Five for Friday

1. A root canal is not nearly as bad as its reputation. Lots of novacaine did the trick to block out any and all pain. Throw in some Valium to calm my nerves and my iPod playing loudly, and I did just fine. Interesting side effect of Valium is that it made me extremely emotional. I might have hugged a strange lady and cried as she was leaving the office and reassuring me it would be no big deal.

2. Tapering has begun in modest this week. I topped off at 58 miles last week, my biggest week for this marathon, and am cutting about nine miles out of that this week. More miles disappear next week. I’m looking forward to getting some extra rest–this week has been far too busy and losing a day to the tooth crunched my productive time even more.

3. My kids are on spring break next week (a big reason for a busy work week this week) and I’m looking forward to a break from the routine, the carpooling, the homework, etc. It will be nice to have time with them without all the distractions.

4. I had considered doing a 10-mile or 1/2 marathon race this weekend, but the weekend schedule is too squeezed to make it happen. I’m at peace with that–I’m going to let my body dictate how I run Boston, with a very flexible plan on pace.

5. I have a really fun new toy to try and review for you all. A giveaway will come along with it, so stay tuned!

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Review/giveaway of MOTOACTV coming your way!

What’s on tap for your weekend? 


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  1. Five for Friday Responses

    !. So glad your tooth wasn’t so bad.
    2. 58 miles? you are a stud!
    3.Let the Spring Break fun begin!
    4.I can’t wait to hear about your new toy!
    5. I hug strangers and cry all of the time with no Valluim.. I am kicking myself quite often.
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  2. I’m happy to hear your root canal wasn’t too bad! 58? That’s a nice week!!!!!!!!! My kids are on Spring break as well starting after school today. I’m there til Wednesday. The wife and I are heading to Harrisburg for the Capital City 10 Miler! I’ll be helping out instead of racing though (PT is going well- though not as well as I was hoping).

    Enjoy Boston and the taper before it!
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  3. I had a second root canal this mornig, since the pain got worst last night. So, in case it gets better, I am looking for a run this weekend. Haven’t run all week, so it’s about time. I am also looking forward to a little shopping trip with my mom.
    Good luck with tapering and Boston!
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  4. I’ve heard good things about that MOTOACTV – can’t wait to hear what you think!
    Kovas recently posted..Smart Marathon Training Book ReviewMy Profile

  5. So glad to hear you survived your root canal! and that does look like a fun toy to review!

    Enjoy your taper!
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  6. I have some Spring cleaning to do before it gets so unbearably hot that we can’t open the windows while we clean.
    And I have my last long run. Somehow I got off schedule. I also have a 10k – the last time I ran a 10k years ago I was so thrilled to squeeze in just under 48 minutes, I thought I was a rock star!
    You know what? Your max mileage week is higher than mine for sure! I just can’t seem to get in any miles over 50. I know that hard work is paying off for you. You came back into running just a few months ago, and you’re already cranking out 60 mile weeks. Wow.
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  7. 1. Dinner with family.
    2. Dinner with friends.
    3. Breakfast with friends.
    4. Run with friends.
    5. Run with husband.

    Sometimes non-racing weekends are pretty fantastic :)
    Abby @ Have Dental Floss, WIll Travel recently posted..Of Roses and ThornsMy Profile

  8. ohhh enjoy taper time, well, you know what i mean. And let me know how that MOto is!!!
    Happy RESTFUL weekend.
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  9. Enjoy the taper! You’ve done the hard work now comes the mental part!

    This weekend we have a great foodie event to attend and I’m seeing the Hunger Games! Yeah!
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  10. Glad the root canal went well! Looking forward to your review :) Have a great weekend!
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  11. I love toys! :)

    That made me laugh about the root canal! I’ve never had one but I got my first cavity this past summer and just feeling the grating in my head as they scraped drove me crazy!!
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  12. I’m glad the dentist went well. And YOU using a GPS?!?!? tsk…tsk… Just kidding. Looking forward to the review.
    Carrie recently posted..Just What I Needed.My Profile

  13. Glad the procedure wasn’t “as” bad as you usually hear. Planning to get in a run with hubby then spend some time with my sis this weekend. Hope you have a great one!
    Heather (Where’s the Beach) recently posted..What’s Your Proof? Plus Fitness ThingsMy Profile

  14. Glad you made it through the tooth ordeal. Hope the pain is a distant memory soon.

    Interested to see what you think of the Motoactv. They are pushing those things HARD at my gym … clearly some sort of sponsorship deal. Looks like a pretty good idea if it works as advertised.
    Chris @ Evolving Through Running recently posted..Running on SandMy Profile

  15. I’ve been looking at that little gadget. I’ve GOT to get in on that giveaway.
    My weekend looks pretty relaxing. The local Road Runners awards banquet is tonight. Only draw back is there is no fish on the menu. Odd since it’s during Lent?! Oh well, there is an open bar so it’s a trade off ;)
    Sat morning, after enjoying that open bar, I have a run of 16 – 17 miles planned. It’s suppose to snow then rain so the plan is to get out early.
    How’s the weather look for your weekend running?
    Since I don’t have kids to enjoy the weekend with, I’ll bake and eat. That’s my fun :)
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  16. Happy to hear you made it through your root canal OK! I haven’t had one yet but I’m a big wuss when it comes to the dentist so I would have been dreading it!

    58 mile week! GEEE!! Awesome lady.

    Enjoy the kids and the new gadget – I saw that thing at an expo once and was wondering how it was.
    Jen recently posted..Not so clean eating and new toysMy Profile

  17. I have a 10 mile run on tap =)

    Looking forward to your review. Have seen that and wondered how it works. Happy weekend to you!!
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  18. 20 miles.. HOPEFULLY since I tanked last week :( Spring break means I get to spend all my time driving my teens.. BOOO!
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  19. very happy that the root canal went well! Enjoy your taper! I have one last long run today for my half marathon training, whoo hoo!
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  20. I’m glad your root canal wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be. I’m the same way – I get terrified of things like that, and then they usually aren’t half as bad as I thought. Enjoy the time with your kids! I’m at home visiting my family this week too. Always a good feeling to have extra time with your loved ones!
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  21. Did you say iPod? You are my new hero. I have never even thought to bring my iPod to the dentist office! This would solve so many problems. a) not having to think about what’s going on and b) not having to “talk” to the dentist. You are a super genius! I am glad it went well.
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  22. Absolutely nothing planned for this weekend and so excited! Our schedule has been so crazy lately I am looking forward to being lazy:) Glad the root canal wasn’t too bad.
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  23. #1 this makes me even more afraid to go to the dentist.
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  24. Yay another give away! I have been entering like crazy, have yet to win one…soon i hope!
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  25. Glad to hear the root canal wasn’t too bad! I had one in high school, and also didn’t think it was awful. Enjoy the tapering… and the celebrating that the hard work is done!
    Laura recently posted..That bread recipe and Nathan giveaway winnersMy Profile

  26. I’m glad the root canal went well. Interesting side-effect with the Valium, though. There’s nothing quite like hugging a stranger and crying on them.
    Char recently posted..Today’s RunMy Profile

  27. Nice mileage! I think sitting out the weekend race is wise-it should just heighten your Boston experience.

    And I couldn’t help but notice you say I was one of your favorite blogger’s on Flo’s blog ;) The feeling is mutual!
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  28. Really glad to hear the root canal wasn’t too bad. 58 miles! Nice mileage!
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  29. enjoy the taper…do you like taper…I dont
    I am on that next week also…

    this weekend
    more soccer
    and 11 miles!
    Caroline recently posted..The OneMy Profile

  30. I am planning on a short run this weekend, loving your new toy…I want one!!
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  31. So cool that things are turning out well :) I’ve yet to experience a root canal…I’ve heard horrid things about them. And 58 miles! That is great!
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  32. 58 miles….That’s like my entire February….if not exceeding it. Wow! Can’t wait to hear more about the giveaway….
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  33. I’m in your neck of the woods to do the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler without the cherry blossoms!

  34. Glad the dental work was not too bad. Blasting the iPod, that is GENIUS! I should do that next time.

    Yay for taper! Enjoy the extra rest & down time. Time to replenish.
    Marlene recently posted..Ready or not, here we comeMy Profile

  35. Glad to hear the root canal wasn’t as bad as expected. Always good when things work out that way!

    I’m not sure I’ve ever run 58 miles in one week. You’re amazing! Happy taper & Spring Break!
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  36. 58 miles! Wow!! I am scared to death of the dentist….so happy to hear you survived the root canal. New toy…looks intriguing.
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  37. I think I like Spring Break more than my kids because I don’t have to chase their little tushes around making sure all their assignments are complete!
    Glad all is well status post root canal!
    Taper time and kids home from school – is this a good or bad thing?
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  38. Glad you survived the root canal – ugh, I hate the dentist! Congrats on all of your training, it’s been great to follow and I can’t wait to hear all about Boston!
    Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen recently posted..Two observations and souvenirsMy Profile

  39. Nothing says “rest” quite like a root canal…ha! Hopefully spring break will be more pleasant!
    Laura recently posted..Good enough for nowMy Profile

  40. 58 miles – that is great!

    Root canal, I am afraid. I had 2 crowns and did not like that experience. It’s nice to hear it wasn’t as bad as all that.

    My weekend had a trip to the spa in it – wonderful!
    Lori recently posted..Spa Day!My Profile

  41. Awesome with the 58 miles!

    I am terrified of the ole RC. I need one and am pretty freaked about it!
    Mandy recently posted..Pool is Open…My Profile

  42. My brother’s girlfriend did a lot of the website work for the moto… curious to see what you think!
    Stephanie Anne recently posted..Health Time CapsuleMy Profile

  43. What is that NASA like device?

    I will take your word on root canals and hope I never need one.

    Enjoy the work that you have put in for Boston and enjoy the race the way I know you will.

    More importantly enjoy the Spring Break with the kiddos.
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  44. Ok a few things…..

    I had a root canal (which was ridiculous, I had never had a cavity before and then I got a monumental cavity. The actual root canal was not as bad as I’d expected, the bad part was making all the return trips to get the crown completed.

    ANNND I may end up running a half marathon up in Maryland next weekend! Just found it online. It’s called the Dorchester Half in Cambridge MD. Heard anything about it? Website says it’s fast and flat.
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