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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 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)

Check out the giveaway from Amanda(Run to the Finish)

November 12, 2010

T-23 days

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Eeep.  And as I was heading to work this morning I was like “this time in 3 weeks I’ll be at Logan getting on a plane”. Double eep.

I can’t think of a good transition or opening for this BUT: when I got the confirmation email it was semi official.  When I got the acceptance email it was official.  Now:

OFFICIAL official. Hizzah.

Although I suppose that a snapshot of my bank statement with the registration fee extracted would be the most official news on that front 😉

But I digress.  This morning was a recovery run.  And a rough one at that.  After 3 nights of clinics (and thus getting up naturally without an alarm) my 5am alarm was a bit on the brutal side this morning. It was a decent run.  A bit warm, or at least I overdressed because my room was on the frigid side, but it was sunny for some of it.  I guess the sun might have made it warmer than expected too.  It felt weird to have sun again. It made me feel like I was running late for work!

I started out pretty slow because, as many of you guys noted, yesterday’s workout for 2 X 3 miles (and what ended up being  6X that HILL) was particularly brutal.  But what was surprising was that my recovery pace is much faster than it was last training cycle. Which is exciting.

Or worrisome as I could be going to fast but overall all my workouts are faster so I’m going with exciting.  The only annoying thing was that the ball of my right foot started bugging me at the end of the run today.  It’s happened before in the past, not on a regular basis and not in correlation to my shoes and/or mileage.  It’s never been serious but it still hurts. Ouch!

I guess now I have a reason to call that podiatrist up and harass ask him some more questions. I still have yet to go out and buy new socks.  I have some polyester ones that I’ve been using on the more intense workouts (aka the ones I know I’m going to sweat a lot on).  I guess this experiment is going to be an annoying one because the only way to know for sure is by failure of the solution to work: aka I get another infection.  Obviously not something I want to happen.

So that’s what’s going on today for me in the running department.  Fun stuff right? At least it’s Friday and we’re on the precipice of the weekend.  Although I’ve always felt that, despite working and school stuff on Fridays in the past, Friday is part of the weekend.  Let’s be honest: we’re all mentally checked out at this point.

 

Thanks google images

So if I get out of here at a reasonable hour (aka before the sun sets because it’s 100% different running in the dark in the morning vs. afternoon) I might get another recovery run in.  I did that a couple weeks ago because it’s another time to get the blood circulating.  We’ll see.  I’m not completely sold on it yet. I do want to actually calibrate and try out the Nike+ that I got in the mail this week (thanks Megan!) Maybe I’ll check with the person I occasionally run with…

Anyway yesterday meals for miles asked to play a short questions / interview game.  And since I love reading q & a posts from others I decided to play 🙂

Favorite restaurant and why?

The Chateau.  I don’t really have a good reason for why.  The food isn’t out of this world good (but it’s still excellent!) but I think it’s the sentimental value of it’s the first “fancy” restaurant that I went to as a kid.  I remember dressing up to go there and they have fancy after dinner mints. Of course as a kid that was my favorite part.

What’s at the top of your Christmas list?

Well, since my birthday AND Christmas gift is my flight and registration for WR, I don’t feel like I’m able to make a list for Christmas.  That said, I’d love a gift card to a bookstore or some nice clothes.  Funny how when I was a kid the idea of getting clothes for Christmas is heinous and now I welcome it.  I also desperately need a new clutch.  What you thought running gear was at the top of my list? While I can always use more running clothes or a garmin, it’s not really at the top because I’m happy with what I have to work with right now.

If you were given a free trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Spain.  I’ve never been there before but I’d love the chance to go and practice my Spanish.  I’d also love to go back to France, specifically the Castle at Versailles.  Maybe not a trip though, living there would be wicked amazing.

What do you like most about blogging?

The camaraderie for sure! I’ve actually met lots of bloggers to run and party.  I started blogging to meet other runners because no one in my real life (or at least at the time I started because I consider some of the bloggers I’ve met part of my real life) runs and I wanted peeps to bounce ideas off of. I keep blogging because I love that I can post something and get a quick lift saying “hey don’t be so hard on yourself” or “hey go get that checked out” or “hey push yourself HARDER”. 

I’m not going to tag anyone to re-post (although I’d LOVE it if y’all did!) but if any of the questions are something you feel passionate about I’d love to hear your responses as well 🙂

Plus I love answering questions so ask away! If I get enough I might try to do a questions only post, like 20-questions or something.

And be sure to check out the giveaway from Julie (Hotlegs Runner) and Sarah (Skinny Runner) and DC Rainmaker

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