So I woke up this morning to snow. Not the biggest deal ever for two reasons: Numero uno, nothing was sticking so there was going to be no accumulation (yup I am that New Englander who hates the snow. At least when I’m on campus and have to travel through it). Numero dos: I didn’t have to worry about crappy ass drivers hitting me on my run because it’s Interval/Hill Tuesday, aka all the miles on the TM.
As much as I dread intervals and hill work I get a sick perverse pleasure writing out my workout Monday night. Like it’s probably unhealthy how much I like it. Oh well. Guess I could be shooting up drugs in the bathroom to get that kind of rush so in the grand scheme of things my pleasures are tame.
Anyway before I get into the meaty-ness of my workout I want to say that I think I’ve been working wayyyy too hard on physics lately. Now I am being productive and there hasn’t been any sort of frustration / meltdown but last night I had a dream that involved bras and kets (yes those are the real physics terms) and I was solving problems involving them in my sleep. Too bad none of the answers to my problem sets were in there.
So clearly my workouts are a nice mental break from all that (as is speaking languages which today I stopped by the French TAs office hours to chat and it was soooo amazing!). My plan only called for 4 X 1600 with 3 minutes recovery but, as usual, me being me had to go and change it all up. So here’s what went down:
- 2 mile warm up
- 5 X 1600 @ 10k pace (7:08) with 3 minutes .4 mile recovery jog
- 1 mile warm down
5 minute bathroom / water break
- .5 mile re-warm up
- 3 X [.5 mile hills @ 5%] with .25 mile recovery (at .5%)
- 2 X [ 90 seconds @ 8%] with 90 seconds recovery (at .5%)
- 1 X [.5 mile hills @ 5%] with .25 mile recovery (at .5%)
- 2 mile warm down
Total time: 133 minutes
Total distance: 16.3 miles
Average pace: 8:10 (Interval portion: 7:53, Hills portion: 8:35)
First thought when I was done? Man am I glad that’s done. When I walked into the gym I didn’t know if I really wanted to complete the workout. It just seemed very scary today. It’s not that much different than weeks past but very intimidating nonetheless. Maybe it was the hill portion, like usual.
The mile repeats were tough. Funny because when I was doing my 2000m repeats (which is like 1.25 miles) I felt great and I remember writing something about how longer intervals are nicer because I could get into my rhythm and showed what a distance person I am. Not so much the case here. Normally I think the TM keeps me really honest about the pace (because once I plug it in I feel like a pansy for lowering it during a repeat) but I was all over the belt today. Side to side, front to back. Craziness I tell you. Luckily a really interesting documentary on the Blizzard of ’77/’78 was on the History Channel and I was able to get into it.
But I gutted it out and felt really good after the last one. Well maybe not really good in the sense of banging out a few more (definitely would NOT have been able to) but it was a good solid workout nonetheless. I hopped off the TM for a short water break (I was sweating soooooooooooo much!!) and then went for round 2.
Since the last time I did hills I did a bit of research into what type of hills I’m going to see at Boston. I’ve been really worried that it’s all going to be STEEP and LONG. Well I’ve been right about the long part (it seems that roughly the hills are .4-.6 miles long — at least the uphill parts) but I haven’t been too impressed with the grade. The chart I was looking at didn’t indicate that there was anything much steeper than 4.5-5%.
Which is why I included more of the half-miles at 5% rather than my favs the 90 seconds at high grade this week (they just seem soooo much easier!) And maybe I had just been mentally psyching myself out over them but they didn’t seem too bad. Of course I did only 3 before switching to 2 shorter once and then coming back for the last one. Even though I like my even numbers (with 4 being the lucky one) 3 just seemed to be more manageable mentally for me. Next week I’ll probably put the 4 together like I did for the first few weeks of training but I definitely remember those hills to be hard. Today after 2 I knew that my body only had to go through one more before switching it up but those other weeks after 2 it was like “only halfway there?! $%#%#$%”
I obviously ended up sweating up a freaking storm with this workout. I never drink water during workouts (probably so bad but whatever) and I totally needed to today. I think I was getting a bit dehydrated because during that water break I felt a bit lightheaded. Nothing serious but I needed to take a moment and hit up the water fountain and re-group. But when I was done I was feeling on top of the world!(And note: even though today’s run was 16.3 miles — clearly a lot — it was the exact same distance as last Tuesday so I’m still under what I was at this point last week)
Not to be confused with a run where everything just clicks. I think I tend to talk about my runs very analytically, which is totally my sciencey brain coming through, and it probably leads many of you to think that I end most of my workouts feeling bamf like it was a stellar run (I will admit that I do feel bamf regardless of my feelings during the run).
Not so as today’s run was HARD. I think I already mentioned it but when I started I was definitely overwhelmed by what I wanted to accomplish. Granted, the hardest part of any workout is the start, but I wasn’t really looking forward to the run and during it I was a bit bored. Or at least not as attentive to being “on” is a better way of putting. I guess it’s hard to describe the difference in words but I think that my weaving on the TM belt was one way that showed my mind wasn’t really engrossed.
Again, it’s not as though I hated it (I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t love it) but because I have a specific race already signed up for and a specific goal already planned for it I feel like running is on the “to-do” list. It’s such a hard thing to describe though and I could probably write pages on it trying to find the right words. I think a lot of you get it though: running being both a want-to and a have-to. So I’ll leave it at that. But I just wanted to clarify that I’m not some superhero chica who flies through workouts unfazed (as much as I would love to be!). Today was a day that seemed to faze me.
Okey-dokey atrichokey: after I hit publish (and WOOT to post #300!!) I’m off to go finish lots of homework. And then watch LOST. Because a girl needs her hot boy toys. And clearly with guns 🙂