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March 4, 2010

Funk & Another TM Tempo

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:36

Awww you guys are soooo nice for saying awesome things about my February mileage! Way too kind.  Each of your comments have made me smile 🙂

Which I’ve been needing lately.  I don’t know what it is exactly but I’ve been in a horrible funk.  I hate making excuses but I think that the grueling semester, grueling training schedule and everything life related has practically beaten me down.  I still have some fight in me (hence why I don’t feel like I’m making excuses completely) but man, it is tough to make myself get going and do what I need to do.  Nothing really serious or anything (I’m not staying in bed all day or anything) but it’s just been difficult to motivate myself.

I think it’s that time of the semester AND of training where this is suppose to happen.  School-wise it’s always tough right before spring break (T-9 days!!).  And running wise I need to keep in mind that I’ve been going at this for almost 10 full weeks. I’ve been pushing and going hard every week (I was going to say every day and that might be true even if it’s not physically hard per se).  It’s that point where the actual race isn’t in sight yet BUT I’m so far into the training program that it’s all I can remember.

So while I feel like I just made a bunch of excuses for why I’m in a funk I’m also being proactive in trying to change it by attempting to sleep more, set myself up for success with my quality runs, and making time to watch my favorite shows with my friends. It’s kind of working which is why I said earlier that I have some fight in me.

Another part of my funk is the weather.  It’s being soooo New England lately.  You know the expression “if you don’t like the weather in New England just wait 5 minutes” Pretty basically what’s been going on and I was told today to not discount how that physically makes me feel (ie crappy). It ended up raining/snowing last night so the roads were slick and wet and I really didn’t want to deal with it.  When I woke up this morning I just KNEW that the weather plus my mood was NOT going to allow me to run my tempo run optimally.

So for the 3rd day (out of 4 for March — which I was told by J that it’s the only day that commands you to do something. Think about it) I was on the TM.  As much as I keep saying I don’t mind the TM I can’t do it so frequently! And I’ve been getting some questions about why I don’t use a track and it’s because my school doesn’t have an outdoor track.  Sure we have an outdoor track team but they have drive to some high school or other college to use for track workouts.  Trust me, I’d sooooooo be using a track if I could.

Anyway, despite my blahhh mood (because I’m sure that I could complain about it foreverrrr if I wanted to) I got in a great workout in.  At least I think it was a good workout, my mind was just kind of floating around so I don’t really remember it haha. BUT I was able to feel really good post workout.

  • 3.5 mile warm up
  • 7.1 mile tempo @ 7:19
  • 3.5 mile warm down

Total time: 112 minutes
Total distance: 14.1 miles
Average pace: 7:56

The tempo miles actually flew by.  I set the TM to manual and inputted 52 minutes which I knew would give me slightly more than 7 miles which I was okay with.  This way I didn’t have to keep checking the clock and could just keep running until the belt started to slow down.  Muy Bueno.

I wanted to push the tempo another mile but I didn’t because my body was at the point where it was time to stop.  This point is soooo subjective but I think that over the course of this training I’ve been able to read my body pretty well so I actually said out loud that I didn’ t need to go further and that doing so would be bad because my body had taken everything it needed out of this workout. Plus, like Tuesday, it was also the point where my ankle / shin was making itself known so it was the smart thing to stop and I even iced immediately after the run (yes it’s a plastic baggie surrounded by an ace bandage. I’m a college kid who is not part of a team, hence makeshift ice wrapping):

And I ran into a girl that I know who is on the swim team and she told me to just walk in boldly to the trainer’s office and ask to be seen.  The one catch is that I would probably have to go during odd hours (like in between practices) because I’m not a school athlete. But she said that I’m working just as hard, if not harder, than some school athletes and that they would likely be willing to check me out.  I’m going to try and fit it in but the hours I’d have to go are weird so I’m not sure at the moment if I’d have a class during that time. But I’m trying to be proactive about it even more than I am already.

And as much as I was kind of dreading the run I felt great afterward, like  I really worked hard. I know that if I were to have tried this outside all my mental stuff would have shown so I set myself up for success again like last week.  Now I totally think the best thing is to do tempos outside (I mean races aren’t done of the TM man) but sometimes I think that the mental aspect of running — ie me running on the TM and keeping my spirits up due to my funk — needs to be put before running in conditions.  I think that I’ve run in enough bad conditions to feel prepped for Boston 😛

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  1. you are un-freaking-believable, running two hours every day! Do you always do it in singles? I think it’s interesting that your tempo days end up being like marathon goal pace even when you take the warm-up and cool-down into account… makes me tired just to think about!

    Comment by kristinschleicher — March 4, 2010 @ 16:46

    • Yup, all singles. I do essentially do double sessions a lot of days with adding in a lift but one run per day

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 5, 2010 @ 21:16

  2. You wouldn’t be in a funk if you would run outside 😉

    I actually wrote a post similar to this yesterday and I think we are in a similar situation.

    Great run by the way! Your tempo killed mine today!

    Comment by Matt — March 4, 2010 @ 16:56

  3. I’d totally take that girl’s advice and go in to see one of the school trainers. If they give you a hard time, start quoting your tuition bill payments? ha ha… But seriously, you rock at the hard work- you deserve the good treatment!

    And I’d blame the funk on the weather. I think by the end of February, we’ve all just had it and are slipping into the winter doldrums. This weekend is supposed to be nice here, so I’m counting on that to pull me out of it, too!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 4, 2010 @ 16:56

  4. Ok ok I apologize about the outdoor track thing. Im sorry you dont have one.

    Good idea to see the trainer. I know that if you go in when they arent busy and are nice they will prolly help you! Its def worth a try! Good luck! And great job on the tempo!

    Oh and if you think your school is hard, I went to a quarter school, we had 10 weeks of classes then finals, then we did it all over again. It was intense!

    Comment by J — March 4, 2010 @ 20:18

  5. Cheer up, dear! You’ll get past this little downer spot soon. Take care of that ankle, too!

    Comment by Rebecca — March 4, 2010 @ 20:28

  6. You never know what’s gonna happen in Boston, and I think you have already faced just about whatever contingency could happen. So despite the uncertainty (which I’m sure you could calculate), you’re set! Go, you! Go, you! I’m proud.

    Comment by EE — March 4, 2010 @ 20:48

  7. Re: going into trainer room – that’s a great suggestion by your friend. It costs nothing and if they tell you no, you lose nothing. I think you did a nice job with the wrap and ice. Also, good workout. It make sense to run on a more forgiving surface since your shin is bothering you and it’s crappy outside. If you can keep rolling on a TM for a bit, go for it.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 4, 2010 @ 22:00

  8. Ah, I’m sorry about the funk…I guess everyone has those days. I have a blogger friend who was in a funk before, and then to get out of it, she made herself try something she’s NEVER done before…for her, it was making a complete Southern dinner! Perhaps you can try something like that?

    Comment by sophia — March 5, 2010 @ 00:18

    • Definitely sounds like a good idea but I have to muster up the motivation to do that! Hahaha 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 5, 2010 @ 21:17

  9. Funks stink! I blame a lot of it on the weather.
    I would definitely take that girls advice and visit the trainer though.

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 5, 2010 @ 04:36

  10. Awesome tempo run as always 🙂

    I would also say to definately go see the trainer, the worst that can happen is him say he doesn’t have time or something like that.

    I’ve been thinking about my treadmill run, maybe it was in km, so annoying! It’s totally messed up my numbers hah, all the machines I’ve ever been on over here have been in miles though so it seems odd, it never said on it either it just said pace and distance…very unhelpful machine haha, oh well at least I did some running even if it wasn’t the planned distance!

    Comment by Laura — March 5, 2010 @ 09:52

  11. Man, I’m going to have to figure out how/if I can program my treadmill to do an automatic slowdown like yours. Staring at the seconds tick down will drive you crazy.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 5, 2010 @ 10:53

    • I don’t know what kind of TM you have but most have a “manual” setting where you can input a bunch of data and it’ll do a countdown for you. I know that the older TMs don’t do this (aka the one that just broke in my moms basement) but anything relatively recent (10 years or so) should have this. As opposed to a “quickstart” which doesn’t ask for any info (like weight, age, time etc)

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 5, 2010 @ 21:20

  12. “It’s that point where the actual race isn’t in sight yet BUT I’m so far into the training program that it’s all I can remember.” – TOTALLY AGREE!! i have been in kind of a funk lately myself, for similar reasons as you. but we are totally going to get through it [only a month or so until taper! woo!!] and kick some ass on race day. 🙂

    fantastic tempo run too, even if you are getting sick of the treadmill!

    Comment by HurdlingHam — March 5, 2010 @ 10:55

  13. You are amazing 🙂 Keep remembering that!

    Comment by marathonmummy — March 5, 2010 @ 10:57

  14. Oh boy, I just had flashbacks to end-of-semester blues in early March, when the weather was horrible and I could barely motivate myself to brush my teeth. It feels like everything is in slow motion during the boring part of the movie (of life). But you can make it through those nine days! I promise!
    I’ll third (fourth?) the trainer idea. They have hours where they have to be there, and if they’re just sitting on their bums, most will be happy to help out an athlete in need.

    Comment by sarah — March 5, 2010 @ 12:21

  15. Dang, this is some heavy mileage. I just discovered your blog and have been reading with great interest… I have a question about your treadmill use because I’ve had to use one a lot to train for my first marathon, which is coming up in a few weeks (sorry if I’ve missed it in earlier posts… there are so many excellent pages of blogging and advice here for me still to go through!)

    When you run on the treadmill for intervals/specific pacing, do you set the grade up to 1.0 in order to better simulate the pacing conditions you’d encounter in running outside?

    Have you seen any of these pace conversion charts by incline for treadmills? Might be some fun numbers to peruse if you haven’t.

    Comment by Cat — March 5, 2010 @ 12:57

    • For my tempo runs I set it to 1%, for intervals .5%, for warm up / down 0% and for recovery runs it depends on how my legs are feeling. Monday was 1% but Friday was .5% because I was feeling more tired. I don’t think TM running will ever equal outdoor running so I mostly do the incline thing to challenge myself.

      Thanks for reading this little ole blog 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 5, 2010 @ 21:22

  16. i think these dark months put us all in a funk. but good for you for trying to get out of it. hopefully the workouts help with that.

    Comment by Denise — March 5, 2010 @ 15:45

  17. Hey love bug!! U walk that booty into the training room and just tell the first trainer u see your symptoms and they will be glad to help u! They will assume u r on track and I am sure they won’t even ask! I used to lay in the training room after practice in my swim suit waiting for the ice bath, I think u should hop in there too! 😉 hehe! I’m so sorry bout your blah mood! U are so talented and smart I know u can make it through this rough time of the semester with good grades and great workouts! Don’t feel alone, I’m in a funky mood too! I’ve been full of attitude cuz I’m sooo tired! We can make it to spring break together!! Haha! I heart u girlie! xoxo!

    Comment by lizzy — March 5, 2010 @ 17:59

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