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April 5, 2009

Changing Definitions

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — marathonmaiden @ 08:47

Yesterday was a “long run” day.  The quotes are there because I remember when 5 miles was a very long way to go.  Now it’s more like 18+, so the fact that yesterday was “only” 13.1 miles makes me feel awkward writing it down as such in my training journal (although I am a very awkward person so it shouldnt surprise me heh).

The weather was pretty decent, but the sun kept popping in and out behind the clouds and those clouds wanted to spit rain on me everyone and a while.  It was  a very mixed weather run, I’m glad I took gloves though, because when the sun went away it was pretty chilly and the temp *dropped* about 5 degrees over the course of the run.

At first I was going to simulate a race, as someone suggested to me, but I decided against it.   The main thing is that this is a cutback week, and to me that means not just mileage but intensity too.  Additionally, and I guess this could fall under cutback too, I suck at taking it easy.  I just want to go go go, which is good but there is a time and place for easy stuff.  I don’t like it, but I have to live with it.  And thirdly (if I am counting my reasons) this upcoming week is the last really hard intense push before the taper (which I already know I’m going to suck at) and I want to go into this week as fresh as possible to I can ran hard and fast!

As for today, I’m not quite sure what’s in store for me, at least running-wise.  The weather feels too darn nice to pass up. What am I going to do when Spring *really* gets here and its nice all the time? Heh.  Yesterday’s run wasn’t quite long enough for me to justify a shake-out run, so today might just be a rest day by default (I hate XT-ing wicked badly!) unless a friend wants to go running with me; in which case it prolly would be 5 miles or so, which not so long ago was a long run in and of itself  🙂

On a different note (yet still running related) I’m debating running a 10k.  The caveat is that its exactly one week before the marathon.  I really want to run it because I won my age group (and was 5th woman overall) which was / is excited.  So if I run it I was to race it.  But I don’t know if that’s going to really screw up my marathon the following week.  Something for me to must over I suppose.  If I do want to do it, I need to sign up by next weekend so I prolly should start making a pros and cons list.

Alright, since this is a blog, I *wont* apologize for the length of this novel haha.  Off to finish up some laundry and study for a genetics test I have tmrw (aka try to NOT do what I did yesterday and watch LOST)

1 Comment »

  1. I hate off days, cutback weeks, tapering, and cross-training, but they are necessary evils that will make you a better runner and help you look forward to the harder workouts.

    Comment by runjess — April 6, 2009 @ 16:52

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