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September 13, 2009

Two long runs, one weekend

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:55

Pretty uneventful night.  I was pretty bushed by my killer long run earlier yesterday and the rainy, dreary day didn’t really help me perk up.  I ended up watching The Patriot with a friend.  Not going to lie, it’s a long, non-action packed film.  But it was still pretty good.  I think I’m so used to watching movies where it’s a lot of action and not so much character development.

I ended up making the party rounds after the movie though.  By that time, maybe 2330?, most everyone was already in high gear so it was pretty easy to not party hard at that point.  I went to bed late (for me but super early for a typical college kid) at about 0100.

I kind of knew that I wouldn’t get much sleep because of my body loving the early wakeups and, while true I got up at 8, those 7 hours were pretty sound.  When my eyes fluttered open I debated going for my run later and easing into my morning.  After some serious in-my-head fighting I put on my running shoes and headed out.

Since I hadn’t partied I wanted to stick as close to 10 as I could.  My legs were a bit sore but by the time I hit the actual route they were okay.  When I run I usually have a set route and then some “add-on” bits that if I’m feeling good I can tack on at the end to get me anywhere from .5-3 miles extra.  For today I did one of the add-ons (1.1 miles) before the main course and then chose to do the second add-on immediately because I had the feeling that if I waited until the end I would wimp out.

Which definitely would have been the case.  My legs definitely were tired this morning. And there were moments, like at mile 5, where I was like “WTF am I doing?” But I think that in the very long run (ha pun intended) I’m doing my legs a good service by pushing them.  I read somewhere about doing two long runs in one weekend, in the same manner I did, and that there was benefits to it. Clearly now that I want to find the stupid article, I can’t. Grrrr frustrating.  In some ways this weekend has made me feel incredibly hardcore but I’m a little worried about burning out before my next marathon cycle.

But clearly feeling more bamf than worried. And it’s not like the entire run was awful because my legs were feeling pretty strong at certain points, particularly during the end miles.  Very encouraging.  My overall pace was pretty damn good too.  Not as good as yesterday but spot-on to what my long runs should be.  Also very encouraging because this morning was about 90% humidity. I think what helped me push through the last half was that I saw another runner and he kind of paced me for a mile or so (I more-or-less played tag-along until we split ways).  It was really nice to have some banter with someone else on a run. He was running faster than I was (initially) and it was a nice jump start to the last 5 or so miles.

And just as a note on the weather, it was dreary and humid and clammy this morning when I went for the run.  Literally 20 minutes after I got back: sun! Which made it nice out.  I’m glad I ran when I did but man, if I had waited…

After the run I did about 20 minutes of abs/back work in my room before settling into the PILE of work I have to do.  I’ve got every immediate thing done but there’s tons of long term stuff that I need to get a jump start on because this week is looking crazy busy.  Case-in-point: tomorrow I have to go to the local hospital for a rotation in “Wound Care” for one of my classes.  Great in the sense that it will be really exciting and fascinating but not-so-great because it eats up 4 hours of my day, plus travel time, and every precious second of my life is already accounted for. Heh.  So I guess I should wrap up this post and get back to work? Ugh, yes.

Have a great Sunday afternoon! Hopefully it’s more relaxing than mine.  I try to do all my work Fri/Sat so that I can have an easy Sunday but it’s looking like this semester it’ll be hard to keep that tradition!

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5 Comments »

  1. Gotta love the “WTF am I doing” moments! Congrats on hammering out 2 LRs in 48 hours. Very impressive.

    Comment by a marathoner — September 13, 2009 @ 16:51

  2. Excellent job on the mileage! Keep up the good work!

    Comment by LARunner — September 13, 2009 @ 17:07

  3. Lol I like how you tell time. It is like you are in the military!

    Two long runs in a weekend is always fun 🙂

    Comment by Matt — September 13, 2009 @ 18:11

  4. My semester is looking pretty dang tough too. Good luck!

    Comment by Liz — September 13, 2009 @ 21:56

  5. I think putting the “add-ons” early into the route is brilliant, If the last 2/3’rds of the route is non-optional you know you are going to finish it. I need to start taking this approach.

    Comment by Katerina — September 14, 2009 @ 17:47


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