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October 25, 2009

Short Run and Halloween Excitement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:10

Wow.  Thanks for all the advice/support/kind words yesterday.  I knew posting about it would be the right thing because it seems that most of you know exactly what I’m talking about! My friends just look at me and roll their eyes because none of them run and therefore don’t “get it”.

Everyone of you who commented had valid points and were stuff that was in the back of my head already but took an outside look to really hammer it home.  I definitely DON’T want to injure myself and I totally recognize the fact that I am headed that way if I don’t relax a bit.  Both in terms of my mileage and, as LARunner mentioned, my pace, particularly the LR pace.

So here’s where I’m going to lay out actual (target) numbers for you guys (I rarely do because I hate the comparison stuff it generates) but here goes:

  • Marathon pace: 8:21
  • Easy / recovery pace: 900-915
  • Tempo: 715-730
  • Mile repeats: 650-700
  • LR: 900

So this is what I’ve been doing.  And actually been pretty close to them in reality with the exception prolly being this past week. Thoughts? I honestly feel like most of them are too slow for my liking.  I definitely left some gas in the tank during my marathon (ran a 3:37:58) so I think that I am faster than numbers plugged into a calculator tell me.  I’ve gotten these baseline paces from McMillian which is considered pretty good but I’m such an overachiever that I try to hit the lowest of the range given.  Maybe as well as re-thinking miles I need to rethink pace too.

Definitely something else to ponder as I want to maximize my running “potential” (gosh I hate that word! haha)

Anyway, last night I hung out with my friend (who I still call my roomie even though it’s been two years since we lived together ha) and we eventually went to see The Hangover at the campus theater.  She had just come from a vball tourney and was exhausted and I was exhausted too (I am soooo old because I still am recovering from Thursday’s partying haha) so a movie was a good fit.  So glad I went because it was HILARIOUS.  I haven’t laughed like that in a while, definitely a spirit lifter.

I also got a great night of sleep last night and woke up to a sunny sky and clear weather without an alarm.  Amazingness! Especially considering that last night it was monsoon-ing out.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten more soaked than I did getting around last night.

So clearly this is me we’re talking about and I ran today.  I was feeling better mentally thanks to you guys and my last night but I made sure that I did not run as far as I typically do.  I did about 5 miles which is better than nothing and better than 8+.  Progress? Maybe.  But I need to decondition myself from the thinking that more is better.  I know it’s unrealistic to just drastically cut down my miles, but if I can cut 2-3 here and there, over the course of the week it’ll make an impact, right?

This run was pretty great.  The sun was shining, the temp was an amazing 56* and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  My body felt really good too after a mile or so.  I definitely wasn’t flying (and was reminded of that when the boys XC team zoomed past me) but I didn’t feel like I was struggling the way I have been lately.  Although my legs did remind me that my brain was foolish to want to do more by the end.  And I listened by sticking to my guns (and by guns I mean plan of 5 miles).

Another highlight of the day was my shopping trip to Target.  Not only did I stick to only getting what I needed (Halloween costume stuff) I found an even better costume than what I was planning on being! I’m so excited and I’m going to be mean and make you guys wait until Halloween is closer for me to reveal it (or maybe even meaner and make you wait until I have post-Halloween pics!). But my friend was looking at stuff and she was like”WTF?” Of course I looked and was like “This is IT”.  The costume is sooo me so I’m super excited to wear it.  And it was wicked cheap too.  Double bonus!

Going to write an awkward wrap-up here (aka no wrap up at all) because I have to go work on a physiology project then get my study on.  Don’t worry though, tmrw I will do another installment of the Facts of Life.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


  1. yeah, with the McMillan calculator, you can plug in some of your shorter distance race times, too. It will give you projected marathon goals and paces for that. It’s possible that you’ve improved since your last marathon, resulting in the pacing feeling too easy for you. Also, the purpose for the LR is endurance, so always keep that in mind.

    Yep, you’re mean for keeping your costume a secret. I would totally be into dressing up if i had a party to go to or something. Have fun!

    Comment by LARunner — October 25, 2009 @ 16:37

  2. Awesome discipline. Laying out a plan will give you a benchmark from which to adjust. Too fast? Too slow? Who knows. Let your legs give you the answer at the end of the week.

    Comment by a marathoner — October 25, 2009 @ 17:27

  3. The Hangover is SO funny 🙂
    And trips to Target are always the highlight of my day too! Their clothes are SO cute, and their workout clothes ROCK!

    Comment by Kathleen — October 25, 2009 @ 20:48

  4. oh my gosh what is your secret? i always end up with a ridiculous amount of stuff i all of a sudden “need” whenever i got to target. heh. i know i am not hte only one. what are you going to be?????????????????

    love the target paces. is that a ceiling or an average or you want to be right on?

    Comment by Lacey — October 25, 2009 @ 20:50

  5. I loved that movie. Oh the suspense – I can’t wait to find out your costume!! Good for you for running ‘smartly’ too. I’ve heard alot about McMillian…but do you plug in the times you can run now to predict your paces…or the race times you want to get??? Because my PR’s are from years ago…and I’m super slow now…but I want to get faster and down to those old times…but I’d have to be realistic obviously with training…hmmm

    Comment by eatmovelove — October 25, 2009 @ 21:40

  6. Are you Harry Potter?

    Comment by specialkphd — October 26, 2009 @ 05:52

  7. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to be. Glad you are feeling better and that you’re at least trying to accept that more is not always better :).

    Comment by Chelsea — October 26, 2009 @ 06:58

  8. Lacey: typically i walk out of target with $50 worth of stuff that wasn’t on my list 🙂 . but it helped that i was with a friend and both of us had limited time to shop so we didn’t really browse that much. and i always want to be right on or lower on my paces

    EatMoveLove: you plug in your current times to the calculator because you want to be training at paces that are appropriate for your training now

    SpecialK: No, but that would be a wicked awesome costume!

    Comment by marathonmaiden — October 26, 2009 @ 09:00

  9. Well done on only doing 5 miles!!!

    (Curious about the comment you left me. What is your hydration method, do you carry?)

    Comment by katerina — October 26, 2009 @ 12:48

    • my hydration method is really no hydration method! i’m terrible about hydrating and didn’t even carry water during my marathon training runs. i don’t like carrying anything, am too lazy to pre-stash stuff and don’t like the feel of belts. i need to start changing my attitude but so far? ehhhhhh. 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2009 @ 13:23

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