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December 3, 2009

Wait! What day is it?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:27

Ugh this whole week I just haven’t felt like it was the proper day and I’ve really had to think about where I need to be! Doesn’t help when I switch up workouts in the morning either. Double whammy: I’ve had to idea what the “plan” is for the week workout wise and then I’m not doing the usual day’s run so the rest of the day is messed up.  Aaaaaaaaannoying.

For those of you (like myself) who need a reminder: it’s Thursday.  Meaning that with a “long run” on Saturday I shouldn’t be doing speedwork today.  I guess it’s not a rule but a preference.  But I chose to run my runs this way (speed today rather than yesterday) because I knew it was going to be POURING and storming this morning.  IE) gym time for sure.

A bit irksome though because the temperature this morning? 55*.  But pouring and wicked windy (so much so that power was lost — doubly annoying because I was at the gym.  Power outage + crappy school gym =/= fun).  Yesterday was freezing and clear and sunny.  Guess the lesser of two evils was the cold although I do despise that almost as much as rain.

Since I’m one smart cookie and look at the weather in advance I knew this about the weather and planned to do speedwork today.  Wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to accomplish but I was thinking tempo because I wanted to put some pep in my step and run hard for longer than an interval.

My workout looked like this:

  • 1 mile warmup
  • 3 miles @ tempo pace
  • 1 mile recovery
  • 3 miles @ tempo – 20 seconds
  • 2 miles warm down

Luckily the power outage happened right as I was going from recovery to tempo-20.  Very convenient in the sense that I didn’t have to worry about really losing any data because it was nice and round numerically.  Although I did *somewhat* angerly think “why can’t the backup generator that’s powering the lights do the tms too?” Haha.  Oh obsession? Hello there!

The tempo pace felt too slow.  Usually for the first mile or so of a tempo I’ll feel exhausted and want to quit but after that first mile there’s usually a “breakthrough”.  But today I only felt tired during the warmup.  Maybe I’m faster than I give myself credit for?

I almost skipped the recovery bit but decided to stick to the plan stan.  The second tempo bit felt more challenging but and felt like what a tempo should feel like.  A hard, I-could-eek-out-one-more feeling (and I almost did!) but glad that it’s not going happen.  So maybe my true tempo pace is about 20 seconds faster than what I’ve been considering.

When I was done with my workout (which also included some ab and BACK work — getting back into my routine for the pain) , on my walk back to my building, the sun was out, there was no wind and it was soooo warm (65*)!! Come on Mother Nature: you couldn’t have had the storm blow through, like, two hours earlier?! And btw: It’s December 3rd (I may not know the day of the week but I sure as hell know the date haha) and we have 65* weather? After a cold spell? And with snow predicted this weekend? Such a tease!

After showering and feeding myself (pb & banana sandwich? yes please!) I headed over the field house where there were FREE MASSAGES.  Granted I did have to donate some non-perishable food for a local shelter and the massage therapists were students at a school but it was awesome.  It was only suppose to be 15 minutes but because I got there right away (@ 0900) and there was no one else there I got to stay for 30 minutes.  Holllleer.

I had the therapist concentrate on my legs because they are sooooo tight and it felt soooo good even though it hurt a bit.  Only downside was that because my legs are so tight I’m going to be sore tomorrow as 30 minutes (while amazing) was no where near enough time to get all the kinks out.  But it was definitely worth it.  I’m going to A) have to be more diligent with stretching — as in start stretching and B) call my massage therapist from home and set up some appts for my when the semester ends.

So far the rest of my day has been kind of boring.  Albeit stressful boring: I need to write my physics paper (on gravity anomalies) and I feel aimless. I just need to sit down and write but I’d rather be on fb, rwol, etc.  Oh priorities.

And to answer a question I’ve been thinking about lately re: Boston.

LARunner and AMarathoner asked about the length of the training program. December 28th marks 16 weeks out. I was actually thinking about that after I posted and I’m thinking of pushing it pack to a 12 week plan as I have a great base already and could use the extra 4 weeks to “relax” and “rest” my body.  And it also lets me have 4 more weeks of procrastinating on picking out a plan!

Also no real Hot-Spanish-TA update. I mean we’ve talked and stuff.  In fact last night me and another friend hung out with him and the other Spanish TA just chatting about random stuff in Spanish.  But nothing Earth shattering.  I actually kind of want to go out tonight just because I think I’d run into him but none of my friends want to go out.  And I should be working on aforementioned paper.

Thanks for sticking with this lengthy post.  It’s weird because when I sat down to type I thought I didn’t have much to say haha.



  1. It’s been rainy in MA? It’s been sunny like hell just 30 miles south of you. Sorry for the crappy weather I guess we sent it your way 😛

    Comment by Evan Thomas — December 3, 2009 @ 16:35

  2. What tempo pace are you running at?

    The weather has been crappy here today too. We are getting into the 30’s tomorrow! I am already dreading that run…

    Comment by Matt — December 3, 2009 @ 17:28

  3. FWIW, I’m a fan of the 12 week training plan. I think it’s a great way to go if you’re already going into marathon training with a strong base. I feel like it gives you a chance to really tailor most of those 12 weeks to race-specific training, including MP runs and fast-finish MLRs and LRs. But that’s just my opinion.

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — December 3, 2009 @ 18:15

  4. Good lord your weather is terrifying! It gets into the 40’s here, and I start whimpering. Nice job. I think you may be faster than you think. Have you recently said that your base mileage runs have been about 15sec faster than you planned as well? I think you’re a fast one girl!

    Comment by runningfiance — December 3, 2009 @ 19:34

  5. What is a gravity anomaly? Is that what happens when I drop things for no reason?

    Comment by Chelsea — December 3, 2009 @ 19:46

  6. Today we had abnormally warm weather too. But it didn’t rain. It rained yesterday though. I am sticking with a 12-week program for Boston! Starts Jan. 25th! It’ll be a change from the 18-week program I Just finished following !

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — December 3, 2009 @ 21:15

  7. I hear you about the stretching- I’m soooo bad at being good about stretching! Have you decided about what plan you are following? I’m not sure about mine either, so procrastination looks good to me. But, I know I’ll feel better having it all down on paper, ya’ know?
    PS. I’m totally jealous about the massage! Sounds so good right about now!

    Comment by tmart — December 3, 2009 @ 21:23

  8. Uh yeah…I told myself I would stretch …about 3 hours ago…now looks like late-night snack is going to win out first (again)…and nada stretching for me…YES to a massage! Haven’t had one in AGES. What plan are you following for Boston?!

    Comment by eatmovelove — December 3, 2009 @ 22:32

  9. I think you’ll be fine doing speedwork 2 days before a long run. Usually it’s just bad to do quality workouts 2 days in a row.

    Comment by runjess — December 3, 2009 @ 22:48

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