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December 30, 2009

Distance FAIL. But the streak continues

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:31

Wow surprisingly not sore.  Last night when I was lounging around my calves were sooooooo sore from the massage.  Like so sore I didn’t want to move at all.  Even a slight flexing caused my muscle to feel a stretch. My soleus muscle (in both calves) just did not want to relax at all during the massage.  But I knew that going in because that area is always a problem area for me.  I did set up another appt for Friday.  My legs really need it!

And I really think a large part of me not being sore today is that I wore my cheap-ass varicose vein compression socks for a large part of the afternoon / evening yesterday.  I don’t feel a day-to-day difference using them but in moments like this I really do think that I’m doing something right. Because, oh man, it hurt to think about moving last night after the workout and massage.

I think part of the reason I’m extra tight lately is the weather.  Can I just say that I’m sick of the switching up of temperatures? I mean, as much as I hate the cold I’d rather have it consistently be frigid rather than the up / down game of late.  Earlier this week it was 50* (!!).  I woke up this morning to -5*.  Brrrrrrrr. My muscles just bunch right up when it’s this cold. But it’s sunny out and sun trumps the cold. It was a balmy 16* when I left my house. Whoop!

I was even sweating at points on my run! Which, by the way, was an epic failure to keep it at a lower mileage.  I set out on an 8 route but just kept going.  I think that part of it is that my body doesn’t feel like it’s got the kinks out until, like, mile 4 or something.  So if I want to keep my miles low I feel like I’m being cheated out of miles because right around the time I’m feeling great it’s about time to stop.  Anyone else feel that way? It’s not a recent thing for me as I’ve “complained” about this since high school when the daily runs were around 4 or 5.  I just never got to feel loose and relaxed ever. But now I can.  Because I’m doing all this high miles.

Which, question, is there a point where I really should say “hey I need to not run so much?” Because

  • A)I’m not injured
  • B) I show no signs of overtraining
  • C) I really am enjoying all these runs and there isn’t a point where I’m dreading lacing up the shoes.

I guess this is something that’s individual in nature but I’m dying to know what you guys think. Particularly those who are logging around the miles I am or have in the past. I know I know: I keep pondering this and maybe I should let it go but people keep telling me that I’m going so hard so I’ve started to believe it and not trust that my body is okay with what I’m doing.

But I’ve been internally debating this, whether or not  / how much to back off, lately and I’ve decided that I probably should, even if the only reason is to make a distinct break before Boston.  But it feels so good. Then again I’m sure a crack addict would say the same thing. Such a fine line between going hard in a smart way and a stupid way!

I took the pace to be conservative because I wasn’t sure how my muscles were going to really feel once they were being used.  And it would have been stupid to push pace after such a challenging workout yesterday. I ended up with a slightly faster-than-target-lr pace but slightly slower than ideal-gold-mental-standard pace.  Right in the middle of the two actually so the best of both worlds. And it felt right where I needed to be.  Despite my semi-disappointment with not sticking to 8 miles I’m happy that I didn’t beat myself up over a “less than ideal pace” and I was able to listen to my body and speed up/slow down when and where I needed to. Sans judgment.

Like I said above the sun was shining and there wasn’t much wind so it made it really easy to feel like I was going easy.  Sometimes the wind can be really demoralizing as well as the cold.  It seems to force me to expend more effort to hit the same pace.  Which is fine but I’m such a numbers chica that I’m always trying to keep paces and don’t really take into account the fact that x pace today means a particular effort and x pace tomorrow might be a much harder effort. I’m so cerebral that I don’t always listen to my body cues.  But that’s old news ha. Anyone else like that? A numbers freak that it’s hard to be true to your body? That’s definitely on my list of things to work on in 2010.

And last call for questions for me?! I’ve still only got 11 which says one of two things: 1) I spill too much of my life out here and you know everything there is to know about me or 2) The stuff I do share is boring and no one wants to know more.  Heh.  But I’m prepared to post with the 11 I have so have no fear, you *will* be learning about me in the near future 😉

Happy running / living / shopping / relaxing — whatever you are doing right now! I’ve got my compression socks back on, feet up and about to jump into yet *another* book.  I’m logging some serious book-age — maybe more than my miles hah.



  1. I think your mileage is fine, good actually. Just be hyper-aware of any aches, pains, fatigue that might crop up. You don’t want to get worn down this early in the game. Since you feel fine, though, plug along!

    Ps. Your comment about people staring at you on the TM made me giggle. I HATE for people to stare at me on the TM. In fact, I cover the screen so Nosey Rosies can’t peek. LOL.

    Comment by Rebecca — December 30, 2009 @ 17:03

  2. Don’t let people tell you how to train. If you are feeling good with the high mileage, go for it dude. I get the same thing all the time. Go for your goals; the sky is the limit.

    One thing you need to make sure you watch out for is overtraining. It is something that is easily overlooked. I think I’ve had it a little bit before, but I backed off.

    Summary: You seem to be doing great with that mileage. Go for it, but just make sure you are listening to your body. There is a difference between pushing yourself to get better and pushing yourself to be stupid.

    Comment by Matt — December 30, 2009 @ 17:28

  3. I agree with Matt. You’ve been in the high 70s and 80s for a few weeks now. If your body were to resist that mileage, you would know it by now. My only suggestion is to figure out how to merge what you are doing now into the Boston training so that you are recharging yet maintaining that high fitness level. Not sure if you cut back or just adjust the Boston plan upward. Remember, the elites are hitting 120-140 as they train for 26.2. You are definitely hitting that elite level, so you’re training is not unheard of or crazy at all. Keep going!

    Comment by a marathoner — December 30, 2009 @ 18:32

  4. Wow you are hitting it hard!

    Enjoy your runs!

    : )

    Happy Day,


    Comment by Katie — December 30, 2009 @ 18:53

  5. What are you reading? I just picked up “My Horizontal Life” by Chelsea Handler- OMG she’s hilarious- and def recommend it if you’re interested!

    Comment by Kathleen — December 30, 2009 @ 19:39

  6. I love flying through books when I have a long break!
    I think you know yourself better than anyone, if you feel okay and like you can handle your mileage, then I see no point in stopping. Maybe just keep reevaluating every day to make sure you’re not getting injured or anything!

    Comment by BostonRunner — December 30, 2009 @ 21:31

  7. It sounds like you are loving logging all the long runs…and your body seems to be enjoying it too, because it WILL let you know when it needs to stop! (as long as you listen you shouldn’t hurt yourself!) Just keep properly fueling and stretching! I WISH we could train together…you and I seem so much alike..ahhh we LOVE the ‘pain’…it’s more of a mental challenge than real pain! 🙂 I would run long runs everyday if I could…but I’m still transitioning my knees into becoming runners rather than swimmers (i hope that makes sense!) pretty much you ROCK at running and are definitely a MARTHONER, I can’t wait for all your hard work to pay off come racing season!! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — December 30, 2009 @ 21:46

  8. I think you should just keep doing what you’re doing. It seems that when you feel overtrained, you try to cut back, and when you’re feeling good, you run more. You’re aware of what you’re doing and are aware of what your body needs. Soooo, I think you’re doing great with your miles. And, I have never logged more than a 40 mile week, but my body just does not respond well to high milage (ie. I get severely injured every time I go over 30). But, I do know what it’s like to listen to injury and overtraining signals, and it seems like we’re kinda on the same page there. BTW, have you started using your newer shoes yet??

    Comment by Liz — December 31, 2009 @ 00:04

  9. Do NOT, not not, let people tell you how to train. People share their own perspectives, yes. And some of the comments may not apply to you. The message is “allow your body to love what it loves” there is a fine line between loving those high miles and feeling accomplished, and feeling like you HAVE to do them and guilty when you don’t. Like you don’t matter, or aren’t good enough. I have been there in the past. Perhaps part of you really wants some one to say “You don’t have to do this…right now.” And perhaps whom you need permission from is you, to relax a bit or continue going forward. Just because something feels good doesn’t mean it is good for you.
    When I am my most authentic self, I know that how much I run doesn’t matter, but that I am using the run for healthy reasons and not depending on it to make me feel good, when there were days that I used it poorly.
    Reading Diary of an Exercise Addict completely helped me identify that fine line!

    Comment by specialkphd — December 31, 2009 @ 00:22

  10. I think it’s all about finding a balance between listening to your body and preventing future injuries. As long as your body feels good, you can probably continue your normal workouts, but as soon as you feel an inkling of pain you should take care of it.

    I can’t believe you were hospitalized for cellulitis as well! Wasn’t it sooo painful?

    Comment by Ada — December 31, 2009 @ 07:56

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