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April 29, 2011


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Okay so I am more than a little sad that Michael Scott is gone.

He always left me satisfied and smiling.

thanks google images

Can you tell that I watched last night’s episode AGAIN?! Mostly because, after getting up around 0600 every morning, sleeping in on my day off isn’t going to happen.  And apparently whenever I don’t have something time-dependent to do in the day (aka get my butt to work) running first thing just isn’t going to happen. So weird because I used always be one of those people just ready to GO.

Since I was cleared to run on Tuesday I’ve been taking advantage of that (duh) and running.  A lot.  At least relative to what I thought I would be doing at this time.  Jess commented that she thought that a tear in my tendon would require surgery and was way serious.  So did I in fact.

The fact that I don’t need it either means A) the tear is really really small or B) it was more of a wearing and fraying of the tendon.  I’m leaning toward the latter because I didn’t need surgery and my short runs the past few days have been pain free, which means to me that it’s healed up…at least healed up a lot.

So my runs lately have been feeling pretty darn good on the whole.  Wednesday I had a so-so run before work. Completely pain free but I think my cardiovascular system is still taxed from the marathon because it was exhausting. I’m sure it was partly due to the humidity though (this week, while warm, has been really thick).

And then I caught up with a college friend after work.  And we had a weekend kind of night. On a Wednesday night. Holler.

From Freshman Year of College! (my friend who I saw is the one on the right)

Despite that, I was still up and at ’em Thursday morning.  The run turned out really well too.  I guess it goes back to the thinking that the runs right after a night of drinking is always a good run for me.

Because this one was really fast and felt really strong and really good.  It felt almost like a tempo: hard but way fun and exhilarating. (twss)

Some thoughts that passed through my head on this run?

  • Ugh it’s humid (63*, 97% humidity). My hair looks a mess.  And I’m running through the grad school today. Double ugh.
  • Ugh it’s rainy.  Maybe I  should’ve worn a shirt! (I was in a sport bra)
  • Ugh it’s humid. I’m glad I’m not in a shirt.
  • Man my breathing is hard, but controlled.  Most excellent.

That last point occurred to me during the last mile or so.  It felt great to be running strong! Not that my runs have been *total* crap for the past x amount of weeks.  But they’ve just felt like runs.  This felt like a run, if that makes sense.

It probably helped that this song was stuck in my head:

I really am digging this song. Like, when it comes on the radio it gets blasted and…well not really sung…more like shouted.

Anyway, like I said up top, I chose to not get up out of bed and run first thing on my day off *yesthreedayweekend* so I’m going to try and squeeze that in between lots of errands.  There were bunches of thunderstorms yesterday which cleared out some of the humidity.  Always a good thing.

Another good thing? I’m finally going to be making the signs for Sunday (I do have a couple of ideas but am soooo indecisive about which ones to pick! I’m doing a double sided poster) finally going to be putting gas in my car and finally going to be putting food in the fridge. YAY.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday so far. Yes I’m aware that it’s not even 0900 yet but I hope it’s been f-a-b-o-l-o-u-s just the same. I know I am because A) I’m not working (yes I’m that petty and rubbing it in) and B) you guys are too amazing in telling me how much you love my Boston race pictures

September 26, 2010

Saturday Was A Good Day

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Or a great day even.

I don’t think it’s any secret that these past two weeks have been LONG and TIRING for me.  I mean, it’s not like I complain about it, oh I don’t know, every post?

But I’m happy to report that this post has *minimal* complaining (because I’m writing this sentence first and there is no way I can guarantee none hahah) and I’m also happy to report that I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER (also just a warning: there may be lots of capitalized words.  I guess it’s an emphatic post)

It ended up being a no-go on the Toga Party.

Which is just as well because I ended up skype-ing my best friend from home and we spent a few hours just catching up.  I haven’t seen her since my trip to Philly in July and it was nice to actually *talk* rather than just play email catch up. Plus I got about 10 hours of sleep by not going out that night. Which made my Saturday wicked awesome.

I started out the day with a looooooooooooong run. It wasn’t my original intent (if you remember hills were) so I don’t know what possessed me (well maybe I do. I like long runs).  I knew when I stepped out the door that I didn’t want to do hills (and since I’m not in training I didn’t have to do it) but I still knew that I wanted to really push myself.

And push myself I did.  I knew in the back of my mind that if I ran far enough my body would have to reset itself (after a shower, food and reading on the balcony of course!) and that I’d feel great. I wasn’t sure how far I could go but it ended up being a very decent distance.

  • 1st loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:48
  • 2nd loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:47
  • 3rd loop: 4.1 miles @ 843
  • Total: 15.3 miles @ 8:46

15 miles is the longest run I’ve done post-Boston.  So it was WAY tiring.  Interestingly my stats above don’t show that too well but trust me: the last 2 or 3 miles were HARD. The weather wasn’t helping (it was 76* and 94% humidity at 0800 when I left!) either.

Which is what I wanted. I’ve been in the in-between state where I have enough energy to do stuff but I’ve also never gotten the chance to really recoup because my type-A personality says that I must be doing something.  Running so long forced me to slow down for the rest of the day and enjoy.

[Awkward tangent]

I also realized on this run that, as fun as the 5k was last weekend and as fun as I know the 10k is going to be in 2 (!!) weeks or even a race as long as a half, that I’m itching to do another marathon.  If you’ve noticed, my runs are getting longer, both mid-week where the average run is about 9 with one or two 10-ers and the long run where I just ran a 15. And, I know I don’t do weekly recaps anymore, the overall weekly mileage has been slowly creeping up a bit naturally.

I am fully aware that 15 =/= marathon training long run but I was definitely thinking, especially over those last 2 or 3 really hard miles that I want a marathon.  To which I can say “FINALLY” for that desire to train for a marathon returning.  I knew it would but I just didn’t know when!

I know I’ve said all fall that I regret not signing up for a marathon but deep down I didn’t have that burning passion to do so.  It was more or a “oh hey I’ve put lots of miles in I should have capitalized on it”.  Right now I want to train and focus.  I’ve been thinking of doing the Hyannis Marathon in February.  Not ideal living in New England but I can’t afford Boston, so I likely won’t do it, in which case I don’t really want to wait for spring.

Obviously no commitments yet (look how long it took me to sign up for that 5k!) but something I’ve been musing over.

[End awkward tangent hahah!]

Soooo where was I? Oh yeah: I felt ON and READY-TO-GO. How can you not feel like a bamf after running 15 miles? I was snapped back into not being a zombie!

Ready to go where you ask?


Yay Apples

Because I’ve been in a blah-ish mood my friend (who is my desk mate at work and thus hears me complain even more than you guys do 😉 ) decided that we were going to go pick some apples.  Because apple picking makes me happy and she had never been! (She’s from the south and, sadly, they apparently do not partake in any apple picking amazingness) We ended up picking ~25 pounds of apples.  She didn’t really want any of them so she just took a few out when we got back.  So guess who has ~20 pounds of apples? Anyone care to guess how long they’ll last? 😀

Clearly the best ones are at the top. And yes it was warm enough to wear a halter top and shorts. Fall?

Later that night me and my friend (my friend and I?) headed into Boston to party.  The original plan was to meet up with some of my hometown friends and do some bar hopping.  Well let’s just say that some drama ensued with the group and leave it at that.  We still ended up in the city, but with different people, and still had an absolute blast.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was quite the night and a testament to the fact that changing up a routine can make a world of difference in mood!

And my workout today (Sunday)? Well let’s just say that it was a different kind of punishing than the long run on Saturday 😉

Or not.  I keep harping on the fact that after a night of having a drink or two, or a night of dancing, I run a lot better / faster / easier.  So the run was faster than I anticipated — even knowing the aforementioned fact, it still always surprises me when I go fast.

The weather was actually pleasant too.  Sure it was still 70* but the humidity was down to about 60%.  And for the first time, despite the weather not truly being cold yet, I really noticed the leaves changing — And I really tried to find a non-cliche picture of New England in the fall with changing leaves.  But I couldn’t.  And I’m too lazy to move from my balcony to go take one myself.  So here’s the cliche anyway (and all images that follow are google images as is the toga one up top ).

But know that I really do get to see this everyday.  My favorite is the deep red ones.  The changing of the leaves might be the (only) good thing about New England 😉

So I am now off to go find a place to watch the end of the Pats game.  Woot.Although by the time this is scheduled to go up the game will likely be over hah! Let’s hope they can not suck this week?


Check out the giveaway Matt‘s having.

July 22, 2010

In West Philadelphia

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Except we didn’t go there 🙂

So I’ve been lazy with blogging.  Lazy being a relative terms as I’m currently running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  Who knew that taking a week off of class would stress me out so much?!

That said, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things.  At least in terms of my work.  My last content class is tonight *GASP* and I’m excited and yet scared.  Definitely means that I should be ready to rock my next practice exam over the weekend.  Talk about pressure (and oh wait I have my respiratory system chapter out and am reading about negative pressure breathing.  Oh I am a nerd)

But rather than bore you with my woe-is-me and studying tales I think that a Philly recap is in order? So here are some highlights — some running related, others not so much:

And yes I know this is long.  But I don’t know when the next time I’ll have to sit down and blog is and I don’t want to keep you hanging.  But there are pictures.  That counts for something 🙂

First the overall non-running stuff: I had a blast.  Sure I was there for job training (which is always boring) but I met some awesome people who are going to be serving in the same city as I am.  This will be AWESOME when I actually move there and need to have friends.  Specifically friends who understand that VISTA-ing means poverty.  I also met some amazing people that aren’t serving near me but we went out for happy hour every night.  Seriously.  One of the girls I met and I really became close (she even came out to bar-hop with me and my high school friends that weekend!) and I can definitely see us traveling to hang out in the future.  Provided, of course, that we have money to do so haha.

Now the running.  Because I do call myself a runner.  Although before I get into the specifics I do want to mention that this trip chilled me out with regards to running.  Obviously I couldn’t run as much as I did pre-trip because I was so busy and happy hour > running extra.  This has carried over into the past few days back, partly because I need to play catchup with work and partly because I broke that chain of needing to do more to feel good.  So post-trip I’ve just been doing nice easy runs that are less than an hour.  Crazy right?

Tuesday July 13th: Train ride.  UGH to a 6 hour trip.  I did get some studying done, however, but man 6 hours sitting down is rough.  And because of when my train left and arrived and when orientation actually started I didn’t get to run.  Sad face.  But since I really can’t remember my last rest day (because such a thing really does exist) it was probably a good thing.

Wednesday July 14th: Run on hotel TM.  I tried to get my roommate for the trip to join me because she was a runner too but I was up at 0530 for it.  Not exactly what a 20-something wants to be doing.  I wasn’t 100% comfortable running through the city on my own and, since every night happy hour happened every day including the first one, I figured a run where I didn’t have to think was appropriate.

Thursday July 15th: RUN WITH FLO.  Okay so she beat me to the punch and mentioned me on her blog here and I’m lame and just mentioning it now but still. We ran along some river that I cannot and will never be able to pronounce for a couple miles.  It was great to actually meet her in person and she is hilarious.  I wish I lived closer to Philly so I could run with her more.  We ran together for maybe 5 miles and then I had my trip to/from the hotel plus a bit more to make it 9 or so.

Friday July 16th: I ended up running along the river again.  This time sans Flo.  I did, however, run past her which put some pep in my step because it’s always nice to see a familiar face when running.  I think I essentially ran the exact same route as the day before, but extended it a bit to make it 10 miles because I wasn’t sleeping well and was up early (and speaking of sleep I slept poorly the entire time I was at the hotel! Annoying!).  The scenery on the river was absolutely beautiful and reminded me a little bit of running along the Charles back “home” in Boston.  I didn’t take any pictures during the run (although I wish I had!) but here’s one I pulled off of google

Friday was my last day of training which was bittersweet.  On one hand I was soooo happy to be done with the actual orientation as there’s so much of it I can take at one time.  I was also happy because that means I can start my job next month and I’m really excited to be carrying out the VISTA mission at the clinic.  But I was sad because, like I mentioned, I made some really awesome friends and it sucks to know that I won’t be seeing some of them again.  But luckily, thanks to texting and facebook, I’ll be able to keep in touch.

After I was sworn in as a VISTA my friends from high school swung by my hotel and we went sightseeing.  I’d never been to Philly before so I wanted to do all the classic touristy stuff.  I’m also a huge nerd and wanted to see all the historic things.  Granted I live in a very colonial era so nothing was new to me but it was cool to see the same timeline but just in a different city.

I know that there’s so much writing here! But here are some pictures of the highlights. With minimal commentary (you know that I’ll never give up total commentary 🙂 )

City of Brotherly Love


Massachusetts represent! Side note: I don't think I was actually suppose to touch the flag. Oops.

Paddy's Pub @ 1630. We went to see Benji Franklin's grave after this and I was slightly tipsy. Oops.

After the sightseeing we went out to dinner and bar-hopping.  I don’t have any pictures of that but it was fun.  Lots of drinking and dancing.  One of the places we went to played old school BSB, *NSync, Britney and some Miley.  Ummm I was in heaven haha.

We stumbled home around 0300.  Not a bad thing but I wake up at 0800 no matter what time my head hits the pillow.  Which was the case here.  Since my friends are not as blessed as I am I took the opportunity to get a run in.  You know, work out all the alcohol that was likely sitting in my system.  It was really hot and humid at this time (definitely moreso than the 0530 runs I had been doing during training) and since I don’t live there I have no idea how far I ran.  I did run for 81 minutes which if I go wicked conservative on the pace is 9 miles.  So that’s what it’s written down as.  Hahah.

The rest of the afternoon was spent at Longwood Gardens which is a HUGE garden.  It was absolutely beautiful and stunning and amazing.  And I got to have an authentic Philly pretzel.  Yum.

Later that night we went to a more “college” bar scene which was fun.  While waiting in line for the restroom, my friend and I were told that we were “too beautiful for your own good”.  Ummmm yeah.  Awkward. Hahah.  Sadly I don’t have any pictures of that night either.  I do know that my friend has a really cute one but I’m going to have to wait and steal it when she puts it up on FB.  I’ll update either this post or a future one with it because I remember liking it. The night ended with us at a diner at 0200.  Good times 🙂

Yet again, after another late night I got up early.  I hit the streets but only for 36 minutes (~4 miles?).  All the drinking and dancing and not greatest eating definitely was taking it’s toll on me so I cut the run shorter than typical. But it was still good.  Hot but good.

My friends and I then went to a local creamery and got amazing ice cream and saw lots of farm animals.  Then before I knew it the time had come to board the train back to Boston.  Very sad moment.  Especially since the train was delayed two hours and I got back home at midnight.  Ugh.  But again, lots of studying so the trip wasn’t too bad.

Ummmm there you have it? I apologize again for the length of it (and spelling/grammar mistakes!) but I didn’t want to keep you guys hanging by breaking it up.  Life is very crazy at the moment and I should get back to studying.  MCAT boot camp week is almost over (class every night = no bueno) and I just have to push through the full length this weekend and I’ll get some breathing room to focus on the stuff I’m shaky on rather than keep reading new stuff.  Or maybe not as I have to pack and move, finalize my medical school application, and take another vacation.  All before starting my job on the 16th of August.

Did I mention that I love being busy? Because it would sure suck to be me if I didn’t 🙂

Hope everyone has a great Thursday and a wonderful weekend! I’m still in the process of catching up on your blogs so don’t think I’m ignoring you!

December 27, 2009


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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):


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.


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.


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!

November 28, 2009

Day 3

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of double digit runs.  Of course I knew that Saturday = long run so it wasn’t unplanned but still.  3 days in a row of double digits? Hollerrrr.  Not sure if I should be proud of this or a bit embarrassed because I let myself just go and not take into account how my body is going to react to it.  It can’t be that *great* for my body this constant prolonged pounding day in and out.  Even though it feels good.

And it really does. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to address it but to clear up anything if you’ve been wondering: SpecialK brought up an interesting comment on my post yesterday.  She didn’t want to congratulate me on my run as, and this was my inference, my run felt compulsorily.  And at first I was a bit offended: so true that running does feel like a compulsion to me but it doesn’t feel unhealthy at the same time (if that makes sense).  It’s my stress release the only thing that lets me feel like I can shuck the heaviness of school, family etc that press down on me.  I’ve felt that, on the whole, my running has been in “normal levels” (whatever that means).

At least overall: my behavior the past two days (and today which I’ll get to soon) has definitely looked like an obsession.  I mean, come on, I think that for *most* ppl — and I definitely put myself in this category — running lots of double digits runs day after day doesn’t work.  And I know this and acknowledge this: even my body is starting to feel a bit sore and stiff after so many miles.

Not quite sure where that ramble was / is going BUT where I want to get is here: I’m totally aware that I’ve been running myself like crazy.  And I know that I can’t keep this up — nor do I have any desire to.  But, being home, the only place for me to have “me time” is out on the roads.  Which is why the past 4 days have had high miles.  But thank you SpecialK for letting me realize this and actually think about all the miles I’ve been pushing myself to do.  Ironically all this thinking was on my LR today but it’s nice to be able to see my motivations behind why I run the way I do in certain moments.

Today was also a day where I decided I have a love / hate relationship with the wind.  It was soooooo blustery out.  I think I like (and maybe I’m just crazy here) a head wind better.  A tail wind makes me feel like I’m “cheating the system” so to speak — although I will be the first to take a tail wind in a race! A tail wind also turns my long pony tail into a whip and I’m very surprised that I did not lose an eye on today’s run. Luckily the wind cut both ways so I got an equal amount of tail and head winds as well as some nice side gusts that almost pushed me into traffic!

The day was also clear and sunny so it was perfect conditions for my long run.  I have only one real long run route at home (not home enough to spend time working out stuff that’s not combos of routes) so I planned on doing that.  It’s 13 miles so I was really hoping that my legs would hold up.  Like I said above, my body is feeling some effects of my high miles even though it’s not in pain or hurt.  I didn’t have to worry though as my legs felt fine. A little bit weak/sore at the end but I think that would have happened regardless.

In true MarathonMaiden fashion I added an extra 2 miles onto the route.  I almost didn’t but was spurred on by a fresh feeling around mile 11.  Call it a Last Mile Party of sorts.  The thing about these parties is that they really should only be LAST MILE and not last 4,but it lasted about 3 regardless.  The last mile was a bit fading.  Not rough but I *did* let up the pace a bit.  I think the last mile I realized that 15.1 miles is a LONG ASS RUN.  But, as has been the trend lately, my pace was dead on.  Not wicked fast but solid.  Not quite like that 2 week period where I felt flying but much better than the alternative I suppose.  I think the alternating head and tail winds helped to make that possible.

Certainly not the partying last night.  Heh.  I had a bit much to drink but luckily I am one smart cookie and drank plenty of water too so my record of no hangovers ever is still intact 🙂 It was great seeing my high school friends and cutting loose with them, some of the people there I hadn’t seen in years.  It was just a really great blast from the past filled with drinks and dancing and singing!

I have the option to do this again tonight but it depends on how much more work I can bang out.  I kind of want to just stay in: with all the running and going out I’ve been doing lately (ummm can we say T-W-R and F?) I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of things in excess and a night to “detox” is what I need.  Plus, as much work as I’ve done in the past few days I certainly need to do a bit more.  Also I’m driving back to school in the early AM (gotta get out of here fast haha) and I want to not feel sleep deprived / exhausted.  Oh man, can you tell I’m trying to rationalize this?! Hahaha.

November 27, 2009


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my name is MarathonMaiden and I’m a run-aholic.

I told myself that after putting in all those miles for POTM I definitely had the liberty of taking today as a rest day. Additionally the forecast called for steady rain and I didn’t bring home the proper gear for that.  But for those of you who “know” me: rest? what is that?

Last night was great with watching Charlie Brown and then Beyonce / Paul McCartney on TV with some friends and I still managed to get to bed at a semi-decent hour.  Thereby getting another night of 9 hours.  My body is going to go into shock or something when I get back to school and can’t just sleeeeeeeeeeeep.

When I got up there was no rain! I thought that I should go out right then and there but my calves have been soooo incredibly sore the past day or two that I told myself that I would wait and see how I felt after waking up a bit. So naturally A) I wanted to run after 2 hours and B) the rain started back up again.

I managed to drag a shell jacket out of the back of my closet to wear, it smelt a bit musty but whatever.  It was better than the alternative of running in cotton.  I set out on my favorite run when I’m at home, a lovely 8 miler that weaves through some surrounding towns but yet is 100% backroads so I felt peaceful and wasn’t sucking exhaust fumes the whole time.

And because many of you know where this is headed: I added an extra 2.1 miles at the end.  Total miles for Black Friday? 10.1.  And each of them felt great.  Like yesterday I really appreciated the distance aspect of running as I felt stronger each and every mile.  The only difference being that the first couple of miles didn’t suck and my overall pace was pretty decent.  Stellar if you take into account how much running my legs have been doing for the past 2 weeks. Oh the wonders of a carb heavy Thanksgiving feast!

It did rain the whole time of my run but after my feet got 100% soaked, as the rest of my body, I actually was able to enjoy it and laugh and have a good time.  It was the getting to that point that kind of is no fun.  But, in the magical way of Mother Nature, it stopped raining within 20 minutes of me stopping.  *inserteyerollhere*.

But it’s all good because at that time I was eating Thanksgiving round 2.  In my eyes, the best part of Thanksgiving is the next day turkey sandwhiches. Yummy! I definitely will be partaking in Thanksgiving part 3 for dinner as well 🙂

Until then, however, it’s time to make-it-work time for this paper that I’ve been making slooooooooooooow progress on.  I need to bang out something in the next few hours so I can go to my friends and I annual “Let’s go out and get drunk” party.  Annual in the sense that this is out Thanksgiving edition and Thanksgiving is annual hahaha.

Hope everyone is enjoying Black Friday! Anyone score any good deals? I, like I knew, didn’t end up going.  Too scary!! Heh.  Well regardless, have fun basking in the post-Thanksgiving amazingness 🙂

November 20, 2009

Mother Nature: Please Make Up Your Mind

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First off: Thanks for all the suggestions re: foam roller.  I was actually at Target a little while ago and they only had one brand/model and it was much more expensive than I wanted to pay.  So I think I may have to break down and order it online. And to answer Matt: I’m not quite sure about the cause of the pain.  It feels tendon/ligamenty.  I’ve neither had tendon/ligament nor muscle problems though that felt like this but my gut tells me it’s not muscle.  But it feels deep in my glute so I’m not sure what’s there that could be in pain!

Despite having an exam this morning I still went out last night.  In contrast to last week I had SO. MUCH. FUN. I think it was because practically everyone in my class was there as, once we get back from break, not many ppl are going to be partying hardcore as the semester winds down.  It was also what I needed as a release because I’ve just been feeling bogged down lately with things.  Nothing serious but the anticipation of lots of work and stuff on my to-do list.

I think I danced for about 3 hours straight.  The music was pumping and the atmosphere was great.  I figured that, since I’m not sleeping anyway, why bother cutting the night short to try? Haha, but I need to remember that I’m getting old (heh) and as my fellow friend who is 23 told me last night “we’re like 86.  way too old for this shit anymore” hahaha!

Therefore I was a bit worried that my run this morning would suffer.  Normally I take a rest day on Fridays (or have been recently due to Thursday partying) but the POTM challenge is rapidly coming to a close and I wanted to get the max miles in as I can.  EatMoveLove asked me yesterday how often I take a rest day and the answer is that it depends.  I listen to my body and while most ppl spew the “one rest day a week” advice I like to take one every 10 days or so.  Again it depends on how my body feels, what my workouts have been like etc.

The weathermen continue to lie to me.  I woke up this morning fully expecting to have rain but alas there was none! Sure it was a lovely surprise but I also knew that we were supposed to get a heavy downpour and, while the ground was wet, I knew that with my luck I’d be caught in it so I wore my lightweight waterproof “shell” as it was 55* out.  Mother Nature: WTF?! It’s November.  I’d like some appropriate weather please.

So I was a bit sweaty with, essentially, a jacket on.  But I was so thankful when the downpour (yes torrential pouring) took place about 2 miles from the end of my route.  Not that the jacket helped much but I like to think it did.  My shirt underneath stayed dry but the shell kind of molded to the contours of my body which felt awkward.

But the previous 7 miles (yes today was a total of 9.1) felt not awkward.  Always a plus.  Granted this run wasn’t the strongest I’ve ever run but I definitely was not disappointed with how it went.  It started off all creaky and rusty but once I warmed up I felt great and solid.  It did take me about 4 miles to warm up.  Not sure what that’s all about, but hey I still got 5 miles after that of goodness.  If you take the rainy miles into account it’s only 3 “good” miles but I was left with a good aftertaste of the run so no major complaints here.

Well maybe one.  But it isn’t about the run.  It’s about the fact that it POURED for those last miles and continued to do so for my walkings to classes.  But now? Sunny skies all around! I guess the silver lining is that the weather was nice this morning but still: couldn’t it have rained *after* I ran? Gosh Mother Nature is sooooo not accommodating.

The rest of my day has been filled with tackling that to-do list that’s causing my mild anxiety. And then I’m seeing New Moon tonight.  Please don’t judge.  Or judge away but just don’t tell me if your view of the Twilight craze is not so positive.  I’m looking forward to it (for real) not just because I want to see it but because it’s going to make a chill night and get me off campus for a few hours.  Muy bueno 🙂

Hope everyone has a great Friday night!!

November 13, 2009

Birthday Round 1

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Tequila shots were prolly a bad idea. In fact, it’s 1500 right now and I can still feel the burn in my esophagus.

But part one of the birthday celebrations went well.  It was a little lackluster but I think it’s because I had really really high expectations and of course nothing can ever compare to the “perfect” night.

My friends and I pre-gamed before going out dancing at the local (read: sketchy) bar.  I definitely had a blast dancing away!  However all the drinking definitely left me feeling a little out of it as I hadn’t drunk enough to be drunk but I definitely wasn’t sober.  I think that the fact that I A) wasn’t well hydrated (oops) and B) hadn’t eaten a lot prior to drinking (double oops) left me feeling in a lightheaded state. But I still had lots of fun 🙂

So that coupled with the fact that I could feel my legs being slow and fatigued while dancing led me to *gasp* take a rest day.  Definitely LONG overdue.  But my stupid body wouldn’t let me enjoy the extra two hours of sleep that I wanted to take advantage of.  Boo! But it did feel really nice to be able to lay in bed with my quilt wrapped around me and listen to the wind that I was NOT out in haha.

All this lack of sleep + running lots + partying lots finally caught up to me today and I was soooo out of it (I even skipped one of my classes *gasp*. The only reason I didn’t skip more was because I had to physically turn things in. Boo!)  I’m definitely not hungover (record secure!) but I’m out of it enough that my Spanish prof totally called me out on it in class today as I wasn’t able to participate with the usual enthusiasm that I give.  And of course my friend next to me goes (in Spanish) “Too much tequila last night” haha.  But with this prof it wasn’t really all that awkward.  But still slightly embarrassing to be called out.

And I was no out of it that I *almost* didn’t respond when Hot Spanish TA said hi to me in the hallway as I was waiting for one of my classes.  Nothing special but still, it was a little boost this morning 🙂

So not much running today (well none actually) but I’m gearing up for my 23k run tmrw. The weather forecast looks horrendous as Hurricane Ida will be blessing us with her presence but I think I can do it.  What better present to myself that a long run in a Nor’Easter? I’m so bamf that I’ll rock it hahaha.

Off to go privately tutor a kid in statistics.  He contacted me earlier this week and despite my school having a really good — and FREE — tutoring program (of which I am a part of in both stats and physics) he wants to pay me. So between yesterday, today and Sunday I’m tutoring him for 4 hours total and he already wrote me a $100 check for my time.  Holllllleeeerrrrrrr.  So I better go earn that cash!

And then: Birthday Round 2 haha

November 9, 2009

Happy 200th

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First off: This is my 200th post! I was going to post my weekly stats this morning but decided I didn’t want to “waste” my 200th — even though this post is not going to talk about it from this point out hahaha.

Oh man. And to think that Monday’s shouldn’t be that busy for me.  But it’s 1830. I’ve been up since 0530 (stupid insomnia!) and this is the first time I’ve had to myself.  Sheesh.

Anyway.  Like I just said I didn’t get that much sleep last night.  I was up semi-late trying to figure out what I want to do for my proposal that I mentioned yesterday.  Needless to say it was a bit frustrating and I didn’t get anything done with it.  I just kept looking at articles but nothing was clicking with me.  Grrrrrrr. So I thought that it would translate to a terrible run.

But I keep forgetting how AWESOME I am (and I say that in the most modest way I assure you).  I mean, the run wasn’t the greatest pace wise but it was much better than Mondays of the past.  Muy bueno. My one complaint was the temperature.  The high for yesterday was 68*.  The overnight low was about 28* and about 32* when I got up.  I (stupidly) did not check the weather forecast and froze my little butt off haha.  Not really but my hands and fingers were not appreciative.  I think I need to start looking into better gloves for the winter.  Although I don’t really know why I try, I’ve done the triple layering occasionally to no avail. Stupid poor circulation!

Despite the DST change last weekend the sun still continues to rise later and later.  Boo! So now I’m waking up in darkness but after doing my core routine I have sunshine.  Gosh I really do hate going into these winter months.

Either way sunshine (and not clouds) lifts my mood.  Tremendously and I was able to get through 7 miles quite effortlessly.  My HR stayed low the entire time which was nice and, once I was done, quickly went back to resting.

The run itself was great.  The first 5 miles or so felt strong — which, despite running well the past week, has rarely been the case.  Maybe I was pushing too hard, trying to burn off that frustration of the night before as well as the insomnia.  Regardless the last two miles significantly slowed down and prolly is where the slow overall pace comes in.  The annoying thing is that I could *feel* myself fading over the last couple miles.  And there really wasn’t anything I could do about it!

Overall, however, I’m happy with the run.  I look at it as a Monday run that was much better than usual.  A bonus. I’m trying to embrace things that annoy me or that I dislike.  My theory is that if you can accept this stuff then life is good.  I’m trying it out with slow runs and winter.  We’ll see if my overall mood improves.  I’ve been content so far!

Also, I’ve been getting pretty nervous about this weekend.  I’m hitting “real person age”.  It’s a bit scary. I was thinking of running my age in miles that day, as the older I get the more miles I’d have to do (duh!).  But now I’m not so sure.  See, I’ve planned a three day extravaganza of debauchery.   Well maybe only two (Thurs & Sat as I’ll likely need Friday to recover from Thurs haha).  The thing is that my body doesn’t recover like it did back in the days (haha I sound real old now).  I guess if I take it easy Friday night — and I plan to watch El Laberinto del Fauno and take it easy — maybe I can still do it? I still got a few days to decide.

Alright back to putting my nose on the Monday grindstone.  Lots and lots to do!

Also: Natalie over at NoNo2YoYo is having a giveaway, plus that post I just linked too also has sweet info about Project Feed Me which is soooo cool.  Sign up! (and tell her that I was the one you found out about this from)

AND re: Spanish TA. I’m not sure I believe the rumors and it’s literally one or two things I’ve heard from other ppl.  Definitely not giving up yet 🙂

November 1, 2009

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 😛

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