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February 10, 2010

Snow? Really? Where?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:45

Hola! I seriously just love reading your comments. Everyone is so encouraging and supportive and has wonderful advice.  I totally love it because a lot of times you guys will say something and I will be like “Oh. Duh” because I haven’t looked at an issue or whatnot from that angle. And there was so much on my last few posts. I’m feeling the love from y’all 🙂

Not so much loving on the weather people. Apparently weathermen need to create falsehoods about the weather to keep their job.  Wouldn’t it be nice if every job allowed you to be wrong 95% of the time?

In my case it’s the snow that we were suppose to get here in New England? Well it did snow for about an hour and it was really heavy but I highly doubt that the 15″ predicted are going to fall.  Annoying because my school shut down at noon today so my afternoon class was canceled and I’m going to have to make it up.  Kind of nice because now I have my afternoon free to catch up on my work.

I was lucky enough to get a good recovery run in.  Good in the sense that it was a true recovery run.  Yesterday’s intensity really wiped out my legs and it felt good to not be able to move any faster.  Ego bruising? Yes.  But I can handle that.  I chose to not calculate my pace at the end of the run and didn’t even check to see how long I had been running.  I knew that I was wayyy slower than previous easy efforts and, while this is definitely a good thing, my mind just didn’t need to know.

Another good thing about it was that it wasn’t in the snow.  The weather people said that the snow was supposed to start last night so I figured that I’d be running on unplowed roads and battling snowfall.  Not the case at all as it didn’t start snowing until this afternoon (and right now? Freezing rain. Go weathermen!) It wasn’t precipitating at all when I started the run but about halfway through it started lightly dusting which was really pretty and made me feeling like I was running through a snow globe.

The only bad thing was that my legs never felt like they got that second wind that typically happens on my recovery runs.  I started out granny shuffling and by the end my pace was still about there even though my form wasn’t still granny style.  Guess all that bamfness from yesterday did a number on my legs.

This also translated into an “eh” lifting session.  I never felt worn or beat up during it but my sets were a bit more difficult than usual. Not the biggest deal in the world as I’m 99.99% sure that the culprit was yesterday.  I backed off a bit in terms of rest.  Meaning I gave myself a little more time in between sets to recoup particularly when I was working on the legs.  Yes lifting needed to be done but there was very little sense in beating up the leg-os.  Particularly when I want to be fresh for tomorrow’s tempo.

Nothing terribly exciting I guess for today’s workout.  But I think that’s okay.  I know I get in the mentality of wanting everything to be amazing but that can’t be the case.  There needs to be the boring workouts like today’s to make room for the sheer awesomeness that was a day like yesterday.  See? Perspective is my new best friend 🙂

AND I needed a non-intensive physical workout so that the mental workout I’m prepping myself for right now is spot on.  I ended up watching LOST last night because I had been working hard all day and deserved a break.  I’m not exactly kicking myself right now (because it was glorious and stellar and I ❤ LOST) butttttt today will be a challenge to make up some lost time (heh pun totally intended).

Which is exactly what I should be doing now. Hope everybody is staying safe and warm and enjoying their Wednesday!

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14 Comments »

  1. good girl running slow to let your legs recover 🙂

    Comment by aron — February 10, 2010 @ 17:37

  2. Hey chicky – I just wanted to say I like the way you write. Because it’s the way I think. Like saying “which translated into a “eh” workout…” It makes me smile.

    The end. 🙂

    Comment by Erika (Dr. TriRunner) — February 10, 2010 @ 17:52

  3. I totally turn off the Garmin on easy runs. I’m like you, if I know what I’m doing, sometimes I will make it too fast. Good job on slowing down that recovery run! Oh yeah, how is the knee?

    Comment by Rebecca — February 10, 2010 @ 18:19

  4. Once I started running my recovery runs without a watch, I’ve been much more ready for intense workouts.

    Oh, LOST…Claire? wtf? That was a good episode!

    Comment by Nick — February 10, 2010 @ 18:25

  5. Did you enjoy LOST last night? I want some answers!

    Comment by Matt — February 10, 2010 @ 19:32

  6. good approach. i think of that as meditative running. you need your recovery!!!

    Comment by Lacey — February 10, 2010 @ 19:54

  7. Today is evidence that you really worked it yesterday! It’s such a change of pace to know be worried about pace. 😉

    Comment by a marathoner — February 10, 2010 @ 20:30

  8. Snow can bite me, although yes . . . yes, it’s pretty.

    I like your use of “bamfness.” It’s spot-on accurate. Even a granny shuffle has to mean you had a bamf day recently!

    Comment by EE — February 10, 2010 @ 22:15

  9. THANKS for the link!! I checked it out and although I am not training for a marathon, I searched around the website and found an advanced half marathon plan which would be AWESOME to use to build up some miles and pacing workouts! Thanks again!

    Comment by Running on Faith — February 10, 2010 @ 23:20

  10. It probably was the intervals that made your strength training feel like it was harder cause the intervals really take it out on your central nervous system, they seem to have the same effect on me!

    I’m totally loving Lost too, I’m going to watch the entire series again when season 6 is over haha 🙂

    Comment by Laura — February 11, 2010 @ 06:46

  11. It’s too bad that the snow didn’t hit you guys very hard, though I guess that makes for a better run!

    Comment by Ada — February 11, 2010 @ 08:53

  12. So true about weathermen being wrong 95% of the time! No where else can those kinds of stats fly! I was in the same boat as you – class canceled that now my professor says we need to make up on a SATURDAY? what? Grr. We literally didn’t even get an inch here!
    Nice job running slow and letting your body recover!

    Comment by BostonRunner — February 11, 2010 @ 09:42

  13. I wish I could ask where the snow was around here, but alas, it’s everywhere!!!

    Comment by Runeatrepeat — February 11, 2010 @ 14:19

  14. […] a little lethargic.  I think the lack of sleep is slowly catching up to me and I suspect that Tuesday’s intervals took way more out of me that I want to admit. Which made the warm up brutal and a bit discouraging. […]

    Pingback by All About The Effort Man « MarathonMaiden's Blog — February 11, 2010 @ 15:12


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