaving just so that this sweatpants feeling is more distinct
  5. The Office. Psych. Hilarity. ‘Nuff said
  6. All my bamf shows: 24, LOST, NCIS, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami. I sadly don’t get to watch them nearly enough. (And I pulled some pretty sweet pics for those links. Someone better click them. Just sayin’ 🙂 )
  7. A nice hard tempo or interval workout
  8. Country music.  It’s my roots y’all despite being born and raised as a Yankee.
  9. The way sheets/comforters/quilts sometimes just mold to you when you wake up in the mornings. Although this makes it increasingly difficult to drag yourself out of bed.  There should be a way to make this a weekend only thing because I do not want it on Monday heh.
  10. Hot Spanish TA — c-mon now, did you really thing I wouldn’t put this on here? (And sadly no updates as he is in Spanish for the winter break)

Hopefully the things that make me smile made you smile too.  So now I want to know what kinds of things make these guys smile (and I tried to NOT tag people I already knew had been tagged.) And Ahhhhh there are so many of you I want to tag! So I guess I’ll go through my comments and pick the last 10 people who commented? Yes, very diplomatic that way 🙂 [Edit: Guess I can’t count and did 12.  Yes I am a physics major and use math daily]

Ada (at NYCollegEats)
Tricia (at Endurance isn’t only Physical)
Sarah (at The SHU Box)
Kat (at SheDidWhattttt?)
AMarathoner
BostonRunner
Lacey (at Common Objects and Everyday Events)
EarlyRunner
Aron (at Runners Rambles)
Jess (at SeeJessRun)
TheLaminator
SpecialK (at The Special K Treatment)

So onto today.  I totally lied yesterday when I said I was headed back to school.  Not intentionally of course, as I had every intention of headed back last night — I was even 100% packed with all my stuff in the living room.  But some stuff came up and it just made sense to stay an extra night and the extra day today. I plan on getting another free dinner tonight though.

I actually set my alarm this morning so I could time my gym trip just right for my lifting and avoid the majority of people that annoy me in the gym.  The list is lengthy so I’ll just leave it at that.  But I’ve found that if I go to the gym at 0800 and leave by 0915 I can avoid them.  But I have an amusing story anecdote (?) that I would like to share: when I was doing my short warm down after the lift the man on the TM next to me was sipping DD coffee.  No joke.  The smell was pleasant though so I couldn’t really give him a mean look or anything.

But back to the lifting: I’ve been really good so far this year (and I guess I started the last few weeks of 2009 too) of getting in regular strength training.  I’m very pleased about that and today’s session was another good one.  Yet again, I did my lifting routine (found on the right hand side of the page) and did the “upped” weights because I went to the gym closer to my house.  And they don’t have half-weights. Sad face.  But I think my body must be getting stronger because the heavier weights didn’t seem so bad today and on Sunday they felt heeeeeeeavy.  Bueno.

I also had a run on tap (ummm duh when do I not?). Nothing spectacular or anything, although I find it impressive that I could keep my “ideal” easy pace after working my legs this morning.  Maybe more so because it’s 28* feels like 15* outside.  And like I mentioned above all my stuff is packed up.  This includes all my cold weather / wind resistant gear.  Luckily the sun was out and the wind wasn’t too bad so my shorts and old-ratty sweatshirt were okay during the run. But man when the wind blew and/or I was in a shady region I totally felt a bit of a chill.  Conversely, when I was in the sun with no wind I was sweating like no other.  Go figure right?

Another highlight of the run was having Party in the USA stuck in my head the whole time. Don’t judge because I seriously considered putting it as one of my 10 things above.

Also: Check out the giveaway that EatMoveLove is having, although I really want it so don’t heh (and I say that everytime, don’t I? Must get new saying for giveaways aha)

October 19, 2009

Holler to the bamf in all of us

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Sadly my camera is being stupid and I need to figure out what’s wrong so I can’t post a pic of my 1400 mile shoes. I can turn the darn thing on but it won’t take the pictures even though the shutter is going off.  LAME. But thanks LARunner for those websites for (relatively) cheap shoes.  Definitely going to check that out today.  If you readers want, check out the comments section of this post for the sites.

Also, EarlyRunner asked what BAMF means.  I think this is a term that all should know but it does have “bad language” in it.  So you’ve been warned haha.  Bad Ass MotherFucker. Hopefully I can say that on here? Oh well, if not I’ll just have to edit it at some point.  Bamf might just be my favorite word as well as a principle I live by. So I may or may not try to insert it everywhere in this post haha.

Speaking of rules to live by,  Tay had some good ones a while back, but they were more serious.  Via facebook I have a list of some Facts of Life and I will dole them out in 5s or so.  Most of them are hilarious and the gist of it is random thoughts by ppl ages 25-35:

  1. More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves
    me.
  2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
  3. I don’t understand the purpose of the line, “I don’t need to drink to have fun.” Great, no one does. But why start a fire with sticks when they’ve invented the lighter?
  4. Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you’re going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you’re crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
  5. That’s enough, Nickelback.

So hopefully that gave you a laugh. Now back to the (bamf) running.

This morning was coooold.  We actually had a mini-blizzard last night and there was still snow on the ground when I got up.  The ground isn’t even frozen and the snow didn’t go away, that’s how cold it was.  Numerically it was 39* (feels 34*) at 0900 so I don’t even want to think about what it was at 0600.

Naturally I still went outside (because I’m a bamf) and the run sucked.  I mean that, though, comparatively.  If you look at my last post, my overall pace was *solid*.  This morning was definitely a struggle through the first 3 miles.  After that I got into a groove but it wasn’t enough to save my pace. All told? 7 miles. Bamf.

And I was totally happy to be finished.  No, not the “hell yes I can stop” happy (although truth be told, if I had stopped after 3 that would have been true) but the “I feel so much better for having done that” happy. Definitely the essence of bamf-ness.

The one redeeming factor of the run was the fact that I got to go from 100% darkness, to dawn, to sunshine.  It’s odd yet amazing how one second it’s pitch black and literally the next there’s light.  I don’t feel like there’s ever a gradual lightening process in nature.  No dimmer switch.

This afternoon I hit the gym up for some weights.  It felt really hard today in my legs for some reason.  My quads were pretty sore actually.  Not quite sure what that’s about but hopefully it doesn’t stick around! I did the full body routine under Lifting.  Again, I felt good afterward but it was hard during it. Clearly though, I am a bamf, and got it done with (minimal) mutterings under my breathe.

I also did a 3 mile “warm down” run because the temp had risen to 52* and it was absolutely perfect out with the sun shining down.  I think it helped my quads loosen up a bit.  I’m also glad I did this mini-run because my pace was much faster than the AM — not speedy but where I feel is apropos.

All in all: 10 miles and lifting.  Great work out day.  Now if I can translate that into my studies haha.  Got to work on a take-home geophysics test, french poem and study for a physio test.  Ready? BREAK!

OH, before I forget yet another day: Natalie is doing Project Feedme on her blog.  In the interest of me NOT butchering what it’s about, you should go check it out.  I’m extremely happy and proud to me a PFM member

July 8, 2009

La-La Land

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My run felt a billion times better today than yesterday.  My legs were a little tight and took about a mile or two before they loosened up.  I set out on a 7.6 mile route but I was feeling good and rebellious so I tacked on an extra .5 to make it 8.1.  My pace was slightly faster than yesterday but not by much which is a good thing.  It shows that I can be consistent and hold myself accountable to really going easy on days that I’m not going hard.  I’m trying to get myself out of La-La-Land; that pace that’s too fast to be useful but also too slow to be useful. Apparently my body loves that pace for training even though it won’t really yield anything come race time.  Except, of course, a La-La pace.

Afterward I did some arm and core.  I didn’t set out to do this but I basically did my strength routine minus the leg work.  Oops! I started out with my pushups and then wanted to do some more arm work because it felt good.  And I ❤ my corework so there was no way I was giving that up.  So before I knew it I was late for an appointment! Luckily it wasn’t anything I had to shower for but I still felt bad showing up all gross!

Today was also a day where I showed my uncanny ability to finish my runs a millisecond before a big storm hit.  It was so big that there was a tornado warning! I was no where near the actual touchdown site but my area was included in the warning.  Kind of cool, you know mother nature and all, but I’m sure it would have been a sight to see one.  Makes me feel all Wizard of Oz-y.

Seeing as how I broke out of La-La Land with my running today I decided to take the initiative and really flush out the article that I’m writing.  It’s on adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder syndrome) and diabetes.  It was a good fit between me and the doctor I’m working with, as she’s into endocrine and I’ve toyed with ortho.  I was able to finish the intro (minus the editing process).  Granted the intro is the easiest part but at least I have something to show her when I go into the clinic!

One aspect that I’m hurting in is the wallet.  I just got A) my tuition bill for the fall and  B) a partial list of the books I need for my classes.  Being a science major sucks because every book is a textbook that costs, minimum, $150.  Thank god for Amazon, even though I’m tempted to spend lots of money of things like t.v. on dvd.  I did plunk down $25 for the fourth season of The Closer.  Not too bad considering I wanted to buy the first 5 seasons of NCIS. Because I am a huge sucker for older bamfs. Someday I might share the list of my dream hollywood men.  And yes, they’re all 40+ (I’m 22 for reference). I think I’ll leave you with that eye candy.

April 18, 2009

“She’s running a marathon…”

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Apparently I have a reputation.

This weekend is spring weekend at my school and I decided to stay on campus rather than go home to stay away from all the crazy drunks that populate my school.  That said, I went out to a party with my friends.  I guess one of my friends has been telling me people about me and the fact that I’m running a marathon. I don’t really mind I guess, but I hate being put on the spot like this:

  • Girl 1: “So X told me that youre running a marathon?”
  • Me: “Yeah.  It’s in May, I’m pretty excited”
  • Girl 1: “Hey! Everyone! KK is running a MARATHON. How cool is that?”
  • Girl 2: “The Boston Marathon?”
  • Me: “No, Providence.  Boston is Monday and you have to qualify for it”
  • Girl 3: “So how many miles do you run a day?”
  • Me: “Ummmm it varies.  Today I ran 7 but last weekend I ran 22”
  • Girl 1,2,3 and others: “In a day?!? How long in your marathon”
  • Me: “Ummmm yeah, every marathon is 26.2 miles”
  • Silence

Ok, so typed out it doesn’t seem that awkward and I guess I should be flattered.  Especially since when every single new person walked in, they were told I was doing a marathon and that they (those girls) thought that when they ran 5 miles it was impressive. I’ll fully admit that I think it’s cool I’m doing something unique (at least where I live) but my face got all red and I started sweating more than I do on a run.  I’m not a braggy person by nature (unless I’m with my closest friends and then I know no modesty) so it was uncomfortable to say the least as I am an incredibly awkward person.  It did make me feel like super(wo)man though.

Hopefully I can harness that power into my run today.  It’s “only” 12 ish miles (yeah I tried to tell people that “only” bit and they were baffled at how 12 isn’t considered long anymore) but it’s my last “long” run ie) double digits for a while, like game day.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that bc I don’t know what next week brings in terms of mid-week speedwork but I doubt it’s very high.  But my long week next week is only 8 or something like that.

However, my legs still feel like they’re recovering from my 22 endeavor last weekend so I don’t know how today will go.  My run in the mornings this week were all really slow, but typically my weekend stuff is faster (prolly) because I eat breakfast before I go.  OTOH, its already 55* out and its about 9 am and that could be a problem, its been about 35* during the week when I ran; but I should get used to running in almost anything.  Last week it was “typhoon” conditions, this week its sunny and hot(ish).  That way I’ll be ready for anything that gets thrown at me.

Other than my run, I’m going to try to enjoy the nice weather out before the next cold front comes in later today and brings some rain with it.  I’m going to try to utilize the rain to my advantage and get some of my lab reports and paper done; who assigns stuff over Spring Weekend? Really? And I prolly should remember the sunscreen when I go out later;  yesterday I *baked* in the sun for 4 hours! I can just feel my skin developing cancer.

April 13, 2009

Let There Be…

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REST

Apparently my flirtation with overtraining has moved into the “it’s complicated” stage.  I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and my usual cankerous self has been a little more irritable than usual. Which is why today was a much needed rest day.  And much deserved if I do say so myself.  I ended up running 2.5 yesterday (and not a step more mind you) to hit 70 (!) miles for the week.  I am in such awe of what I’ve been able to do this training cycle.  I decided to respect my body (and specifically), though and let it recuperate.  My legs are seriously suffering from some sort of delayed muscle soreness or something like that.  Definitely time to break out The Stick tonight.

Oh The Stick…

…how I love and hate thee.  The pain that comes from “massaging” my legs is so good yet so bad.  I will fully admit that I am a The Stick novice (and I love that it is The Stick and not the stick) but I have found applying medium to heavy pressure on my muscles (especially my quads) to be quite amazing.  I’m not sure if it makes any sort of difference in my running, and to be honest I haven’t had that much time lately to really dedicate to The Stick-ing (been too busy putting in those 70 miles).  It could just be a placebo effect for all I know but the feeling of pushing out junk from my muscles great.  Any suggestions on how to maximize my The Stick experience?

I can visualize the scar tissue breaking up and floating away in my blood stream and the lactic acid doing the same.  In that sense it really is like a cheap massage, when my massage therapist (and yes, I do have one.  I may not see her on any regular schedule but she is mine heh) works on me I can see the same type of process in my mind.   Whether or not massage therapy is helpful remains to be resolved in my mind but if my mind is happy, my body will soon follow; or so I’d like to imagine.

Since I’ve always been curious about what other people do on their rest days, I’ll share what I’ve done today.  In short, Mondays suck.  I’m in class or lab from 9-6, and then of course I receive work from every single class.  On top of the work I need to do for my Tuesday classes.  And I have to go to work (I’m a physics tutor where I sit typing this now).  Monday becomes a de facto rest day out of necessity.  One of the assignments I’ve just completed is watch Maria, full of grace, for my Spanish class  (don’t judge the youtube, I don’t have any time to go see the viewings my profesora is offering).  Definitely a movie to see, but now I feel like I need to get a 24 or Lost fix now to get my bamf-ness aura back 🙂

And just to make this post extra long, I’ve been dying to share this with y’all:  http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/04/get-a-whiff-of.html . What will science do next? Haha.

Later!

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