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February 23, 2010

Intervals and Hills. Because It’s Tuesday.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:29

Another sleepless night for me.  Well that’s not true I ended up with about 6 hours.  But 6 =/= 9 which is what my body wants/needs.  Which maybe a bit ridiculous to ask of a college student but hey, the body wants what it wants you know? I mean, I did get A LOT done last night which was great but I actually woke up to my alarm which NEVER happens.  And I was in the middle of a very weird dream where I was at an indoor pool party with Lacey and her entire family.  Kind of like her family reunion and I was a party crasher. Hahah.

I keep meaning to mention this but I was awarded the Sunshine Award by EE and Laura (and maybe someone else but I have a terrible memory and can’t seem to find it looking at old posts in google reader)

And I tag all of you because EVERYONE could use more sunshine in their lives 🙂

Additionally I wanted to cheer more people up too.  Anyone ever heard of Operation Beautiful? If not you can go to their site because I’m sure they have a better description than the one that I’m going to give: people put up post-its telling others how beautiful and awesome they are.  So I did that today at the gym and here’s what I put up and hopefully it’ll brighten lots of people’s days at the gym (and I just realized I spelled independent wrong! Oops, I feel embarrassed)

And on to today for me.  I have a love/hate relationship with Tuesdays.  Obviously I love that I only have one 50 minute class.  But I hate that it’s at 0830 (when I’d rather be running).  I love running fast and getting that BAMF feeling after an interval workout.  But I hate that I’m scared of them.

Rather than type out my workout for you I figured I’d take advantage of my new camera and snap a pic of the workout.  I take sheets of yellow memo paper and write out my workout the night before.  I don’t know how well you can see but the stuff in black is the prescribed workout, or at least the template.  The pencil marking are calculations (like distance, pace, time etc) and the Red is what actually goes down:

So before I jump into how I felt over this workout I want to do a shin update (which the discomfort is right where the shin meets the ankle for those of you who have asked) because last night I was really worried about it.  Not anything specific per se like “OMFG I’m in pain” but rather “How is this going to affect my intervals? My hills? My tempo? The next 8 weeks?”

You see, I’m never quite sure when it’s appropriate to back off of running and when it’s okay to push through with regards to pain.  I have a VERY high tolerance to pain: I never even took OTC painkillers after getting my wisdom teeth extracted.  In fact I was eating solid food within hours and out doing intervals the very next day.  So I guess the questions on my mind were more of the natural of if I *should* run rather than if I was *capable* of running.

I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up pain free this morning.  And I do want to clarify that I was never in pain well maybe I was with my high tolerance but it was never real pain for me. Now that’s not to say the discomfort wasn’t there after walking around a bit but I think the “alphabet” exercises and the stretching of my calf made a world of difference.  Funny how I never would have thought to stretch my calf but thanks BostonRunner for the tip!

Even so I was mildly worried that my shin was going to snap in two trying to do the workout above.  Not because of anything real but just because my imagination loves to run wild on me like that.  I did tell myself that if after the warmup I was feeling uncomfortable I could bag it.  Clearly, because you have seen the picture, I didn’t and my shin discomfort was very minor the whole time, mostly though between the intervals and re-starting with the hills.

I think that because I went into this workout with a “let’s see what happens” attitude that it went better than it otherwise would have because there was no real pressure.  Last week’s session I felt like I was at the end of the TM belt the whole time struggling to run in a straight line and this week I felt good with the paces maybe a bit too easy for the 800m and 600m, although the 200m pace was a bit tough by the end.  I might have to re-evaluate what 10k pace means.  I’m 99.99% sure I’m doing a St. Patty’s Day 10k so that would be a good test. I thought about going for 4 sets but by the end of the 3rd my legs were happy enough so I made a bathroom break and then reloaded for the hills.

Okay so as much as I’d love to say that the hills were great this week…well they were after the fact but man, they were TOUGH.  I upped the pace I typically do them at to my current MP (~820) and that combined with an annoyed shin made for a long session.  I’m sure here was the point where I should have said “I’m done” but I had come so far into the workout that I felt compelled to finish.  Again, I wasn’t in pain but my shin/ankle did let it be known that it didn’t like the hills too much. When I was done with the hills though it was such a euphoric experience.  I felt like I had just beasted it.  Not only did I do some challenging hill work but I did it at a BQ pace.  Very positive.  I’d like to work that down to GMP but I’m right where I need to be at the moment.  A very validating feeling.

So with that said I felt like such a champ when I was through.  Today was a TOUGH workout.  And as much as I complained about my shin I do want to re-iterate that it’s NOT an injury (at least at this point) but just a nagging ache that I need to watch. The ache comes and goes and right now I’m in no discomfort but that might change though when I try to get up as I’ve been sitting for awhile now.

I’ll leave you with another picture, this one of me when I was done the workout.  Please excuse the crazy eyes but I did just finish a stellar workout.  And the monster hands.  Are my hands really that big? I think it’s just the way the camera was angled. Sadly I don’t think you can see it very well in the picture but my entire tank top is drenched in sweat.  But that’s what you get I guess. Oops, I don’t think I wrote down the final stats of the run so here they are as well:

  • 16.5 miles
  • 134 minutes
  • 8:07 average pace

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday.  I’m trying to work like a mad-woman because tonight is LOST and I soooo badly want to watch it live!!

Oh and also as I got some comments about the weather yesterday: 45* in February is AMAZING weather.  We’ve definitely gotten down to the single digits before and probably an overnight low in the negatives.  It always amazes me how relative weather is because I know some of you have MUCH worse winters and others think that 45* is worth bundling up for.  And still no sign of the rain/snow that was predicted.  Hopefully it stays that way! Unlikely but I can hope 🙂



  1. The word “independent” got me taken out of a spelling bee once…

    Obviously, I’m still a little bitter. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 23, 2010 @ 16:35

  2. Bamf workout. Your confidence/spirits seem to be back, which is awesome. Marathon training seems like a life unto itself with so many ups and downs. Also, very happy the camera is working order. 🙂

    Comment by a marathoner — February 23, 2010 @ 16:56

  3. BAMF!

    I just got all my work done today so I can watch LOST tonight 🙂

    Comment by Matt — February 23, 2010 @ 17:56

  4. cute camera!!!!!!!!!!!!! i like it i like it 🙂 i have it in aquaaaaa… love the op beautiful note i am 110% on board with that campaign!!! way to spread the love 🙂

    NICE JOB on your workout. i totally clicked on your picture to see your workout up close and personal. lol. it was an exercise for my brain cells going over your notes. loved it. great job. way to push through.

    Comment by Lacey — February 23, 2010 @ 18:41

  5. I love operation beautiful! Great run today, love the smiley picture 🙂

    Comment by Laura — February 23, 2010 @ 18:57

  6. I LOVE the camera!!! soooo cute! I seriously can’t believe how hardcore your interval workouts are!!…seriously beyond stud-status! whyyy are you not sleeping!??? haha…life getting in the way of sleep is occurring over here too! I could never live in your freezing temps…i’m a warm climate creature! our weather keep shifting back and forth between perfectly sunny and thunderstorms/pouring rain! ick! I hope you’re having a great week, and get the whole 9-hours tonight! 🙂 xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — February 23, 2010 @ 19:43

  7. Very All-American athlete picture. I love glimpses of your life, especially seeing the joy that your running brings you.

    Comment by EE — February 23, 2010 @ 19:45

  8. Great job on the run today and I loovee the new camera!
    ps. I was the other person who gave you the sunshine award : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — February 23, 2010 @ 20:20

  9. Impressive run and workout. I feel so lazy….

    Comment by Christina — February 23, 2010 @ 20:41

  10. I was just wondering what you looked like! I always come up with these ideas of who a person is based on their writing and I am always way off!

    Glad the shin made it through that INSANE workout! You are my inspiration! I dont know how you do it! And seriously that is a great workout. Ill be adding that to my list of Fun interval workouts to do! The new camera is so cute! I love the pink! And I was dripping with sweat after my interval run. I even had a cold shower and still felt like i was sweating.

    Comment by Joanna — February 23, 2010 @ 20:51

  11. How do you manage to look so cute after such an intense workout??? I would seriously look disgustingly drenched in sweet haha. Awesome job on the mileage and don’t worry about the spelling independent wrong, I totally would have done the same thing;)

    Comment by Ada — February 23, 2010 @ 21:26

  12. I love that website and your post it. You are such a wonderful inspiration.

    Also, I want your abs. 🙂

    Comment by runningfiance — February 23, 2010 @ 23:36

  13. Cool new camera! I too wish I look as good as you when I’m done with a run/workout.

    Comment by Ameena — February 24, 2010 @ 11:39

  14. Beautiful photo, great job!

    Comment by Kim — February 24, 2010 @ 11:50

  15. No pain killers!! WHAT?! Go you. I was down for the count when I got my wisdom teeth out. Literally. Horrible story – had a panic attack under nitrous oxide so I was knocked out, then allergic reaction to the antibiotics…so found myself in the ER that night. That was 10 years ago, but I do not forget a MOMENT of it!!

    Nice runs too!

    Comment by Running on Faith — February 25, 2010 @ 00:42

  16. Nice workout! Just keep an eye on the pain and make sure it doesn’t escalate to the point where it affects your stride or your walking. Good work on the ‘mill!

    Comment by The Laminator — February 25, 2010 @ 10:54

  17. As always, your progress is astounding and inspirational, but take great care with those aches and pains. You could be really close to pushing it a wee bit too hard and breaking down, and this would not be good for you. It’s always the last, smallest straw that breaks the camel’s back, as they say. You can still be a BAMF, but a wise one who steers clear of injury. Then you’ll be the baddest BAMF of all!

    Comment by Ian — February 28, 2010 @ 09:59

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