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January 23, 2010

Long Run with Lacey = Success

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:32

Holllleeeeerrrrr.  I just had the most amazing LR. Probably ever.  For real.  It was fast and fluid and damn near perfect.  I don’t want to say perfect though because I don’t want to think that this is it and that it can’t get better.

First I want to say I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates the elliptical.  I think a lot of people (who aren’t runners) think I’m crazy for hating on it.  But these are the people who don’t like to break a sweat.  And that is what I live for.  Everything’s relative I suppose.

But I don’t want to dwell on the negative because today has ROCKED so far.  It got off to a shaky start when my mom called me at 0730 this morning.  Okay so I was awake but I had a good half hour before I had to get out of bed so I was just laying there in pretty much a morning stupor.  I did not appreciate it.  But it got me up.  I threw together a breakfast and packed my bags because I was hitting the roads for my long run.

I met up with Lacey at her house for our long run.  Confession time: this is week 4 of my Boston Training Plan and the LR was a cutback one. The range given was 13-16 so I asked Lacey (being on her turf) to map out a route some distance around that erring on the longer side of the range.  I think the route she sent me was 16.5? And we ended up doing 17!!

The run itself was great.  It went along Comm Ave, around BC basically hitting up Newton and Brighton.  The area was quite scenic in a way that I don’t get to experience because I run in the boonies/suburbs all the time. I was a little nervous about it because this area is really hilly.  And I run in an area with no hills to speak of so I was hoping that my hills workouts at the end of my intervals workouts were going to pull me through. And sure enough they were.

The first hill we hit was STEEP.  I felt it 100% (especially in my hips and deep in my glutes) and couldn’t look up to the top because, to be honest, I couldn’t see the top. I’d guess that it was about 8%, maybe even higher but that could just be my mind making it more of a monster than it is.  The next two hills weren’t as bad as that first one but they were still decent.  I’d estimate the Comm Ave hill was about a half mile (?) and a 5% (?) grade.  We powered through it though like the champs we are.  Talking the whole way up.  The last hill (BC) Lacey was getting me all worried about but it wasn’t that bad at all! Maybe I had an unrealistic expectation of the difficulty of it but it was about 6-7% grade and maybe a quarter mile in length.  The funny thing is that at the end of this last one I had to ask her if that was hill #3 and she was like “Ummm I think so?”

But now that I’ve actually seen some real hills and done the downhill portion I’m much more confident that I’m in decent hill shape. No reason to slack off on the hill workouts but definitely a self-esteem booster.  It was also nice to have downhills incorporated in the run too because the TM I’ve been doing hills on can’t go negative inclines.

We started out at a pretty relaxed pace.  Ok so it felt relaxed but I know that the first 11-12 miles were averaging 8:45.  Ummmm what what? My typical LR pace is 9:00:  And that’s the average so it’s including the really good stuff at the end when I pick up the pace.  So to start off like that AND have it feel relaxed was great. Lacey and I were both able to talk the whole time.  It’s interesting how much easier a pace can feel when you have company.  Sure I’m probably capable of hitting sub-9s on a LR but if I had done the same run on my own, would I have? Probably not.

The last 4 or 5 miles were interesting.  Now remember that this LR was a less intense LR.  According to my plan I was to do 13-16 at an even relaxed pace.  Lacey had asked if we could finish really strong, like the way my last few LRs have been.  Of course this appealed to me.  So we tried from miles 12-16 to hit my goal MP (8:00).  I don’t think we ever did but that’s because they were all SUB-8.  And mile 15-16 was 7:37 or something crazy like that.  Just to state the obvious: that’s tempo pace.  At the end of long run. Again, I think having Lacey there enabled me to do this and our overall average pace ended up being 8:28 or so.

The very last mile we took as a cool down mile.  Nice and slow.  My legs at that point were tired.  With good reason too: this was a damn fast run.  I’m sure my hips will be sore later as they were really feeling the hills.  But I’m on cloud-freaking-nine.  It’s awesome and I highly recommend it.

I left Lacey’s house to head home and she gave me 2 Cliff Bars.  Clearly the effort of a 17 miler with blistering splits at the end made me hungry because I ate them both (DELICIOUS.  Thanks Lace I’m glad I took both 😉 ) and I stopped at Wendy’s to get a vanilla frosty.  Totally hit the spot.  Even on a cold day (which since the sun was out I felt fine in shorts.  Love this weather lately).  Also: before I left Lacey took a picture of my 2000+ shoes.  So I’ll post those in the future when I get a copy of them.

So now I’m in my hometown, sitting on my couch after having showered *without* shower shoes.  I’ll get a home-cooked meal tonight plus maybe a shopping trip? Life is good indeed.

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  1. Very awesome. A big time confidence booster to be able to bang out those hills. TM workout is clearly doing the job. Excellent run.

    Comment by a marathoner — January 23, 2010 @ 17:09

  2. Wow what an awesome run! I got excited just reading about it 🙂 That’s amazing you were able to do that pace at the END of all those miles!

    Comment by Heather — January 23, 2010 @ 17:19

  3. I loveee when I have *near* perfect runs! I’ve never ran that far but I bet the feeling’s even better when you run for longer. Great job! I saw TONS of people running along comm. ave etc. today, maybe I saw you! You are so close to me it’s crazy haha.
    I’m extremely jealous of your home cooked meal.

    Comment by BostonRunner — January 23, 2010 @ 17:22

  4. That’s one awesome run! I love running with company, but I don’t have any runner friends in the area – jealous!

    Comment by Alex — January 23, 2010 @ 18:17

  5. Awesome workout with awesome company! Enjoy your R & R, and showering barefoot. Hhaha.

    Comment by Rebecca — January 23, 2010 @ 18:24

  6. Sweet LR!

    Comment by Nick — January 23, 2010 @ 18:40

  7. Sounds like a great run 🙂 I love realising you’ve actually gone faster than you set out too and realising it felt right!

    Comment by Laura — January 23, 2010 @ 19:39

  8. Sweet LR! I had mine today too but I had to run it solo 😦 I wish I could have been there with you guys!

    Comment by Matt — January 23, 2010 @ 19:56

  9. How great you guys live close! I love your last line…”Life is Good” – it is girl – no matter what our mind tells us (or me often…). Way to bang it out…I managed a pathetic 5 on the TM – no 17 ! no hills! and definitely not your speed! maybe a 9:30-10 min pace…yeah pathetic…but whatever.

    Comment by eatmovelove — January 23, 2010 @ 21:13

  10. Showering without shower shoes, eh? So I’ve gathered you’re in school . . . communal living?

    So glad you had a wonderful long run, and as far as the elliptical — I think I see two main variants of ellipti-lovers. One is the “girl in tight tank top and those shoes that are supposed to tone your butt,” and the other is the “I’m injured, so I will damn well love this machine!”

    Comment by EE — January 23, 2010 @ 21:22

  11. awesome run !!!!!!!! So happy for you 🙂 I love the feeling of being on cloud 9.

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — January 23, 2010 @ 21:59

  12. OMG what a great recap!!! i’m reading this and nodding my head and smiling like a goofball and being llike DAMN we rocked it 🙂 gosh can you come every weekend????? hehehehe. so i don’t think i can write my own recap b/c you recapped it PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!!! i’ll just direct everyone over here and supplement it with this was AFTER you’d already run a 70 mile week 15 of that being TM intervals and long-run Tempo. bamf-ness 🙂 YAY so glad you liked the clifs! i knew they would be necessary. food was also my first order of business. and no i didn’t stretch… or do yoga. i will pay for it tomorrow i’m sure but for now i feel great! still just on the buddy-LR high 🙂

    pictures and stats will be sent to you tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lacey — January 23, 2010 @ 22:10

  13. i find it so interesting that my LR paces are the same as yours, but i can’t race NEARLY as fast! i think i need to be running my LRs slower, but i just do what feels natural . . and it usually comes to 8:45ish.

    i can’t lie – i LIKE the elliptical for recovery/XT workouts! and i definitely get a sweat on it. i just do levels 9-12 and pump it with the rhythm of my music and it seems to work out. excellent for catching up on magazines . . .

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — January 23, 2010 @ 22:34

  14. AWESOME JOB! I so wish I could’ve ran with you guys!

    Comment by Kathleen — January 24, 2010 @ 00:39

  15. Awesome job, particularly with those crazy-steep hills!

    Comment by Ada — January 25, 2010 @ 06:59

  16. I am a HUGE Lacey fan and read her post so I thought I would stop in. IMPRESSIVE that you ladies kept getting faster and faster. I start fast and teeter out. GREAT RUN!

    Comment by Mel- Tall Mom on the Run — January 25, 2010 @ 11:23

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