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September 8, 2009

Great Eight

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:12

Hmmm, even if I hadn’t had a great eight miles this morning I still ❤ the rhyming there.

And I think that since I could do an eight-er really easily without any soreness I need to trust myself when racing that I’m not going to die and have to drop out if I go hard from the get-go.  On the flip side, I think I need to warmup better before racing so that the first few miles at the pace I want aren’t so hard and those “omg-I’m-dying” thoughts are not there. I’m not too worried about figuring it out immediately.  I plan on running and racing for awhile and from the looks of the comments of yesterday’s post, many of you want the secret if I ever figure it out. Pacing is so subjective and I am not subjective.  I am a science/math, one answer kind of kid.

Regardless, it was a great race and I re-checked the standing and I was actually THIRD in my age group.  Crazy happy, even though there’s no prize for it haha. Pride thing 🙂

I had a question from Emily about my core routine.  You can find my full options for core exercises here under Abs and Back.  I know core is defined as shoulder to hips but to most ppl it really means abs and back.  But, as an example, here’s what I did today after my run:

  • Plank
  • Row
  • Bicycle

I did 3 X :45 “on” with :15 “off”.  Basically I did each exercise 3 times for 45 seconds then rested for 15 before starting again.  I like to do 3 plank, 3 row, 3 bicycle but I know ppl who go plank, row, bicycle then repeat.  To each his own.

Then I followed it with some pelvic raises (putting legs on a chair — ideally medicine ball but hey, I’m in my room) and TheraBand Pulls (place a band over a doorknob and pull).  Each 3X15. Nothing fancy or extensive.

Now, back to the title of the post.  I had only planned on going my 6.2 mile route but I was feeling it.  The weather was 55*, the sun rose at the start and was all pretty the whole way, surprisingly little traffic.  All things that lead to me running more than planned.  Again, I must suck at pacing in the race if this is what I can do 2 days post: 8 miles at a strong but easy pace. It felt so good and quick yet controlled.  Only downside was that the extra 1.8 miles forced me to rush a little to get to class on time.  But hey, priorities.

I had jazz again today too.  I think I’m getting more comfortable in the class.  Not in the sense of I’m becoming more graceful or flexible (HA) but I’m letting a little jazz attitude shine through and it feels good and empowering. And that feels damn good.  Not sure if my muscles are going to feel the same tmrw though.  But I’m basking in this glow.

Final thought: Music Obsession of the Moment!



  1. Haha. I love running more than planned 🙂

    Happens too often but I am not complaining!

    Comment by Matt — September 8, 2009 @ 19:02

  2. thanks for posting your core routine! i do pretty similar stuff but i’m always looking for ways to mix it up to keep things fresh.

    Comment by emily — September 8, 2009 @ 19:29

  3. 8 miles is definitely probably my favorite distance, because you still work hard to do it, but it doesn’t take 2 hours to run them. Awesome job on pushing yourself 🙂

    Comment by Kathleen — September 9, 2009 @ 06:37

  4. are you on a training schedule? i ran 8 miles yesterday, too 🙂 i’m using bart yasso’s 10-day cycle for marathon training. first one coming up!!! oct 18 in lowell. so you are running boston this year? that is pretty kick a$s. am i allowed to swear on here? 🙂 i volunteered last year and i was handing out water at the start line. kinda bummed cuz i didn’t get to see the runners along the route. but i got to see the elites up close at the start so i guess it wasn’t a total loss!!!

    thanks for the core info– i need to do core. i just am not in the habit.

    Comment by Lacey — September 9, 2009 @ 13:06

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