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March 2, 2010

Tuesday Off-ness But Still BAMF

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:29

Hey all. Glad you liked my random facts and my truth vs lie stuff the other day.  I expect to be seeing you guys do it too 😉 And thanks for telling me great it is that I turned my life around.  I guess I don’t tend to think about it like that but I suppose my life could have easily gone a very bad way.  I suppose I don’t give myself enough credit.  So that’s what I count on you for 😛

Today is Tuesday and that means….well you know.

Going into today’s workout I didn’t really feel all that great.  Not exactly sickness or anything.  Just an off-ness. I think there has been a lot of non-running stress in my life right now (that I don’t blog about) that’s just weighing on me.  Couple that with lots of school work, the work itself not necessarily the stress surrounding it (spring break = T-10 days yippee!) and that blah feeling is definitely understandable.  I hate looking forward and wishing time would go faster as it’s my last semester but I’m feeling worn down and totally need the rest it will (hopefully) bring.

Even with that disclaimer I still rocked the workout.  I think that it was really challenging and I definitely nailed it.  My mind wasn’t 100% there though.  Don’t really know where it was but it wasn’t in my stress either. Very good. And since I really liked showing you the picture of my workout like I did last week here it is again:

Pretty intense, no? Here’s the overall rundown because I obviously don’t know how it’s all going down before I step foot on the TM and don’t actually write down the totals because I can easily do it in my head (oh the joy of being really good at math haha):

  • 17.2 miles (TM distance PR hollllleeeeeer)
  • 138.5 minutes
  • 8:02 average pace

Again, not quite sure how I feel about the workout.  I worked hard, felt my heart pumping when it should etc. but I look at the stats and, while impressive, feel like a bit much.  Maybe all you guys telling me I’m doing too much is wearing off on me.  But it’s not like I set out to go so far.  It just happened. And as Amarathoner said recently “I assume this is a good thing as it indicates that I am not “forcing” or junking up the workouts.”

That said by the end of the workout my ankle/shin was starting to bug me so today was right on the edge of too much.  I’ve still been diligent with stretching, strengthening, ibuprofen and *gasp* I’ve been icing (sporadically but the thought is there).  This is the first flare up in almost a week so I’m not too worried.

Another reason I’m not too worried about the length of the run is that Boston is so close. I mean, it is T-48 days (<7 weeks) so the next 4 weeks make up Monster Month.  What better way to kick it off than with today’s intensity? At this point intensity is a given and every mile today did have a purpose.

Although with all the intensity lately I have a toenail that is dangerously close to falling off.  It’s all black and tender now so it could go either way.  I told one of my friends this and she was like “girl you loose soooooo many toes”.  In reality I’ve only lost 2 in my life (and only 1 of them was due to running).  I have had about a dozen or so black toes but they didn’t ever fall off.  But I’m into dramatics so my friends probably think my feet are falling off or something.  I was going to post a picture butttttt I figured I gauged people’s interests before I subjected you to that 🙂

And despite what I said about my mind not really being into it my body was.  Kind of.  The last time I did this workout I did the 1200m @ 7:13 because it was my 10k race pace.  I figured that since I did my mile repeats at that pace 2 weeks ago that I could bump up the pace 0:05.  Not a huge leap but enough to feel a challenge.  And it sort of did.  Maybe not at first but as Lacey has said (and I think Elliot told her)”It’s all about being consistent until the last one” .  Basically I could have gone faster for the first ones but then I would have crashed and burned.  Defeating the whole purpose of the run.

My thinking, though with the 0:05 increase, was that my pace *should* be increasing as I get into better and better shape.  And obviously my theory is appearing to be correct because my body totally handled it.  I debated throwing in another interval but that definitely would have been pushing things too far.  At the end of 7 my legs were tired but not exhausted.  Another one probably would have trashed them.

And I still had hills to do.  The more I tackle these suckers the more confident I’m getting with them.  Heartbreak Hill: Here I come!!  The 8% ones were pretty tough but I knew this from past experience and planned for equal recovery time just because that’s how it’s been going down recently anyway.   I felt at some points I was going to fly off the end of the treadmill (obviously I didn’t. But man, that would make a GREAT story!!)

Speaking of the TM, I got the worst case of TM guilt today.  As you’ve probably figured out I am totally not a TM hater. I even wrote a post about why the TM is useful. That said, I more or less want the weather on the days I’m TM-ing it up to be crappy so I don’t feel like I’m wasting the day.  Not the case today.  It was a high of 47*, sunny and minimal wind.  More like a gentle breeze.  Now, it’s not like  the weather is going to do a 180* on me (well *knockonwood*) but so far the weather forecast is looking like — dare I say it — SPRING.  Mid 40s and sun.  So I plan of getting outside lots.  But still I hate the fact that I was stuck inside because I don’t have access to an outdoor track.  *LESIGH*.  I did have an open window next to me and a very nice breeze but c’est la vie I suppose.

Ohhhhh I just spoke in French which reminds me: “Mesa de espanol” (aka spanish table) might be getting moved to Wednesdays.  Which means I can go!! Currently it’s on Mondays and Mondays = no time to think let alone add another activity.  Fingers crossed this happens (although it’s run by TAs and not the school so it’s muy informal and probably will happen).

Okay so now I need to start all my homework because…it’s LOST!!! Some of my chicas and I are having a Quantum party beforehand buttttttt there may or may not be a stack of work in front of me right now that is calling my name.  I probably should answer.

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! And I’m almost done with my February totaling and it should be going up tomorrow if I can just do the final rundown calculations.


  1. Good work on dominating the workout! I hate that “off” feeling. I’m happy to be exercising, but the “off” feeling sometimes gets the best of me and I cut it short… so way to go for getting through!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 2, 2010 @ 19:46

  2. Woo hoo to that workout! Looks amazing! And I love your ‘numbers obsessed’ mind- you break everything down so much, that is hard core in itself! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — March 2, 2010 @ 20:43

  3. 17.2 on the treadmill? AMAZING. You are a mentally tough rockstar! Great run!

    Comment by pen — March 2, 2010 @ 20:45

  4. Is a quantum party physics-related, or just a packet of party time?

    Sweet job on the workout. Monster Month is gonna rock.

    Comment by EE — March 2, 2010 @ 20:59

    • Bwahaha. I’m totally going to use that line in the future 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 3, 2010 @ 19:15

  5. I have no idea how you can run that far on a TM. And you are doing it voluntarily!

    Comment by Matt — March 2, 2010 @ 21:11

  6. Wow. I can’t last 3 miles on the treadmill…I get SO bored! You seriously need some great strong will to do that!

    Comment by sophia — March 2, 2010 @ 23:22

  7. Sounds like some great work even though you weren’t feeling too great at the beginning! Hope things start to get better and less stressful for you. Just watched LOST!! I’m addicted, can’t wait to watch it from the first season to the last once it’s all out on boxset too, hope you enjoyed your night.

    Comment by Laura — March 3, 2010 @ 05:17

  8. Ugh, sorry about the toenail. I just got my first pedicure ever (i know…i’m so not girly), and the lady was in shock over how gross my feet were!

    Comment by kathleennnn — March 3, 2010 @ 10:29

    • I’ve never had a pedicure due to that fact. And because I’d likely ruin it within a day or so hah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 3, 2010 @ 19:16

  9. holy crapola!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TM distance PR and general BAMFness and yep you just keep on keepin’ on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! way to go. at that pace for that distance… you are amazing.

    Comment by Lacey — March 3, 2010 @ 10:57

  10. I am so amazed by your treadmill run! I can barely get through 3 miles and then boredeom + my knees force me to quit. Awesome job!!

    Comment by Ameena — March 3, 2010 @ 11:08

  11. It sounds like you stopped at the right time with the intervals. I’ve always been told that a good time to stop a workout is right when you know you could do one more. Hope your toenail hangs in there! Although do you think you’d get a discount for a nine-toenailed pedicure?

    Comment by sarah — March 3, 2010 @ 13:20

    • I doubt it. Although I’ve heard of places charging MORE for extra callused (ie runner/dancer) feet. Which is BS so I kind of want to seek one of those places out and boldly ask for a 9-toenailed discount haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 3, 2010 @ 19:17

  12. You’ve had two toes fall off!!! Maybe you should see a doctor! (j/k- I know you meant toenails. I thought it was kind of funny because I deal with data where people’s toes are coming off.)

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 3, 2010 @ 13:23

    • Bwahahah I totally didn’t catch that. Too funny. Although there was a time when I did think I was going to lose one of my toes! (And that was the non-running related toenail coming off)

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 3, 2010 @ 19:18

  13. I think my treadmill PR is only 10 miles. That used to impress me. 😉

    The ice will help more than the ibuprofen, especially if you do it right after the run.

    Comment by runjess — March 3, 2010 @ 15:17

  14. Just make sure you’re priorities are in the right place! Homework will always be there but Lost is only on once a week!

    Comment by David Dierking — March 3, 2010 @ 16:10

  15. That’s a big workout. Excellent job. As a reward, tomorrow you should have an extremely slow recovery run!

    I have never tracked this but I wonder is there a correlation between a clear or clogged head and a successful run. I don’t have an answer. There are days when running is truly therapeutic from life’s clutter and other days when a clear head has led to a sub-par run. Not sure.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 3, 2010 @ 17:06

    • Yup. My recovery run this morning was definitely nothing more than a crawl! Means I did something right yesterday I guess

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 3, 2010 @ 19:19

  16. Ah I feel so behind in your life after being away! A February recap was just what I needed! Your mileage is crazy I love it. I also loved your true/false game, I totally think sometimes people are better off going crazy in high school and getting it out of the system : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 4, 2010 @ 10:50

  17. You run more miles in a week than I do in a month. Isn’t it strange when you look back and add everything up, you feel WOW, how come I didn’t give myself more props DURING this rather than after? Seriously, all this training AND school AND relationships AND your blog. You are such an amazing person. Where are you running toward?

    Comment by specialkphd — March 4, 2010 @ 11:46

  18. Girl if it was 47 degrees out why didnt you do this workout on the track! I mean doesnt your college have a track!!?? I know you love the treadmill but have you tried the track???? anyway – great job on the workout, I have been meaning to do some 1000m repeats but its like 0.62 miles and thats like 0.12 greater than the 800m and I hate 800m and yeah i am just making excuses!

    Comment by J — March 4, 2010 @ 12:23

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