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September 10, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:27

So it’s been a day when I’ve been doing lots but accomplishing little.  I NEED TO CUT DOWN ON MY TO-DO LIST! I think that may happen later tonight but we’ll see.

I got up this morning at 6 to hit the streets before class.  First of all, today was the first day in about 3 weeks that my alarm actually woke me up.  Most morning I wake up 10-15 minutes before my alarm.  I have this nifty internal alarm clock that wakes me up when I want to, so the alarm I set is actually more of a backup alarm.   And even on mornings where my internal alarm is a little off I still wake up before the alarm, even if it’s by 1 minute.

But not today.  I mean, I wake to “Shipping Up to Boston” (and I’m from a suburb of Boston, so I know the city even though I’ve never actually been to the marathon before — I forget who asked me that yesterday, and am too lazy open a new tab and check haha)  so it’s not that bad.  But no one wants to be jarred out of bed.  No matter when my internal alarm goes off it’s always better than hearing the technology alarm.

Anyway, enough about my freakish ways and alarms.  The second thing about this morning: freezing.  Now I can handle cold (I mean, NE winter? Hello?) but it was 45*.  Seriously? Ok well that’s not freezing, but it’s definitely the coldest I’ve run / woken up to in a very long time. To make things a little worse I slept with the window open last night so I really didn’t want to get out from under my warm quilt.

I’m so glad I did though.  A week or so ago I posted my tentative racing schedule and the next one is coming up: Providence 5k on the 20th of September.  So 10 days.  I’ve never run a 5k before and, obviously, never trained for one.  So I’m at a loss of what I need to do in the next 10 days to prep.  Ideas? I’m thinking of trying to put together a training schedule for this fall just so I can keep my focus. Like Lacey I like the structure of a training plan even if I don’t end up following it to a T. It’s a nice way to make sure I’m hitting key workouts (& spacing them properly) as well as keeping track of rest. If I find time to do this I’ll definitely be posting it for feedback 🙂

In any case, I did this for a workout today:

  • 1 mile warmup
  • 6 miles of pickups: 2 X 10 mins, 1 X 15 mins (with 5 mins easy between)
  • 1.3 miles warm down

My reasoning was that I could hit the pickups faster if they were only 10 minutes long.  It went…interesting to say the least.  The first one prolly fell around tempo pace (no garmin, and this may be the only time in my life I would have wanted one haha).  The second one started at tempo and got pretty fast and by the last one my legs were quickly turning over and I feel like it was PDQ (pretty damn quick).  I was only planning on having the last pickup be 10 minutes but since my legs were finally doing what they needed to do so I let ’em.

I highly doubt that for a 5k I needed to do 8.3 miles but I’m a semi-mileage junkie. I was thinking that I could try doing another speedwork on Mon/Tues/Wednesday but do shorter (but more?) intervals.  I’m just a little worried that  after doing the half this weekend and doing more half-specific running that my legs won’t be ready to go-go-go at the start.  A 5k is VERY short. Pacing clearly won’t be an issue.  To quote Pam Beasley ” I’m going to start fast, run the middle fast, then finish fast.” Hopefully this will be successful for me.  No matter what it’ll be a PB.  But I’m secretly (well maybe not so secretly anymore) wanting to DOMINATE. Heh.

Oh and before I go tackle my work I figured out how to upload pics. Thanks Katerina.  You were totally right and it was easy. I feel dumb for actually asking that.  So I’m going to leave you with my favorite picture relating to me and running. Happy Thursday!

I am superwoman :)

I am superwoman -- after the Providence Marathon 3-May-2009. BQ baby!



  1. ooh, your first 5k – exciting! i like to do 400m and 800m workouts to prepare for 5ks. so, for instance, i’m racing one this coming saturday, and yesterday i did 8x400m at a 6:00/mi pace (which is about 25 seconds faster than my goal pace). 4-6x800m at the same pace is another workout i’ve been doing. and one more that’s good that i haven’t done recently but really enjoy is a ladder workout. e.g.: 400, 800, 1000, 1600, 600, 400, 200. this works out to exactly 5k’s worth of speedwork. it’s a nice workout because the shorter intervals develop raw speed and the longer ones help your endurance. i am still learning about all this stuff so other people might have better suggestions, but these workouts seem to have helped me. in any case, i’d recommend doing some kind of speedwork a few days before the race – tuesday or wednesday for a saturday race. then i’d run easy the rest of the week. i don’t cut my mileage much (if at all) but i don’t do any hard running after that one workout.

    also, i grew up outside of boston! whereabouts are you? i lived in salem.

    Comment by emily — September 10, 2009 @ 21:38

  2. I totally understand about the waking up thing… even if I wake up at 6AM on the weekends, I still feel so much more rested because I wake up naturally and without the alarm!

    Have a great day!

    Comment by Michelle — September 10, 2009 @ 23:27

  3. I was going to say, hey that is the same colour my face is after a race, then I looked up your PRs.. hahah you deserve to be that red, you are way faster then I am.

    My only, terrible newbie, tip on a 5K, do your “warm-up” mile before hand… aka run a mile or two, and time it for right before you start.

    Glad you got the pic up 🙂

    Comment by Katerina — September 11, 2009 @ 00:23

  4. Wow, 45 degrees is kind of scary for the temperature to already be in only September! Ouch.
    And good luck on your 5K! I’m kind of a “mileage junkie” too, so I know its kind of hard to envision any kind training for such a short race, but whatevs, I’m sure you’ll do GREAT 🙂

    Comment by Kathleen — September 11, 2009 @ 07:52

  5. Can’t believe you’ve never done a 5K!

    Comment by Jess — September 11, 2009 @ 13:23

  6. ohhh 5ks not my fav 🙂 you will rock it though!!

    YAY for registering for Boston!!! I WANT TO lol.

    love the pic too 🙂 its always nice to put a face to the blog!

    Comment by aron — September 11, 2009 @ 14:41

  7. great pic!!!!!!! cracks me up but DAMNNNnn you are ripped 🙂 did you ever play team sports??? you sort of just have “the look” if you know what i mean. lol.

    i think a MUST DO in the time before the 5k– TRACK work!!!!!!!!! do some 400 repeats! and some 800s. maybe a ladder? 5k is so different from a half. i can’t believe you’ve never raced one before!!! remember it’s your first, so you have no way of knowing what to expect. get pumped!!! 🙂

    okay anyway.. I LOVE SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON!!!

    here is my current POWER MIX, i listen to it while i ice bath LOL!!! and also in the car and before hard runs..

    1. aint no rest for the wicked- cage the elephant
    2. gotta work- amerie (from FIghting the movie with channing tatum- love him!)
    3. down – jay sean and lil wayne
    4. all the above- maino
    5. let it rock- kevin rudolph and lil wayne
    6. bullet and a target- citizen cope
    7. never trust me- 3oh!3
    8. shipping up to boston!!!! – dropkick murphys
    9. bleed it out – linkin’ park
    10. remember the name- fort minor

    Comment by Lacey — September 11, 2009 @ 16:38

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