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September 16, 2009

Good Golly Molly

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:32

OK, so I don’t have a friend named Molly.  But I’m a sucker for anything that rhymes. Consider the title, however, as an exclamation of  something good.  Because something good happened this morning.

When my alarm went off this morning (and yes lately my alarm has been waking me up. Maybe I should go to bed earlier?) I debated whether or not to hit the gym.  And no, it’s not because of the weather; it was 55* and partly cloudy.  Perfecto. I have this self-doubt complex where I don’t think my body can handle doing any speed work on it’s on.  It needs the TM as a crutch.  Which I know is stupid because I just did a couple really good tempos where I questioned my potential a few weeks ago. But there you go: mental roadblock.

After berating myself for trying to wimp out and head for the gym I told myself that I needed the mental toughness, if nothing else.  I was originally going to do a ladder-type workout with more shorter stuff but since my campus is small I took advantage of the one lap = one mile.  Or so I thought.

After the warmup I noted that it took me a little longer than I thought it should but shook it off as I was just tired and not warmed up.  So first mile: 8 minutes.

WTF?! I definitely was going a hell of a lot faster than that! Well, maybe my legs weren’t warm for the first part of that lap

Mile 2: 737.  Eh, better but not where I want to be. Same with Mile 3: 737.  Both of these miles I chalked up to noticing a slow down, catch myself, speed up routine.

Mile 4: Going to go balls to the walls.  728. UGH. Not where I want to be.

Now I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.  Apparently the one lap = one mile is not for the way I ran it. There’s no real concise way to explain it so I’m not going to but the way I was running my lap made one lap = 1.1(5) miles (I’m so conservative when it comes to distances that even though mapping the lap online says 1.15 I rounded down to 1.1). So when I converted my pace to min/mile they were:

  1. 716
  2. 655
  3. 655
  4. 647

Much much better because my target paces were 700-715.  Now I know I’m not as speedy as some of you who read this (Matt, Jess and LARunner come to mind immediately) but I was so elated when I realized that my splits were fast!

As a couple of you pointed out, I might have been better off with shorter repeats, most common advice was 400s and 100s, but I really needed this for a mental boost. Rest assured that I had a serious internal debate and took all of the advice to heart — well not so internal as I wrote out a pro / con list! And major thanks for go-to 5k training work, I have another one (well tentatively) in early November that I will definitely incorporate this stuff into.

I now need to remember to A) warm up hardcore before the race (I was thinking running the course leisurely) and B) keep my mind of the race.  Too often I find my mind wandering and BAM my pace is shot.

So I’m still pretty nervous about the race, simply because it’s my first.  But I should be ok.  Provided that my legs recover in time.  Heh, kind of funny. Except not.

And like many of you told me: HAVE FUN.  Now tell me you can’t watch / see/ imagine this and tell me that it is not the most joyous occasion on Earth. I get giddy listening to that music and my friends and I are definitely planning a major trip.


  1. that’s a solid workout! you should be in good shape for your race. enjoy it and good luck!

    Comment by emily — September 16, 2009 @ 20:14

  2. Sounds like you’re training hard and good, I’m sure you’ll be peak for the race!
    And lol, your title reminds me of a saying my grandfather ALWAYS says: Holy Hannah. It’s like his “Omg” and none of us can figure out if Hannah is actually anybody significant

    Comment by Evan Thomas — September 16, 2009 @ 20:28

  3. You are totally fast and I am sure all the people you know who are coming would agree my goodness!

    You know, I bet you wouldn’t have done as well if it hadn’t been for that miscalculation. So maybe it is a good thing?

    Have a ton of fun, can’t wait to read about it.

    Comment by iruntoeat — September 16, 2009 @ 20:31

  4. I totally know what you mean about speed workouts and the mental aspect of them! That is why it took me soo much time to get up the courage to do an actually speed workout yesterday. It sounds like your body knew what it was doing- hitting the right paces even w/o a watch/knowing the pace. Good work!

    Comment by tmart — September 16, 2009 @ 22:22

  5. Hey good job! And don’t get discouraged, you’re doing a heck of a lot better than soooo many people out there! It’s easy to compare to those crazy fast kids but we are normallll people lol not performance athletes (I wish). I think your splits are GREAT and congrats on beating your brain…definitely my biggest enemy most of the time!

    Comment by runandrejoice — September 16, 2009 @ 23:08

  6. rockin’!! nice work. must’ve been super relieved to find out the exertion level and paces matched up after all!!!!! 🙂 way to push it!

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

  7. Nice speed workout 🙂 I just started doing them on my own, and have definitely noticed a large increase in my usual pace. However, I cannot say that I’m as speedy as you!

    Comment by Kathleen — September 17, 2009 @ 08:12

  8. Great job getting out there and pushing yourself. I’m the opposite and hate doing speedwork on the treadmill. I’m so. freakin. slow. on. the. treadmill. Anyway, a Harry Potter restaurant sounds awesome. I’d be all over the butterbeer and the crazy candy.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — September 17, 2009 @ 11:46

  9. Great job! Even with a long warm-up, my first interval is usually slower than the next few.

    Comment by runjess — September 17, 2009 @ 14:51

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