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November 26, 2010

Apparently The Countdown is Now in Single Digits

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…as of today.  T-9 days!!

Well I said an early Happy Thanksgiving on Wednesday and I’m saying a belated Happy Thanksgiving today.  Suffice it to say, the fact that I turned my computer on for the first time in 36 hours just now means I had a busy holiday.  And it was pretty good too.  I don’t think I’ve kept it a secret here that my relationship with my family has been tenuous in the past, so I was really mixed about going home for the day.

But I had a blast and even went to the extended family portion of the day (my family eat the dinner as nuclear families and then meet up at one person’s house for dessert), something I haven’t gone to in 6 years.  I think moving out on my own has really matured me and I’ve rethought skipping the family portion of Christmas.  After all: this is going to be my “last” in New England (a fact I’m acutely aware of every day — although my last snowstorm will be cause for celebration hahah)

The best part of the day? Nope not the food (although that was pretty good). Having a dance-off with one of my sisters. To which song you ask?

Luckily no one brought a camera.  So I still have some dignity left in the world.

By the time I got back to my apartment I was bushed! I also arrived home with more leftovers than I can probably eat.  I pulled major rank and said “I’m a poor VISTA and you (my two college sisters) have dining halls. I win”

In light of the fact that I had a great holiday I sincerely hope that you did too 🙂

Since I last left you my running has been…highs and lows? On Wednesday after work I did get some miles in before going to the theater to see “A Christmas Carol”  (which was a really fun musical version!) and then a couple of drinks after.

Still my favorite version. I need to actually buy a copy this year! (thanks google)

The miles were pretty good and, despite still having some allergy problems when I went out, the pace was faster than anything I could have pulled off at 0500.

Thursday was, duh, Thanksgiving and I hit the streets for a “long run”.  After the past four weeks being: 20.3, 20.4, 20, 17.6, the 15 I was scheduled for putting in felt measly.  The first half was slower and sluggish (the thought of “oh great” eyeroll passed through my mind) but I picked it up and finished WAY strong.  I think the final overall average pace was about 8:45.  Which is roughly what I’ve been doing on my long runs — at least when I’m by myself as I had that killer one two weeks ago with a friend.  And the later portion was about 8:20 on this particular run. So YAY.

The weather wasn’t the greatest either: 28* but sunny.  On a whim I checked what the temperature in Dallas was at that time and it was 69*. Ummmm that’s 41* warmer? I’m pretty sure that was a freak day for them but that was still at 0615 CT.  Crazy.

I also got in my pushups (20, 25, 15, 15, 26) and situps (30, 38, 23, 23, 40) before heading to my mom’s house.  I can’t tell if they’re making me stronger yet. They’re certainly not getting much easier but I’m able to handle the increases so far.

The weather on Friday was warmer here (and I think it was actually colder in Dallas hahah. Suckers 😉 ) but drizzly.  Since I had gone over what I should have done yesterday (silly me for thinking about the run as a long run!) I decided to take it slow and steady for a few miles.

Well I guess I didn’t factor into the equation that Thanksgiving has food that I normally don’t eat (not that I wouldn’t like to enjoy them year round but I’m lazy and don’t make anything hahah!) and, while Chocolate Creme Pie and Gingerbread Pudding = sugar = carbs, my legs might not have liked having new foods. I don’t care what anyone says, my legs know the difference between pie carbs and apple carbs.

Because my legs felt like sludge. So I guess I didn’t have to worry about forcing myself to take it slow and steady and easy. [Edit: I just calculated the pace for the run and it was the very slowest possible recovery run pace according to McMillian.  While I still believe that recovery runs should just be run without pace guidelines (the point is to recover and that’s done by what your body wants) I shouldn’t complain about the pace because it wasn’t, in fact, as slow as I thought]

It was one of those runs where you *know* how slow you’re running and even if a rabid dog came after you, your legs would not go faster.

Thanks google

So I cut the run WAY short, ate some breakfast, foam rolled and am debating about going back out to hit the street for 2 more miles in a hour or so bringing my grand total to the day to about 6. Then again, I’m in taper (and likely still a food coma) so I might not.

Speaking of foam rolling (yes I’m aware this is a mish-mash post!) I’ve really gotten into it lately. With the exception of yesterday (because I was running late to get to my mom’s house), I’ve rolled every day for the past 7 days.  And, while my legs aren’t magically faster or anything, I’ve noticed a subtle change in how my legs feel.  They no longer feel wicked tight or sore or cramped.

Yes they still are tight and fatigued and they do still twitch sometimes.  But there’s something that I can’t quite put my finger on that makes me feel good about it.  Not enough to be a zealot for this foam rolling action.  But enough of something to keep doing it until I figure out what the heck that something is.

Aaaaaaaand that’s it?  I sure hope so because this post is already running long 😉

Just finishing up some breakfast and coffee.  The sun’s actually out now which is exciting although annoying because I ran in the drizzle and overcast. I like the sun. After I finish up eating I’ll do some more rolling and stretching and relaxing until later tonight.  One of my friend’s from high school is visiting me as she spent Thanksgiving in our hometown (she lives in PA so I don’t get to see her that much).  We’re going out for dinner then (lots of?) drinks.

Good golly gee whiz this is shaping up to be a great holiday break 😀

November 24, 2010

I Cook! Again!

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Okay so it’s been awhile. I know.  But last weekend I decided to stray again into being domesticated.  And I’ve decided to share.  Mostly because I remembered to take pictures and partly because Thanksgiving is on Thursday and I’ve decided to bless my family with only my beautiful face.

AKA I will not have any sort of Thanksgiving dish to share with you post-Thanksgiving.  Or at least anything that I’ve created.  So goes the plan although I will lay out the disclaimer that I could get roped into something.  After all I’m typing this out on Sunday night (who knows when I’ll post it though!) and plans can change.  Fingers crossed all I have to do is show up for the meal 😉

I have no idea where this recipe is from, as I got it from a co-worker. But it’s really good.  Considering that I HATE pasta (oops I’m a runner?) I think that it means the recipe is good.

Greek Vegetable Pasta (this is vegetarian for all you veggie lovers out there)

Oops for far away picture. Close up at the end.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz bowtie pasta
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup butter (or margarine 😉 )
  • 1 lb zuccini and/or yellow squash (I used a mix of the two) halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4″ thick slices (Orrrrrrrr I just chopped up ~4 cups worth of the stuff and didn’t worry about presentation)
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 gloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can (~15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbs. capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbs. fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz feta cheese (roughly 1 cup) (I kept this on the side to add in as people wanted)

Directions

  • Cook pasta and drain reserving ~1/2 cup of the cooking water
  • Grate 1 tsp. zest and squeeze 2 tbs. lemon juice from the lemon, reserve separately
  • In a large nonstick skillet pan, melt butter over medium high heat
  • Add zucchini and squash, onion, garlic, seasoning, salt and pepper
  • Cook and stir occasionally until the vegetables softened (this took ~5-7 minutes)
  • Add chickpeas, capers, pasta, lemon juice and pasta water.  Cook this until heated and then remove from the heat
  • Stir in the mint and the zest
  • Sprinkle with cheese if desired
  • ENJOY

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As far as running went today, well it didn’t. These allergies / this cold (I’m not sure which) is bothering me again. I think it’s allergies as I couldn’t sleep last night due to post-nasal drip and ONE sinus being congested.  And I have a cough that isn’t dry but I can’t seem to cough anything up.  Ah well.  I’m sure y’all really wanted to know all my sickly woes. Although when my alarm went off at 5am I (audibly I think) said “EFF THIS” and slept for a little more. Even if this isn’t a cold the few extra hours of sleep won’t be a bad thing especially after I got as close to a tempo/GMP run as ever yesterday

But my miles are going to have to come after work (if at all. I’m not too worried because it’s taper time).  It was such a lovely morning (albeit a bit windy) that I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting out there earlier.  But hopefully it’s still nice out when I get out there late.   Since it’s the day before Thanksgiving I’m hoping that I can get out of the office early to run The boss just called and said we all had to leave here at 1300.  Yippee! before seeing “A Christmas Carol” tonight which I’m really excited about.

Busy day (complete with tiara again) but fingers crossed I get a short recovery run in there!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Good luck to all in Turkey Trots and whatever else people call them.  My brother asked to run one with me and I told him “There is no way I’m getting embarrassed on Thanksgiving by my younger brother” (he’s 14).  So my game plan is to do the 13-15 mile “long run” (golly gee how 15 miles seems soooo not like a long run!) and then head over to my mom’s house for some good eats.  And, like I mentioned above, not prepared by me.

And, of course, I want to watch the Pats (duh) while catching some of the Macy’s parade and Charlie Brown.  Hey, when you live without cable (or actual television at all) then you binge at your mom’s house. Duh.

I was going to put a serious Charlie Brown picture up buttttt obviously this was cooler to me. I do ❤ Charlie though.

Check out the giveaways from Julie (Hot Legs Runner) and Lesley (Racing It Off) and Tricia (Endurance isn’t only Physical)

November 27, 2009

Hello…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Time

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Happy Thanksgiving! Hope y’all are drinking too much, eating too much and laughing too much!!

As well as running too much 🙂

This morning I got up and had a pretty lazy start.  I ended up chilling with a friend and watching a Beatles special last night.  She <3’s the Beatles whereas I only heard of them once I hit middle school haha.  Definitely difference experiences.  Despite having lots of laughs I still was able to get a solid 9 hours of sleep last night, well kind of solid: I did have a pretty disturbing dream where the prof of the class I’m auditing (and am bitter and spew venom about) failed me.  Very odd indeed.

I kind of bummed around for a little bit, continuing my NCIS marathon and watching The Closer one on tv, until I decided to go for my pre-Thanksgiving dinner run.  I’m not the stuff-myself-silly type of person (I know that there will be plenty of leftovers) but I still felt the need to do a longish run so I hit the streets for 10 miles.  I timed it so that I would have just enough time to be ready for dinner.

But when do I ever stick to my planned runs? I added a 1.2 mile loop for a total of 11.2 miles.  It felt really really good and my pace was exactly where I like it. The weather channel said it was 45* but it felt warmer even with a cloudy sky. I was actually sweating a lot despite being in shorts and a t-shirt!

My legs felt pretty good once they got used to the “hills” again.  It makes me a bit nervous for January and Boston training.  Those Boston hills aren’t anything to take lightly! (and yes I qualified back in April and yes I am in for this upcoming spring for those who asked yesterday.  Sooooo excited!!) This run was one that really made me realize why I am a long distance runner.  My legs just felt like they were getting started around mile 9-10. I guess I just need a really long warm up? Haha.

I wish I had had the time to go longer but I didn’t want to miss turkey and trimmings (even if it’s my mothers cooking *eyeroll*) I’m actually going to head over to my friend’s house in…10 minutes to partake in her family feast as the rest of my family has gone to see my extended family at the moment.  Later tonight my friends and I are going to have a dessert par-tay and watch Charlie Brown.  ❤ my friends!

Like how I opened this post: Hope your guys are having fun, relaxing and enjoying some good times with good people 🙂

Although I do have to ask: anyone out there partake in the Black Friday shopping chaos? As much as I hate crowds (and shopping for that matter) I’m surprisingly tempted to hit up the mall tmrw.  I know I won’t but the pull is there.  Masochistic much?! Heh.

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