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December 27, 2009

Weekend?

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Hope you guys enjoyed reading my goals for 2010.  If not check them out and let me know what you think. I know I like seeing what everyone else is gearing up to do! It really pumps me up and after writing mine I kind of want my races NOW.  But like I said yesterday I’m going to start with the whole progress toward the goals NOW.  I’m chomping at the bit here!

This weekend was interesting and fun.  But tiring too. Here’s what went down (and the title of this post come from the fact that it didn’t feel like the weekend.  At all.  But I think that’s because I’m on break so my days are all jumbled):

Friday:

As I kind of wrote a bit about already, Christmas night was great for me.  After I got back from my run that afternoon the family has already left for Christmas dinner so I was free to do what I pleased.  Which meant that I took a long  hot shower, poured myself a glass of wine and read a book.  I had plans to go see Holmes which was awesome.  It was such a good movie and balanced action/explosiony stuff with wit and humor.  And Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law aren’t too bad on the eyes.  The way it ended leaves a sequel option which I am totally cool with.  Afterward me and my friend hit up a Chinese restaurant with some other friends and there was lots of laughter and joking.  Not so much reminiscing about high school / the past which was nice because I really don’t want these friendships to turn into “Remember back in the day…” stuff. Stayed out wayyy too late though but I lost all track of time! Craziness as that never happens.

Saturday:

After a night of fitful sleep (thank you too many mai-tais and beef on a stick!) I ran 12.2 miles in what turned out to be drizzle rather than just cloudiness. Ew.  But it was semi-warm at 35* and there was no wind.  Thank god for small favors I guess.  The overall pace was a true long run pace which, needless to say for my type-A self, was slow.  It was appropriate and I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea of really going slow and easy. Sometimes I just feel like long run pace is too slow for my liking: if I had my way it would be MP + 30 seconds.  Because that’s what I like to see my pace work out too.  So it was good that I hit MP + 60 seconds today.

And I did not have an “accident” like yesterday heh.  After talking to some people I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s tired / fatigued pelvic floor muscles.  Interesting because I associate it with women who have had children.  But I figure that all this mileage is fatiguing ALL my muscles rather than just the “running” ones.

Saturday night was a night to celebrate with friends from high school. I went into the evening exhausted and I was a major league grump getting ready but I’m glad I went.  Even though I really don’t have much in common anymore with my high school friends (I have this theory that high school friends / childhood friends are really only there because you live in the same town whereas college friendships are actually based on common interests) but they’re still cool people. And fun to drink with.  I didn’t spend the night and left on the “early side” but still a good night. Lots of Lady GaGa.  You’d be proud Sarah haha.

Sunday:

I really wanted to get a gym session in yesterday but by the time I dragged my sorry butt off the couch it was an awkward time to go so I stuck with the run.  So that meant it got transferred to today.  I did the same workout that I did on Tuesday (found here under the Strength page). Since the gym I worked at was closed all weekend (it’s really small and doesn’t have a huge staff) I went to an affiliated gym today which didn’t have “in-between” weights: 17.5, 22.5 etc so I bumped UP the weights today.  Let’s just say I’m going to be sore tomorrow. But it was a great workout. I was in awe the whole time though because the gym was pretty packed with middle age and old people. I felt like the youngest by far but it was totally motivating because I want to be like that when I’m older.

Running wise (yes I did that too) I had calculated last night that I only needed 8.4 miles to hit a new weekly PR.  Then I did some more math and calculated that I only needed 11.7 miles to hit 84 which would be an average of 12 miles a day.  I ❤ me some round numbers and ended up doing 12.3 miles because I felt so damn good.  Well kind of good.  There is some soreness from lifting (and likely all those miles) but I never felt like I was doing the miles just to do them.  I still felt like I wasn’t going to die even though my legs definitely lost their “freshness”.

But the run was great.  A little slow to start but when are my runs fast out of the gate? And it was drizzling the whole time.  Well that’s a lie, maybe the first half.  So the 50* (!!) weather felt a lot cooler because of it and there was a really cool fog.  I loved running in and out of it at various points during the run.  And interestingly enough, despite the soreness in my quads, the HUGE monster week I just put in and the lifting I did this morning my pace was right on target.  Well MP + 50 seconds which I’m happy with. Not only that but the last 3 miles were quick.  Like really quick (MP which is PDQ after running so much heh). It didn’t feel that way during the run but numbers don’t lie.  So I’m pretty happy with myself although now all I want to do is lay down on the couch and not move. Haha.

And I think today is going to be the end of the double digit streak.  It was fun while it lasted (16 days!) but I think that I need to refocus on other things.  Plus I don’t want to get to the point where I’ve gone so far on the streak that I end up ignoring a nagging hurt (which there is no sign of yet — knock on wood) and end up sidelined.  Boston is just around the corner and it’s wicked important.  Granted I say that now and who knows what tomorrow will bring (especially since I might want to kick of the New Year — which starts this week!! — in style) but that is my musing of the day 🙂

Hope everyone is relaxing on this Sunday.  Hopefully the holiday weekend doesn’t end for you today! As I’ve been a student, oh my whole life, I’ve always had the week after Christmas off so I’m not sure if any of you have to work tomorrow or not.  I know that even though I’m still on break I have lots of errands to run so I’m sure as heck relaxing right now haha!

December 21, 2009

Feels So Good

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First off”: Belated thanks to Lizzy for winning her awesome coffee giveaway.  I just got it when I came home and it was such a lovely surprise!!

Second off: I went to the mall last night with my sister. Surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Granted we did just get a snowstorm earlier that morning but still.  It was T-5 days ’til Christmas.  I expected a zoo. I wasn’t doing any Christmas shopping per se.  I was buying stuff for me.  Can’t technically call it a Christmas present though since I have no intention of waiting ’til the 25th to use these babies.

What are they you ask? Compression socks.  Yes I’ve bit the bullet and bought ’em.  I was totally prepared to pay mucho dinero for them too but the two sports stores in the mall didn’t have them and said they didn’t carry them.  Boo!! At the second store the guy there said to try Sears.  I was about to call it a day though when I remembered that compression socks are used with people who have diabetes and other circulatory problems.  So I checked it out.  Sweet success.

Two pairs of compression socks for $7.96.  Holllleeerrrrr (I think I type that after everything haha).  And I didn’t pay an arm and a leg for it: I got 2 pairs for MUCH less than “official” compression socks.  Anyone have experience with them? How long do I leave them on? Sleep with them on? Wear them on errands? I’ve been hearing a lot about them in the blogging world which is what was the impetus for my trip last night.  With the miles piling high I want to be more active in how my body recovers.

You know what? I’m wearing one of the pairs now and it feels good.  Granted I can’t compare it to any name brand official pair because I’ve never worn compression socks before but it feels good regardless.  Hopefully it does *something* in helping my recovery in my legs. Not that I’ve been having a problem or anything but I do want my purchase to work for me.

Want to know what else feels good? Saving so much money on the socks that I went into Victoria Secret and blew the money saved there. Whoops. So much for a budget haha.

But back on topic.  Recovery has been on my mind a lot lately.  Namely because I’m not doing much of it. My legs have the past few runs been, well, slow.  I haven’t calculated up my miles and times for the past few weeks (hence no weekly recaps) but I feel that this past week my overall time was lower than the usual consistent pace I’ve averaged.   And if you’ve noticed I’ve “complained” about sluggyness and “running out of gas” in the past few posts. Nothing serious but I haven’t had a 100% springy run in about 4 or 5 days.

I will clarify that I’ve been recovery well between runs.  Lots of couch time with a big stack of good books to read. So I’ve decided to give the socks a try as well.  Combine that with the only physical activity I’m doing being running and eating and I think that I’ll be good.  And I’ve scheduled a few massages for break.  The woman who does my body work gives me a great deal and I am sooooo taking advantage.

Because I realized when I got up this morning that I am a mileage junkie.  Hardcore.  I knew this when I was planning my day around my run.  Ummmm I just completed an 80.6 mile week and I still wanted to go running today?! Yes. Hello, my name is MarathonMaiden and I am a run-aholic.

The weather, in DRASTIC contrast to yesterday, was bright and sunny.  I’m not sure that it was any warmer than yesterday (still in the mid-20s) but the sun made the biggest difference in the world.  I regretted wearing a long sleeve and capris! I was wearing tight fitting clothing so it didn’t weigh me down though despite being a bit on the warm side (and I wore the mittens today to and I think I’ve found a keeper.  Sure my hands were cold and bright red.  But red > white because it means I still had circulation!)

And despite what I said about feeling slow overall in the paragraphs above, today felt nothing like that.  I felt flying! So naturally that tempted me into going further than I planned.  About 6 extra miles more than I wanted for a total of…12 miles.  Yessiree the double digit streak is still going strong.  Kind of exciting.  It makes me giddy.

Not to much to actually write about the run itself.  Felt good (hence doubling it).  I had “the sun shinin’ on me like a big spotlight. So I know everything is going to be alright” (anyone? anyone?).  I was just in the zone where my thoughts flowed from one thing to the next and I thought about everything and nothing at the same time.  It was a very refreshing run.

Now I’m just back on the couch listening to music, about to dig into both my stack of books and some more food (gosh being a mileage junkie is going to take a toll on my food bill!).  Life is good 🙂 Except for the fact that I’m 2 episodes away from the season 4 finale of my Spanish show.  What am I going to do when I’m caught up?!

Also good?  Today is the Winter Solstice. Sure that mean that today is the shortest day of the year but after today the days get loooooooooonger.  Hollllleeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr.

P.S. Keep those questions coming for my 20 questions! I’m still at about 12/13 so I need more! 🙂

December 18, 2009

Landmarks

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Happy Friday everyone! Although for me I really have no idea what day of the week it is.  Everything blurs together! I keep having to look at my wall calendar (it’s James Bond so I look at it quite frequently haha).  But since it’s Friday that means I have to go home tomorrow.  Even though I’ve been done since Monday I decided to stick around until they shut the dorms Saturday so that I can actually relax and decompress.  I know once I go home the responsibility of taking care of a house will fall on me once again.  You know: “Go drive your sister here” ” Cook dinner for us tonight” “Why are you lounging around the house? DO something” Not so fun.

But want to know what is fun? Two landmarks for me running wise. First off my shoes have surpassed the  2000 mile mark as of mile 4.7 on my run today.  Luckily I’ve had no injuries, no nagging pains, nothing to suggest that my shoes are WAY overdue to be changed.  I don’t even really know why I haven’t changed them because I do have a newer pair on my shoe rack.  Maybe because I’ve had no issues so far.  I think though that I’m not going to tempt fate and finish out this week with ’em then retire them.  They do look a bit…worn down.  Like I should be a bit embarrassed by the condition of them.  Maybe I just have a superhuman body to withstand that kind of abuse.  I wish my camera wasn’t busted so that I could take a picture.  Oh well, I think I’m getting a new one for Christmas so I won’t throw the shoes out just yet.

I also hit a landmark with my running streak.  Well not THE streak because even though it’s been 5 weeks I’m sure I’ve gone longer.  It’s a streak within the past 7 days.  Since last Saturday (so 7 runs total) I have run double digits every day.  Woot! I will admit I had the idea tucked in the back of my brain ever since Monday when I knew I’d have so much time to run and rest and relax this week (and oh alliteration I ❤ thee)

I banged ran 11.3 miles today.  And it was another really cold one.  9* real temp and -1* windchill temp when I woke up.  I really like running first thing but….I’m my hands don’t like temps that cold.  Well they don’t really like any temps lover than 50* but that’s beside the point.  I’m seriously considering EarlyRunner’s suggestion of snowmobile gloves.  Sounds like they could be a winner.  Any suggestion where I can find them? Hardware store? Anyway to pass the time I ate some breakfast, watched a bit on NCIS then headed out when it was a balmy 24* real temp and 14* windchill.  Holllleeerrrr. Not.

The reason that “banged” is crossed out above is because I can’t in good faith call this a great run that I hammered out.  The first 5 or so miles? Sure.  But I’m getting greedy with expecting my body to perform at such a high level day in and day out.  I think RunningFiance is right when she said a few days ago that my legs need a break.  But knowing me I am too stubborn to listen.  Especially when I get an idea into my head to bang out a week of double digits.  Technically the week I was thinking of isn’t over yet (I wanted to go Mon-Sun) but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow when I get up.

Like I said the first 5-6 miles were going well.  I mean, my hands were frozen solid (which I think by going out in such cold weather day in and day out has given me a semi-tolerance to the thawing out process — I wasn’t laying on the floor praying after today haha) but I was going strong.  I hit some sort of wall after that and I just felt lethargic after that.  Miles 6-10 were sluggish and I wondered if I was crazy for everything I’ve done this week.  Of course I was able to truly bang out a good last mile, MUCH faster than my overall pace.  And despite my feeling heavy my overall time wasn’t bad at all.  Only 3 seconds slower than my goal easy pace.  Not sure what that says about me, physically or mentally.  But it was a pleasant surprise.

Oh and just a note to all my high mile runs: The other hours of the day I am laying down or lounging in my comfy chair with NCIS on, my Spanish show, listening to music etc.  I’m not then dashing off to do a billion kajillion things.  Which is why I think this week was perfect to attempt my streak because after this I’ll be at the mercy of my family and actually have to do stuff for people other than myself haha.

[Edit: Keep those questions coming! I’m about halfway to 20 now 🙂 ]

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