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January 22, 2010

Usual Friday Routine. But Better.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:58

For those of you who asked: I absolutely do hate the elliptical. And I pretty much always have so I always know what I’m getting into when I go to the gym for that purpose. I actually found out last night that the machine I was on is an arc trainer.  Not quite sure what the difference is buttttt whatever.  I still hate it. Now I know that last night the point of my session wasn’t to get my heart pumping hard but that’s my chief complaint.  Even when I’m doing intervals and *trying* to get the good ole HR up I can’t.  I sweat a lot, yes, but that’s more of a result of how hot the gym is rather than how hard I’m working.   That said, however, I totally think the elliptical is wayyy harder than the tm because it’s YOU that’s controlling the number of strides you take rather than plugging in a speed to run at. But oh well.  I don’t think I’ll ever like it.

Ok so end the rant now before it takes over the post. Heh.

I don’t really have a lot to say about my workouts today.  I went for a recovery run this morning.  It was so tough getting out of bed.  I was so comfy and yet still exhausted.  I blame that on having 3 separate vivid dreams last night.  Totally interrupts my sleep in such a negative (although when is interrupted sleep a positive thing?).  I did drag myself out of bed and put on the running shoes.  I knew it was going to be chilly out but man after running in 45ish* weather yesterday the 20* temp I was met with felt like the tundra! I almost changed out of my shorts but reminded myself that I should be used to it.

While the rest of my recovery runs this week have been wayyy slow (and I’ve been practicing being non-judgmental about that) this morning’s one was at a nice brisk pace.  Sure it wasn’t Kenyan speed or anything like that but it was a good 30 seconds per mile faster than my other recovery runs.  I knew I was going on the fast side too but I didn’t really care.  Partly my lips were numb (so numb that it felt like I had Angelina-esque lips!) but mostly because it felt natural. I did try to slow it down but that just felt awkward and felt like it was more work than the faster pace.  Isn’t it a weird phenomena that running slowly feels harder than running faster sometimes? Regardless I was definitely still within the “recovery run range” that I aim for.  Just on the faster end. Very nice for a Friday morning run after having two speed workouts under my belt.

I followed it up with a 20 minute stretching session.  I’m really getting into this whole stretching thing.  Maybe it’s because my muscles are tight and being worked really hard with my running but stretching feels soooo good.  I guess I’m a convert now?

I also got in my THIRD (!!) lifting session in of the week.  I’m also loving the whole make-lifting-happen-regularly thing.  I was able to UP (!!) the weights I use for my leg exercises.  I never do this because I think that running works my legs out very well thank-you-very-much, particularly hill repeats. But the weights I normally use felt way too light on Wednesday so I decided to go up.  Yes it was hard but not overwhelming and I never felt like “OMG my legs are going to DIE”.  Hopefully my legs don’t die between now and my LR tomorrow with Lacey.  Because that wouldn’t be cool.  Not at all.

Okay so maybe I did have a lot to say about my workouts today.  Sheesh.  I kind of feel like my M-W-F routine gets kind of boring to read about: recovery run, stretch, lifting, stretch again.  I mean today I was a bit faster and stronger than previous days but hopefully that’s to be expected as I move forward in training. So like the title of my post say: usual Friday but just a bit better.

Hopefully you still find them interesting? If not let me know and I’d love to talk more about my ideas on certain things or answer any questions you may have about my training, diet, life etc. And if I don’t know the answer then the school nerd in me would love to look up info for you.  I’ve been kicking around some ideas for interesting post topics but have been procrastinating hardcore on them.  I think that if a topic idea came from you I wouldn’t put it off.  After all you guys are really the reason I blog 🙂

[Edit: I am working (and am about 50% done) with the Gym Crazies post. Every time I write though I get bitter and riled up and then can’t write.  Oops. Ha!]

Okay enough sappiness and/or boringness.  Got to catch up on CSI.  I chose to watch The Office over it and I think that was a mistake as The Office was basically a clip show last night.  Funny but I wouldn’t have gone so far as to call it a *new* episode like NBC did.  The last minute (with the music video) was freaking hilarious though. Scranton. WHAT?! Electric City.

And a giveaway! From ErikaH this time.


  1. Being able to be less judgmental of yourself = victory. Good for you!

    Yeah, the only good part about The Office was Fake Stanley. 😉

    Comment by EE — January 22, 2010 @ 16:12

  2. I agree with you about The Office last night. I think the show has gone down hill a lot this season, actually.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — January 22, 2010 @ 16:23

  3. I hear you on the elliptical. Never liked it. BTW – any good technical running book recommendations? Thinking about the Lore of Running.

    Comment by a marathoner — January 22, 2010 @ 17:58

    • Unfortunately no good suggestions for a book. I’ve actually only read one and it’s geared towards beginners. I don’t have it in ront of me but I think it’s called “the complete book of running” by Amby Burfoot. Sounds technical but it’s just your basic advice. Good in it’s own right but nothing outstanding/groundbreaking

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2010 @ 22:39

  4. Isn’t lifting great that way? You commit to it and see results! That’s so exciting that your runs are getting easier and you’re upping the weights- congrats! Good luck with your long run this weekend- enjoy! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — January 22, 2010 @ 18:10

  5. Yeah the elliptical blows. I feel like I have to work like a mad man to get anything accomplished on it. I am tired after 10 minutes on that thing!

    Comment by Matt — January 22, 2010 @ 18:24

  6. More echoes of the horridness of the elliptical here. I totally need to start stretching more! Maybe I’ll start that after my LR tomorrow.

    Comment by Nick — January 22, 2010 @ 19:19

  7. Wow, lifting three times a week is really good! I’ve heard it’s great for running and general fitness level, but I’m too lazy to do it haha.

    In response to your question on my blog, I intern in the ER of a public hospital in the city. My internship includes helping the doctors out with whatever they need, giving ECGs, transporting patients, doing clinical research, and observing procedures. Last summer I did an internship at the same place which involved shadowing doctors in the psych, pediatric, and adult ERs, the OR, the recovery room, and the ER ICU. I would give you information about applying for the summer internship, but unfortunately the application deadline already passed:( Definitely email me ( if you have anymore questions and I’d love to hear about your pre-health experience!

    Comment by Ada — January 22, 2010 @ 21:16

    • that sounds like an amazing internship! i definitely will email you at some point (gosh i need more time in the day!) to pick your brain haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2010 @ 22:41

  8. The only thing I like about the elliptical is being able to read. 🙂 Aside from that, I’ll pass!!!

    Comment by Jen — January 22, 2010 @ 21:48

  9. wow, you lifted 3 times this week? I don’t think I’ve RUN three times this week (yeah, it got a little busy and I got a little lazy). But anyways…I just wanted to voice sincere agreement. The elliptical is a stupid, useless, anger-inducing piece of equipment.

    Comment by runningfiance — January 23, 2010 @ 11:59

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