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March 12, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:44

First off: No I’m not injured (later in the post is an explanation)

Secondly: I didn’t mean for this to be a long post.  Oops. It’s Friday too and I don’t think many people check / read blogs on the weekends (I know my stats tend to drop Friday til Sunday)

Thirdly: Thanks for your insights onto my tempo runs.  I’m glad it makes you guys excited to “hear” that I’m progressing in my training. To answer a few questions posed:

  • My current 10k pr pace is ~7:13.
  • I think it’s silly to run a 7.6 mile tempo at that 10k pace.  A tempo is not a race. BUT…
  • …Yes I think I can push the pace for both 10k races AND tempo.  As evidenced by my TM tempos.
  • I’ve come around to the idea that different tempo lengths can mean variations on tempo pace.  If I was running only 4 miles for the tempo I would have expected
  • I think my HR was so low at the end (when I take my HR) is because I’ve had 7.6 miles to let my heart adjust.  If I were to take it earlier in the run I’d bet it would be higher. And that’s not a me exclusive thing. I’d bet that your ending HR is lower than a mid-tempo HR too.

Okay so I ended up finishing my work pretty early last night.  Yahoo! Around 2100: just in time for The Office! I didn’t think last night was all that funny, sure there were moments but there have been better ones.

Unfortunately even though I was done with my work most of my friends have/had already gone home for spring break.  I am that rare senior / upperclassman who has class on Friday.  Not that I’m truly complaining: it’s Spanish and I absolutely LOVE the class.  But it’s a bummer because the one Thursday that I feel I really could have gone out and not had to think about work is the one Thursday that no one is around. Oh the irony! I would have thought that people would have wanted to go all out partying the Thursday before break.  But I guess that everyone just wanted to get the hell off campus haha.

Not me! Even though I had a morning class I figured I’d stick around and head home after dinner. Because I had so much work to do this week my room is a MESS, I have laundry to do (doing now in fact) and I am in the process of packing for the week now.  I would stay on campus but the dining hall is closed all week and I’m not spending $$ to feed myself.  At least when I go home my mom helps me out a bit so I’m not spending all my money on food.

Onto the running.  So just to recap this week: beautiful weather = more miles than “normal”.  (I admit that my normal is really high! I just want to point out that I realize I’m running a lot and training at a huge level.  I read Sarah’s post this morning about comparing ourselves to others and realized I’m so guilty of it. So I just want to emphasize that what I’m doing is right for me and that what you’re doing is right for you. I don’t think enough bloggers say that.  I know when I read particular blogs I can walk away feeling bad.  So don’t: you’re perfect the way you are 🙂 )

How many more? Well I’m pretty sure that 5 days into my running week has me about 13 or 14 miles more than I had this time last week.  Wowza.  Granted some of those have come because I’ve changed the “warm down” title after my lifting to “second run” but still.  That’s more miles in the logbook.

But I guess the point of me declaring that is this: my body doesn’t feel any worse for the wear.  I’m very excited by this.  My recovery runs this week have fallen between 9:25 – 9:40.  Sure that may be slow to some of you but for me it’s perfect recovery.  Surprising because I’ve felt that I’ve given my quality sessions my all as well. I guess that most people (myself included) would think that by now I should be feeling run down.  And I am kind of, but I can’t tell if it’s the training or the school stress that’s the bigger cause.  I feel pretty worn but I’ve felt like this before when I was wasn’t running so much as it was school related. I guess we’ll see when I don’t have any school stress this upcoming week (for once I have NO work to bring home with me. I think it’s well deserved though)

So more miles + more intensity = feeling good = feeling confident.  Exactly what I need seeing that Boston is only 38 days away (!!!)

Not everything is all bright.  I mean, I’m not injured but I titled my post the way I did because my calves are very tight today.  Like I can feel them when I’m sitting down.  I think it has to do with the tempo I ran yesterday, the extra miles, the OUTDOOR intervals. A culmination of things really. I’ve been stretching and doing all the stuff I want but man are they tight. I really want my massage today but I guess I can wait until Monday 🙂

I feel like I should put a “shin update” out there because I’ve gotten a couple questions about it.  I’ve been really hesitant to mention it again after getting some negative feedback when I talk about it.  I think that lots of people here don’t want to see me get hurt and, while I appreciate that, I feel like what I’ve written about the shin gets misconstrued.

BUT seeing as how I love you guys ( 🙂 ) I’ll say that it’s not any worse at the moment.  Not really better per se but since it’s never been any sort of real problem that doesn’t really mean much.  After a really hard effort I can feel my shin muscles more but it’s NOT PAIN and it’s NOT INJURY. Hahaha.  I have my sports med appointment on Monday so I’ll know more then.  I will say that I’m worried that it’s an injury but the signs my body is giving me is that right now it’s not.  I just want to do everything I can to keep it that way.

So before I go grab my laundry (because I figure if I’m being charged laundry in my tuition payments I’m going to damn well wash my clothes here rather than at home!) : just to recap today (because I rambled hardcore above!):

  • AM: recovery run @ 9:40. My shins were tight and never really wanted to loosen up all the way.  But everything else felt good and, while 9:40 isn’t lightning speed, I felt good and not dragging the whole time. It was a bit raw out but it actually felt a little bit good. But I might be a masochist 🙂
  • PM: Full Body Lift: I think that I’m going to start hating lifting.  Sure I’ve never found it to be pleasant but since I’m not working on getting stronger (the emphasis is on maintaining now) I’m just going to be bored.  I’m also wondering when I should cut it out completely. During the taper? Just during marathon week? Do I cut down from 3 to 2 or 1 sessions at some point?
  • PM: Easy “second run”.  I think this will be the last time this happens though.  The weather is suppose to be not-as-nice as it was this week and I don’t want to do anything stupid.  Sure it’s Monster Month and sure I’m feeling strong during these post-lifting runs butttttt….well but nothing really. I just don’t think I’ll have the time after break to keep doing them.  Priorities and school > running.  Well at least school > running double hahah!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Fridays! And send some good weather vibes my way: it’s looking like it’s going to be RAIN tomorrow.  Sure I know I was spoiled this week with the good weather but I don’t want to move my LR to the TM.  Yeah I know I won’t melt in the rain, and I guess it depends on how heavy the rain is…but I just don’t wanna 😛

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  1. get some compression socks for those tight calves – they really do help, i promise!! 🙂

    have a great spring break!!

    Comment by aron — March 12, 2010 @ 16:51

    • Oh trust me, I’ve been wearing them to bed every night! But I’m losing faith in them, although I shudder to think how tight my calves would be without them… 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 12, 2010 @ 22:10

  2. Ok, I just have to say I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t a big fan of last night’s Office episode, either! It was just “meh”. I assume their thoughts were “well Pam popped out a kid last week, can’t really top that any time soon…”

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 12, 2010 @ 17:08

  3. Sounds like you’re in a great place overall. Have a wonderful spring break!
    I too thought the Office was ‘meh’ at best.

    Comment by Teamarcia — March 12, 2010 @ 17:26

  4. What an uplifting post! I am so glad you are feeling so positive about everything. Yeah the office was a snooze, but last week’s was hilarious so I guess they are allowed.

    Comment by Katerina — March 12, 2010 @ 17:35

  5. I like Jim/Dwight banter, although Dwight’s love for MegaDesk seemed somehow overplayed. Kathy Bates I like, but perhaps not with Steve Carell. 😉

    I loathe packing. It just messes with my torque.

    Comment by EE — March 12, 2010 @ 17:36

    • I ❤ Kathy Bates so I hope she pops up a lot more. And agreed: maybe not with Steve Carrell. I think I'd like to see her banter with Dwight

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 12, 2010 @ 22:11

  6. Glad to hear your shin isn’t getting worse. I can pinpoint the pain in my shin and when I push on that “hot spot,” it really hurts. I can’t even run more than a few steps without it hurting. Think good thoughts for me. Hope the weather stays nice for you tomorrow!

    Comment by Jenny — March 12, 2010 @ 17:58

    • Bummer about your pain! Mine doesn’t seem as localized as yours, maybe that’s a good thing? I’m definitely sending good healing vibes your way!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 12, 2010 @ 22:12

  7. okay so someone i know from middlebury who was in my class and also played bball on the men’s team is on the Office!!!!!!!!!!!! sam daley. he is the red head with the maintenance crew guys. he doesn’t really have any lines but he was in last night’s episode 🙂 i always think it’s so cool when he shows up!!!!

    hooray for march and positivity 🙂 monster month 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — March 12, 2010 @ 18:16

  8. I am a regular reader but not much of a commenter and I don’t have a blog, but I study kinesiology and your note about your heart rate being lower after the tempo caught my interest. Actually, it would be expected that your heart rate would be slightly higher at the end of the tempo due to a phenomenon called cardiac drift. Factors affecting it are dehydration and muscle activation, both of which increase as exercise continues. Thought that might be of interest to you! more info:

    thanks for a great blog, you and I are actually quite similar in our paces and training goals! keep up the good work 🙂

    Comment by Abby — March 12, 2010 @ 19:06

    • Really? That’s so interesting. I’m definitely going to look into that as I’ve always thought/told that my HR would be lower at the end of a run because your body gets more efficient as the run goes on. And I’ve always noticed that my HR is on the low side after all my runs. Does that make me weird? HAha. Thanks for the info and I’ll totally check it out! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 12, 2010 @ 22:17

  9. Get some OXYSOX! I am wearing mine right now!

    Comment by Matt — March 12, 2010 @ 19:43

  10. SO jealous that you are on spring break!!! I was totally the science nerd that had the off-schedule than every other upperclassmen due to labs…bahh, but atleast you are being semi-productive! Agree on the different tempo bases based upon distance – I have a short, mid, and long tempo pace that I am for depending on the distance.

    Comment by Running on Faith — March 12, 2010 @ 19:53

  11. The biggest challenge for me as a woman is listening to my body and NOT to my head. You go GIRL!

    Comment by specialkphd — March 13, 2010 @ 03:19

  12. Enjoy your break from school! Thanks for the reminder about not comparing ourselves to others. There is always someone out there faster and better. Why bother playing the compare game? We’re all out here to be the best WE can be.

    Comment by Rebecca — March 13, 2010 @ 07:04

  13. I wish I was on spring break! I don’t miss school but I definitely miss the great breaks! Enjoy and don’t worry about comparing yourself. You are rocking it out of the park!

    Comment by Ameena — March 13, 2010 @ 09:52

  14. I totally get what you mean about comparing yourself to other blogs, I do it all the time with running and think oh my god I’m so slow and I barely run but it’s good to have a reminder that we are doing what is right for us!

    Comment by Laura — March 13, 2010 @ 12:59

  15. You of all people should not compare yourself to anyone. You are a beast. You know your body and are committed. BTW – have you started to think about how you will fill the time during taper week? You operate at maximum busy level, so I was wondering how you plan to deal with the madness.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 13, 2010 @ 14:34

    • I know that week will be crazy with me trying to get my capstone presentation done (my presentation is theoretically going to be later that week or early the week after) but I was just thinking about the taper recently. I need to get a game plan together. But my life is maximum busy even if I cut out the running so I think that I’ll end up being okay. I never had taper madness last cycle!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 13, 2010 @ 19:06

  16. It must be the weather because I ran my weekly mileage in 3 days! opps! Oh well I am feeling good so I guess its ok and my calves have been tight too! Plus my quads were actually sore after my double run! Hope you are enjoying your spring break and getting some rest!

    Comment by J — March 13, 2010 @ 16:05

  17. Yay! for spring break. All the Kathy Bates comments on The Office about Tallahassee crack me up because that’s where I was born. She made a joke about Chinese food there, and I laughed so loud because it reminded me of a funny story my parents tell about a Chinese restaurant they went to when they were living in Tallahassee.

    Comment by Chelsea — March 13, 2010 @ 16:50

  18. ohhh so lucky your spring break is here!! I still have two more weeks! 😦 soooo glad to hear that your body is doing well with the increase in mileage…sunny weather is definitely a legit reason to add more miles 😉 ahhh it’s finally sunny here today!! I hope your weather is GOOD! and that you are enjoying your weekend!! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — March 13, 2010 @ 17:55

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