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April 7, 2011

Life, uh, Finds A Way

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 07:28

If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, expands to new territory, and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.

Don’t judge me for my favorite book. ❤

Is it too much to ask for consistency?! I mean, I LOVE that I feel like I’m on an exciting frontier with life stuff. Like I’m a pioneer or something.

thanks google.

But is it too much to ask that the small life stresses stay the same so I can concentrate on other stuff? That means: work, family, friends: you are on alert. Don’t change.  Don’t cause drama.  Because I can handle the status quo right now. Do not play this cyclical game of giving me stress and then backing off.  It’s disarming. And will cause me to be pissy.

Life: stop breaking free and causing chaos in my life. (And don’t worry I’m not as stressed — like at all — as I was back in February and March.  Just annoyed because there are things that I want to do (SELFISH alert!) and can’t at the moment. Annoying)

You too mother nature.  It’s been going back and forth between humid + rainy to brisk (I can’t in good conscience call it cold anymore) + sunshine.

Luckily (?)  my run on Tuesday got the humid part.  Complete with some drizzle and WIND.  When I got up this morning, after resetting my alarm more than once, my mood matched the dark skies.  I was only planning on 10 or so, which was also the feedback that my body was giving me from the get-go, but as the run went on I got faster and faster and my mood got better and better.  In spite of the humidity, on and off rain, and wind.

It was actually, GASP!, fun.

Sometimes, in spite of everything seemingly stacked against you, a ray of sunshine comes through. It helps when it’s literal, as was the case when I hit my apartment to get the 10. The sun broke through!  It was like a sign to keep going. And I listened (Taper whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?)

I’m glad I did because the last 6 felt effortless. It might have been a bit, well unwise, on my part. Taper? IT?

thanks google. and rachel

I know that I had a good, pain free run over the weekend with my 20 miler.  But that run was characterized by an overall slow down for the run.  This run? Nuh-uh-uh. I felt like I was FLYING by the end. If that 20 miler was a sign that I can complete the marathon this one was a glimmer of hope that I might actually finish with a smile on my face.

Running is fun again.

And I say that with the knowledge that my run Wednesday kind of sucked.  Because it was a true recovery run.  As in: Sloooooooooow.  And with some IT pain the whole time.  I use the term “pain” very loosely, it was more of an awareness that my IT band is a part of my body.

Today? Who know what it’ll bring. I’m tempted to do some fartleks.  But let’s just hope for an IT pain free run, m’kay? And let’s hope I make it through the next 11 days (holy s#$%!) without going crazy, m’kay? I’m sure it’ll be easy, m’kay?

Can anyone not say m;kay and think of this guy? thanks google

On a follow up note from my last post and the response I was getting from me cutting our the shaker: well I hear y’all (and let me tell you it warms my heart to have people tell me to keep on saltin’) buttttttttttttt that doctor is probs right.  I will definitely admit to eating a fair amount of processed  and canned foods which give me plenty of salt as it is (I tend to crave salty stuff).

Maybe I’ll revisit the issue in the summer (or even spring once I start really sweating salt) but for now I’m going to try and reduce my added intake.  So far, and it’s been almost a week, nothing major has happened aside from my food being a little blander. And it’s not that I have health issues with HTN either.  My blood pressure is routinely low.  But, like lots of other things in life, the effects of too much salt (it’s literally a shaker every 10 days or so) probably won’t be seen until later in life when it’s too late to correct it.

April 5, 2011

I Love the Fishes Cause They’re So Delicious.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 07:56

Giant. Graham. Cracker. Goldfish.

Still good even if broken. Poor fishes. They never stood a chance.

Like the out-of-the-blue goldfish I’m going to do pull together a post with all the paragraphs of stuff that I’ve written in the past week but it wasn’t enough to make into a full post or didn’t fit into what I was writing about at the time. Or just filler because, post-LR on Saturday, my runs have been boring.  And my quads have been achy.  And I’m exhausted.  I have managed to take advantage of some nice weather (54* on Sunday and I avoided the precipitation on Monday) but they were boring.

I’m hoping that, as I’m posting this, my Tuesday run is going…well I’m not unhappy with my past two runs!  But I want something to shout from the rooftops. I’m trying to keep in mind what all of you keep telling me: focus on the next two weeks and get to Hopkington healthy.

FIRST: you can rest assured that I have clean clothes to wear.  I finally did laundry.  Sure I may have told all my friends that I was going here-there-and-everywhere-they-aren’t Friday night.  But that’s because, after4or 5 consecutive weekends of going out I needed to launder my clothes, open a bottle of wine and sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

I also needed to catch up on sleep because I’ve been getting 3-4 hours a night this past week.  Yes, I know I can function on little sleep and it’d be one thing if I was staying up late partying doing something productive.  But it’s because I get up 3-4 times to PEE . I’ve even enacted a “no drinking anything post 1900″ rule (the exception being drinking alcohol.  Then I sleep like a baby with no wake ups.  Weird?)  And no it’s not diabetes.  I know this because I get tested literally every time I go to the doctors. Every. Single. Time. Thoughts?

But don’t worry I made up for the staying in on Saturday night.

SECOND: I am a nerd.

And proud of it. What makes this even better (my sister sent it to me) is that I’m reading excerpts from Stephen Hawking’s new book. (and I’m obsessed with Epic Rap Battles of History)

THIRD: TRAGEDY

Remember when I bragged about going through a salt shaker every, like, 10 days or so? Well that’s ending.  As of last week.  As you may, or may not, know part of my job is medically recording doctor’s notes (kind of, well exactly, like a scribe) and one of the doctors was talking about how she told a patient to stop adding salt to food due to hypertension (HTN).  Out of curiosity I asked the doctor if I should be worried about my salt consumption and my future health, because currently I am as fit as a fiddle with no family history of HTN (and edit: my BP is routinely 95/60 or something very close to it).  Well she told me to quit the salt.  Or at least start to cut back.

Damn. I’ve added little to no salt to things since then and man, does my food taste different. I know my taste buds will get used to it but still.  This is going to suck.  I know the last time I did this I got really lightheaded and got many head rushes so I’m slowing weaning myself off of it to adjust.  But DAMN SKIPPY.

Thanks google for giving me this. Because I’m too young to actually know where it came from 😉

If you see me passed out on the side of the road, please insert a salt IV. Please?

FOURTH: I was going to end this post with a funny FailBlog picture about how proficiency decrease but focus increases when a deadline comes rushing up (it was a x vs. y graph. Yes I am a nerd).  But then I found this instead on MthruFri.com.

This is my kind of workplace.

 

Hopefully you’ve been thoroughly entertained by this post. I know it was highly amusing to peruse funny websites and youtube.

January 25, 2011

About This Embracing Weather Thing…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:26

Well I’m still all for winter at the moment. Despite yet another nor’easter supposedly bearing down on us sometime in the next few days I’m sort of digging the snow.  Maybe it’s because I know that this will be my last real winter?

While the snow may be really REALLY pretty to run in or look at while sipping hot cocoa or snowshoeing (I think I’m going this weekend!) or building snowmen, I am not such a big fan of this

SALT

Don’t get me wrong: I am a salt-a-holic and douse my food in it.  I think I’ve said before that I have the ability to go through a salt shaker every 10 days or so. I do NOT, however, enjoy road salt. As you can see in the picture above my legs get covered in it.  The sign of a salt truck now sends shivers down my spine. Because it dries out my skin and stings like a….

I didn’t let it stop my workout though:

  • Warm up
  • 5.6 miles “tempo” @ 7:39 average (2.2 @ 7:46, 2.2 @ 7:43, 1.2 @ 7:21)
  • 1.2 miles easy/recovery @ 8:49
  • 1.2 miles hard / re-tempo @ 7:25
  • Warm down

Totals:

  • 16 miles
  • 138 minutes, 29 seconds
  • 8:40 pace

I guess for whatever reason I really turned it on the last bit of the hard stuff.  I’m slowly getting back into the training mode although holding this pace was TOUGH.  I really cannot believe that I ran 26.2 miles a little over 7 weeks ago at a *faster* pace.  Sometimes I feel like WR was a fluke. I guess I have a ways to go before the training mode muscles get back into full swing.

I’m really proud that I was able to bang out some really great last hard miles. It felt good to see the results of an effort that felt really taxing.  After seeing a not-what-I-wanted first two loops I must have dug real deep.  I’m not so proud of how long it took me to mentally get my body into it.  Hence those first few miles at the not-what-I-wanted pace.  But overall this “tempo” (and I still want to keep calling it tempo!) was the fastest out of the weeks I’ve been doing them post-WR.

Progress.

In the not-so-progress view, as I probably should be eating better night-before-quality-workout snacks: this run was  fueled, not by cookies, but by brownies.  Work was really rough yesterday so I went over to my friend’s house and while he was rockclimbing, my other friend and I made the brownies (she’s such a better baker than me. So she’s my baking buddy) and we all had brownie sundaes (warm from the oven) at midnight. I’m normally not a brownie person and when I do get a craving I like gooey ones.  My baking friend said she had success with this recipe:

Nestle Chewy Cocoa Brownies

(from the box of cocoa powder from Nestle)

Yeah so we dug in quickly...deal with it

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • powdered sugar
  • ADDITION FROM US: 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips.  We didn’t think the mix looked Chocolaty enough. I suppose you don’t have to melt the chips but we did.

Directions:

  1. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13×9-inch baking pan.
  2. (Additional added by us) MELT 1/2 cup chocolate chips in microwave until melted
  3. COMBINE sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture and add Chocolate Chips). Spread into prepared baking pan (the mixture was REALLY thick and hard to spread).
  4. BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky (it took us about 26 actually). Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional). Cut into bars.
  5. ENJOY (we sure did. And with ice cream too)

They turned out really well and we dug in immediately.  I’m sorry for making your pants expand by proxy but hey, mine are expanding in real life I’m sure 😉

And I promise that the next recipe I post won’t be dessert.  Tomorrow night (the night the nor’easter is supposed to hit) my friends and I are likely going to make something special for dinner.  Just so you don’t think I’m on my way to a diabetic coma or something…

And check out the giveaways from Tricia (Endurance isn’t only Physical) and The Hotlegs Runner

October 14, 2010

Today Is Not Boring

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:04

Here I was, thinking that I was going to have to make something up to have my run being exciting or not post today, when lo and behold something exciting happened.

Well not really truly exciting.  But I fell. 

Which is something more than a boring “I ran today. And slowly because I’m recovering and trying to enjoy just running”.  In fact I almost fell during the middle miles as silly high school kids were getting off of a bus and I tried to dodge them and one of them tripped me. 

Probably accidentally but it didn’t stop me from shooting the group a mean glare. But I was wearing my sunglasses so it likely went unnoticed. Heck they were high schoolers so everything goes unnoticed to them. 

Which by the way can I say that they looked SO YOUNG. Gahhh does this mean I’m getting old?!

Anyway the REAL fall was at the end of my run and I wasn’t paying attention to where I was running.  And I tripped over the uneven sidewalk (UGH New England and planting large trees with roots that breakup the pavement!) and completely hit the ground.  But luckily I was a hardcore volleyball player in the past because all my vball training came out and I did the most perfect roll ever.  So I came away relatively unscathed.  I think there was only one cut that actually bled. 

And the weather was pretty cold (39*) so I didn’t even feel a thing until I hopped into the shower.  That didn’t stop me from utter a few of George Carlin’s “7 Words” during the actual falling of course.  It felt like the fall was in slo-mo so I think I got all 7 out. The humidity was relatively high today too (91%) but because it was so cold it didn’t feel that bad at all. 

Random mathy picture to break up a possibly boring post 🙂

Apparently FailBlog likes to feed the inner nerd in me 🙂

Here’s what went down today for my running:

  • 1st loop: 5.6 miles @ 9:14
  • 2nd loop: 5.6 miles  @ 8:56
  • 3rd loop:     1.2 miles @ 8:19
  • Total:               12.4 miles @ 9:00

Not too bad.  I’m not thrilled with the overall pace (slower than the past two days) but the fact that I was able to pick up the pace and get down to 8:19 for the last loop is encouraging. Aside from my second run after the race on Monday I don’t think I’ve seen the low 8 paces yet post-race.  A good thing.  I’m recovering 🙂

That said, I’m still going to take it easy and NOT try to push pace.  Let it happen naturally for the next week or two.  Which I think will be hard because

A) the weather is truly turning colder (although I’m still pulling for an Indian Summer), meaning that I want to run FAST to warm the heck up (I refuse to break out the cold weather gear until it dips into the mid-20s!) and

B) I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.  Gosh I really am such a racer.  The week after running a great race makes me really want to keep going HARD because racing well is such a high.  It’ll be hard to keep me in check until marathon training starts up again. As Jess noted, my training right now is practically marathon training!

 

In other news…

I’m trying to cut down on my salt and caffeine intake.  Regarding salt: I LOVE the stuff.  I put it on EVERYTHING. Veggies, meats, oatmeal.  You name it and I’ll put salt on it.  I’ve been blessed with relatively low BP (typically 98/60) so I’ve never been worried nor has any doctor mentioned it.  But I easily go through a salt shaker each week.  That’s A LOT of salt.

So I’ve cut it out in terms of ADDING salt to things.  No particular reason per say.  I guess just to see if I could. And I’ve been successful. I’ve stopped adding it.  But I’ve also gotten quite *light-headed* lately. Even when sitting down. I’m thinking the two are related so I’m likely going to start shaking the salt shaker again. Plus all my food tastes bland without it.

Regarding caffeine…well it’s been a FAIL.  I’ve been drinking it despite my intentions of not.  Oh well.  It’s not the biggest deal ever as I’m already addicted so I think my goal will be to not increase my consumption as I get severe withdrawal going without. But so far that’s a fail as I’ve been drinking more coffee and, thus, more caffeine.  And I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m really starting to enjoy the taste of it.

WHO AM I?! hahahah.  And with that I should head back into the clinic because I’m hanging out with a really cool doctor who is semi-taking me under his wing every time he volunteers (which is every week! Way cool!).

Enjoy your Thursdays (best day of the week!). I’m still giggling like a loon from my Tufts 10k race 8)

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