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January 27, 2010

Wild Wednesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:01

Wow today has been CRAZY!! Looks like my Wednesday’s are just going to be busy.  I feel like my Monday / Wednesday schedule is always crazier than my Tuesday / Thursday schedule.  At least the past couple years. Hope no one minds if I share what today looked like:

  • 0715-0900: Wake up and run a “recovery” 11.2 miles
  • 0900-1030:Breakfast and blog read (you guys are so busy overnight!)
  • 1030-1120: Spanish class
  • 1130-1230: Lifting session (#2 of the week!)
  • 1245-1345: Lunch & Shower
  • 1400-1500: Doctor appt
  • 1530-1650: Quantum Physics
  • 1730-1830: Catchup dinner with friends

Man oh man, on paper it looks busier than it really was.  Meal times are actually going to be sit-down meals this semester, even if lunch ends up being brief because I have to dash off. But I thrive on having to bounce from place to place.  And my Thursday doesn’t have any classes just a couple of meetings.  Looks like it’s either feast or famine this semester on a daily basis. Which, like I said, is fine.

And I think I’m really going to like my classes this semester.  Spanish is awesome again.  I love my professor and was able to switch into the section I wanted.  Quantum…well it’s going to be hard.  But my professor is amazing (also my advisor) so it’s going to be a blast regardless of how over my head the material may or may not be.  And those two classes, my friends, are the only two classroom classes I have.  I’m also taking Experimental Physics, which is going to be doing independent experiments so I just have to find time during the week, and I’m continuing my independent research from last semester, which will be on my own time as well.  Hollleeeerrrrr.  So I’ll be very busy even though when I write out everywhere I have to be it looks a bit underwhelming.  Maybe I should schedule in those other two “classes” right in permanent slots now so I have a plan, will be productive and won’t just waste my days.

As far as running goes: I guess my intervals yesterday really weren’t that hard because my recovery run really was a “recovery” run.  I’m still going to give it that title but it might be more appropriate to call it an easy day.  In case you’ve forgotten my recovery pace in the past has been 9:30-9:45 and my legs have really felt the need to go slow.  Today? Well I rocked out a 9:05 average pace.  WTF?! My body didn’t feel like it was pushing, in fact my HR stayed pretty low the entire time (I don’t have a HRM but I do take my HR the old fashioned way at the end of my run and then two minutes after that — Gosh I am an old fogie!)

But it felt great to have that pace be where my body wanted to be.  But I have the sneaking suspicion that my interval & hill session yesterday just wasn’t as hard as it could have been / they have been in the past.  What I’m trying to convince myself is that my body is just getting better at recovery in between runs.  Either way I’m not going to knock a good effortless run (even though I kind of did haha 🙂 )

And I think I’m going to like having a ~0700 running time rather than an 0600 wakeup.  There’s just something about that extra hour that makes getting up more bearable plus it seems like there are less cars on the road.  And I hate traffic regardless of whether I’m driving or running or walking somewhere. Plus the sun is up and shining.

As a short lifting note: I LOVE it when the gym is practically empty.  Not the case the past 3 weeks (when there were limited hours).  I felt productive and that I could concentrate better on what I needed to do.  And, like I’ve said the past few lifting related posts: I definitely am feeling stronger when I lift. Time to up the weights? Or add more reps? Oh decisions!

Giveaways! Zoe and Tricia


  1. I’d up the weights, but that’s just me. You can totally handle it!

    7:00 does seem quite different from 6:00 – like legitimately morning, not still bedtime.

    So glad your schedule sounds invigorating!

    Comment by EE — January 27, 2010 @ 17:13

  2. Seven o’clock is SO much better than six o’clock for me. Its crazy how much difference an hour makes!
    I’ve been thinking about keeping track of my heart rate, I just had no desire to get a heart rate monitor or anything crazy like that. I think ill start taking it the old fashion way, I like that.

    Comment by caroline — January 27, 2010 @ 17:55

  3. Busy, busy. Isn’t final semester, senior year supposed to be attendance optional? Ha.

    I am following your lead on pace for recovery days! Slowing it up.

    Comment by a marathoner — January 27, 2010 @ 17:55

  4. The gym was packed today! And I have to wake up at 6:15 tomorrow and Tuesdays just to squueze a shorter run in. Ugh. Can’t complain though, I’m just discovering my running legs again and short is all I can handle

    Comment by Evan Thomas — January 27, 2010 @ 18:28

  5. I’m taking a weightlifting instructor class now, and it is AWESOME. Its amazing what strength training can do to your body- and how DAMN GOOD it makes it look, haha 🙂

    Comment by kathleennnn — January 27, 2010 @ 19:13

  6. Lol my day puts that to shame… Just sayin 😉

    Comment by Matt — January 27, 2010 @ 19:51

  7. It looks like you got a good run in and lifting session today. Awesome! Your schedule doesn’t look too bad either…your classes are pretty spread out so that gives you sufficient breaks. I hope you enjoyed your catch up dinner with your friends! Is this your first week back?

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — January 27, 2010 @ 20:02

  8. HRM?? haha…I run with only a watch and my ipod nano. I used to not even wear a watch and just set the stopwatch on my ipod…but the watch helps with pacing (lap counter) I don’t think I would want to know my HR while running! 🙂 I’m right there with you on LOVing a busy schedule! I can’t remember the last time I sat on my couch! I’m so glad your legs allow you to run 11.7miles as recovery! I hope one day I can say that! you are a rockin’ runner chica! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — January 27, 2010 @ 20:49

  9. I can only do weights in the morning, at night I am fried!

    Comment by Trainerpack — January 27, 2010 @ 22:19

  10. Nice recovery run!

    I’m with you on liking the gym more when there is no one there.

    As per your post in the dailies today, I celebrated similar to what you did 🙂 Not as much since I have a ton of homework…hopefully I will do some more celebrating this weekend.

    Comment by Nick — January 27, 2010 @ 22:50

  11. Busy day! Man, there is something about 7am that is so glorious though! With the new job, I am out the door and pounding pavement by 530am in the mornings. It’s rough! Enjoy 7 while you can!

    Comment by runningfiance — January 27, 2010 @ 22:51

  12. oh my goodness how did i get so far behind?! oh yeah because you have rocking runs every single day to post about 🙂 hehehehe. okay. so i’m posting here about your tuesday speed: GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1.25 MI repeats??? that’s an interesting interval. it’s like just enough further than a mile that it’s that much longer. and at 7:13 pace that is a really great consistent speed. if you don’t feel worked too hard, try running your last 2 repeats faster. of course it’s hard to say because you have to save something for your hill work. which of course is as awesome as usual. 🙂 i’m glad you have broken through the mental barrier. and i really hope i did help!!!!!! that would make me happy. cuz we did run a pretty solidly hilly course so it wasn’t like we didn’t put the work in, we are just in good shape (read: you are in MASSIVELY AWESOME shape).

    all around YAY!!!! mile-in hiiiighhhh!!!!

    Comment by Lacey — January 27, 2010 @ 23:27

  13. What a packed day!!

    Comment by Heather — January 28, 2010 @ 09:29

  14. I totally agree that running at 7am is so much better than running at 6. I would definitely schedule in your independent study stuff. For me, I think it would be way too easy to push them aside to do assignments for “real classes” and not give them the time they really deserve. Plus experiments and research-type work always take WAY longer than I expect they will.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — January 28, 2010 @ 09:30

  15. Yep, I’m tired just looking at it. And I have to say…your day makes me feel pretty darn unproductive. My day consists of:

    Wake up, make kiddo breakfast
    Clean cereal out of said kiddos hair
    Work on arms
    Work on potty traning (for kid…not me:)
    Make lunch for kiddo
    Build sandcastles in sandbox
    Clean sand off kiddo
    Attempt to put kid down for nap (lets just say the “attempting” part takes way longer than the actual nap part)
    Work on abs
    Kid wakes up. Make snack.
    Work on potty training.
    Play with playdough.
    Sing the alphabet a million times
    Check the clock constantly for the next hour, hoping hubby comes home soon.
    Work on legs.
    Hubby home. Time to lock myself in bathroom and take 2 hour long bubble bath.
    Nope, bath didn’t happen. Have to make dinner.
    Ok, dinner made, eaten and cleaned up after.
    Time for bubble bath. But not for me, for kiddo.
    Darn….I forgot to take a bath.

    You see why I never post my day on my blog? I just can’t compete with everyone else 🙂

    Comment by Tricia — January 28, 2010 @ 10:48

    • You might feel like my day is more “productive” but I vote that you have the more tiring day. Keeping up with those kiddos is hard! I have much respect for that 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 29, 2010 @ 16:14

  16. Eww quantum physics!

    If you have time, you could add another set to your weight lifting. Or, you could change the exercises a little. Work the same body parts, but with different movements. Upping the weight works too. Lots of different things you can do, just don’t stop pushing yourself.

    Comment by runjess — January 28, 2010 @ 14:44

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