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December 9, 2009

Still Feelin’ Good

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:19

First off check out my guest blog with Christina.  *shamelessplug*

Jess asked yesterday if I was feeling any ill effects of such high mileage.  The answer is no, I haven’t and her observation that I’ve been running really well lately was spot on.  Hence my 11.2 mile run yesterday feeling great after a 9ish miler Monday.  So clearly I might have a flair for the dramatic :-P.   I’ve just always been told that high miles = injury.  And I really don’t want that so I tend to obsess over the potential rather than relax and go with how my body feels and is responding to the workouts.

Rebecca also noticed that everything seems to be “falling into place” for me.  So I guess I’m going something right.  I just tend to be a worrier and glass-half-empty chick.  I need to just enjoy the up swinging trend as Liz said (I’m just linking to everyone today haha) and STFU — obv my words as she (and the rest of you) is too polite to say it.  Easier said than done for me.

But today was yet another great run! I awoke 5 minutes before my alarm went off this morning.  Kind of nice because I got 5 extra minutes of stumbling around and getting my act together but I went to bed wayyy too late last night.  So that kind of sucked.  I already knew that the weather was supposed to be snowy and it was.  Glancing out my window told me that the roads were not plowed yet and darkness + snowy/slick roads + runner =/= favorable.  And as much as I complain about life I quite like it.  So I hit the gym, a la Evan, for a ladder interval.

I’ve actually done this run before, sometime back in September I think, so I had a pretty good idea of how it was going to be.  Sometimes doing a new workout for the first time is a bit scary because you have no idea if you can handle it.  But since I’ve done this before I knew that I’d survive even when it felt hard.

  • Warmup
  • 2 X 3 mins
  • 1 X 4
  • 1 X 5
  • 1 X 6
  • 1 X 5
  • 1 X 4
  • 2 X 3
  • Warmdown

[Edit to add/clarify]: The above is my time in minutes that I’m doing the interval.  For example, I did 3 minutes at my pace, jogged for 2 minutes, then ran 3 minutes at my pace, jogged 2 minutes, ran 4 minutes at pace, jogged 2 minutes etc.   My pace was 5 or so seconds faster than what my mile repeat pace is.  Not sure if that was fast/hard enough but that’s just what I did.  Hope that clarifies some things! 🙂 [End edit]

Total distance was slightly over 10 miles.  Something like 10.2 or 10.3.  And my fitness has dramatically improved because I was able to get in about .6 or .7 miles MORE than the last time that I did this guy (and since this is by time and not distance that’s quite an accomplishment for me).  Felt amazing and hard at the same time.  My quads and hammys are feeling it a bit now so I’ll have to keep up my stretching routine that I’ve been doing lately.

The first 2 or so intervals (as well as the warm up) felt like death.  But I think that’s just because my body was going from sleep –> running and my muscles were fighting me.  Once I got to the 6 minute interval I felt great didn’t want to start going back down the ladder! Heh.

There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing a hard workout in general and sure, the treadmill doesn’t give me the same great feeling during a hard workout that being outside does, but I still felt on top of the world.  I finished up with some corework.

I’m in constant debate as to whether do core before or after when I’m at the gym.  When I run outside I do the core stuff first because it “eats up” darkness time but inside I typically do my core after because I just want to get started with the running.  However I get soooo sweaty at the gym.  Like obscenely sweaty.  It’s gross.  But I wear cute sports bras to make it not so bad to look at a sweat-soaked white tee heh.

Alex commented yesterday about not showering before class.  Luckily during the winter I sweat minimally because it’s so cold, so I could get away with not showering before hitting up classes.  If I had tried that today it would not have gone over so well haha!

Okay off to go give my presentation for my independent study: Adhesive Capsulitis and Diabetes.  *Gulp* I shouldn’t be too worried about it but speaking in front of ppl, with all eyes on me, makes me nervous! Especially since this is a mid-year check-in so I still have unanswered questions.  Hopefully my advisor and the other prof there don’t hammer me with those questions.  It’ll be good for brainstorming next semester but still….I like to have all the answers 🙂

Have a great humpday all!



  1. hey girl! That looks like an awesome workout! Do you alternate hard and easy minutes or do you do 3min hard / 1min easy / 4min hard / 1 min easy? Or do you just rest in between? Just curious, as it looks like it’s going to pour rain in San Diego for the next 4 days so I may end up on the treadmill.

    I think learning to relax and enjoy the small things. Too often we miss the little things and get overwhelmed by other stuff. Take a deep breath and enjoy the snow!

    Comment by ashley — December 9, 2009 @ 19:52

    • I took 2 mins of easy running in between each interval. I find it easier to keep moving between ’em — otherwise I don’t think I’d start up again hah! Stay strong with your TM endeavors although you did have a pretty bamf rain run recently 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 9, 2009 @ 20:21

  2. Awesome intervals. That workout looks like a killer. Very bamf!

    Comment by a marathoner — December 9, 2009 @ 20:07

  3. Way to go on the treadmill workout. I hate doing speedwork on the treadmill, but it’s going to be a necessary evil for me for the next few… months (ugh). Hopefully I can borrow some of your BAMF to get through it :).

    Comment by Chelsea — December 9, 2009 @ 20:13

  4. i trust that you go to class without being a sweaty beast 🙂 and you know what even if you did OH well!!! lol. worse things have happened i’m sure 🙂

    i don’t get the ladder!!! i feel dumb 🙂 explique-moi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what does each item mean… for that # of minutes you run as hard as you can? do you recover in between???? help!!!! 🙂

    i’m interested in the ladder. i ran on the TM today, too 🙂 not 10 miles!!! i have really dialed down my distances since being sick!!!! but it reminds me of how i started my running career– really focusing on short fast quality runs and it kind of makes me happy to be so focused again. so hopefully distance will come again in time 🙂

    half at the hamptons looks great! i think Brian runs that each year! i will def think about doing this!!!! would be really fun 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — December 9, 2009 @ 20:52

    • I did 3 minutes at my pace, jogged for 2 minutes, then ran 3 minutes at my pace, jogged 2 minutes, ran 4 minutes at pace, jogged 2 minutes etc. My pace was 5 or so seconds faster than what my mile repeat pace is. Not sure if that was fast/hard enough but that’s just what I did. Hope that clarifies some things! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 9, 2009 @ 20:58

  5. Hey! I just wandered here after reading your guest post on Christina’s blog.
    I love your blog, can’t wait to read more! I’m a college student from New England too!

    Comment by BostonRunner — December 9, 2009 @ 21:01

  6. Is that a Hudson workout? Just wondering b/c it looks familiar. Great job on it, no matter WHO designed it!

    Comment by Rebecca — December 10, 2009 @ 05:57

    • i think i got the workout from rw or some other running magazine. it’s pretty awesome though and definitely a good tm workout when the last thing i want to do is just run at one speed 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 10, 2009 @ 16:05

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