That just about sums up my night. I was feeling all great post-workout yesterday and my physics lab just tanked it. I was in the lab from 2100-0100. Yes 4 hours. I was cranky and tired and frustrated. Basically the night didn’t end so well. I was also sooo keyed up from the failure that was the lab experience that I couldn’t sleep at all. I was wayyy too overtired. Pretty much a mini-meltdown ensued as this was the straw that broke my back. I guess the plus of not wanting to sleep was that I got to catch up on my pleasure book?
Anyway I just got out of a meeting with my advisor who helped me a bit with the lab and I just came from finishing up the experiment with my partner and we got it to work. It was a stupid trick that we didn’t know about. Last night we were doing everything right but we needed the laser about 3 meters farther back. But whatever, I feel silly for getting all worked up. But everything’s okay and now it’s just re-writing the lab report. That and about the 30,000 other things I need to do.
BUT enough complaining. There’s absolutely nothing I can do to change my stress and get rid of the stuff on my plate. I can, however, change the way I respond to it so that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m attempting to let the little things (like catching up on 24 from last night or watching LOST live tonight) go and concentrate on the big things (Spanish paper and physics lab). Prioritize because as much as it pains me to say this school > LOST. I know: admitting that hurts me too.
Obviously I need a good hard sweat session today because I was a bit keyed up when I got up this morning. Lucky for me it’s Tuesday which means: intervals! And I threw in hills too because I skipped them last week. Here’s the deal-io:
- 2 mile warm up
- 2 X [4 X 800m (.5 mile) ] @ 10k pace (7:08) with 90 seconds recovery between intervals and 5 minutes between sets
- 1 mile warm down
- 5 minute bathroom break
- 1/2 mile re-warm up
- 2 X .5 mile hill @ 5% with .25mi recovery (.5%)
- 4 X 90 seconds (7-8-8-7%) with 60 seconds recovery (.5%)
- 2 miles GMP (8:00)
- 1 mile warm down
GREAT WORKOUT. I kind of need to pat myself on the back here for a moment (because after the hell of last night I need a victory haha). It felt hard but not exhaustive. Painful but not extreme. Yay.
It’s gotten to the point in the training plan where intervals days are starting to repeat so I’d already done the core of this workout (the 800s) in the first week of training and I think I’ve had to have improved since then because of the previous reasons.
I actually slowed down the interval part by 5 seconds (from 7:03 in week 16 to 7:08 today. Still faster than my 10k PR pace though which was the prescribed pace) which may have helped make it seem easier but I definitely felt like I had more in me, not another set or anything but maybe 1-2 more. That kind of reminds me of Yassos, except without the 5 minutes between sets. Given my pace that I did today, as well as the pace I did 6 weeks ago, the correlation to a marathon pace would be around 3:31-3:34.I’m not too sure how I feel about Yassos as predictors but since I’m shooting for a <3:30 (I’m serious though: a 3:29:59 is the goal) I’m somewhat near that if you believe in that stuff. Not too sure if I do or not.
In any case I finished the interval portion feeling not drained. Sure the workout was tough but I wasn’t feeling worn or anything. Not just in the physical sense but in the mental sense too. Which is good because I still had my hill portion to do. Hills, like I always have said, are SO MENTAL for me. I absolutely dread them. I don’t think I will ever fully embrace them in the sense of enjoyment. Yes I know they’re good and have accepted that but love? Whole new ball game.
I hadn’t done long hills in 3 weeks so I knew I wanted to incorporate them. At the same time I knew doing 4-6 of them would be pure torture from a mental standpoint. So I ended up with 2 of long, not steep hills and 4 short & steep ones. I think this worked out to my mental benefit because 2 is a great number. After the first one I was already half way there! And the shorter ones are never really bad because you’re only doing it for 90 seconds. Definitely seems like a blink of an eye. So I found myself enjoying hills more than normal (still not saying much though) because I was constantly switching it up and I couldn’t get into a negative rhythm.
Throwing in GMP (8:00) was not in the original plan. I’m not sure how I feel about them. They aren’t fast enough to work on my body the way speed work does but they’re not slow enough to be easy. I guess it’s more for my mind to wrap my head around the fact that this is the pace I want to average for Boston. Which, after such a hard/intense workout, felt easy-peasy.
I left the gym feeling rejuvenated and all my anxiety from last night was melted away. Funny how I said that yesterday and the rest of the day went to hell. Hopefully today is NOT a repeat of yesterday haha.
And yes these miles were all on the treadmill. I don’t think I’d be able to run lots of run on the thing but, like I’ve always maintained, the treadmill is great for speed work where exact pace is critical (and without a team to compare myself to I doubt I’d be able to maintain exact paces on my own). Plus I got to watch a really cool program on the History channel on our galaxy and universe in the context of gravity which was cool and very informative (yup the physics nerd in me was nurtured there) and then when that was over I caught some of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Guilty pleasure for sure. 🙂
Before I go slave away at my work, check off some of the top priorities of my work and feel accomplished by doing so, I want to say thanks for all the amazing comments you guys give me! I feel like y’all are looking out for me and I love it. Not many people in my “real life” know what it’s like to train or run or anything like you guys do so it’s always awesome to read your perspectives and advice. Okay end Hallmark moment heh.
But to give back to you, I want you to check out this picture that was awaiting me this morning on my computer. I can’t get it to be put in-text so you guys will just have to click here. Trust me, it’s worth it.