MarathonMaiden's Blog

October 5, 2009

Odds and ends

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A quick note before I delve into more of my ramblings.  I want to apologize to Sarah for pretty basically attacking her alma matter in a comment I made on one of her posts without intending to.  I was clearly expressing bias and my surprise (and type without thinking statement) was because of everything you said in your defense of Williams (ie: all the good stuff). I shouldn’t have made a blanket statement when all I was drawing on were my sister and her cronies and their attitudes.  Every place in the world is a mix of good and bad and I shouldn’t have assumed that what I saw was representative of everyone. Sorry! and hopefully you won’t hate me forever!

A Marathoner commented yesterday that I seem to do daily runs ranging from 9-13 miles.  At first I was taken aback (like NO I mix things up and do too have distinction between long runs and weekday runs!) but then I realized: he’s right.  I’ve been pushing for the sake of pushing and getting high miles in.  Part of it is because I can but part of it is so mental.  I’ve gotten to the point where shorter runs just don’t do it for me anymore; when did a 5 miler become not good enough? I’ve also gotten used to being able to brag to ppl that I do a daily 8,9,10-er.  Man, I think I need to chill out!

Good thing today is a rest day!

I have such a hard time taking rest days.  I just want to run run run! So luckily today was a jammed packed day: 3 classes in the morning with a GeoPhysics field trip lab in the afternoon; which by the way was AWESOME.  Hopefully I can get some pictures uploaded soon (have to wait for them to be put up on facebook).  But the basic gist is that we were trying to figure out the composition of materials in a field near my school.  We banged a sledgehammer into the ground and recorded how long it took for our sensors to pick up the propogated wave.  Tmrw in class we’re going to analyze the data and try to figure out how deep the bedrock is.  Yes, I am a physics nerd and this was soooooo much fun heh.

Addressing the questions about the potential marathon: unfortunately nothing really happened on Friday like I had hoped *sadface*.  So to unveil some of the mystery here’s the deal: My friend’s dad is running a marathon (I’m going to leave some mystery and not tell you which one) which his company is paying for.  There was (and still is) a good chance that I can get the company to bring me along — my friend hasn’t had time yet to talk with her dad.  Which would be frickin sweet.  The catch is that I would be helping to pace him to a sub-4 I have no problem doing this because A) I wouldn’t be paying for the trip 100% and B) the marathon itself would be amazing.  If the whole company thing doesn’t work out, my friend has hinted that her and her boyfriend would help out considerably financially as it’s in a vacation-y spot and a great trip.  Again, to reiterate: nothing concrete and nothing for me to pin hopes up on yet but that’s what’s going on at the moment.

As another note about marathons, Lacey asked which marathon my friend did; it was the Portland ME one (not sure if it has a more specific name than that…) and I still am soooo proud of her!

And another note (but not about marathons) from a few days ago: yes I do eat instant raw oats.  Not quite sure why, but when I’m making them I pour the packet into my coffee mug while I wait for the water to boil.  More often than not by the time the water boils I need another package because it’s already half gone! It’s not something that I can say I looooove and look forward to eating but it just happens heh.  Very weird I know.

And I want to leave you with this, which I read on Tay’s blog this morning.  It’s from her g’ma and I thought it was really nice to read. It’s called “Rules to Live By”:

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

4. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.

6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

7. Believe in love at first sight.

8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

15. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze..

16. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

18. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice

21. Spend some time alone.

September 30, 2009

Tempo and Turtle Hearts

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Oh before I forget Christina has a great giveaway.  And I will say what I always say when I link to giveaways: I don’t really want you to enter so that I have better odds of winning.  Heh.

Seeing as how I am a person that thrives on being busy and staying alert my lackluster-ness I wrote about yesterday annoys me.  I know intellectually that I totally was semi-burnt out by all the mental and physical activity I did over the weekend and my whole psyche needed a day or two to chill the eff out. So…how did I decide to change it up?

By tempo-ing it up.  One bad thing about fall arriving is that the sun rises earlier and earlier.  Now, normally I feel totally fine running in a little bit of dark knowing that the pre-dawn glow is coming and with it sunrise.  This morning I got up knowing that I wasn’t doing core before my run so there was no way to eat up that time.  And I found myself facing at least 40 minutes in pitch-black.

I sucked it up and went to the TM.  Totally mentally berated myself for doing so even though I had totally valid reasons: the dark and the fact that my mind isn’t where it normally is (because of all the stress etc) and I wanted to be able to hit paces without concentrating on going fast.  I think because I’m so independent it’s really hard for me to use something like the TM because it does some of the work (pacing) for you.  Oh well.

Leary of what I could accomplish because my past few runs have sucked hardcore in terms of pace I started to warm up. And my first thought was “No eff-ing way can I do a tempo when this warm up is having me suck wind”.   And my next thought was “Jeez, suck it up man”. Heh.

Slowly but surely I eased up and my lungs decided to actually deliver oxygen to my blood which gave it to my muscles.  I definitely would have liked that process to go faster but oh well.  It happened at least, right? And despite my warm up being horrendously hard, my first mile at tempo pace felt really good and a little on the easy side.  So I turned the tempo into a progressive tempo and increased my speed after each mile.  Here are the splits:

  1. 7:30
  2. 7:24
  3. 7:19
  4. 7:08
  5. 7:03
  6. 6:53

That last mile was a few seconds UNDER my overall 5k pace from a few weeks ago.  Makes me think that I have some untapped speed in me for the Tufts 10k I want to run in a little under two weeks. Note to Lacey, I still haven’t registered but trust me: I will be there.

This was originally a straight up 5 mile tempo.  Clearly I let myself get competitive with myself (and show off for the massive amount of ppl in the gym that early heh) because 5 became 6 and I skipped some .1 increases to make sure I hit a sub-7 mile by the end.  C’est la vie.

But the run felt AWESOME.  Not quite the same thrill as an outdoor tempo (of which I have completed very few) but I felt like I had done a very good workout and redeemed myself in the lack-of-motivation department. Plus all of this was done by 0730.  Great way to kick off the day.

My radio didn’t want to follow suit and I haven’t been able to get a SINGLE station the past few days.  I think it’s because the weather is all over the place – crazy changing and what not. Or it could be that my school is evil and, not only deprives us of cable, but wants all music to cease too. Bah! But my run went well so I’m surprisingly not annoyed.

Another highlight of my day? The lab I just came from.  We studied turtle heart and the beating signals and all that.  We had to dissect ’em and measure the force of the ventricular contractions under different conditions (with various neutrotransmitters, temperatures etc.) and it was SO COOL.  I won’t go into great detail because I don’t know how squeamish any of you are (and I will refrain from posting my camera-phone pics) but I loved it.  And the lab worked the way it was suppose to which is always a bonus.  Another plus? My prof canceled the  formal lab write up that went along with it.  Saaaaa-weeet! Now if I could only make myself edit the last formal lab write up from 2 weeks ago and study for his exam on Friday.  Maybe not so sweet.

But I’m sitting on a great tempo run and a decent day of education. I think that will trump my upcoming stress, right? Heh maybe for now 😉

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