Thanks for all the positive reactions to my January recap. I’ll admit that I had to check and re-check the numbers before posting because I couldn’t believe how much I ran during those first 31 days of this year. Wowza indeed! I didn’t see that one coming at all. And don’t worry: I’m totally being careful with taking it easy in other aspects of my life so that I’m not wearing myself ragged (ie lots of sleep, less challenging courses (well at least I’m not in the classroom as much as previous semesters, I’d argue that Quantum Physics is pretty challenging haha) and eating lots and right) 🙂
I’m also glad that you guys like it when I post my average paces and that kind of stuff. I’m always hesitant to do so because I know how competitive I am and when I see other people’s paces it can be weird. But I’ve found that the longer I’m in the blogging world the more comfortable I am with seeing other people’s paces as just that: other people. So I definitely don’t mind sharing mine with you in the future.
Moving along, today is Tuesday which means INTERVALS. I’ll admit that I always get a little nervous Monday night knowing that the next day is going to be intense. But I’m also way excited because, let’s face it, running fast is wayyyyy fun!
Here’s what my plan called for:
- 3 X (800-600-600) @ 5k effort with 90 seconds recovery between each interval, 5 minutes between each set
And when have I ever done the workout exactly as indicated?
- 2 mile warm up
- 4 X (800 (.5 miles) – 600 (.38) – 600 (.38) @ 6:45 pace with 90 seconds between intervals, 5 minutes between each set
- 1.5 miles @ MP
- 1 mile warm down
So a couple of things to note or at least things that I noted heh:
- No hills. I just needed a mental break from the past 5 weeks of including hills. At first I felt bad about skipping them but no other plan I’m aware of has hills every single week. Just because mine doesn’t have any and I’m improvising doesn’t mean that I need to go overboard.
- Extra interval set. Because I wasn’t doing hills I still felt like I had a little kick left in my legs so I made an impromptu decision to add an extra one. My legs were feeling it by the end, and strangely so was my lower back, but I was happy with how they felt. Not dead but fatigued. That was probably because:
- 6:45 = faster than my 5k PR pace. I’ve only run one 5k and the pace was 6:56. I definitely think I am faster than that and the reason I was “slow” (read: slower than I think I’m capable of) that day was inexperience with short racing strategy.
- Including MP miles at the end. By the time I got to these miles (which were another impromptu decision) my legs were tired but MP felt really nice. Like really easy nice. Sure my goal MP is 8:00 (for a 3:30 marathon) and that isn’t terribly fast but still will be hard to maintain or average for 26.2 miles. I definitely thought that it was nice my legs could handle it 100% and I had already put in 11-12 miles of hardcore intervals at that point.
- I saw the head track coach and he’s still sooo nice to me. I think that he knows what a hard worker I am (even though he doesn’t know I’m training for Boston — that was a different coach — and he actually ran Boston in 2009) and I also know that he’s disappointed that I’m not running and jumping for him but I love that he asks me how I am in a way that’s not purely conversational. Like he actually wants to know. So I’m thinking: would it be weird to ask him if I can use the ice whirlpool in the trainers room that’s for school athletes? I really want to experience an ice bath but I feel awkward just showing up to the trainers because I’m not known there. Hmmm just a musing I suppose.
Overall I’m incredibly happy with this workout. If you recall, last week I complained about feeling like my workout was phoned in (sorry I keeping beating the phrase into the ground but it’s the only way I know how to describe it) and it definitely didn’t feel that way this week. I think that it had to do with a touch of overdoing it (ie the streak) as well as the combo of interval length and speed. I genuinely think that longer intervals are wicked easy for me so the shorter ones today helped kick my butt. Plus with no hills I didn’t have to dread the second half of a workout haha 😉
Also I’ve been battling a sinus infection the past few weeks which probably took a toll on my outlook. 3 weeks ago I went on a Z-pack to clear up the infection but after a few days of relief it came back with a vengeance. It’s not sooo bad, mostly when I go to lay down in bed. And even though my nose is stuffed up, nothing comes out when I blow. And now there’s pressure in my ear. Boo!
I absolutely hate going on antibiotics so I always wait until I feel like I’m going to die before going to the doctor. Plus most sinus infection / ear infections go away on their own, so I always wait (maybe not the smartest choice as one year I did this and developed the beginnings of pneumonia. Not smart!) AND I chronically get strep/sinus /ear infections during the winter months without fail and don’t want to be on meds 24/7. But this go-round I was in so much pain one night that I wanted my ear drum to pop just to relieve the pressure (which has happened to me before and is INCREDIBLY painful in and of itself.) And off to the doctor I went and am now on a heavy-duty antibiotic and hopefully this will do the trick and not mess up the good bacteria in my system too much.
Wow didn’t mean to write so much about my ailment! Hahah. But on a more positive / less complaining note: LOST is on tonight!! And it’s a 2 hours premiere. Woot. And there’s a recap episode before hand so that makes… THREE HOURS OF LOST AMAZINGNESS. Seeing as how I’m pretty bamf myself ( 😉 ) I think I can handle it but I just get so giddy thinking about the gloriousness that will be tonight.
P.S. Check out the giveaway that Marcia is having. Awesomeness continued.