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January 5, 2011

Where The Wild Things Are Sex Running

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Another spicy search term to brighten up your day/week because: WHEW it has been dragging! Guess that’s what I get when I take days off and don’t work a full work week since pre-Thanksgiving.  I’m hoping I can stay strong and pull through to the weekend!

Training wise…yes I said “training”.  Even though I’m not officially starting a plan for the 2011 Boston Marathon (!!) Sunday marked 4 weeks post-White Rock.  And thus I’m not purposely limiting myself to only easy runs.  I mean, if I feel like going easy on a day I want to do something specific I’ll take it(no sense in mentally beating myself up and wearing down) but I’ve decided to throw some “hard” (or rather quality) workouts in here and there.  Just to make sure my body doesn’t forget how to train (like it ever could!)

Monday: Easy 8.8 miles at 0545. Ugh. After a weekend of only sleeping 13 hours this run was really rough.  Like unbearably rough.  Sunday night I crawled into bed around 2030 to read because I was done with everything I needed to do (yay productive Sundays) and wanted to catch up on the good book I’m reading. I swear I was out cold within 10 minutes.  Because when my mom called me at 2115 I was sooooo out of it.  I am such an old lady!

But despite the sleep deprivation I had a good run.  It was refreshing to be out in the crisp morning pre-dawn air.  And I was running pretty fast too.  I had only planned a 6.5 mile route but was feeling so strong that I ended up adding the extra 2.3 miles.  I faded hardcore towards the end of it and wish I had stopped at the original distance (so much for not wearing myself out 😉 ) so that I could end on a BANG rather than a fizzle.  But hey, the run was still good.  So I was happy. Not bad for the first early morning run in about 2 weeks.

 

Although I might have felt great on the run this is likely what I looked like. Thanks google.

Tuesday:Again, I slept for an obscene amount of time. Apparently my body can’t handle three days of drinking over the weekend like it once could. For shame I tell you! Anyway, Tuesday was tempo Tuesday during WR training, and will likely be during Boston training, so I decided that Tuesday would be a good day to reintroduce speed.  While a good idea might have been to do fartleks or something to ease into it.  Nope. Not me. Here’s what went down:

  • Warm up
  • “Tempo” : 4.4 miles @ 7:43 (2.2 @ 7:47, 2.2 @ 7:40)
  • Warm down

Tempo is in quotes because I know that it’s not tempo paced.  But for some reason any run that is faster than easy and supposed to be steady = tempo in my mind.  Maybe that’s something I should work on this upcoming training cycle. That said, I’m soooo totally not disappointed that it’s not actual tempo pace of even MP.  It hurt and was hard.  And confirmed that I hate tempos.  But it was a great start and, despite hating every minute of it, I still loved pushing myself.  T-3 weeks until Boston training for me!

I was supposed to finish my Hundred Pushups Challenge and 200 Situps Challenge.  But I didn’t .  Yes I’ve completed all 6 weeks. But I’ve done this challenge before and don’t feel the need to “prove myself”.  I’m 99% sure that I can do it buttttt, I’ll fully admit it, I just wasn’t into it.  Doing the days and weeks was a vehicle to get myself to reintroduce some type of resistance training.  Mission accomplished.  Instead I did a core workout for 15 minutes and then did another type of pushup challenge.  The gist of it is to do 1 pushup on January 1st, 2 on the 2nd, etc. and culminate with 365 pushups on December 31st.  I actually decided to do this on Tuesday and had to do 10 to catchup.  But after doing the other challenge, it wasn’t so bad…we’ll see as the year progresses what I think.

Wednesday: Another 0545 run.  Blah. This one was actually a little worse than Monday but only because I had to work late last night and didn’t crawl into bed until late. But I’m glad that I got out there this morning.  I don’t know where this “Oh hey I can sleep more and then run after work” attitude is coming from.  Not that it’s a bad thing per se but I used to be a real go-getter in the mornings!

Not too much interesting here except that I totally wiped out about a mile or so from my apartment. Normally I’d just shake it off but since it was around 0700 at this point it was getting lighter out and a guy totally saw me hit the ground.  To his credit he asked if I was okay and if I was hurt.  Only my ego buddy. I need to start paying attention hahah! I still ended up with about 8 miles at a good easy…dare I say recovery (after 4 weeks of recovery running I’m not sure I like the phrase at the moment!)?…pace with no fading at the end and there might have been a light negative split. Emphasis on the slight.

Well that’s all I got for you today. Happy Hump Day. I usually hate that term but considering the search term I titled my post after and the picture for pushups I’ll use it.

Check out the giveaway from Julie (Hot Legs Runner) and Muncher Cruncher and Matt (The Kitchen of  a Runner)

December 30, 2010

Painting is Really Freaking Hard.

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Because that’s what I spent my day yesterday doing.  Between the shoveling on Monday and home-improvement around the clinic yesterday I have been getting my XT in for the week.  I know that one of my goals last year was to XT more but I don’t think this is what I had in mind.

Okay so I wasn't really doing home improvement stuff per se. But man, was JTT cute 😉

Don’t tell my mother but I did some serious handyman stuff yesterday including but not limited to: spending 2 hours in Home Depot trying to find the correct color of paint that was needed to match the hallways, spackling and then painting two offices and a kitchen as well as scrubbing down a bunch of walls.  And rearranging furniture and mounting bulletin and white boards. Really now? I don’t even do this in my own home. Oh what I will do for a good recommendation.

In terms of running, yesterday I got that run I had wanted to post work.  And it was SPECTACULAR. I was probably high off of the fumes from the paint and cleaning supplies but I ended up with 8 miles at an average pace of 8:23. It just felt effortless. I really didn’t feel like I was pushing the pace at all but I was working hard because I had to take my gloves off during the run AND my last mile was sub-8. Holler: I’m back.

I should make it a habit of running after work as those seem to be my least complainy runs.

I woke up this morning ready to tackle my run and set out for one of roughly 10 miles, 10.8 according to my map.  It was slow and hard and the route I picked wasn’t really cleared of snow.  So I probably got some long jump and high jump action in there.  Variety.  You know, mixing it up.

Thanks google images

But overall the run didn’t really suck and I do think that “I’m back” in terms of recovery because I knew that yesterday was awesome.  I did feel really sleepy and exhausted this morning so, barring any huge energy rushes, this will probably be my long run this week. I’m still trying to make it 4 full weeks of easy running before jumping into a “base building” phase for Boston.

I also did my PT exercises (which I hadn’t done since SUNDAY!), pushups ( 22, 22, 30, 30, 24, 24, 18, 18, 60 ) and situps (33, 33, 45, 45, 36, 36, 32, 32, 100  ).  This was W6D2 and I can’t believe that next week I’m expected to do 100 pushups in a row as the program is ending. Eeeep.

But I guess I can’t really complain too much.  I’m sure that the pushups (and I swear that after every set I grumble…can it be a grumble if it’s said in a big girl voice?…”I HATE pushups. Why am I doing this?!”) have helped me.  I’m not sore after shoveling and painting stuff. In fact, after doing both tasks I felt rather accomplished.

Jeez.  I just re-read that sentence. Am I maturing into an adult? I cook, bake (yes Jess I plan on making a pie from yesterday’s post from scratch this weekend), clean, shovel and fix things? Good thing that NYE is coming up soon and I can totally dash that allusion.

December 27, 2010

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Oops. Wrong time of year.  Although I’m trying to stay positive with all the snow that was just dumped on my doorstep.  A day and a half after Christmas aka a day and a half too late for snow in my opinion.  Is it Spring yet? Not that I’m bitter or anything 😉

Although on second thought I am typing this from bed because the ~18″ of snow gave me a snow day. I haven’t had one of those in YEARS! It feels good 8) It’s a great way to cap off a Merry Christmas holiday.

My immediate family.  And check out the huge tree in the background! It dwarfs me and I’m 5’11”!

I did a bunch of stuff over the weekend, including running.  I’ll try and keep this short and running related, mostly because I read this post from Shelby 😉  Since it’s essentially the dreaded recap post I’ll try to do bullets with pictures.  That way my blabbering doesn’t get too out of hand hah!

  • Friday was my first hometown run since the summer! It went well, felt good and fast, especially since compared to where I’m living now there are NO HILLS there.  It was nice.  The run was a tad over 9 miles and felt quite speedy.  I’m pretty sure it was a progression run as I felt a lot faster toward the end.
  • Christmas morning brought a bit of sleeping in (I was so exhausted!) and a Christmas run. This year Christmas fell on my LR day and I had *just* enough time to get it done and shower before driving to my uncle’s for Christmas dinner.  I managed to get 11.2 miles in with the mid-miles being nice and quick and sandwiched between some sloth.  It was nice regardless to be a bit over 10.  Longest run since the marathon!
  • It’s been a tradition, oh forever, for me to run my Christmas run in a Santa hat.  Like, tradition even before I could call myself a runner and called myself just a kid who was running for bball.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I move to a warmer locale next year because I’ve always *needed* the hat! It was 16* when I stepped out the door.

  • Sunday I ended up with a good 9 miler which was decently paced before driving back to Providence. Nothing exciting about it except that I hadn’t run the route since August. And pushups (20, 20, 24, 24, 20, 20, 22, 52 ) and situps (30, 30, 36, 36, 30, 30, 105 ) followed.  As well as rolling / PT exercises because I hadn’t done them since Thursday. Oops.

Some other highlights (other than the 3 pain free and not totally slugish runs!)  included

  • Going on Christmas Eve to a neighborhood that tends to go all out with their Christmas lights

Go Pats and Sox! As much as I want out of New England I’ll miss the 24-7 Boston sports coverage!

  • Waking up semi-early on Sunday in order to get that last hometown run in before the nor’easter hit us.  And waking up out of a deep sleep. Although the highlight was, I do believe, that I still smelled of beer and icing. Hallmarks of a good Christmas I tell you.
  • Driving through the snow storm on Sunday afternoon.  Which took forever because of idiots who live in New England and yet are completely surprised by the snow.  Grrrrr but I ended up home safe and sound.  Maybe with high blood pressure. Which wasn’t made any better by this sight early in the evening

View from Sunday night.

I totally handed back in my I’m-a-BAMF-New-Englander card when I whimpered and said that I wanted to get away from this all. And I didn’t have a good shot of my car but let’s just say it would have been wise of me to do a little shoveling / brushing off periodically during the storm. Oops.

The storm is still kind of going on right now.  And I get to run in it later due to the aforementioned snowday.  It makes me feel like a kid.  I even want to make a snow angel. Which is weird because MM and snow =/= friends. First, though, it’s breakfast in bed.  Trying to not think about all the snow I have to shovel later. Maybe I’ll just ignore it for a few more hours. And then go run.  And pray that a heat wave comes and melts that snow off my car.  I can dream, right?

And I’ll leave you with this video that Lindsay sent me a few days ago.  I probably should have put it up on Christmas day but it was Christmas and I didn’t.  Better late than never, no?

And check out the giveaway from Julie (Hot Legs Runner) and Running and Rambling

December 24, 2010

A Little Bit of Green and Pumpkin.

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First: I LOVED your answers to the questions I posed on Wednesday. Hilarity.  You guys are the best

Second: Sadly I’m not talking about green money.  I wish. Nor am I talking about green pumpkins which is likely a good thing!  And I could be talking about the Celtics but, for once, I’m not (although WOOOOT to another win!)

I wasn’t planning on blogging today as I’ve been busy (but duh who isn’t this time of year with work and the holidays and everything) and every time I sit down to type about my runs it’s all the same really. Buttttt I had a kick ass run on Thursday.  So I’m sharing 😉

I got up on Thursday morning and saw…SNOW. Again.  It really stormed on Wednesday and I was hoping that it would have dissipated by Thursday. Nope. It was the big light fluffy stuff, not a blizzard or anything icky, and I am so glad that I ran.  Well duh I ran.  I did an elliptical session the day before.  No way I could make myself do two in a row.  But I’m actually happy that I ran because it was a really stellar one.

I’ve been shying away from posting my paces as I recover for a bunch of reasons, first and foremost being that my pace shouldn’t matter in the days and weeks post-marathon.  That and partly because I’ve been doing lots of slow running and I felt really jealous when seeing others doing fast stuff and I’m not.  Because I’m really competitive. Green eyed monster anyone?!

Only not so warm and fuzzy. Thanks google.

Granted slow is all relative but suffice it to say that in the weeks post-marathon my runs have ranged from the slowest run at just over 10:00 pace to the more recent 8:57 that I did on Tuesday.  I saw lots of 9:30ish paces in there and I did get some LMPs in but overall these runs have been much slower than what I’m used to. The trend is slowly getting faster with the same effort but still, I want to jump right back in!

I’m not going to lie and say that mentally I was okay with it the slower paces.  I went back and forth between being cool and not cool with it. Going from “yes this is what my body needs” to “ugh another slow splits?!”.  Don’t get me wrong: at the end of the day my life isn’t ruined by not running speedy during these runs. But it sometimes felt that way right after a run.  Which makes me feel awkward typing out this post. Especially since I’m saying this in order to set up how awesome my run on Thursday was and how sweet it felt.  It makes me feel a bit bratty.

After running the first loop well I decided to sneak a peak at my splits at each check point  (I did a 2.2 loop, my pathway (essentially 2 @ 2.2 for timing purposes), 1.1 loop)

  • 2.2 miles (19:13, 8:44 pace) Okay this could be a good run
  • 2.2 miles (18:47 minutes, 8:32 pace) Well there you go. Hope I don’t break something
  • 2.2 miles (18:05, 8:18 pace) Jeez think I can hold onto this for one more mile?
  • 1.1 miles (9:00, 8:10 pace) Holy S$#%, this is like PRE-MARATHON RUNNING

So 7.7 miles total in 65:05 which is a 8:27 pace.  If that isn’t beautiful I do not know what is.  I’ve been waiting for my legs to come around and give me those mid-8s that just felt like I wasn’t doing anything except having fun.  The only sad thing is that I ran out of time to capitalize on the fast pace and great feeling!  Of course the preventative stuff happened post-run (don’t want to jinx myself here) and I did W5D2 of pushups ( 19, 19, 22, 22, 18, 18, 22, 47 ) and situps ( 30, 30, 36, 27, 27, 33, 100 ) as well as the PT exercises, rolling, stretching.  The works.

I’m not going to consider myself fully recovered from the marathon — I think it’s good for me to still be on a break because I’ve *never* given myself an off season — but man, did this run feel good.  No aches, no pains, no nagging anything to suggest I ran a 3:09 marathon just 2.5 weeks ago. Not too much more to say on it because I feel the data just speaks for itself.  For once the numbers are in line with how I feel while running

Elite Boston Marathoners. Maybe not as good as this though 😉 Thanks google.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and / or weekend if you don’t celebrate! I’m going to try and blog but hey, it’s the holidays so I may not. Unless I have another stellar run like I did on Thursday! I’m hoping that some hometown runs do the trick. If fact, I’m off for one now. Happy Christmas Eve y’all!

But in case you’re feeling ambitious today I’ve decided to also share a recipe. Since it’s the holidays (and YAY for going home for the holiday. Aka no work — and more importantly no early bird wakeup Friday) I’ll share a recipe.  This one was probably more appropriate for Thanksgiving as it has pumpkin in it but I’m pretty sure that pumpkin is good for year round stuff. I mean I’m not a die-hard like some people but I’m not going to discriminate based on something as silly as month.  Case in point: I made it for the Celtics game last night.  I received no complaints.

And if not, well then, simply don’t make it. Like most of my recipes, this one came from a friend but when she gave it to me the recipe card said it was from “The Baking Pan” so I guess that’s where she got it. I didn’t actually look to see if it was still on their site but I’ve written down the directions per her. And I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that if you do find it, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is word for word the recipe on the site as I just copied and pasted her email hahah!

And yes I know there are lots of words that follow. So feel free to just look at the pictures.  Unless you try to make it.  Then I’d suggest reading the ingredients and directions 😉

Pumpkin Walnut Cake


Ingredients:

  • Small amount of vegetable shortening and flour for preparing pan

Cake:

  • 1 cup dark or golden raisins, plumped (or a combination of both)
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced crystallized ginger
  • ½ cup quartered red candied cherries
  • 3 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree or, one 15-ounce can of pumpkin.
  • 1¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups walnuts, coarsely chopped, 2 tablespoons reserved for the top

Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (about ½ orange)
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice

This is so totally the bread that I mention below. Same recipe. But I felt I didn't a good picture to break up the text 😉

 

Directions:

Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare one 10 inch cake pan and lightly grease it with shortening and dust with flour
  • Plump the raisins by steaming in a colander in a double boiler; steam the raisins about 1 minute or until softened. Thoroughly drain, or spread the raisins on paper toweling to dry. (in the interest of time we did not do this.  I’d imagine that the cake would have come out even tastier if we had)
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the drained raisins, ginger and cherries. Stir in 1 tablespoon of flour to keep the fruit from sticking together. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whisk together to mix.  Set aside.
  • In a large bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs; beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer still on medium-high speed, slowly add the granulated sugar to the eggs, either one tablespoon at a time, or in a very slow steady stream, taking 3 to 4 minutes to add all of the sugar, and beating until the eggs and sugar are fully incorporated, and the mixture looks light in color and thickened.
  • Add the brown sugar one tablespoon at a time, taking 3 to 4 minutes, and beating until the sugar is fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly.
  • Reduce mixer speed to medium, add the pumpkin puree, and beat for 1 minute. With the mixer still on medium speed, slowly pour the oil into the batter in a slow steady stream, and then beat for 1 minute longer.
  • Reduce mixer speed to medium-low, and blend in the flour mixture all at once, mixing just until incorporated.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a balloon type whisk or large rubber spatula, fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the walnuts, along with the raisins, ginger, and cherry mixture.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons reserved walnuts over the top. Bake 65 to 70 minutes or until a long toothpick, wooden skewer or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes then remove cake from the pan and place the cake on the wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

Orange Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar and orange zest. Add 4 teaspoons orange juice and stir until smooth. Add additional teaspoon of orange juice if needed to make a good drizzling consistency. The glaze should be like a soft icing, but thin enough that it will run down over the sides of the cake
  • Drizzle glaze over the cake, allowing the glaze to drip down the sides.  Let the glaze set before serving.
  • ENJOY!

Close Up. Yum

And since this cake was such a big hit to the party I brought it too I decided to use the recipe and make it into a bread.  Minus the glaze because I wanted to take it into work for the doctors that volunteered Thursday night at the clinic. Kind of as a thank you for both being a volunteer as well as coming in the day before Christmas Eve. It was a bit tricky getting it made before work post-run but soooo totally worth it!

Everyone loved it as a bread too.

December 22, 2010

A Bloggy Secret Santa and Some Q & A

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So I officially feel like a loser because I’m just mailing my bloggy secret santa out on Tuesday.  Even though I made mine and feel superior because of it 😉 I’ve been told that it’ll get to my buddy by Friday. So fingers crossed! I did bust my butt last night to finish it because, when I got home from work on Monday I found this waiting for me:

I also had a package from my mother. Not quite as cool but I had TWO packages waiting for me. Awesomeness

And an adorable card inside as well

Awwww 🙂

Now the fun part. The part that everyone waits for:

THE GIFTS

I LOVE IT! I don’t actually know who had me because he/she was all mysterious and didn’t sign it.  I’ll have to do some blog stalk reading 🙂  I love Clif products and the crunchy pb might be my favorite bar.  And the shot blocks got me through the tough last part of White Rock.  And I love the book Once A Runner and it’s awesome to have a real copy. I may or may not have downloaded and printed one off a few years ago.  And the “Virginia is for Lovers” shotglass? How did my secret santa know? Hint Hint hahah!

Thanks Bloggy Buddy! [Edit: After some sleuthing I’ve discovered that it was Heather from The Crazy World of a Running Mom!]

Before I get into the Q & A maybe I should mention a little bit of running stuff? After the dud run Monday I knew that I needed to foam roll and PT exercise and all that jazz regularly and did so after work. Because that’s what good runners do 😉

And it payed off.  After a fitful night of sleep where I just couldn’t STAY asleep, I got up on Tuesday to do my run.  In the snow.  It was really pretty but the roads were “ehhhh” (and I don’t really trust drivers in the snow) so I stuck to my pathway and got a really good 8.8 – 9 miles! It was (and you’re probably sick of my saying this) the fastest run post-marathon that I’ve done.  For real.  By quite a bit and was very close to being within the range I was in pre-marathon for *easy* runs.  Not recovery but easy!  A most excellent feeling and the truly great thing is that the run just felt like I was gliding.  I didn’t feel dreadfully slow and yet I didn’t feel like I was really pushing myself.  Dare I say that I’m getting my legs back under me?! I might have just jinxed myself though! I finished off the workout with my pushups ( 36, 40, 30, 24, 42 ) and situps ( 54, 60, 45, 36, 75 ) as well as the PT exercises.

Today was an elliptical day. Blah.  Not directly related to the hip stuff (because I’ve found that keeping up with the PT stuff is working wonders) but, after chatting with one of my favorite docs at the clinic Tuesday night, I decided not to push it.  His exact words when I asked him what to do today werenothing that you enjoy doing hahah!  Hence the elliptical.  But the workout was pain free and I continue to be pain free so I’m leery that I needed the non-running day but whatever.  In the long run it’s bound to be good. I am a little annoyed that I couldn’t take advantage of the earlier sunrise  (holler winter solstice yesterday! meaning LONGER DAYS AHEAD. hizzah. It also means that we’re entering true winter here but hizzah just the same.)

Enough running business for now.  I was tagged by Shelby (eat drink run) to do these questions.  And I decided to play because, while I’m very happy with how my pace is improving and my body is responding to recovery, it’s not the greatest blogging material. I didn’t pay attention to the rules of the game but I do know that I’m not answering the same questions she did.  So I think I make some up afterward and then tag people.  Whatever. The truth is that I read all the blogs that comment here so I do want all of you to do it.  Seriously.  If you really want me to link to you then well your S.O.L.  😛

1. Vacation: beach or mountains?

  • Beach. Hands down. Mostly because the mountains can be chilly at times and I hate any chance of being cold.  Granted hiking would be cool but you really can’t beat your toes in the water and @ss in the sand.

 

Clearly these feet are A) not mine and B) do not belong to a runner

2. Luggage: check it or carry it on?

  • Carry it on.  I was SO PISSED when I had to check my luggage on my trip for WR. My sister swore up and down it would fit as a carry on.  She lied. And I was out the fee to check the bag.  Both ways.

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

  • When I was younger I always left it a rumpled mess. Mostly because my mom made it for me.  When in college, and I realized that the dorm room was a LIFE and LIVING space I changed my tune.  Plus it’s so awesome to get into a made bed at night. And no I’m not going to share a picture of my bed. I thought about it but then thought about the creeper search terms that people use to find my blog and decided against it. Sorry.

4. Races: smaller or bigger?

  • Toughie.  I’m going to say bigger.  Because bigger = better? Mostly because bigger races = faster people entering = me being pushed.  That means I’ll likely never out and out win, which would be cool, but I’ll typically run my best.

5. Toilet paper roll: over or under?

  • However it happens to be when I put it on.  I might be the only person who doesn’t care.  I just place it on the roll.

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

  • Thick and fluffy.  Because that’s the way Americans eat ’em 😉

 

Good Morning Sunshine

7. Alarm: get up or hit snooze?

  • Get the ‘eff up.  Lately on the weekends I’ve been hitting snooze but that’s rare.  Once my alarm goes off I get up. I am going to amend this and say that, save for my post-marathon slumbers, I rarely wake up with the alarm and get up 10-15 minutes earlier than it.   I do wait until the alarm goes off to get out of bed though

Thanks google

And now my questions. I think I’m supposed to do 7 so I’ll try and come up with that many but we’ll see if I can… YAY I did it. Enjoy 🙂 (and seriously. I read y’alls blogs.  DO IT!)

  1. Dishes: clean them up right away or leave them for later and do lots at once?
  2. What is your favorite US president and why?
  3. Favorite song of 2010 and why?
  4. Seasons: Fall or Spring?
  5. Are you a brand loyalist all the time? Some of the time? None of the time? If so to what brand?
  6. Sweets: Pastries or Ice Cream?
  7. What would you say to a guy who said “So leave your keys on the kitchen counter / And gimme back that ruby ring with the big diamond”? [Edit: I don’t think some of you guys listen to that quote in context to the song. Hence why I provided the video 😉 ]

And before I forget: there were lots of questions on what “bleeding the line” means in terms of my oil burner.  It’s just a way of saying that I had to let all the air go out of the tubes “the line” because if there’s too much air in the line then the burner won’t suck up the oil.  All it involved was me loosening a valve to do so but I felt really BAMF doing it!

December 20, 2010

Things I’ve Learned: Weekend Edition

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

thanks google images

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

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

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

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

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1. Vacation: beach or mountains?

2. Luggage: check it or carry it on?

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

4. Races: smaller or bigger?

5. Toilet paper roll: over or under?

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

7. Alarm: get up or hit snooze?

December 17, 2010

Question: What Kind of Coach Purse Does Jennifer Garner Have?

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Answer: I’m sorry to the person who used that google search term to get to my blog yesterday but I have no idea. Maybe Sarah (SkinnyRunner) does? 😉

My Thursday was CRAZY busy. Both with work stuff and life stuff. But, and this must be some sort of Christmas miracle, I got everything I wanted to get done yesterday done. It was a bit stressful but nothing that a couple of deep breaths and one GIANT cookie that got mailed to me from a really great friend couldn’t cure.

No pictures out of the baggie because I knew it was going to be so good that I wouldn't be able to put it down. It lived up to those expectations.

And yes, those are both candy bits *and* CCs. I feel so loved. And it was seriously as thick as my finger. HEAVEN.

Workout wise Thursday was PDG (pretty damn good). Before work I completed an 8.2 miler that was, well, rockin’. Granted I say that with the mindset of marathon recovery: the pace was still slow but it was MUCH faster than any run post WR. I checked my watch at the half way point and thought NO WAY was I running that fast. But I was. I didn’t have a LMP but I did have a second-to-last mile party. Then I slowed down a bit for the last mile with a slight surge over the last block before getting to my door. I’m telling myself that it was the warm down 😉 So while I still have a long way to go before I can consider myself recovered I was quite encouraged by this run. The run was also without hip/IT/pirformis/whatever the heck it is pain. Another encouraging thing.

Lots of pushups (25, 29, 25, 25, 37) and situps ( 38, 45, 38, 38, 55) from W4D2 as well as PT hip exercises followed that run and almost made me late to work. Maybe that’s why I felt really rushed at the clinic? Besides the fact that I wanted / NEEDED to get those exercises in I was also running late because I mailed the first batch of Christmas cards out. Yes that’s right: FIRST BATCH. You see, what typically happens is that I mail my initial 15-20 cards out and then inevitably forget a bunch of people. So I know I’ll be mailing another 5-10 out this weekend. But I’m such a good friend so it’s all good.

Like these guys: (All I know is that, based on the C’s vs. Knicks game on Wednesday night, NY cannot handle THE TRUTH)

So much amazingness going on here. Well that was Wednesday. And by golly it was the perfect thing to come home to after work.

This morning (Friday) I awoke eaaaaaaaaaaaaaarly. Okay so it was 0545. But when I get up at 0800 on Tues/Thurs it makes the 0545 alarm so much more painful. It was obviously to run (sorry Jess for the lack of willpower to XT! But you ditched me Tuesday 😉 ). It was cold (duh) but I felt like I was appropriately dressed and never felt cold on the run. Success. The run itself was a quasi-success. It totally was NOT as great as my run Thursday in terms of both pace and feeling in the leg. I’m blaming it on the fact that I ran out of time to roll post-workout and then was too lazy to stretch or roll post-work. So I’d gone 48 hours of not treating the leg-o with some TLC.

That said, the run didn’t suck at all. And it was probably the second fastest run post-WR. Which says a lot because it was an early run and my paces typically aren’t the most stellar at 0600. So another encouraging thing-a-ma-bob. I even got a LMP out of the run. I had only planned on running 6 but decided to tack on one more, because today is Friday and after some changes at work (sadly nothing scandalous) I have a new supervisor who doesn’t work Fridays. So I had those extra minutes to spend running. Should I have spent them rolling and stretching and PT-ing? Highly likely but I did spend 30 minutes doing that stuff so, again, it’s all good.

Anyway…something that ISN’T right  or good is the following picture. I’m all for holiday spirit and all (and I’m getting into it myself in my own way) and I thoroughly enjoy driving around the neighborhoods that put all fancy and creative lights up. But I’m very thankful that this person is not my neighbor.

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December 14, 2010

MM’s Whole Truth

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Enough heckling (*cough*Lacey*cough*).  I’ve finally finished my “Whole Truths” post.  It wasn’t sooo hard to answer the questions but it came down to the fact that I wanted the answers to be blog friendly 😉

And enough heckling (not that there really was any per se) about me running on my silly/stupid effing leg. Even though I spent a combined hour stretching and foam rolling and woke up pain free, I “borrowed” my roomie’s university ID and spent 70 *glorious* minutes on the elliptical.

I felt like Russell while watching all the people running on the TM. They looked bored too. But didn't they know they got to RUN?!

Clearly the glorious-ness was sarcasm (which, by the way, there is a great need for a font for).  But I didn’t run.  Fingers crossed that my leg responds well!

I was going to do a spin workout but the only bikes that were free were the recumbent ones. I also rolled and discovered that my hipflexor in the “bad” leg is SO TIGHT and SO WEAK. I’m not saying that it’s the problem but it can’t be helping too much so I started up the PT exercises that I used last spring and there definitely was a huge difference in range of motion and strength between the legs.  In the “bad leg” I really could feel the problem area being worked.  No pain but I don’t think I’ve really targeted those muscles in awhile.  Guess that means that I should really start to lift again! I also got my pushups (21, 25, 21, 21, 33) and situps (32, 38, 32, 32, 50) in as well (this was W4D1)

And yes I know that ibuprofen, while my drug, isn’t good to take long term and I’ve actually stopped taking it because I’m not taking it regularly enough for it to truly act in the way I want to (reduce any possible inflammation).  So there 😛

Onto happier / less annoyed news: yesterday in the mail I received this baby from a friend in Dallas:

My name in the paper ❤

where it informed me that I was, in fact, 8th woman.  I don’t know where I saw 9th (*cough*stupid WR website*cough*) but it’s in the papers that I was 8th.  So there.  I’m calling it the truth and since the title of this post is MM’s Whole Truth it’s got to be right.  Plus it’s in print.  You can’t really retract that baby. I think I’m going to frame it

Now actually onto the title of the post…

So Lacey did this little thing earlier this week last week (?) that she titled “The Whole Truth” and the idea was to answer the questions as best as you could.  Apparently Mark Bittman did this in a magazine and Lacey liked it.  Since I like her (and my posts will likely be boring until Boston training starts up again) I decided to copy.  Originally I think she wanted people to answer these and send them to her so she could post a big version but I missed that memo.  Sorry for stealing your thunder Lacey! (I also didn’t answer all the questions because I couldn’t come up with answers that I felt comfy sharing on the blog). And I deleted Bittman’s answers so if you want to check out his you can go back to Lacey’s original post of the Whole Truth

Enjoy!

If I could say one thing to myself 20 years ago…

You are one helluva strong person.  Keep your head up (granted 20 years ago I was only 4 but I think the message should have been reinforced from a really young age 🙂 )

My favorite place in the world…

Someplace warm and sunny

Yes this is a real place 🙂

The lesson I keep learning over and over…

I’m MUCH stronger than I think

The movie I watch when I want to laugh…

Zoolander. Although Tropic Thunder is giving it a run for it’s monaaaaaaaaaay.

Thanks google

The most scared I’ve ever been…

Well I’m not going to post the *most* scared but one time that I’ve been terrified was the night before starting 6th grade.  There were lots of changes in my life at that point too and going from elementary to middle school was terrifying.

No one knows I…

Well now everyone will know it but when I was in middle I acted like I was from the hood.  For real.  I’m from a really nice suburb.  Awkward.

Unhealthiest thing I’ve ever passed off as dinner…

Well I don’t really cook.  My idea of dinner most nights is a can of tuna and some steamed veggies (mostly because I work lots of clinic nights and it’s easy) [Edit: I eat the tuna with italian dressing so it’s not sooo bad hah!].  I guess that’s something that I’ve tried to pass off as dinner.  I have tried to pass off an ice cream sundae as breakfast before.  My mom wasn’t too happy about that when she discovered me and my younger sister eating it before school one day!

Personal philosophy…

The Platinum Rule (aka treat others the way they want to be treated)

Book that changed my life…

Where the Wild Things Are.  Don’t judge: it was the first book I could read on my own and thus sparked my reading obsession.

I unwind by…

Running, talking to friends, being pen pals with friends (heyyyyyyyy I am an old soul! Heck yes to the letter! And especially this time of year when I can write long Christmas cards!), getting lost in a good book.

Proudest moment in my career…

Getting my undergraduate degree and, much more recently, having the CEO of the clinic tell me she was really impressed with how I handle myself with patients, providers, board members and the press.

What keeps me up at night…

Usually things that are out of my control.

I define “downtime” as…

Moments where I feel zero stress

Coffee or tea?

I’m leaning towards coffee at the moment. Scary because I NEVER drank the stuff until entering the work force.

Guiltiest pleasure…

Watching marathons of America’s Next Top Model or The Biggest Loser

Fierce. Thanks google.

My mom was right about…

Things often have a strange way of working themselves out.

My mom was wrong about…

Raising 6 kids in a 3 bedroom house being a good idea.

thanks google (yet again)

The last time I lost my temper was…

Coming home from the airport after my Dallas trip.  I’m going to blame the fact that I was really hungry but I totally freaked out on two of my younger sibs. I think my sister was saying that she wasn’t going to keep her cat away from me and my brother kept making jokes about how Texas = stupidity (it was a spongebob joke but still.  I lost it).

My favorite moment of the day…

Waking up right before the alarm goes off and the covers are all comfy

I wish I had more time for…

Reading.

I always make time for…

Running. And friends (just so you don’t think I’m totally running obsessed 😉 )

I’m currently reading…

Harry Potter et L’ecole des Sorciers.  Plus a John Grisham novel when thinking in French is too much intellectual stimulation 😉

Home means...

Talking without words (and I wrote that and thought that some of you pervert would misinterperet. But I’m goingto keep my original answer and clarify: Comfortable silence)

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December 9, 2010

Chilllllllllli

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AKA it’s chilly outside. For real. With no intent of getting warmer.

Amy told me that I should do some baking.  And I have been and will be.  But first I wanted to share a real meal that I did considering the last “I made something” post was apple cinnamon muffins. I have some recipes that I want to try out so all in good time my pretty, all in good time. I have lots of goodies to share!

Lindsay asked me “what’s up with you being in the kitchen all the time? sheesh. tryin’ to find a boyfriend or something?”. Hahahah. Ummmm I work at a clinic with volunteer med students and volunteer doctors.  What do you think? 😉

Therefore I combined both a warm meal with trying to land a date with a doctor in one night.  Multi-tasking at it’s finest? In any case the chili recipe that follows is a made-up recipe.   I just kind of realized that A LOT of the cooking and baking stuff I do is recipe free.  I suppose it’s because, if I fail miserably, then I have a reason: I didn’t have any directions to follow hahah!

Chili ( to be eaten with tortilla chips. Duh. And rice, although I just used Minute white rice so no picture or recipe of that because I’m sure y’all can read a box hahah!) This is veggie friendly but if you wanted to add meat you totally could.

And eh picture while it was simmering

Ingredients:

  • 2 large peppers, one green and one red (*cough*christmasspirit*cough*) and one yellow because I needed more veggies
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 large celery stalks
  • 1 large can of stewed tomatoes ~30 oz
  • 2 cans of beans, one kidney and one black ~30 oz ( I threw out the can before I looked at the exact size and I used the jumbo sizes of cans to make up for the lack of meat and to balance out the large can of tomatoes)
  • jalapenos
  • brown sugar (unknown amount. I just threw it in until it tasted right)
  • salt and peper
  • water

Directions:

  • Chop up the onions, celery, peppers and jalapenos (I chopped them up not-so-finely so they were big pieces.  There’s apparently a technique or method to chop onions so you don’t cry.  While I knew this at the time I couldn’t for the life of me remember so I was crying.)
  • In a large pot add the stewed tomatoes and beans and water and bring to a boil

Large friggin pot

  • Add the veggies and beans after the pot is boiling
  • Add the brown sugar and salt and pepper and then turn the heat down to low or medium and let simmer for maybe 10-15 minutes
  • Transfer to a crock pot to keep warm until you’re ready to eat it or eat it straight up
  • ENJOY

I don’t actually know if this is really a chili because there’s no chili powder, although there is jalapeno in there.  I’m not a real foodie or anything so I don’t know if that counts.  And I know that picture doesn’t make it look too good. But it was. And it was hearty which is also good because I am still famished post-WR. That’s all that counts.

In terms of running / recovering I got a good 6 miler in.  I foam rolled the living bejeezus out of my legs last night after getting home from work (HELLO EARLY NIGHT!) and actually got to stretch as well.  And then lay in bed with a book in my hand but not reading because I was hungry (again) and didn’t want to get out from my warm covers to get something to eat.  I need a snack bag next to my bed.

The run itself was, well, cold but what else is new.  I’ve actually stopped looking at the predicted forecast because it’s just depressing. But I did check when I got back and it was 19* outside and it felt like 8*.  Needless to say I still was in shorts, as I keep resisting breaking out the winter gear because once I do that it’s really winter and I’m not cool with that. I did have on two tops, earmuffs and my snowplow gloves though. 

Jess, jokingly I think, suggested I go out for the Austin marathon in February and it’s very tempting to have another trip of getting out of here this winter.

But I digress.

Like I said the run was okay.  I’m keeping with my theme of basking in the glow and going easy. I got tired by the end but that’s sort of to be expected because today’s run was a bit overzealous! I tried to go further today because I woke up with NO SORENESS.  As soon as I tried to walk down the steps outside my quads let me know they were still there though. And all the mini downhills (I’m trying to stay on the flattest route I have) told me the same. As did the pace: slow and steady.  It was the exact same pace as the past two runs; nice because I increased my distance today.

I’m having some tightness in my right leg, right behind the kneecap (maybe my hammy? it’s the lower part of the kneecap though) that popped up during the last mile or so.  Likely from the cold but I’m going to have to stretch out all day today.

But I’m encouraged that I’m feeling on the way to recovered. So much so that I really want to think about what’s next hah! This is so weird because after my first two marathons I vowed “never again”

I also did pushups (20, 25, 15, 15, 26) and situps (30, 38, 23, 23, 40). If you noticed this is a step back from what I’ve done lately.  I decided to go back and re-do weeks 3 and 4 because, with the travel over the weekend, I didn’t get to finish week 4 and just felt like I needed an extra week of numero tres.  On Tuesday I did W3D1 and today was W3D2.

And SUAR posted this last night and I have to copy it because tears were steaming down my face while watching it.

It was 19* outside at 0800 and it felt like 8*.  Needless to say I still was in shorts as I keep resisting breaking out the winter gear because once I do that it’s really winter and I’m not cool with that. I did have on two tops, earmuffs and my snowplow gloves though.

December 2, 2010

And I’m Off. Kind of Sort of.

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So (and this is my FB status so I’m sorry to repeat for my FB friends): I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off because I’m leaving for DALLAS on FRIDAY (TOMORROW) to run a MARATHON. Eeeep? I’m leaving tonight after clinic to head up to my mom’s house so I can be closer to Boston for my flight.  So, not off yet, but pretty damn close!

After reading your comments on my monthly recap I guess  I was running A LOT.  It honestly didn’t seem like that much.  And while the breakdown per day statistically was ~15 miles it obviously didn’t work out that way every day.  My quality days were 15+ and my Fridays were doubles which helped.  But there were light days in there. It was either heavy or light.  No real in betweens. Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel like I was running that much!

Taper madness.  Given that I have training madness, ummm see month of November?, it’s no surprise that running very few miles this week is messing with my head.  Not in ways that really make me feel like I have taper madness but I’ve just been antsy (and cooking.  I’ll have lots of recipes to share when I get back.  Plus I know that I’ll be cooking lots during recovery.  Guess I’ll end the year on a bang note there!).

Grrrrr to the taper. thanks google

For the most part tapering is going well. Going into Wednesday and today I knew that the bulk of training was, DUH, behind me and that Tuesday’s NAILED GMP was the last “real” workout.

Wednesday morning was a recovery run.  As well as a taper run.  So it was somewhere around 6 miles. (  <– that is the reason I ran so many miles in November.  Taper much? ) I was debating about whether or not to get this run in. I had made myself a deal that if it was raining, even drizzling out, when my alarm went off I’d take the day off as it was suppose to, and did in fact, rain pour all day and I knew I wasn’t getting out of work at a decent time. And if it was clear I’d go for 5-6 miles. Well no rain in sight when I got up as it was a lovely morning.  Later, when the house my apartment was in was literally shaking it wasn’t so lovely hahah

But it was almost 50* Wednesday morning! In December! I checked the forecast for Dallas and it was only 40*. Ummmm some destination marathon I picked, no? I’ve been told the forecast for Sunday is actually looking really nice though.  I haven’t had the heart yet to check it out myself

I also got in my pushups (25, 29, 25, 25, 37) and situps (38, 45, 38, 38, 55).  Man I hope they get me some strength because I can feel them whenever I do them!

Since today (Thursday) is a clinic day AND I’m in taper check this out: I got to sleep in EXTRA EXTRA.  Thursdays have been my long run days and with T-2 days (OMG I think I just got sick a bit) I figured it’d be prudent to NOT bang out a long run.  Maybe I’m not so taper madness-ified after all? 😉

While the weather on Wednesday morning was cloudy but warm (hello I was in a sports bra by the end!) this morning brought about sun and temps in the mid-30s and I settled for a repeat of Wednesday: an easy 6 at a slower-than-I-thought pace. Since I was running “only 6 miles” I thought I’d have extra time this morning to leisurely shower and eat.  But I was actually feeling pretty good that I stopped just shy of 8.  Again, taper much? Any extra time I thought I had by only planning on running 6 miles was taken up by the aforementioned sleeping and those extra 2 miles.  So much for not rushing around before work.

Must. Get. To. Work. Now.

Anyway I’ve been shying away from posting about the taper because A) everyone else seems to be and B) because I really suck at it.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at November’s numbers and realize that I didn’t stick too well to the taper plan I had set out.  BUT this week I have been making sure to do things right.  Maybe even a dramatic taper as I sucked a lot during it.  I think the only thing I really did well was shift speed work to GMP….but I digress.

In addition to sleeping extra and not running mega miles everyday I’ve also been stretching and rolling lots and did that too today, as well as made sure I did it every day this week.  It’s funny how tapering makes those things a PRIORITY.  Like drinking lots of water.  This week I’ve actually swapped out my diet coke / diet dr. pepper habit with water.  GASP. See? Dramatic. Incidentally I’ve nixed lots of salt.  Even though I know that skimping on salt (for ME) is no bueno and leads to lightheadedness, I can still taste the salt from my margarita experience last weekend. Obviously by now it’s just mental but regardless: I still have that taste in my mouth.

I’ve also been increasing the carbs that I’m getting.  I’m not actually switching out any foods but just adding extra carbs to what I’m already eating.  While some people complain about the weight that they gain during taper I couldn’t care less.  I don’t *feel* any heavier and, at 5’11”, any taper weight gain is not going to be noticeable.  And to be honest: I actually brought home 10 lbs of turkey from Thanksgiving. That bird is not going to eat itself!

Aaaaaaaaaaaand that’s all I got for you.  Annoying, right? This post has been a mish-mash of pre-race / pre-travel excitement, daily running and taper.

I wish I had better taper advice but this is only my 3rd marathon.  For my first I really wasn’t doing much intense training and, thus, didn’t really do much of a taper.  For my second I was injured, so I was tapering for 5 weeks because I couldn’t run much at all.  That said, I’ll take suggestions of what y’all do…

So, like I opened this post and titled the post, after clinic tonight I’m off and putting my sorry marathoning butt on a plane tomorrow morning.  I have some pre-written posts set up while I’m away but the next time you’ll hear from me “live” will be when I get back.  Or a day or two after for the full recap as I’m spending Monday night in my hometown (mostly for the free dinner that my mom has said she’d cook for me.  But shhhhh don’t tell my family that!). I’m sure that I’ll do that annoying quickie-where-I-don’t-tell-you-anything teaser post while I’m there.

Because I’m like that.

thanks to my favorite sister for her lovely paint skilllzzzz. and i must really love my tiara because this is the billionth time i've shown this pic!

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