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August 30, 2009

staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:52

So last night rocked! The chapel ceremony was so much fun (like always) and afterward a bunch of us seniors jumped into Peacock Pond (which is incredibly gross) — as part of a senior tradition — and swam across.  It was 55* out (stupid tropical storm yet again!) but such an amazing experience. As a matter of fact I prolly still smell like pond.  Lovely.

After all the excitement last night (let’s face it I wasn’t going to let my LR get in the way of my fun – at least not when I’m not in serious training haha) it’s no surprise that my legs were a little stiff when I got up this morning.  Still, I was going to get in my LR.  I set out on my 11.5 mile route and my legs hated me! I told myself that I could do it and really tried hard not to think about how far I’d gone or how far I had left.  Very hard to do but I think I was pretty successful at it because I didn’t get overwhelmed like I can sometimes do when thinking that I have so much further in the run.

As a plus, the rain is gone.  I think I wouldn’t have minded so much moving in the freshmen yesterday if I knew that the weather would be yucky all around but it was beautiful Friday and, while it’s still cloudy and a bit cool, today.   Just super annoying that the ONE day I would have wanted it to be dry was the one day that it was not. Grrrrrr.

On a running note with the weather, I am happy that yesterday was the only rainy day.  I hate starting my runs in the rain which was what yesterday was because it literally rained all day.  This morning was completely dry.  It was also cloudy and cool (remnants of the storm I guess) which was what I wanted for my long run.  As I said a couple paragraphs ago, my legs just didn’t want to go fast at first.

My legs weren’t wicked tight or sore or anything like that.  Upon writing up my weekly recap this week, my legs clearly are run down because of all those “ohmigod-I-love-8-mile” days that I had.  I need to start thinking with a game plan.  But once I got through about 3 miles it got easier.  I didn’t get “in-the-zone’ until about mile 8 but after 3 the legs stopped protesting as much.

This long run was definitely written up as a success.  I would categorize it as a progression run (of which I seem to be doing more and more lately — or at least calling more of ’em that).  The last 3 miles were at MP +10 seconds so clearly my legs weren’t about to give up on me.  In fact, when I finished, I felt like I could’ve done one or two more.  I kept those miles in the tank (so to speak) but if needed they were there, although I did add .5 so that my 11.5 became 12.

Interesting to think about (maybe just for me at least) is that during the week I’ve been complaining that after about 8 miles my legs seem to want to stop.  This was the case today but the last couple of miles were the fastest of the 12.  I keep forgetting that so much of this running this is mental and that maybe the legs aren’t really tired after 8, maybe it’s just my mind.  Important to give the mind what it wants sometimes too but I always seem to forget how much mental focus is needed on quality workouts.  Funny because I “re-discovered” this during this week on this tempo!

Upcoming this week will be a mileage reduction.  I am running a half a week from today and I’d like to race it.  With the past few weeks that I’ve had, that means taking it easy this week.  I might do a tempo-esque run mid-week just to keep the leg turnover high but I need to be conscious of what kind, and how many, miles I’m putting in. I still have yet to register (I know I am such a procrastinator!) so technically if the beginning of this week just feels like I’ve put my body under too much I can bail.  But I think the masochist in me would still race it to see what I can do race-wise when my body isn’t 100%.  Stupid? Maybe but I like to see what what’s possible when things aren’t perfect because life rarely is…oh man I am deep 😛

P.S. Check out the giveaway that Mary’s doing!  Awesome!

P.P.S. LARunner and RunJess were right.  The title to Saturday’s post (as well as today’s) was from Where the Wild Things Are. I’m ambivalent about the movie that’s coming out based on the book.  I don’t want anything to take away from the joy this book brings me!


  1. mmm, eau de pond.

    Comment by veganfritz — August 30, 2009 @ 17:21

  2. yep, running is definitely a very mental sport. i’ve discovered that i can get my body to handle all sorts of stuff as long as my mind is in the right place. the half is exciting! i’ve got one in three weeks and i can’t wait.

    Comment by emily — August 30, 2009 @ 22:02

  3. Your training is looking so solid! Keep up the good work.

    Comment by LARunner — August 31, 2009 @ 03:28

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