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November 8, 2010

Rolling, Snowing and Trying to Cling to Fall

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Hey all.  YAY for sunlight on my morning runs from now on thanks to DST ending.  Last night when I was out running some errands the sun was setting at 1633?? Oh well.  The fact that the sun rose at 0626 this morning makes up for it. I guess.

Hopefully y’all feel well rested from this weekend.  I do? I actually felt like a slug this weekend because I slept for 10 or so hours Friday night and then, because of the time change, ELEVEN hours on Saturday night.  Which was even more miraculous because I went out that night as well.  Who am I?! I NEVER sleep in like that.  I’m going to call it a good thing though.  Although I will say that I totally squandered that extra hour in the day. I’m always complaining about how I wish there were more hours in the day and then when I get one, what do I do? Sleep.  Figures 😉

After my repeats on Saturday, which I did edit the post with an addendum saying that I was pleased with the workout and know that I’m in the right place with my training, I basically DID NOT MOVE until going out.  Instead I curled up with a good book I’ve been reading (*cough*IamsuchaNERDbecauseit’soneofthosebooksyoureadinhighschool*cough*) and lounged.  After a while my legs started feeling more than a little tight.  So I finally broke down and broke out:

And yes those are two laundry baskets. I actually have three. I use a very complicated system 😉

Now I know that many of you have been on the foam rolling action for a long time.  So have I … in theory.  I bought this baby back in March or so but only have used it a few times.  Mostly because I’m lazy and partly because I know how tight my muscles are.  Roller + tight muscles = pain.  Duh.

I will say that I neither cried nor screamed as I was doing my thing.  I had a friend over and complained a lot.  Aloud of course — that’s the only time complaining is really ever fun HA.  But my voice never rose and I’m pretty sure no cuss words were uttered.  I did sweat though.  Which tells me I was doing something good and putting my body through some type of stress.

This translated, I think, into a muy bueno recovery run on Sunday.  Sunny skies and cool temps.  It felt great.  I even ran a wicked hilly route and felt fine.  Encouraging and I used the darn thing Sunday too after a long day of laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning the apartment.  See? I can do more domestic things than cook 😉

Monday morning brought SNOW.  And..well not a recovery run per se…but an easy one at that and “fast” easy (aka I looked at my watch at the end and smiled because it was faster than I thought).  The only remarkable thing was the weather and, well, I’m afraid I’m dangerously close to using up my complain-for-free passes.  It actually ended up not being too bad (it was mostly sleet and it stopped early on in the run) except my shoes were soaked 100m into it.

I will say that if it snows, or I guess this morning was more of a sleet, at WR I will be ready.

Just because the sun rises earlier doesn't mean 0500 is any lighter! So a bad picture but YES that is snow on the railing, in the tree and on the road!

I was sent this article on How to Deal with the Cold from a friend who thought it’d be funny to send this to me.  I’ve been living here my whole life so I think, despite my complaints about winter, I’m pretty cold savvy.  For those of you who aren’t here are some excerpts (and my thoughts on said excerpts):

The Physical

  • Don’t underestimate the power of sunshine” Duh but with .43453453453 hours of daylight (yes that’s a decimal point out in front of those numbers), and all of those during working hours, how am I supposed to get this?
  • Take your vitamins. Duh.
  • Stay hydrated Okay so this one I get because heaters = dry air. Which also equals nosebleeds for me.
  • Get outside and stay active. But. It’s. So . Cold. I actually do get outside (I think last year I ran in 12* weather) but it’s soooooooo hard to do.

The mental

  • Be mindful of your mood and mental health Unless of course this makes you even angrier for not getting out of the NorthEast when you had the chance.
  • Stay social. Ummm this is really hard to do when you’re A) too cheap to pay for a cab and B) to intoxicated to drive yourself.  AKA walking is how I roll.  Let me tell you: heels and dresses in freezing weather? Not a good combo. I guess we’ll just have lots of house parties?
  • Evaluate your winter pitfalls to guard against them This might actually depress me because it’s basically telling me to make of list of why I hate winter.  And I’m pretty sure (as I know you are) that it’s a pretty lengthy list.

I think you should probably be doing these things year round.  And I bet you can totally tell how bitter I am about winter.  I’m going to spend the rest of this…rain/snow/sleet/whatever it’s doing out there daydreaming about my move to somewhere warm. Because I’m 100% serious about making like a leaf and getting the f$%# out of here.

Anyone? I know I chose a random picture but anyone on that quote that's italicized?

And hey, check out this giveaway from Matt (Kitchen of a Runner) and Janae (Hungry Runner Girl) because everyone likes a giveaway.

And what’s a post without wicked awesome pictures?! (and by wicked awesome I mean Halloween-y and NOT snow and not a random guy from a great movie)

I actually forgot to share this last week! But over Halloween weekend some friends and I went to a “Jack-o-Lantern” festival in the city. It was way fun to see all the creative ways people carved pumpkins.  Here are some of my favs:

Betty Boop!

I ❤ Dinosaurs

Monopoly Man!

I know it’s a week late but I feel the need to say “Happy Halloween” anyway. I mean, it is my favorite holiday after all. But I can say (and have it be 100% true) “hope you enjoyed the weekend 🙂 ”

And enjoy your Monday too.  I sure am considering that A) I haven’t done any work all morning because the software I use won’t download the new version and we had to call in IT people B) the network is being backed up so I can’t work on any of my files and C) my friend made the coffee this morning so strong that I’m afraid to stand up because I’m pretty sure that my legs are so twitchy that I don’t think they’ll support me hahah.

November 1, 2010

Another Cookie Post

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Two in two weekends? Gosh I am on a roll.  Of course this roll is relative and two cookie recipes in two weeks for me is like…incredibly frequent (sorry couldn’t find a good metaphor for you!)

Since today and Sunday were a recovery runs (I almost typed “only  recovery runs” but I remember deciding last cycle that recovery runs hare important) after my long interval workout , they were a little boring, despite currently being under a FREEZE WARNING.  So while my run on Sunday was in nice temps, this morning it was an amazing 31*. But that’s okay because they ended a STELLAR first week of training.  So I figured I’d share this recipe with you rather than complain about the cold or the fact that it’s November 1st (and I’m in the process of tallying up October stuff and changing up my usual monthly recap format so be excited for that later this week 🙂 ).  

I made these Chocolate Cookies with Frosting on Friday before going out to a Halloween party with my roomie

Roomie Love

Despite my taking my camera to the Costume-Dance party, I only took two pictures. Fail. But as you can see I went as Little Red Riding Hood and my roomie was Batman.  My costume was borrowed from her.  Note that she’s a good head shorter than me. So I felt like I was wearing half a costume the whole night.  Thank god for leggings 😉

Anyway the cool thing about this baking session was that the cookies AND the frosting were homemade. YUM.  We had wanted to make a basic chocolate cookie and then decorate them Halloween themed.  Neither one of us had a BASIC recipe so we had to do some internet searching.  We looked at a bunch and then pulled together lots of different ones to come up with our own.  Mostly because we didn’t want to have to go out and buy anything extra!

And consider yourself lucky there are pictures.  Because this was (and I think I say it a billion and one times) messy.

Cookie Ingredients & Directions

  • 1  cup (which is 8oz, which is Edit: not one but TWO sticks. Thanks Jess for the catch 🙂 ) butter/margarine, softened
  • 1.5 cups sugar (half granulated, half brown)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (most recipes only said 1/2 cup but we used extra)
  • 2 tsp baking *powder* (if you were to use baking soda, only use 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. In a bowl mix together the butter/margarine and sugars.  (Note: we were planning on using all real butter because my roomie had some but we didn’t have enough so we used a half/half mix)
  2. Next add the liquidy portion: break the eggs and add them to the mixture along with the vanilla. Mix everything together, making a goopy mix
  3. Add the rest of the dry ingredients, the flour, cocoa, baking powder (again we didn’t have baking soda on hand so we used double the amount in the form of powder) and salt and mix until cookie dough consistency.
  4. At this point if you wanted to make Chocolate Chocolate Chip (or any chip) Cookies, you could add the chips in.  We didn’t because we wanted to have flat cookies to frost.
  5. Roll the dough (we used a wine bottle because we don’t have a rolling pin) into very thin sheet and use a cookie cutter (we were making regular circle cookies because we wanted to then go crazy with frosting.  But you could go crazy  with shapes here) to cut the dough.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet and put in the oven for ~10 minutes at 350*
  7. Let cool.  You can eat them right now or, while they’re cooling, make frosting and then decorate (see below).

Yes that is wine. No it was not consumed until AFTER the cookies were made 😉

We ended up making ~60 cookies with this recipe.  In hindsight we probably could have made less and made them thicker.  Especially since we have a gas oven and cooking time is always a bit suspect.  Some of the thin ones got a bit hard.  Not necessarily burnt but hard as a hockey puck.  Rather than throw them out (BLASPHEMY) we saved them to crumble as ice cream toppings.  Because they weren’t burnt so they still tasted good!

Frosting Ingredients and Directions

Note: these ingredients are for 1 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Food Coloring
  1. Mix the icing sugar and milk and whip/stir until smooth
  2. Add the corn syrup and vanilla.  If you want it thinner add more corn syrup.  (We did this as we didn’t think there was enough liquid in there to hold together the sugar)
  3. Divide into separate bowls
  4. Add food coloring (for the orange color we added 12 drops yellow to 4 drops red, for the green it was all green and the purple was 12 drops blue and 8 drops red. Per instructions on the box of coloring)
  5. Apply frosting to cookies and HAVE FUN

It ended up being a bit…messy.  But it tasted good.  One way to improve it would be to make it thicker.  Of course I’m pretty sure that if we hadn’t been so impatient it would have thickened naturally.  In the end I think it comes down to the fact that we didn’t follow the recipe to a T.  And impatient. Then again, messy = fun so I don’t think I’d change anything because they still tasted good.

And the corn syrup added a glaze to the frosting so they were shiny 🙂

Psychedelic Frosting

Of course since it was Halloween we needed to decorate these cookies appropriately.  We wanted to make pumpkins but the frosting wasn’t really cooperating with us because of the goopeyness factor. And we were generous in our frosting of the cookies.  So we made other colors just went and did whatever

Silly faces were the easiest but we also did: Spider webs, witch hats, a saw, a sickle, bats, ninja turtles.  It was fun.

After frosting we plopped these guys into the fridge just to make sure that the frosting set before we left for the party.  I’m sure that if you were better at planning out your day, you could just let these guys set on a counter.

Regardless of what the final products look like

(can you see all the things we made that I listed above?)

these cookies were a great big hit.  They were delicious.  They were gone fast. And they had freaking Ninja Turtles on them. How could we go wrong?!

October 18, 2010

I. Am. Registered.

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For Boston.


Post Boston 2010 Euphoria

After major hemming and hawing (and talking to some amazing peeps from the RWOL marathoners dailies) I bit the bullet and registered.  I don’t think I’m technically registered yet — as they need to confirm that I qualified but I entered.  I guess the biggest thing in getting me to register was talking to some of my RW peeps and having them tell me some really nice things.  So if you’re one of the guys that pushed me to do this and consider myself a good runner to RACE Boston then thanks, you know who you are 🙂

Plus I want OUT of New England by next summer and I don’t think I’ll be able to afford a trip back East anytime soon.

So yeah.  I’m doing Boston again. It took FOREVER for me to enter too and I wasn’t sure if I would get it because I didn’t enter until late in the day(I think it was a bad link?) but I’m in. Now I need to find a training plan. And hope that the BAA doesn’ t charge my credit card for the billion attempts that I made.

Which is semi-exciting after having that 20 miler on Saturday under my belt (and I think I miscalculated and actually ran 20.6 giving me the full marathon for the weekend 🙂 ).  Obviously I won’t start training until late January or early February as it’s highly likely I’ll only follow a 12 week plan given how strong my base is already.

Post-20 miler I’m feeling quite good.  There is some soreness (mainly quad and I’m pissed that all the hills I’ve been running — both up and down — didn’t make it less soreness!) but I think I’d be fooling myself if I said it wasn’t to be expected. But I did a lot of walking last night while out (because drinking and drive is NOT cool so I’d rather walk a billion miles to the bars.  Which I did) and some *gasp* stretching.  Not much but I’m sure it helped a lot.

Which is why I went out for a semi-quick shake out run when I first got up and before an event that I was going to go to for the clinic (gotta represent VISTA man).  The run actually wasn’t too bad at all and was surprisingly even paced: the first portion that I timed was at 9:04 pace and the second was at 8:59 pace and the whole thing averaged out to 9:01.  Silly pesky :01…or rather :02 as I’m becoming elitist when it comes to where I want my paces to be.  Oops.

But the overall pace was slightly surprising given how much slow I was during the days that followed the Tufts 10k.  But I guess different types of effort.  I feel like I can run FOREVER.  But give me a short and fast race? Different kind of running.

And then after running I headed to the coast to participate in a 1 mile walk along the coast where the money raised was going to the clinic.  The weather (which was perfect, yet again, for my run this morning) was also perfect for the late afternoon walk: by the time we started it was probably in the low 60s with the sun shining BRILLIANTLY down.  There was a nice breeze off of the ocean too which felt great.

And you really can’t beat the smell of salt water.

Here are some pics of the area.  I really wish that I lived closer to here / I knew about it sooner / I was training for a marathon because the place is sooooooooo beautiful and I’d LOVE to do a long run here (a long run is really the only way I’d justify driving so far).  Maybe once the winter thaws out during Boston training? Though knowing New England that’ll never happen!

I think I’ll miss fall the most when I move out of here! The changing of the leaves (despite most of them being green in this picture) is something you really don’t get anywhere besides the NorthEast.  But NorthEast = snow in winter and I’m looking to stay away ahahah

For most of the walk I jumped from rock to rock that’s seen in the right of this picture.  It made me feel like a kid!

As did this NEMO KITE!

A candid that my coworker snapped right before I jumped off the rocks. My hair is a hot mess. Thanks wind!

All in all I’m really glad I went.  I was ambivalent about it on Friday but I’m really happy that I ended up going and spending my Sunday this way. It would have been better spent watching my men play (and what a game it was! I wish I could have watched it live!)


butttttttttt I’ll take what I can get I suppose.

The rest of my Sunday was entirely dedicated to relaxing and doing as little as possible.  AKA catching up on NCIS and The Office.  I was WAY behind but now I’m not.  Although it did make me sad that I have to work late on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  Not that I have a tv that shows television (it’s DVDs only).  But an excellent way to end the weekend nonetheless 🙂

It didn’t however do much to make my Monday morning run any easier.  I had to get up at 0530 (never fun) and the entire run was in darkness.  I got some pre-dawn by the end buttttt no sun.  Now, of course, the sun is really bright and I’ve had to close the blinds.

Not much to note on the run itself.  Slow-ish but not slog.  I think that’s important.  The overall pace can be whatever but as long as I don’t feel like crap the run is doing something for me.  The most exciting thing was that I saw two full grown adult raccoons!

I was going to put a picture of a rabid raccoon here. But I figured that would be prejudicial as I'm sure most raccoons are not rabid despite what my parents told me If you're really interested check out google images!

It promptly scared the living bejeezus out of me.  When I was little it was drilled into my head that ALL raccoons were rabid. Something that is apparently ingrained in me to this day as I hightailed it OFF my pathway onto the road.

I guess that put a little pep into my slow step this morning.

In other random news I have a Halloween costume.  And I’m excited. October 31st needs to get here now.  Or at least the weekend that we’re celebrating Halloween. Hollllleeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrr.  But such a tease because I’m not going to share.

That’s how I treat my readers for reading this monstrosity of a post that probably reads like a stream of consciousness with no structure or semblance of outline.  I’m so nice 😀

But you can check out the giveaway from Tricia and HotLegsRunner.  Clearly nicer than me!

October 10, 2010

I Heart Ke$ha.

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For real.  Last night before going out my roomie and I listened to her.  And because we only know the couple of songs that she has on the radio we listened to each one about a million times.  Sometimes I think I want to channel her and be her.

Sometimes not though.  Maybe I just want that gold tooth she has.   That is not going to happen, however, on my VSITA stipend. Although I have been told I resemble her.  Compliment? I think I”ll take it as such.

Oh well.  Maybe Halloween costume idea?  It’s a pretty easy costume but I don’t know how “recognizable” it is.  I mean, I don’t want to have to answer the question of “now what are you for Halloween?“. Because I’d basically be wearing no clothes with teased hair. My roomie and I hit up a Halloween store on Friday, just to get ideas, and I have some of my own but I’d love to hear what you guys are being if you have any ideas (I know that’s unfair to write because I kept y’all in the dark until AFTER Halloween last year hahah!).

But I love Halloween.  And it’s almost here! I can’t believe how fast this month is already going by! 30.3% done. Craziness.

Also crazy? The fact that the wondrous fall weather did tempt me to run yesterday afternoon.  I got in another 8 miles with a friend. Or at least I think it was 8.  I haven’t yet mapped it because I don’t want to know how far I went in total yesterday! Assuming 8 miles it was pretty quick @ 8:20 pace. I think this goes to show that I’m a faster runner in the afternoon than I am in the morning.  Or maybe my legs were just warmed up for this one.  Who knows.

Normally running the extra wouldn’t be a big deal but I have Tufts on Monday — aka TOMORROW.  I’m definitely not worried at all about not recovering in time for the race (I usually recover really fast from harder efforts) but still.  Crazy.

I’ll likely end up letting this weather injure me if I’m not careful!

Which is why when I laced up my shoes — or really I just tied them as I never un-lace them after a run — I made a conscious effort to reel it in.  I guess you could call it either a recovery run from the “long run” I did yesterday or a shakeout run for tomorrow’s race. Either way it was slow, despite not feeling slow, and stayed that way for the large majority of the miles until I decided to just give a little burst of speed so my legs don’t forget.  Totally mental but whatever gets me to the starting line mentally prepared is alright with me.

While it was quite cold temperature wise (42*) the fact that the sun was out made me feel like my longsleeve shirt was overdressing.  Then I’d run under a tree or building and get really chilly and be thankful for the sleeves. It’s always funny to me to think about how different 42* feels at 0500 vs 0900.  I never feel like I can get warm with the former! Oh the power of the sun


Yay google images


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I guess I’ve been avoiding the whole goals-for-this-race talk here.  I think I’ve said it enough that A) the race is tomorrow and B) I like to race to feel like I’m going to vomit (sooooo attractive I know) so the game plan is to go out strong and try to hold it.  Luckily I’m racing it with Lacey and that’s her M.O. Since my strength is endurance I’m going to let her push me out and then I’m going to take over and reel the both of us in for a strong finish.

In terms of times, I really want to PR.  I’ve only run three 10ks ever (given that I don’t race much!) and my current PR stands at 45:09.  I think I can break that.  *knocksonwood*.  I’d love to go sub-42. Realistically I’d be happy with 43:17 because that’s a 6:59 pace and I really really REALLY want to average sub-7s, and the sub-42 would just be the next minute barrier after that.  We’ll see. Given that I knocked 90 seconds off my 5k a few weeks ago, doubling that gives me a 3 minute slash right there.  Add in the fact that I’m better the longer I’m out there and I’m hoping for some good things.

Of course positive and good vibes being sent my way would never hurt 😉

Ready? BREAK!


Yeah yeah yeah. I've used this picture a lot. It's a good one though. Admit it.


Kind of a boring post today, no? It mimics my real day as I’m sitting on the couch re-reading Dracula (amazing book. You should read it).  Hopefully after the race I’ll have something exciting for you.  Could be good, could be bad.  But since I’m not planning on just running it I’m assuming that I’ll have something to share with y’all.  Brilliant glory or utter mess.  Hopefully if it’s a mess it’s a hot mess.  Like the girl I heart and titled this post for.  So let’s rock out to my girl some more today? Yes please. I won’t annoy you with another clip or anything.  But you should turn it up because I am as I try to lounge and relax 🙂

So cheers and have a great Sunday.  And Sunday night as YAY for 3 day weekends!


Sorry I really couldn't resist another failblog picture. This one was delivered to my google reader as I was about to hit post. Serendipity right there people. Serendipity.


Oh and before I forget: thanks for your input on blogging privacy in my post yesterday.  Like Sweaty Kid said (and I 100% agree with) “All anyone would have to do is look up my race times to figure out who I am“. There’s definitely a huge element of trust here and it seems that most of us are on the same page that we feel like we know those who comment on our blogs and who’s blogs we comment on but are somewhat weary about those who we don’t know who are reading (and if that’s you then come out of the woodwork! We can all use more friends 🙂 ).  I still go back and forth with how much to publish and am actually glad for it.  I think the second I get comfortable and DON’T question it then I’ll end up publishing my full name, DOB, SSN and address. And that would be no bueno indeed

November 1, 2009

PICTURES — Halloween 2009

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As promised: Halloween 2009:

As you can tell I went as a go-go dancer.  I absolutely loved the dress and would totally wear it any day of the week!


Nothing like a dance party 🙂


Me and my "soulmate" aka my best friends boyfriend who is the male counterpart of me


Ummm awkward?! Ha


I ❤ my friends

No sleep = good running? Apparently

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Oh Lord. Halloween night = shenanigans! I think humans sleep for a reason right? Well, my body certainly thinks so.  I am dragging a bit mentally. Another night of <5 hours of sleep. And that’s with the daylight saving time hour included!

Last night confirmed again why I love my friends and Halloween.  SO. MUCH. FUN! My feet are a bit blistered and cut open from my shoes but hey I looked hot and that’s all that matters hah. My friends and I hung out and drank before going to the dance and getting down.  I’ve just been having so much fun being social that I didn’t even realize how late it was until the lights came on haha.

But man, I really need my body to let me sleep past 830! I opted to push my run off ‘til late morning so I could get some food in me.  Dancing + drinking + not really eating too much last night =/= good conditions for running first thing. Kind of spells disaster actually.

The weather was nice and cool, well compared to yesterday, I guess 55* isn’t “cool” but it felt great.  Once I got going my pace felt effortless (maybe there’s something to be said about running on very little sleep? I mean, my mind is foggy and my eyes burn but the pace was there).  It almost felt like I was gliding along.  I only had planned on 6 but made it 7 because I was feeling so good.

Definitely a run where my mind, lungs and legs were all on the same page.  A very rare occurrence.  Usually one of the three is having a temper tantrum  or something. I had the feeling that my legs might do that today because I was a little bit sore from all the dancing last night but they felt fine once they were in their element (aka running haha).

I guess all those mid-week 6 milers were a good thing.  Now the question becomes: do I stick to my plan and do more low(er) mileage weeks or  run more because I’m feeling good? There’s prolly  no right answer to the question and will most likely be a trial by error kind of thing.

I’ll leave you guys with some pics from last night. Apparently my friends are lazy when it comes to putting up pics (and my camera broke 2-3 weeks ago) so none at the moment.  I’m going to have to be mean for a little longer haha. Check back though because I will edit this post once they start coming in.  And no Hot-Spanish-TA sighting either last night.  I did see other TAs (including the Russian one who, every time she sees me, gives me a glare) so he was prolly there but I just didn’t see him.

And to end on a running note: I think I hit 300 miles for the month of October! I’ll double check but man! I seriously was going at it! No wonder I’m so tired 😛

October 31, 2009

HALLOWEEN! and zen running

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De-stressed.  I think I’m making a conscious effort lately to enjoy life more.  At least this past week where I’ve stopped worrying about school and the future.  Sure I’m still focused on that stuff (and haven’t *completely* said “eff this”) but there’s been a definite change in my mindset where I’m able to live “in the moment” (gosh I hate that phrase!)

And it’s having a positive effect on my running.  Exciting.  Like I wrote yesterday, I had a great AM run and this morning I had a second good run.  TWO IN A ROW.  Maybe I really am dealing with some burnout issues because I’m actually pumped about that.  Maybe more so than I should be haha.

In any case, I woke up this morning to a *beautiful* day.  Seriously.  The sun was out and it was warm.  Possibly a little too warm out by the time I went for my run (maybe 68*?) but I actually can’t complain because it means that (hopefully) tonight will be mild for the end of October and celebrating Halloween will be really awesome (and yes, you’ll have to wait some more for my costume heh)

But back to the run.  I was actually kind of dreading it when I put on my running gear (short shorts and a tank — holler!) but I told myself that I could stop when I wanted, which just fueled my type-A-ness so there was no way I was going to.  I planned a route that was 11.2 miles and set off.  The first few miles were definitely on the slow side.  My body was adjusting to running in nice weather as opposed to 35* and I guess all my runs start off slow.

The nice thing about running around 1100 was that I actually got to see the foliage! It’s such a bummer that between my running at 0600 during the week, being locked away with school work during the day and it raining the past 3 weekends that I haven’t gotten to enjoy seeing the leaves turn.  Well today was just beautiful. Except for the blustery wind.  But it wasn’t the swirly wind that attacks you from all sides no matter which way you’re going.  It was overall pretty unidirectional.  The gorgeous weather also set the tone for me to enjoy my thoughts and get “zen”

I opened the post saying that I was going to de-stress my life.  Last night I had an email convo with my advisor and we both decided that it was in my best interest to drop my physiology class to an audit basis.  I don’t need the class (or the credit – technically I could graduate right now) for med school or my major.  Plus the class is so intense and stressful that it’s a major reason why I’m not sleeping and why I’m losing weight and why I’m moody.  But nevertheless, it’s a really tough decision for me and my huge ego!

This run, though, really centered me and I got such clarity.  While it’s still going to be hard to confirm this choice, I am comfortable with it.  Thank you running for helping me clear all the anxiety over this! Don’t you just love that effect of running? I don’t know if it’s the repetitive nature of putting one foot in front of the other or the endorphins or what, but my long runs lately have really been so calming these past few weeks.

The combination of my mental epiphany, the beautiful weather and my body feeling great lead me to over run and go 12.4 rather than the 11.2 planned.  I am okay with it as I still think my overall mileage will be in cutback form.  Plus the addition got me to run by Hot-Spanish-TA’s house.  And because I feel like I owe you guys an update: I facebooked him a message last night.  So the ball is in his court.  Fingers crossed!

I guess I feel I should address the fact that it’s Halloween, although I feel mean doing so because I’m not telling you (or anyone) what I’m dressing up as.  But I ❤ Halloween.  I haven’t a clue as to why.  But I love getting dressed up (and no I’m not one of those skanky girls!) in a costume and be a different persona for the night.  Festive drinks don’t hurt either hah. Everyone on my campus gets dressed up and the Programming Council sponsors a dance (with free beer maybe?) which is a blast! Going to dance the night away! Anyone have exciting plans? Parties? Trick or Treating (because we all know that the only reason I took my younger sibs out in the past was for the candy I got too haha)? Scary movies?

HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN! Or if you’re not into it, a great Saturday 🙂

October 25, 2009

Short Run and Halloween Excitement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:10

Wow.  Thanks for all the advice/support/kind words yesterday.  I knew posting about it would be the right thing because it seems that most of you know exactly what I’m talking about! My friends just look at me and roll their eyes because none of them run and therefore don’t “get it”.

Everyone of you who commented had valid points and were stuff that was in the back of my head already but took an outside look to really hammer it home.  I definitely DON’T want to injure myself and I totally recognize the fact that I am headed that way if I don’t relax a bit.  Both in terms of my mileage and, as LARunner mentioned, my pace, particularly the LR pace.

So here’s where I’m going to lay out actual (target) numbers for you guys (I rarely do because I hate the comparison stuff it generates) but here goes:

  • Marathon pace: 8:21
  • Easy / recovery pace: 900-915
  • Tempo: 715-730
  • Mile repeats: 650-700
  • LR: 900

So this is what I’ve been doing.  And actually been pretty close to them in reality with the exception prolly being this past week. Thoughts? I honestly feel like most of them are too slow for my liking.  I definitely left some gas in the tank during my marathon (ran a 3:37:58) so I think that I am faster than numbers plugged into a calculator tell me.  I’ve gotten these baseline paces from McMillian which is considered pretty good but I’m such an overachiever that I try to hit the lowest of the range given.  Maybe as well as re-thinking miles I need to rethink pace too.

Definitely something else to ponder as I want to maximize my running “potential” (gosh I hate that word! haha)

Anyway, last night I hung out with my friend (who I still call my roomie even though it’s been two years since we lived together ha) and we eventually went to see The Hangover at the campus theater.  She had just come from a vball tourney and was exhausted and I was exhausted too (I am soooo old because I still am recovering from Thursday’s partying haha) so a movie was a good fit.  So glad I went because it was HILARIOUS.  I haven’t laughed like that in a while, definitely a spirit lifter.

I also got a great night of sleep last night and woke up to a sunny sky and clear weather without an alarm.  Amazingness! Especially considering that last night it was monsoon-ing out.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten more soaked than I did getting around last night.

So clearly this is me we’re talking about and I ran today.  I was feeling better mentally thanks to you guys and my last night but I made sure that I did not run as far as I typically do.  I did about 5 miles which is better than nothing and better than 8+.  Progress? Maybe.  But I need to decondition myself from the thinking that more is better.  I know it’s unrealistic to just drastically cut down my miles, but if I can cut 2-3 here and there, over the course of the week it’ll make an impact, right?

This run was pretty great.  The sun was shining, the temp was an amazing 56* and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  My body felt really good too after a mile or so.  I definitely wasn’t flying (and was reminded of that when the boys XC team zoomed past me) but I didn’t feel like I was struggling the way I have been lately.  Although my legs did remind me that my brain was foolish to want to do more by the end.  And I listened by sticking to my guns (and by guns I mean plan of 5 miles).

Another highlight of the day was my shopping trip to Target.  Not only did I stick to only getting what I needed (Halloween costume stuff) I found an even better costume than what I was planning on being! I’m so excited and I’m going to be mean and make you guys wait until Halloween is closer for me to reveal it (or maybe even meaner and make you wait until I have post-Halloween pics!). But my friend was looking at stuff and she was like”WTF?” Of course I looked and was like “This is IT”.  The costume is sooo me so I’m super excited to wear it.  And it was wicked cheap too.  Double bonus!

Going to write an awkward wrap-up here (aka no wrap up at all) because I have to go work on a physiology project then get my study on.  Don’t worry though, tmrw I will do another installment of the Facts of Life.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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