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July 9, 2009

Summer? Where are you?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — marathonmaiden @ 21:37

So it’s not as though I want to be running in hazy hot and humid July weather but I mean it sure would be nice if we got a seasonal weather day or two for a beach trip or something.

The constant rain and t-storms have created some really nice running weather for the area.  When I went outside today I’m pretty sure the weather was 60* – if that, the ultimate running weather complete with a slightly overcast sky.

I did a 1.5 mile warmup, the pace of which was a little faster than warmup pace, followed by some leg strength and core work.  Nothing spectacular but enough to get my legs warmed up and primed for the impending run.

My run ended up being 7 miles at a pretty decent pace. My running had been feeling pretty strong lately and I attribute it to a couple of things:

  • Warming up:  Today, as well as the past couple days, I’ve been warming up.  This is because I like to do my strength routing before the actual run and hate lifting/circuiting on cold muscles.  I always forget how important a warmup is.  Most of my easy runs I’m just jumping right in and try to hit my pace immediately, which leads me to feeling tired and worn down, rather than listening to my body.   But with a warmup (of any sort) my muscles are already primed and ready to go for the actual run. Definitely something I need to work on.  I do warmups for my tempo and speedwork runs but I always think “oh this is an easy run, I can just go.”
  • Strength training my legs: I think a lot of runner neglect their legs when it comes to lifting because they think “I beat up my legs enough via running.” Well yeah, sure.  But lifting strengthens those legs in ways that running doesn’t and, in my opinion, complements what running does to ’em.  It helps toughen up ligaments and tendons and helps make me feel like I’m treating my legs right.  And by doing that I think I can run smarter.
  • Hydration:  This is a simple one.  On days that I drink more H2O my runs feel easier.

The 7 miles I ran today just flew by and the strong feeling in my legs hasn’t yet translated into me pushing harder than I should. I’m trying to commit to taking my runs a little easier (getting out of La-La-Land) so it’s really nice to feel like I can run faster and I’m choosing not to.  Much better than the alternative.

On a nonrunning note, I was much less accomplished today than yesterday.  I managed to look at everything I had to do but I said, “Eff this” and proceeded to read a good mystery book.  Bad to-do list decision but a *very* good life one.



  1. I should really try to incorporate a warm-up into my runs. What kind of pace do you recommend running a warm-up at?

    Comment by mponz — July 9, 2009 @ 21:40

    • I don’t really time my warmups (basically I’m just looking at the kitchen clock before I leave and when I get back) but I’d say that my warmup starts off as an almost-shuffle (maybe 2 minutes slower than marathon pace) and progressively gets faster so that the last 2-3 minutes are at my target “actual run” pace as my legs loosen up. But it’s pretty subjective as my goal is just to get the HR up and break a small sweat and dependent on how tight and stiff I feel prior to heading out. So yeah, a long winded response but hopefully it was helpful in some way!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 9, 2009 @ 22:00

      • Thanks! I’m sure it helps a lot..I feel like I don’t hit my target pace until a bit into my run now. Doing a warm-up would definitely help that!

        Comment by mponz — July 10, 2009 @ 08:16

  2. It is definitely important to do strength training for the legs. I neglected it for far too long.

    Comment by runjess — July 10, 2009 @ 15:46

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