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February 13, 2010

I’ve Been Long Overdue

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

For a great long run.  Okay so maybe that’s an exaggeration because my bamf LR with Lacey was only 3 weeks ago.  Sure 3 weeks is a long time but in reality only 3 LRs.  And that’s not bashing my LRs for the past 2 weeks either, I fully admit that they were great and right where they needed to be.

That said they weren’t the “everything clicks” LR that I (and probably every runner) want on a regular basis.  No real complaints here on the weather (30* and sunny. Yay!) or anything like that. However (and I remember from high school English class that it’s bad grammar to start a sentence with “however”and even though it bugs me I am doing it anyway. Oh I’m a rebel) I still had bladder issues.  I even took Ada‘s advice and put some salt in my oatmeal this morning.  Nada.

By mile 4 my bladder was going to burst despite having gone seconds before leaving.  I just don’t know what to do anymore on this front.  I get really anxious about it too and mapped out my route so I knew that there was a DDs around mile 10 (which is usually the point where I have to start changing my form because I have to go so badly).  It’s really frustrating because I don’t have this problem before any of my first-thing-in-the-morning runs and I honestly don’t drink or eat a large amount before leaving. And it’s worrisome because I don’t want this to happen during Boston.  I’m chasing a very ambitious goal where every second is going to count.

Oh well.  That didn’t really spoil anything for this run.  I just felt on.  I even said to myself around mile 2 that I was feeling really good.  And then worried about jinxing myself because I still have about a billion more miles to go haha.  Not that there was really any need to worry as the miles really just flew by. At one point I had to look around because I was way further into the run that I thought! Not a bad thing at all.

My plan called for 18-21 miles with miles 9-12 at “marathon tempo”.  Now, as defined by my plan, marathon tempo is: 10 seconds faster or slower than MP.  So with my current MP of 8:20 my marathon tempo pace would be 8:10-8:30 (which is what they want me running my tempo runs as well but I think isn’t fast enough) but if I go with GMP I can run 7:50-8:10 which I think is decent for mid-miles in a LR. Since I don’t have anything that tells me pace while I’m running I just went with effort level.  I’m not convinced that for a LR I need to be exact with this.  I would love to be but I’m not going to drive myself crazy over it.  And considering that during these miles my bladder was pretty distended it’s doubly okay.

The funny thing is that after after I completed those 3 miles at ~GMP I didn’t want to go back down to a slower pace. They felt great and it was like once I got over the inertia factor my body was really comfy running faster.  Yes I did slow down but not back down to what I was running pre-marathon tempo miles.

Typically for my long runs I choose to run 1 really long loop followed by a smaller one but in light of my recently bladder issues I did a shorter loop (12.7) and slightly longer second (8.4).  I actually liked it this way.  If my bladder ever decides to start acting normally then I’d definitely go back to my originally way (I really like how after the first loop I only have 3-5 miles left.  Makes it feel sooo nice!).  But it was nice to be done the first loop today and feel really fresh.  Because even though having only 3 miles left is amazing, having 8 or so still isn’t bad and since I was feeling fresh I was able to kick it up a little bit (although I did tell myself that this was a quality run and pushing a bit is okay.  This is not a recovery run so it’s okay to be a little risky and I tend to be a bit conservative with long run paces).  And the stats reflect that:

  • Loop 1: 12.7 miles. 116 minutes 14 seconds. 9:09 pace
  • Loop 2: 8.4 miles. 71 minutes 14 seconds. 8:28 pace
  • Total: 21.1 miles. 187 minutes 28 seconds. 8:53 pace

So clearly not only was I feeling good during the whole damn thing, the numbers reflect that.  It was such a confidence booster have a LR be sub-9. And have it be 100% by myself.  It’s like FINALLY.

I had been feeling a bit blah before this run but not anymore.  Sure I’m blogging while standing because I think that if I sit down I won’t be able to get back up and likely fall asleep (haha) but it was sooo energizing and yet tiring when I was done.  The second loop just felt powerful even though my legs were starting to tire and I felt like I was a machine and nothing could stop me. I totally finished with a smile on my face 🙂

Lung-capacity wise I felt like I could have gone on for many more miles.  My breathing was so steady and my HR at the end was pretty low.  But my hips told me otherwise, they were definitely feeling a wee bit sore during the second loop.  Definitely need to streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch those suckers out.  Lately I feel like my hipfelxors have been a bit weak, some of my ab exercises have also been felt in them.  So I guess that my current leg work isn’t getting them and that I need to focus on them a bit more. Suggestions?

Sore hips or no I’m soooooooooooooo thrilled in every way with this run. YAY!

Now I’m off to go work.  Blahhhhh.  I’m a freaking second semester senior.  Why do I have so much work?! Hahaha. Have a great rest of your Saturday everyone! 🙂

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  1. Congrats on the confidence booster!! I, too, am looking for some exercises to work with those hip flexors. To be honest, I know I should be going to yoga and pilates classes to strengthen and stretch them. Maybe that is a viable option for you too? Not sure if you were looking for more weight routines. On another note, when marathon training, I had to break up my route in a longer and smaller route. It was such a mental break to know that on the second “round” you had less to do!

    Comment by Running on Faith — February 13, 2010 @ 16:23

  2. Try some weighted leg lifts for your hips. My hips are actually pretty weak too and I have some good exercises if you want them. Just let me know.

    BAMF on the run 🙂

    Comment by Matt — February 13, 2010 @ 18:24

    • Yes please on those exercises! I need to get my hips as strong as possible 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2010 @ 19:43

  3. Glad you had a good long run despite the bathroom issues. Do you pee a lot when you stop for an emergency bathroom break or do you just feel like you are going to have to pee a lot and stop? Because obviously those are two very different things going on…

    Comment by Chelsea — February 13, 2010 @ 18:24

    • I don’t necessarily pee a lot but I definitely do need the bathroom. I think at this point I get really anxious about it which makes the feeling worse but my bladder definitely needs relief. And then to make things worse I pee @ mile 11ish and then by the end my bladder is full again! So frustrating. If you have any insight please enlighten me 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2010 @ 19:45

  4. Great long run, it always feels good to have an awesome run under your belt after a couple so-so long runs.

    Comment by Jenny — February 13, 2010 @ 18:27

  5. It’s so funny how personal running is. I read your posts everyday and each run seems great. But I completely understand having that feeling of finally banging out a great run. Congrats, but I say that about all your runs! 😉

    Comment by a marathoner — February 13, 2010 @ 19:53

  6. oh my gosh i am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 i know EXACTLY what you mean about a run that CLICKS and i struggle SOOOOOOOooooOOooooo much (can i emphasize that enough?!?!) with long runs. they are SO HARD for me. i was so pumped up after 17 with you i assumed i would be fine to keep going. um, no. since then i have run a 14 miler and that’s IT. and it wasn’t even good. today i got 16 in but the last 2 miles were a struggle. i am just proud i didn’t stop. i’m writing a post all about this actually, my tenuous relationship with “the long run”. and you aer SUCH a strong runner and endurance is your THING. it makes me feel better to hear you talk about similar feelings, that the “click” isn’t always there, but there WILL be a run eventually where it is (i hope?!?!). way to go, and have a great night!!!!!

    Comment by Lacey — February 13, 2010 @ 20:01

  7. You are so awesome. What are you doing next year — straight to med school, doing a post-bacc, research, saving the world?

    Comment by EE — February 13, 2010 @ 22:12

    • Well since I’m already saving the world by being so awesome right now 😉 Seriously though I have no idea! Med school is definitely a year or two off but I’m trying to find some research to do or some type of job. So scary not to have a plan yet though

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2010 @ 19:47

  8. Congrats on the long run!! I feel like that long run you wrote about with Lacey just happened. Time is going by so fast!
    I hear you on your bathroom issues.. could it be that now you are just getting anxious so every time you feel like you might have to you bring it to a bigger attention then you would have in the past? Like are you thinking about it too much? I do this sometimes..
    Good luck!

    Comment by BostonRunner — February 14, 2010 @ 12:55

  9. Congratulations on such an awesome run! That is fantastic 🙂 And so are you. You rock!

    Comment by runningfiance — February 14, 2010 @ 13:06

  10. hello running lady!! I hope you are still experiencing a runners high after your great long run yesterday!! if you stretch your hipflexors A LOT before working them then you will be able to get deeper into your strength moves and work them harder! I hope you are having a great sunday love!! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — February 14, 2010 @ 13:38

  11. Hahahaha! Just caught up on your run and I’m so pleased I’m not the only one with bladder issues! I think I’m going to make sure I do a figure of 8 next week so I can go to the loo at home if I need to go – I can’t do another Paula Radcliffe and pee behind a hedge!

    Comment by marathonmummy — February 14, 2010 @ 17:03

  12. I know how you feel, my lungs always feel like they could go on longer but my legs totally disagree!

    Comment by laura — February 15, 2010 @ 06:25

  13. great job on the long run! Seriously you rocked it! That is such a great confidence boost to just rock a run! Hopefully you got your work done…I remember having tons of work my senior year too but it was worth it after graduating and being able to enjoy life!

    Comment by J — February 15, 2010 @ 08:10

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