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February 21, 2010

Ooooooooh We’re Halfway There

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:54

Wow. Not really the response I was expecting about my run yesterday. I figured that many of you would agree with me that running 20 miles after the past few weeks I had was dumb and tell me that I was being a bit foolish to keep pushing my body.  Maybe I picked the wrong word.  I think it was Amarathoner who said that it wasn’t dumb just ill advisable.  True. In either case I truly appreciated all of your words and it was so nice to “hear” that you guys don’t think I’m dumb for yesterday. In short, please keep reading and commenting because you guys always surprise me. 🙂

I feel like I am learning so much from you guys.  Not only in training but in perspective.  I love reading your take on how my training is going because you’re not biased in this. Or at least not tooo much.  Sometimes I think I’m too close to my training to be all that objective.

Just to clarify though: I wasn’t really apologizing per se about the run.  I have no regrets at all because it was a confidence booster to me and it felt really good.  I think that if I was hurting during it or if the run was struggling and I pushed extra miles it would be a different story and I would feel badly about “ignoring” the plan (just to note: the plan called for 20-23 yesterday so I wasn’t really going off plan).  But I was referring to all the previous weeks miles accumulating and *that* made the 20 a bad idea.   Oops if that got lost a bit. I worry too much sometimes about what could happen rather than be in the moment. But I felt pumped and invigorated.

Still do in fact.  There was something that just recharged me about the hard effort of yesterday.  I had been complaining talking recently about worrying I was falling into a funk and now it’s like, “Funk? Where?”.  Yesterday also made me realize how MENTAL running is.  Okay so I already knew that but it just hammered that point home for me.  I was thinking last night about how, for the last 5 miles of my 20 mile endeavor, I was running just as fast as what I did for my quality “tempo” (or as I’m calling it: steady state) run on Thursday.  That is just mind boggling to me.  Clearly there’s some sort of mental block with tempo runs that I’m going to try to work through over these next 8 weeks.

Yes, 8 weeks. Because as of tomorrow there is only 2 months exactly until Boston.  Hooollllleeeeeeeerrrrrr.

Very scary.  I still can’t believe that I’ll be toeing the line in Boston. It just doesn’t seem real at all.  How can my training be halfway there??

Every time I get an email about Boston my first impulse is to just delete it.  Crazy, no? And I can’t even bring myself to look at the Boston apparel. Or at least really look at it.  I’ve been daydreaming about buying a jacket but I don’t want to jinx myself! I’m also debating between the men’s or women’s celebration jackets.  Or if I should go for the Supernova in either men or women‘s styles.  I’m thinking celebration men.  I typically don’t like the way women styles hit me (simply because I’m so tall) but I also hesitate with the celebration.  I mean, obviously I’m going to want it after the fact, but it just seems so preemptive.  Any way, any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated like always 🙂

But back to the actual running: despite hammering out the miles like a champ (can I say that and still consider myself modest? Haha) I didn’t feel sore at all.  Therefore I decided to go for a recovery run (and was there ever any doubt?) It went really well, although I wish that sometimes on my recovery run I could dial into the pace I want rather than what my legs want.  Not that it’s a bad thing (and indeed it probably should be my legs that dictate the pace) but I’m so unaccustomed to having my mind not be what’s in control that it still (8 weeks into training) a foreign concept too me.  My HR was nice and low too so obviously my legs know what’s what.

The only bad thing about today’s run was that I noticed a bit on an ache on my right shin.  I think it’s the beginning signs of shin splints so I’m taking precautions to make sure it doesn’t actually develop.  I’ve noticed that this training cycle, because I’m so paranoid about getting hurt from all my miles, that I’ve become very aware of my body’s early signs of potential injuries.  I know that both my achilles or plantar have acted out a bit during this training cycle and once I took preventative measures to make sure they didn’t escalate I’ve been okay and have had no problems since then.  So I’m thinking that this will likely be the same deal-io. And yet again, it’s partly thanks to you guys for keeping me on top of recognizing that I am doing intense stuff.

Okay so I’ve written about 958 words (don’t you just love word count? hah) and nothing too exciting.  Guess that’s just my Sunday for you.  I’ve been busy though! Not only with running but with physics.  I’ve been working on Experimental forever it feels like.  Basically we perform and write up one lab a week.  Doesn’t sound too bad but some of the labs are time consuming and tedious.  And it never ends. The second we hand in one lab we have to start the next.  So that’s where I’m off too now.

Ciao! Hope everyone is recharging their batteries this Sunday 🙂



  1. The jacket is a must have! I ordered mine last year, just so I could get the size I wanted. I too was worried about the jinxing thing, so I didn’t not wear it until I finished! Then for about a week straight afterward it was on….

    Comment by tmart — February 21, 2010 @ 21:08

  2. Not at all surprising that you are so scientific about your training and your aches/pains, you little science goddess. And wow, I also didn’t realize you were so tall! Jealous!

    I was in a bit of a mental running funk a couple of weeks ago and am happy to report it’s GONE.

    Comment by EE — February 21, 2010 @ 21:48

  3. You are right about running being VERY mental. Usually my runs suck if I am not into it.

    Comment by Matt — February 21, 2010 @ 21:58

  4. I have one of the thinner wind jackets (don’t know the names) from a couple years ago… the men’s are totally the way to go for us tall gals. I was debating between a men’s small and medium and the medium ended up being just perfect, the sleeves are actually long enough! Same thing as tmart- I bought it and didn’t let myself wear it until after the race (aren’t marathons all about delayed gratification??)

    Comment by kristinschleicher — February 21, 2010 @ 21:58

  5. you are an insane runner!!! You’ve been killin’ it! Is it best to order apparel ahead of time? I wasn’t sure if I should wait for the expo or not…Obviously if I do decide to order it ahead of time I won’t wear it until after. I was going to order the women’s celebration jacket. Let me know what you decide on! 🙂

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — February 21, 2010 @ 22:15

    • I’m really leaning towards the celebration jacket (but in men’s because I’m so tall). And I definitely plan on ordering ahead of time so that I KNOW I’ll get a size I want. 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 22, 2010 @ 23:20

  6. I mainly write the neck exercises down cause I despise doing them so I try to make myself accountable for them so I won’t get tempted to skip them! I think I’d go for the women’s supanova style!

    Comment by Laura — February 22, 2010 @ 06:20

  7. I wouldn’t call your 20+ run overkill. I think that’s fine. I do think you need to do WHATEVER it takes to make that shin pain go away. Don’t be stupid like me and try to run through it, okay? Trust someone that’s older and been around the block with marathoning. MAKE IT GO AWAY. If that means cutting a run short or taking a rest day, DO IT. Ice, stretch, whatever, but get it taken care of now or it will bite you in the butt on April 19. You’ve worked too hard…

    Comment by Rebecca — February 22, 2010 @ 07:10

  8. Okay, sorry for that Debbie Downer post. I guess b/c I’m injured I am looking at the negative things. Honestly, you’re going to be fine, just be smart, okay? 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca — February 22, 2010 @ 07:11

  9. do you have a crew coming to boston with you????? i forget what your plans are or if you have them planned yet (i think you said not yet)? anyway just wondering!!!! i’m not sure what i’ll be doing- do you need a runner/pacer for any miles of the race? i don’t think my guy friend needs me to run with him (he has had a killer training cycle and is on target for 3:15). i think my sister is volunteering at the finish line!!!!! anyway, i’ll def be there if you need support in any way shape form, i’d be happy to help (xtra water, fuel, anything you might need at the finish line) just lemme know! holllerrrr new week !

    Comment by Lacey — February 22, 2010 @ 10:05

  10. i’m totally with you on the apparel dilemma! i want it allll haha. but i’m also totally superstitious about buying things before a race. but i also want the right size..what to do!! hehe. i think i’m going to go with the women’s supernova, but i’m still debating.

    i was supposed to do 18 yesterday and wound up doing 20.5…i’m not running as many miles in general as you but i shoved most of my training into the back end of this week sooo i feel ya on the feeling like maybe that wasn’t the best idea! i wouldn’t stress about it though – it seems like you’re handling the high mileage really well, and i don’t think adding a couple of miles to your long run is a huge deal.

    ice those shins!!

    Comment by HurdlingHam — February 22, 2010 @ 11:19

  11. I think I did 3 weeks of 20+ mile long runs for San Antonio and everything went just fine, but I took a rest day after each one. Be careful with that shin, especially if it aches throughout the entire run.

    Comment by runjess — February 22, 2010 @ 14:14

  12. Ohhh soo jealous you get to order a jacket! I would definitely order one, don’t think about it. The thought is what jinxes it haha. If you know mens fits better, I’d go with that one and I looovee the black one : )
    As for the shins, my favorite subject..ha. Make sure you stretch your calves!

    Comment by BostonRunner — February 22, 2010 @ 14:25

  13. YOU MUST GET THE JACKET!!! YOU MUST GET THE JACKET!! I don’t care if you sell your books or organs, the Boston gear is hot. I saw a women this morning with a bright yellow jacket and she looked like she was kicking ass. I absolutely see you in crazy amounts of Boston gear. GET THE JACKET!!!!

    Comment by A Marathoner — February 22, 2010 @ 15:37

  14. 20 miles is just crazy. I just can’t even imagine how my legs would feel after something like that. Just take care of yourself and listen to your body!

    Comment by David Dierking — February 22, 2010 @ 15:57

  15. Sorry to hear about your shin pain! Just curious – what preventative measures do you take/did you take for your shin/achilles/plantar? Icing and NSAIDs? Anything else? (Read: please tell me you have a special secret and you will share it!)

    Comment by Alex — February 22, 2010 @ 17:15

  16. You should definitely get something from Boston. I like men styles in a lot of things…they just don’t make the women’s stuff the same. I just want a mens style in girl sizes! Is that too much to ask!??

    take care of that shin.

    Comment by J — February 22, 2010 @ 20:20

  17. I don’t blame you at all for the 20 miler. Actually, a mile or two give or take over the course of 18 or 20 miles isn’t going to make that much of a difference. The only problem is when it gets into a habit where you are running 1-2 miles longer on every single long run then I think it can become somewhat detrimental.

    Glad you are so keen to your body’s needs. That’s always important. Also realize that you’ll have good days in training and you’ll have bad days in training. So don’t get too upset if a particular speedwork isn’t where it’s supposed to be or too hyped up if it is. The body is a dynamic machine. Highly unpredictable.

    I’m glad your training is going well though and you’re feeling great about where you are! Looking forward to Boston for you!

    Comment by The Laminator — February 22, 2010 @ 23:23

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