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February 15, 2010

Monday? Really?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:05

I totally almost titled this something to do with a Tuesday theme. But it’s Monday.  Oops. Great way to start the week, no?

Which means: easy running day.  Now I think I’ve mentioned this before but I don’t really ever think of Monday as a recovery day.  Because Sunday is a recovery day and it seems a bit silly to have one recovery after another.  So Monday is “easy”.  That said, easy looks a lot like recovery.  I think according to some calculators I’ve looked at my easy and recovery pace are essentially the same but recovery allows for a bit slower (ie: easy = 8:50-9:20 vs. recovery = 9:30-10:00). So really close.  I guess looking at those numbers that Monday has always been recovery and Sunday tends to hover toward the easy.  Interesting.

Anyway I set out for my “easy” run knowing that it would be slower because I had just put in a stellar high mileage week and still wanted to take care of my legs in some decent manner.  I tend to run the same routes week after week for a given day.  But since I want to cut back my miles I needed to cut some stuff out.  Little did I know how hard it was going to be.

Seriously. I wasn’t planning on cutting it down that much.  Maybe a mile, mile and a half or so.  But it was incredibly hard to not take a side street that would give me last Monday’s mileage.  Like I felt so weird not doing it and that I was a “bad” person for sticking with a slightly lower mileage for the day.  Now I KNOW that I’m not and I KNOW my legs are thanking me (seriously because they were a bit tired by the end of what I actually did) so I know that I did the right thing.  But in the moment I was getting worked up.  I kept telling myself that “it’s only an extra mile. What’s the harm?” Well I had to counter that with “It’s an extra mile that my legs don’t need right now. Be smart”.

Clearly I ended up with the lower mileage but it still hurt.  I think I’ve become really numbers obsessed (even more than normal) and I need to start getting myself back to a place where lower (and the term I do realize is relative) miles is still okay. I don’t think I’ve talked explicitly said this but I’m sure you can tell I’m a perfectionist.  Anytime I hit a goal or milestone or even a distance for day, it’s not longer “acceptable” for me to do any less.  It’s not just in running too, my whole life is like that. Which is fine and dandy for getting stuff done but it makes it hard to relax a bit.

And just to make it clear: right now I am totally okay with what went down.  After I finished the run and got back to my room I was okay too.  But it was agonizing making the choice mid-run.  Like seriously agonizing.  You would have thought that my life depended on it.  The discomfort was worth it though (although I doubt you could have told me that then) because I made the smart choice for my body.

Speaking of my body… my hips are sooooo sore from last week.  I’m really feeling them.  I know a couple of you suggested hip strengthening exercises and if you could send them to me ( I’d love you foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  Currently for my legs I’m doing: lunges, calf raisers, squats and deadlifts but I don’t think any of them really target my hips.  My ab and back work kind of  does but it’s more tangentially than directly.

I really tried to focus on my hips when I was doing my lifting today but I couldn’t really feel them working during the lift.  This tells me that I’m correct in thinking that they’re not getting stronger like the rest of my legs.  So it makes sense that they’re what is being affected on my long runs and high miles: the rest of my muscles have been increasing in strength while the hips…not so much. And muscle imbalance is ever-so-much fun (Hey Arnold! anyone? hehe)

The rest of my lifting session was pretty standard.  Nothing new or exciting to report other than it was wicked crowded at the gym and I always get a mile case of anxiety in crowds.  It was mostly sports teams though which annoy me because they take over everything. But I was able to wrangle a bench for my arm work and a mat for my legs and ab stuff.  Sometimes the challenge is simply getting the equipment!

Alright off to go do some work before Quantum class.  I’m bummed because the first Mesa de Espanol is tonight and I can’t go because of the obscene amount of work I have.  I’m hoping that it gets moved to Tuesdays (which are SO much less busy) and I’ll ask.  Since it’s usually just me and my friend who show up (and Mondays are bad for him too) I think it’ll happen.  Yay because I absolutely LOVE speaking Spanish.  It challenges my brain in an exciting way.  Okay, whoa that was a bit nerdy. Hahaha.  Plus it’ll be the return of Hot-Spanish-TA (who is not my TA anymore so I don’t see him on any regular basis).

Oh and thanks for sharing whether or not you count warm up/downs as part of your mileage.  I tend to count it in runs like a tempo (ex: X miles warm up, tempo, X miles warm down) and the Xs count but not when I’m warming up or down for lifting.  Like today I did about 1.5 miles before lifting and another mile or so after but that 2.5 will not get put into the log book.  I keep a separate tally though for those miles just to see how they add up but they don’t go into the weekly total.

And thanks for all the support and nice words about my milestone yesterday.  It always makes me feel good to read your comments 🙂

LiveLoveEatPlay‘s having a giveaway and so is Shut Up and Run. Yay!



  1. I took tons of Spanish and never learned it well enough. I wish I did!

    Comment by runjess — February 15, 2010 @ 15:19

  2. I look at this as a victory — you thought it wasn’t Monday, and that’s good for you, yeah? Yeah? YEAH!

    Does your Spanish TA resemble Senor Change of Community? Heehee, kidding.

    A mi me encanta el espanol.

    Comment by EE — February 15, 2010 @ 16:08

  3. I, too, am a perfectionist. And if I am not committed, like seriously committed, to the workout before going in, I will second guess what I am doing the whole time. Healthy? Idk. Ha. Like today, I totally was like “hmm 7 sounds good, but you wrote down 6?” This went on in my head until I had to force my legs to turn around at the 3 mile marker. Sigh..

    Comment by Running on Faith — February 15, 2010 @ 17:23

  4. Be careful with that numbers’ game girl! It is a slippery slope and a fine line between committed/smart and crazy. I want the best for you at Boston and beyond! PS> I totally wish you lived by me so we could train!!!! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — February 15, 2010 @ 17:26

  5. OMG! We have been blogging about running so much that we are having the same thoughts now. Your first 4 paragraphs were almost literally transcribed into my post today before I got off on a tangent. I had the same thoughts running thru my head when I was on the streets. Saturday was an LR. Sunday was the recovery. So you can’t possibly call Monday another recovery. Therefore it must be “easy”, slightly quicker than LR pace, but not so much so. Unbelievable. Ha!

    Comment by a marathoner — February 15, 2010 @ 17:52

  6. I think a lot of people get really caught up in the mileage. For a while there I loved seeing the miles pile up but I’m learning that it’s way more important to run smart. Better to be healthy with less miles the injured with a lot.

    Comment by Denise — February 15, 2010 @ 18:49

  7. Well, if I had a hot Spanish TA…I might have spoken better Spanish. But after AP Spanish, I was totally done.

    Hm, looks like you might be getting a tad bit obsessed with your mileage. Don’t be afraid of rest days, or easy days. You need them to be able to really pump out the hard days! All of them are necessary, and good for you. 🙂

    Comment by sophia — February 15, 2010 @ 21:29

  8. I am like that with numbers too. Don’t worry, once you start feeling the benefit of cutting back, it won’t be such a problem. I had to learn that the hard way.

    Comment by Matt — February 15, 2010 @ 21:42

  9. I’m a perfectionist too. And extra hard on myself. I have those mental battles about mileage etc. a lot. But I think you’re smart to cut back and I’m way jealous that you are so good at spanish!

    Comment by BostonRunner — February 15, 2010 @ 22:37

  10. Here’s a thought – try a run one day without a watch or GPS or any other technology, and do it purely for fun. Listen to your body and enjoy the surroundings, and the fact that you are outdoors doing what you really love. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it and find it helps take a bit of pressure off your regime.

    Comment by Ian — February 15, 2010 @ 23:09

  11. I struggle with the numbers game. If I say I am going to run 6, I better run it. In america, we define ourselves by numbers TOOOO much and feel needless guilt and worry over what they “mean.” But in this case, less IS more. Thanks for sharing, because I think you know that sometimes those numbers are arbitrary. Honor your body by just shutting up! and running!

    Comment by Special K — February 16, 2010 @ 04:17

  12. I get really obsessed with numbers too, especially right now when I am trying to stick to my training plan. I love counting up the miles at the end of the week! It’s probably not the healthiest obsession, but I figure it’s not hurting me right now….

    Comment by Kara — February 16, 2010 @ 07:22

  13. Although you may be doing weights for your legs you aren’t actually strengthening the hips. Running causes the hips to become weaker. its like they do the opposite than strengthen which is really weird. At your gym there should be a machine that allows you to do hip exercises. i can’t remember the name but it looks weird and basically you put your leg on it and it adds weight resistance while you push down.

    i also sent you an email with my PT hip exercises from when I had weak hips back in September. Just doing those about 2 times a week with hamstring stretches will help you to have stronger hips. plus I do spinning and the stair climber to help keep my hips strong but i am not doing any where near the mileage that you are.

    Comment by J — February 16, 2010 @ 07:44

  14. The medical is a doctor giving me a once over to say I’m fit to fight, they test your lungs, heart, eyesight stuff like that, hopefully it should all be fine, only part I’m worried about is my eyesight..hope it doesn’t let me down, I’d be so gutted to get this far and not be able to compete.

    p.s. your title totally made me giggle I’ve done stuff like that before loads!

    Comment by laura — February 16, 2010 @ 11:16

  15. If you get some good hip strengthening exercises you should totally share them! I don’t do anything like that either.

    Comment by katerina — February 16, 2010 @ 12:36

  16. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes your mind gets in the way of logic? Hats off to you for knowing your limits and sticking to the plan!

    Comment by David Dierking — February 16, 2010 @ 16:56

  17. greattt job with running!

    Comment by kayla — February 25, 2010 @ 21:02

  18. run eat love btw!

    Comment by kayla — February 25, 2010 @ 21:02

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