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March 18, 2010

Ehhhhh. And *THAT’S* my GMP?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:31

I loved reading all your thoughts on my last post regarding marathon age. Many of you had some great thoughts and while I go back and forth as to the whole “Should I be marathoning now? Is it right for me at the moment?” I thought you guys had some great insight and wise words that will be in the back of my head.  Granted the whole question/debate thing isn’t something that consumes my thoughts but every once in awhile it pops into my head and it’s really nice to have other opinions.

Today was met with an “eh”. Since I’m home and always want to lug the least amount of stuff from school to here, I opted to leave my clock radio back at school.  Which leaves me clockless at home.  Yes I set my alarm on my cell phone but in the middle of the night I’m sure as heck not getting out of bed to satisfy my curiosity.

Sidenote: The line “curiouser and curiouser” just popped into my head.  Alice in Wonderland was pretty darn good and I’d recommend seeing it.   Maybe I’m skewed because I saw it in IMAX 3-D though which can make any movie good. I wouldn’t see it again but I was happy that I did see it.  Definitely worth the money.

Anyway the whole point of my talking about the clock was that I woke up sometime before my alarm.  It was light outside so I knew it had to be post-7 but since my alarm hadn’t gone off yet it wasn’t quite 0730.  But since I am lazy I wasn’t going to get up to check my cell.  It was really nice to wake up by myself and I think I got 9 hours (!!) I can’t remember the last time I got 9 hours of sleep.  Way too long.

Silly me though didn’t realize that Thursday = only day of break with no real obligations aka no appointments.  So I still decided to tackle the tempo run I had on tap first thing.  Who knows if things would have turned out differently if I had given myself sometime to wake up, eat a little etc.  Then again the weather got warm again today and that might have let the run play out similarly as my body isn’t used to the extreme changes in temp.  I need some time to adapt!

In any case the tempo flew out the window and was replaced by a GMP run.  Part of it was the length of the actual workout portion.  I thought that 2 of my running routes were cleared of water / not affected.  Apparently I was wrong and severely underestimated how much rain we got.  Yes I can quote the number but it doesn’t really mean anything until you’re faced with knee deep water in the roads. Or as was the case with me. So I had to make an adjustment which tacked on more miles than I was planning.

Without further ado here it is:

  • 3.1 mile warm up @ 10:12
  • 7.8 mile GMP @ 7:59
  • 3.1 mile warm down @ 9:01

In complete contrast to yesterday’s workout where I felt so sluggish but was pleasantly surprised by a good pace. Although I guess I shouldn’t say complete contrast because I knew I wasn’t hauling for a tempo pace.  Part of it was the length, I’m pretty sure I dipped slow during the mid miles before finding the Last Mile Party.  And part of it was the damned hills around me. I know I don’t live in a really hilly area but where I was forced to run today had some pretty considerable ones.  I’m not used to it.

But good Boston training 😉

So while I’m pissed that I couldn’t do a solid tempo I’m okay with the workout as a whole.  It was another steady-state run.  Both with the pace and the distance.  Much longer than what I wanted to do tempo-wise so I guess it was a good thing that the pace responded as well. I will say, though, that it did feel semi-hard.  Not quite sure when I said that 3:29:59 was my goal that I really thought it through.  Hold that pace for a marathon? HA. So I have to just put my trust in the fact that I’ll be able to run 26.2 miles at that pace. I know factors leading up to the race will play a role buttt it’s just so hard to believe that it’ll happen that way.

And before I go finish packing (because yes I’m going back to school tonight. It’s like getmeouttahere!!) I want to mention that I have my first PT appointment tomorrow.  I keep being amazed at how fast I’m able to be getting into to see people about my shin/ankle.  It’s an evaluation appointment so it’ll mostly be the PT getting familiar with me and my specific problems but I’m sure that I’ll gain something from it right off the back knowledge/info wise.  And I’m really looking forward to the e-stim that they’re going to do 🙂

Because I got a second massage today and I think that some more layers of the tightness onion have been peeled.  My calves are still hard as rocks but there is some softening which is good.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some more of that out on my own and with the help of PT.  Plus she was able to spend sometime on the “bum ankle” and I think that whatever she did on Monday was really positive because she said she could notice a difference in the sight of it ie) less puffy.  And the area was less tender.  So I’m thinking that the combo of her massage + ice + ibuprofen + compression socks at night really are making a difference.

And I’ll leave you with that as I really should go pack hah! I’m not even going to proofread this sucker so I apologize for any spelling or grammatical stuff 😛


  1. I know how it feels to wonder how the heck is it possible to maintain GMP for a whole marathon when running half as far at that pace seems less than easy. The last few runs at GMP before I hit my taper last year were doable but not as easy as I’d hoped. Dialing back the volume and quality work in those few weeks of taper go a LONG way towards helping the legs be fresh enough to hold it for a full marathon on race day. There’s a lot of trust in yourself and your training involved in that.

    Comment by runningmanz — March 18, 2010 @ 19:33

  2. To add to the work that the massage and PT will do, I really really REALLY recommend the foam roller!! (1) It is cheap and (2) you can really target different muscle groups! You will feel so so much better after! 🙂

    Comment by Running on Faith — March 18, 2010 @ 19:40

    • I totally just bought one last night spur of the moment. It’s on its way to me now 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 19, 2010 @ 19:58

  3. great GMP workout! you make it look easy. some days some paces are harder than others. steady state run? “tempo”? it totally can be on a day-to-day basis for me what i classify as each of those things. altho “goal” paces will always kinda “hover” over me 🙂

    good luck at PT!!!!!

    Comment by Lacey — March 18, 2010 @ 21:07

  4. E-stim is awesome! I had that on my knee is felt really cool.

    Comment by Matt — March 18, 2010 @ 22:11

  5. Reading about your 9 hours of sleep is making ME seriously sleepy:) Jealous! Anyhow, congrats on the great run!

    Comment by charlotte — March 18, 2010 @ 22:43

  6. Believe in yourself, you’re an awesome runner and I’m sure the goal you’ve set yourself for Boston is attainable.

    I think my dad wants to go see Alice in Wonderland at the imax so a road trip might be in order, I’ve never been to the imax before and that film looks cool!

    Comment by Laura — March 19, 2010 @ 03:56

  7. Some days that pace may be hard and some days that pace may be easy. I am sure on race day you will be ready. Its part mental and physical and I am sure that you will be ready. Just believe in your self and keep on training! For my race last summer, a 15k (ok so not even close to a marathon but still) I ran most of my long runs (6,7,8,9 miles) at 815 minute pace or even above to 830 pace. I did speed work, etc etc. Then on race day I ran a 7:51 pace for the race. I was happy with it because i wanted a 8 minute pace and with the slower running i have built up my endurance and also my speed. So theres my other story of how running slower works! Now go get ’em and enjoy your weekend!

    Comment by J — March 19, 2010 @ 11:13

    • Oh yes I totally believe in that too. But in the moment it’s so hard to trust haha! Thanks for the extra reminder of it, it makes me feel good to hear it 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 19, 2010 @ 19:59

  8. awwwww MASSAGE=da bomb!!! I hope you had a safe trip back to school….I think you should have turned it into a little farther of a trip and just came over here to CA!!!!! GOOD LUCK at you PT appointment!!!….I hope it goes well and that you hear nothing but GOOD NEWS! loveeeeeee u Sista! xoxo!!!

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

  9. How come you make this look so easy? The seemless description belies the sweat behind it. Do you ever tire of the pace and attention required?
    And the release in your muscles you may find in your massage allow a greater hold in the earth beneath you.

    Comment by Special K — March 19, 2010 @ 16:31

  10. Oh a massage can do wonders! That and I second the suggestion of a foam roller. I have no idea how to use one but people tell me they work miracles!

    Comment by Ameena — March 19, 2010 @ 16:40

  11. Goodness gracious, you are a hard worker. i mean, duh, but I had to put it out there. I’ve never had a sports massage (i have a thing with touchy feely…). Do you think it really makes a long-term difference? I have this gift certificate to cash in or give away.

    Comment by sarah — March 19, 2010 @ 17:15

    • I totally think it makes some type of difference. Not quite sure how it impacts my running directly but my muscles just feel sooo good after and my body and mind just relax. I leave the sessions so zen which I’m sure has it’s own benefits. I would definitely say to use that certificate for yourself. Even if it doesn’t make a difference for running it’ll be a good all around thing 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 19, 2010 @ 20:03

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