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January 21, 2011

Hillsssssssss

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:58

Nope not a hill workout.  I don’t even want to start thinking about those yet!  But I just so happened to choose the hilliest route I could find for Thursday morning’s LR.  And, because I’m me, I happened to choose to run this route the exact way so that I hit the worst of the hills at the last 4 miles.

And when your LR is 17.3 miles, having hills in the last 4 are brutal.  I was a trooper though and finished them.  Barely.  The average pace was WAY below what I’m used to but I just didn’t want to push it.  That’ll come later I guess, right now is time on my feet.

But, man, I really REALLY wanted to quit.  And I probably could have, especially since I ran 3 loops and after the second loop I was already at 15 miles even.  But something told me to keep going.  Maybe because it was the crisp and bright weather.  The cool air (28*) felt really nice on my face as did the sun.  Plus there were really clear roads.  After the storm on Tuesday (for my tempo) and yet another storm expected to blow through tonight, I wasn’t going to pass up some nice running roads.

But I didn’t quit.  That’s a good thing.  Building up mental toughness.

Because boy did I need it Thursday.  It was a very trying day overall at work and in life in general.  Luckily everything worked out and no crises occurred but you know when you have such a full plate that anything small just could send you over the edge? Yeah.  It was like that.  But to remain like this

thanks google images

I’ll share four things I’m okay with for this Friday

  • My car was hit on Wednesday when I was parked at work.  I am SO PISSED, mostly due to the fact that it shouldn’t have been in the situation to get hit.  Wait a minute, didn’t I say positive? Yes I did because A) the damage isn’t that great and B) my insurance company does NOT need a police report.  Which saves me from taking today off and going downtown to do so.  So yay on that front.  And I think there’s enough damage to hit my deductible, which is both good and bad I guess.
  • SNOW DAY today. Well not really because the clinic is open.  But the roads are bad and when me and my friend called (I’m staying with them again. I should just start paying rent here!) we were told to just stay home.  So technically right now I’m supposed to be working on a ppt but instead…blogging.  It’s okay because, while I did have a ton of work to do today — pushed to Monday boo — I’d likely be blogging at work too 😉 My apologies is I’m slow on commenting today but I’m using a friend’s computer (left mine at my place) and am using my phone to do so.
  • Pushing Daisies is, like, the best show ever. Why on Earth did it only make two seasons?! Seriously. Check it out if you haven’t. The friend I’m staying with introduced me to it and I stayed up until 0200 watching it with him.

thanks google images

  • Productivity.  Because making this ppt (and finishing up my grant writing class) feels great.  Accomplishment is also something to feel okay about.  I’ll also try to get another snowy run in.  Keep up the getting stuff done going right?

So stay safe if it’s snowy where you are.  Heck just stay safe in general 😀

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December 27, 2010

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:58

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?

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