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November 23, 2009

Grit-ness

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 20:15

Good evening all. Taking a short break from my GeoPhysics take-home exam to post.  This test is kicking my butt.  At least it was: I think that I’m on my way to understanding it better.  I “got” the concepts but the math wasn’t working out right.  That’s the good thing about physics, I always know when I’m wrong because the numbers have physical meanings and I can base my numbers on my intuition.  For example: when a fluid gets more viscus it’ll move slower (example molasses moves slower than water) so when my answers follow what my gut tells me then I know I’m on the right path. And so I am.

But enough about physics.  After all this is a running blog and I’m taking a break from it. So no business talk here haha.

I had a typical Monday morning run.  Slow and yet steady.  I think that by accepting a slow Monday I’m able to deal with the mental aspect of disappointment of not hitting a pace.  On the other hand, I feel like I might just be setting myself up for EVERY Monday to be slow simply because my attitude is that Monday = slow run.  A catch-22 to be sure.

The weather was decent.  Low 40s with clouds.  Seems to be the typical weather as of late and I’m sort of glad, I mean as much as I despise the cold and winter looming it *is* November after all.  Time for Mother Nature to start acting like it.  It does make for pleasant runs.

Like today for instance.  Despite my legs feeling sore and trashed yesterday I was able to pull 9.2 this morning.  No Last Mile Party for me today however as my legs were exhausted by the end.  I think I’ll be happy when the POTM challenge is over.  I know that I’m not in the running for first place but it’s still keeping me going long these days. And although my legs were dragging a bit over the last mile or so I never felt like I was crawling along.

In my mind though that means I need to do some speedwork in the very near future.  Tomorrow perhaps? It’s been raining all afternoon and going to continue into the night /morning so I think it’s the perfect opportunity to hit the gym and get a good hard tempo or interval in.  Maybe the TM is a cop-out but hey, I don’t really want to run in the rain.  If it doesn’t rain I’m sure I’ll be wayyy tempted to skip speedwork as I’m not so good at sticking to speed stuff outside.

I’m not dead set on doing the whole speedwork tmrw as when Boston training comes around and there’s snow on the ground the TM will definitely be the way to get my speed in and I’ll be more motivated to keep a regular schedule for speed.  So I’m not too worried about skipping it tmrw.  Not going to derail anything but I sure could use a bit of “fast running leads to fast running” to boost my spirit and get me pumped.

Speaking of Boston training, anyone have a good training plan they want to share? I haven’t found anything that’s really stuck with me as “YES!” so I’m open to anything at this point.  I want something challenging with a peak of somewhere around 70mpw. Because I’m tenacious like that.

Oh snap a perfect segue into my next “topic” that I wanted to share: I took an online “grit survey” and according to the results that were emailed to me this morning I have more “grit’ than most ppl my age.  Numerically I scored a 3.75 while most of my peers scored a 3.2 Hollllller 🙂 Makes me feel even more like a bamf!

Alright gotta go show my bamfness to this exam as it’s due tmrw morning.  And then I get to leave for Thanksgiving break.  There was some drama over the weekend as to whether or not I was going home but I am (at least as of this moment) and I’m excited to party it up with my friends from high school.  I’ll likely also be doing lots of running with another friend as I said before our motto is “Go Big or Go Home”.

Enjoy your Monday nights.  Hopefully they are more exciting than mine although if I finish this exam soon then I’m going to watch El Laberinto del Fauno.  I’ve been waiting to (re)watch this movie for awhile now so it’s a great incentive to get me work done 🙂

el laberinto del fauno
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9 Comments »

  1. hey!!! thanks for the comment!! have you signed up already for boston!?? I really hope it opens (although someone told me I can get in through doing charity things? ill look into it for sure! Anyway- i hope i get in cause I would love to meet you as well!! thanks again and have a nice week and good luck with that geophysics exam blahhh

    Comment by Christina — November 23, 2009 @ 21:30

  2. Haha I can totally see you as someone who has a lot of “grit”. I guess you are just a BAMF?

    Comment by Matt — November 23, 2009 @ 22:02

  3. I am loving your use of BAMF – I hadn’t read that in a long time!!! Good luck with your exam, I had to take calc-based physics back in the day and it seriously kicked my arse. 🙂

    Comment by triathena — November 23, 2009 @ 22:39

  4. Yeah, I concur – you have a lot of ‘grit’ girl – and in a BAMF way!! Haha – way to rock out the miles! I finally ran today and did an hour on the Dreadmill…I was actually surprised, my legs were so tired and I wasn’t going to do anything…and I said just try for 20-30 minutes…so I was happy, alot on my mind I guess :(…oh well. Happy T-Giving Break soon 🙂

    Comment by eatmovelove — November 24, 2009 @ 07:54

  5. Lol- knew you were tough, no need for a survey on that one. “Go hard or go home” is one of my favs, too. Are you sure we aren’t related? Haha. Keep trucking w/ the physics. What’s your major, btw?

    Comment by Rebecca — November 24, 2009 @ 08:13

  6. You TOTALLY are a BAMF!:)
    And let me know what marathon training plan you decide to use, as I have no idea what I’m gonna do for my next race either…

    Comment by Kathleen — November 24, 2009 @ 08:53

  7. Have a great break! I actually dread doing speed on the treadmill, but I know winter is coming for us, too. We are supposed to get our first real snowstorm Thursday. Booooo. I just hope it holds off until after my race.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — November 24, 2009 @ 10:41

  8. i love pfitz!! he has plans that are 12 or 18 weeks that peak at 70 miles per week. its out of the book advanced marathoning… check it out 🙂

    Comment by aron — November 24, 2009 @ 13:58

  9. I made my own training plan. I bet you could too, just add speedwork and long runs.

    Comment by runjess — November 24, 2009 @ 15:58


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