I absolutely LOVED reading your thoughts on high mileage running and running in general. You people are so smart and awesome. I think the most important take-away message I got was that high mileage is all relative so don’t get trapped by a label or put in a box. Soooo true!
The problems I was experiencing yesterday commenting on some of your BlogSpot blogs has been fixed. Yay. It was frustrating being able to read and then not tell you how great/awesome you are or your food looked or whatnot. Which might be the case in the next few days. Why? No I’m not expecting any computer problems (knock on wood!) but classes start tomorrow and while my schedule looks tame compared to semesters of the past, I have the feeling it’s deceptive (hence the title of the post). But we’ll see. Blogging and reading blogs has become such a part of my life and where I draw motivation from that I’m sure I’ll find time for it but the next week might be rough while I test out a new schedule and fall into a routine.
Running is obviously going to be a constant in my life this semester and while today is the last I-can-run-whenever-I-truly-want, the truth is that most days will still be pretty open to run whenever. In a way it’s better than the past 3 weeks have been on campus because I won’t have to schedule my lifts, XT, or even TM sessions around when the gym is open because regular hours start tomorrow too.
I had to wait until noon to get into the gym to do my interval session today. Annoying because with an influx of people on campus moving in the past few days, it means that more people would be hitting up the gym during the 12-2 and 4-6 times it’s open today. And as many of you guys are aware: I’m going to be running a whole lot longer than the courtesy 30 minutes. Oops. Luckily it’s never been a problem and no one has been waiting for a tm, more a factor of how little other people stay on the machine.
Anyway, enough blabber. Here’s what my plan called for today:
- 3 X 2000m @ 10k pace with 3 minute recovery
Here’s the actual workout I did
- 2 mile warmup
- 4 X 1.25 miles @ 713 pace with .35mi recovery
- 1.6 mile “warmdown”
- 5 minutes re-warmup
- 6 X [90 seconds hills] ladder style: 6-7-8-8-7-6% with 60 sec recovery (.5%)
- 21 minute warm down
Total time: 120 minutes
Total distance: 14.75 miles
There was a 5 minute bathroom/water break like last week between the intervals and the hills. An opportunity where someone could have taken my TM but since no one did I considered it to be my right to continue on with the workout 🙂
Since I was on the TM I changed meters into miles and the rough conversion was 2000m = 1.23 mi which made 1.25 mi easier to keep track of. For me 3 minutes recovery is .36 miles so I cut it to .35 so that 1 complete interval was 1.6 miles and life was easy. Easy being the operative word. While last week I felt really tired at the end of the interval session the opposite was true for this session which was at the same pace but just a longer distance. Weird indeed so I tacked on an extra interval to see if I could handle it and I could. Just more evidence that I am able to handle longer distances and I settle into a routine and plug away as opposed to shorter distances where I keep changing the pace frequently. My body just must not be able to find it’s rhythm with short intervals. Good news as last I heard a marathon was a pretty long distance 😉
The hills also went MUCH better than expected. The 6 and 7% hills really didn’t feel that bad. Yippee!! The 8%? Yeah let’s just say that I’m going to NOT hit 9% any time soon because the 8% is still pretty darn hard and I’m gasping for breathe. Hehe. I think the “easiness” of it is a factor of this being the 5th week of incorporating hills after my interval sessions. Plus I had those hills on that killer 17 miler with Lacey over the weekend. I think I may have broken through the mental barrier of hills after today. No way of really knowing until next week’s session comes around but today was a lot easier to handle mentally AND physically. Always a good thing.
Strangely I don’t feel as hyped up as I normally do after an interval session of this magnitude. It almost feels like I phoned in the workout. Maybe since it’s “Week 12” (or week 5 depending on if you’re counting down/up) I need to reevaluate things like pace and % grade. I could genuwinly be making gains (well I’d hope so over 4 weeks of training haha!) Or maybe this week’s intervals were designed to not be as intense as last week’s were. I mean there are going to be workouts that are easier than others and it’s silly to think that every week has to have more miles / more speed / more hills than the last.
Or maybe it was because I got to watch a History Channel special on the the Dead Sea Scroll and the prophecies it…prophesies. And then I switched to MTV and watched the Jersey Shore reunion special. Clearly I am a chica with a variety of tastes, although I’ve never seen the Jersey Shore before but based on this special it looks like a train wreck: you hate that you’re staring but can’t pull yourself away.
And I did realize today that I am “that girl” at the gym. Yes sure ” that girl” can imply the crazy-bad-ass chick but I’m using it to refer to the fact that I sweat like no other. Seriously. I think I lost 10 pounds in water weight today. I went through TWO towels and my white shirt proudly was see-though at the end (although I did wear a bright green sports bra because I knew this would happen HA) . So I’m not quite sure if people were staring at me because I was working so hard (running fast and forever on the tm) or if they thought I was going to pass out because of fluid loss and my tomato red face.
I was debating heading back to the gym to do an elliptical session and then a looooooooong stretch (confession: I haven’t stretched since FRIDAY!!) buuuuuuuuut no. I would say that I’ve got things to do but I really don’t. I just want to lay in my comfy chair and read. So that’s what I’m going to do. Although now that I’ve started typing I realize how much I want to say!! It’s funny how many topics I want to discuss pop into my head. But that’s for another day I suppose (I actually have a list about 10 items long called “future posts I want to write” haha). I think I’m going to go enjoy my last day of break.
Happy Wednes ummmmmmm Tuesday? Gosh I 100% have been thinking it’s Wednesday — to the point of waking up this morning and thinking I was late for class! Well have a great day regardless of what it’s called 🙂