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September 1, 2009

Another great day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:43

Wow. I know that we’re definitely going to have an Indian Summer of sorts later on but this morning was yet another morning where the temps felt so nice and cool. It was 48* when I got up at 0630 to run! I could totally get used to this, and sadly as soon as I do the heat and humidity will come back with a vengeance.  Boo!

But I decided to take advantage of the cool dry air this morning by moving up my tempo a day.  A little risky in my mind because I had done my long run on Sunday rather than Saturday (when I had wanted to) or Friday (like this whole summer).  I figured “what the heck” and started off.

I planned for a 1 mile warm up, 4.5 mile tempo, 1 mile warm down.

Well let me tell you something.  I think I’ve been selling myself short when I do so much speedwork on the TM.  Last week I wrote about how I was keeping the pace 10 seconds faster than my usual tempo pace and today (even with legs that weren’t 100% fresh) I was slightly faster than what I call tempo (as in 30 seconds on the overall time for the given distance).  It felt so much easier, in fact, that I decided to add .5 miles to the tempo and after that I still had LOTS of gas in the tank so I tacked on a lap of campus (1 mile) on to that.  So the tempo portion was 6 miles, not 4.5.

Oh man.  At this point my legs were feeling the lactic acid so I did a mile warm down but I had to force myself to slow it down hardcore! But I was (and still am truth be told) pumped about it.  I just felt so powerful and strong.  I kept my head in the game the whole time which is soooo reassuring that running tempos and speed outside is totally do-able.  I think that I doubt my running ability and fall back on the safety net on having the TM tell me what I should do; or at least I lock into the pace that I think is good but never let my body tell me the truth.  I definitely think that I’ve been holding myself back in that respect.  I’m really excited to see what I can do in the upcoming races I have planned — maybe not this weekend but definitely later this fall.

After a short session of freshmen advising (only 1 hour this morning compared to the 5 yesterday!) I wanted to go for a recovery run.  Now, if you remember last week, I ran my recovery run incredibly fast.  Much faster than I should have.  No major repercussions after but still, I want these runs to be about stretching the legs.  Granted, sometimes a quicker pace does stretch out my legs but I don’t want to have a second real workout which is what I feel I did last week. I enlisted a friend to go with me and told her that she could pick the pace.  She’s slower than me so it worked out; we ran 2.7 together and then I tackled another mile after at a quicker pace to just get a nice turnover going.

Total for the day: 11.7.  Ah-mah-zing.  My legs have never felt so strong! I think the rest of the week is going to be backing off a bit in intensity and lowering the miles slightly for this weekend.  I want the hardwork I’ve been putting in these past few weeks to be really noticeable. I am slightly scared that if I back off the strength that I’m feeling and the comfort at these faster paces will back off too but I’m just going to have to trust what I know and ignore what fears I have.

The rest of the day is pretty free for me! A little relaxing before classes start tmrw.  I’m such a nerd that I’m really looking forward to it haha.  I am making a Target run later tonight and while I actually do need stuff, I need to be disciplined and only. buy. what. I. need.

P.S. Happy September!

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6 Comments »

  1. WOW!…doesn’t a day when you are in your body, noticing its potential and grace, is powerful? One of my best friends is 90 years old, and he is teaching me to be grateful for my legs, my ears, my eyes. And to be kind to myself when it is not everything I want it to be…

    Comment by specialkphd — September 1, 2009 @ 16:06

  2. Psh ‘Only buy what i need’…I should have told myself that yesterday when I got a new singlet and Brook’s top. Nice job on the tempo by the way.

    Comment by veganfritz — September 1, 2009 @ 17:23

  3. Excellent job on the the running! You definitely have a big reason to be excited about any upcoming races! Do you have any in mind yet?

    Comment by LARunner — September 1, 2009 @ 19:28

    • yup! i should prolly post a race schedule at some pt but here’s the tentative plan:
      9/6 half
      9/20 5k
      10/12 10k
      11/7 5k

      this may or may not change but it’s the races that i’d really like to do if everything works out

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2009 @ 22:10

  4. wow looks like you got in some AWESOME running today!!! You’re a machine. haha.

    Comment by Mary — September 1, 2009 @ 23:00

  5. wow awesome running today!!!!! i am so jealous of your 48 degrees!

    Comment by aron — September 4, 2009 @ 16:54


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