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September 15, 2009

Oh man my nerves

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:26

Oh man my quads.  They feel trashed.  Eh, maybe not so much anymore but when I left my room to hit the streets they felt wicked sore.  Prolly because of my back-to-back LRs this weekend.

I was able to do 7 miles before time ran out and I needed to get ready for my 0830 class (thank god it’s only one day a week at this time — it’s a language lab).  Despite my legs not feeling 100% I ran a pretty good pace.  Sure it felt like a struggle at first but as my legs warmed up they were able to get some good turnover.

Hopefully the soreness / crankiness in my quads goes away fast! I want to get in a speed workout tmrw morning as a last ditch effort for my 5k this weekend.  I’m really starting to worry about it because, even though I did speed stuff for my half, I haven’t been doing much more than tempos.  I did some mile repeats back in August but I’m afraid that my legs have forgotten how to go fast.

To make this matter a little worse, a couple of my friends are also running it.  Therefore ALL my friends know about it.  And they think I’m, like, a Kenyon or something.  Granted I do have some speed but they believe that I’m a speeding bullet — no joke.  So they have lofty expectations as to what I can do. Although, in retrospect, they’re definition of fast might not be as quick as mine.  But still, they’ve planted a seed in my head that I can sprint the whole damn thing like a 100m dash or something.

So I’m starting to have that in my head debate as to how far I can push myself this weekend.  I’d love a stellar debut.  Seriously. And now I’ll prolly have a bee in my bonnet (wow that’s the second time this week I’ve used that expression!) if I don’t do really really well.

Plus I really really really want to beat this kid that’s running it.  Because he thinks he’s the most amazing thing ever and I’m pretty sure that I can school him.  And my non-running friends are all pulling for this.

Talk about pressure.

Hahaha I totally didn’t mean to have this post be a take-over of my worries for the race.  But there they are.

And my quads are not making ’em any better. In any case I plan on getting in a quality speedwork session like I said above.  I’m a little confused as to what I should do: 400s? 800s? Fartlek? I’m going to venture a guess that it’s not wicked important what I do just that I get quick turnover practice. I know I asked this a week ago but help me calm my nerves: your go-to speed workout for a 5k is…?

P.S. : I am so totally mooching off all y’all expertise but any tips for the actual race would also be very appreciated 🙂



  1. Try some mile repeats or 800’s. Those will get you some speed.

    Comment by Matt — September 15, 2009 @ 21:26

  2. I vote for some quick (100m) striders and nothing more. You’re better off doing mini-taper for 5K since it’s so close. If you trash your legs on something longer, they might not recover in time for your debut race, so yeah, do some quick strides to practice the turnover but nothing much more than that.

    To answer your question though, my key 5k workout is a progression run of 2M(5K pace)1M(easy)0.5M(mile pace) about 2 weeks before the actual race. It’s really tough but trains the body well to run fast when fatigued.

    Final advice is not to overthink your race. Don’t allow the pressure to overwhelm you. Practice positive visualization and keep your mind relaxed but focused on the task. You’ll get it done!

    Best of luck!

    Comment by The Laminator — September 15, 2009 @ 23:58

  3. Oh, you make me laugh. Don’t worry- you’ll do great AND beat the boy.

    Comment by LARunner — September 16, 2009 @ 03:31

  4. 12 x 400 or 6×800 or a combination of 400s and 800s. what day is the race? sat or sun??? i’d say after your speed workout don’t push yourself too hard, especially if you want to absolutely DOMINATE 🙂 which it sounds like you do!!!! 🙂 just give it your best and i’m pretty sure that is going to be good enough 🙂 good luck!! go get ’em!

    Comment by Lacey — September 16, 2009 @ 08:43

  5. I don’t think I can give you much advice here, that said try not to psych youself out so much that you take off too fast out of the gate!

    Comment by Katerina — September 16, 2009 @ 10:23

  6. Given the LRs you’ve had recently, I suggest a bit of a taper this week. Refresh the legs and you will recover that burst to school that kid!

    Comment by a marathoner — September 16, 2009 @ 11:08

  7. I like doing 400 repeats on the track. They make me feel very confident. I don’t know what level you’re at speedwork wise, but I usually do 10-12 400s at like 5 sec. slower than 5k race pace. However, a fartlek might be a better idea, just because it’s a bit easier, and you don’t wanna burn yourself out on an intense track workout right before the race. For the actual race, remember to not run the 1st mile too fast. That is the biggest mistake people make! The first mile should be a good effort, but feel almost too easy. I bet you’ll do great and exceed your expectations. From what I’ve gathered, you’re a really talented runner!

    Comment by Liz — September 16, 2009 @ 13:10

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