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October 28, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:04

Just because I’m cutting back the miles doesn’t mean I have to cut back on intensity, right? Right.  That was my theory this morning as I geared up for some mile repeats.

I actually woke up 4 minutes before my alarm which actually felt really good.  I was having a really strange dream (but since when do dreams that you remember make any sense?) about running a marathon in Paris and China with a kid that I barely know.  Weird.  My bed was incredibly comfy too (the moment where your sheets and covers just smother you in amazingness) so I only got up 1 minute before the alarm just so I didn’t have to listen to it go off ha.

I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do today when I got up / when I was thinking about it last night.  I definitely didn’t want to do another easy run.  Even though I’ve been enjoying them, the reason I love training schedules is because there’s a variety to the workouts.  So my thoughts then went to speedwork.  I mulled over various possibilities and the one that made my stomach actually knot up was mile repeats.  Well, actually doing quarters or halfs were the worst, but mile repeats were a close second.  And I have a perverse love of mile repeats.

The warm up mile is always the worst. The place where my mind says, “Are you crazy? This pace is hard, how can I do anything at a faster pace?!?”  It’s also the mile that just drags.  I want so badly to just jump into the workout but my body needs it.  Luckily a mile is a mile so it was over fairly quickly and I was off to the races.

Since I’m in a cutback mode I knew I was only going to do 3 repeats.  Not the 5-6 that I’ve pulled off somehow in the past. 3 is a good number because by the last one you know if the first 2 were flukes or not.  It allows for some consistency that 2 repeats don’t.  Of course I would have loved to do more (as I tell my stats students, the more data you have going into an average, the less one particular point “counts”) but 3 worked.

Here are the splits:

  1. 6:56
  2. 6:54
  3. 6:45

Yeah that last one just about killed me haha.  Well not really as I think I had some gas left in the tank.  I need to trust myself that I’m not going to blow up and die if I go faster.  I just get so worried that I’m not going to be able to finish a workout if I go out too fast (a valid concern I think) that I end up being a tad conservative.  Not that I’m complaining about the splits. They’re fantastic! First time ever that every. single. one has been sub-7.  A most excellent accomplishment. And they felt like my lower body was powering away while my upper body was just floating.  I definitely thought to myself that this is awesome!

My recovery for each repeat was a half mile.  I toyed with the idea of going to a quarter mile just to cut out some miles but decided against it. Recovery from the intervals is important, although in hindsight I wonder if less recovery between intervals would help me in the long run by making my muscles work harder when more tired.

My overall miles for today is 6.  Since my last interval had a recovery portion after that I included that into my warm down and only did an extra half mile after the recovery (if that train of thought makes sense).  I was mighty tempted to not do this and have a full mile in the books as a cool down, as what’s one half mile? But that thinking is dangerous, as a half mile leads to a miles leads to more than I want.  I also figured that the intensity of this workout pushed me hard enough during this recovery period.

Although, and this may be TMI, I have never experienced the laxative power of running more intensely today.  I think it was how hard I was running but after the last repeat I had to sprint to the bathroom.  I almost didn’t think I was going to make it and prolly have NEVER run so fast in my life haha.  Sheesh!

Just a quick update on that marathon I was talking about forever ago: my plans fell through.  I had a feeling this would happen as it was kind of absurd to think that I could tag along on a company marathon trip. But it was to DISNEY so I felt I had to pursue an opportunity.  It ends up being way to expensive for me to sign up, travel, lodge etc.  I’m slightly disappointed but it’s okay.  It gives me this time to rest before Boston training starts.  But having this plan in the back of my head for Disney was partly why my miles were so high because this marathon is 10(?) weeks away.

And to start of your Wednesday I give you…the Facts of Life (I don’t know what I’m going to do when I run out!)

36. Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

37. If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

38. Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem….

39. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you’ve made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

40. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don’t want to have to restart my collection.


  1. Awesome workout!! Sick splits. Great job. Why are 400s and 800s harder than mile repeats? Is it just the increased intensity?

    Comment by a marathoner — October 28, 2009 @ 11:22

    • I think it’s totally a mental problem for me. Running at such a fast pace makes me queasy just thinking about it. Feels great after but mentally gearing up for the intense muscle burn and shortness of breathe is tough!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 30, 2009 @ 14:21

  2. Great job. I think mile repeats are the hardest because they seem to go on FOREVER.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — October 28, 2009 @ 11:54

  3. BAMF!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 nice. you rocked it. i think cutting mileage and ramping intensity is a recipe for some pretty sick time trials!!! keep it up!

    Comment by Lacey — October 28, 2009 @ 14:32

  4. Nice workout!

    Comment by runjess — October 28, 2009 @ 15:38

  5. Wow, you are FAST. I’m jealous.
    I didn’t know you qualified for Boston, thats so cool! And I heard the Disney Marathon wasn’t as fun as it sounds, and you don’t even run much through the actual park, if that consoles you any..

    Comment by Kathleen — October 28, 2009 @ 17:03

  6. Oh gosh! Tuesday I completely decided…my productivity is done. And after some initial guilt and some friends assurance just to go with the flow, I really embraced not doing anything from 4 on…:)

    Comment by specialkphd — October 29, 2009 @ 13:54

  7. Great splits! When do you start training for Boston? Do you follow a set plan (Pfitz, Higdon??) or make up your own? Oh and completely with you on the DVD’s…seriously I still have videos 😦

    Comment by eatmovelove — October 29, 2009 @ 20:38

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