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March 26, 2010

Whew. TGIF yo!

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Gosh I’ve been a bad blogger! Not only have I gone a couple days without posting but I’ve been neglectful on your blogs. I have been trying to keep up but there have been moments where I just clicked “mark all as read” on my google reader.  Sorry if over the past few days you fell victim to that! I tried to do it as infrequently as possible. But I’ve been turning on my computer as little as possible the past few days.

Because sometimes life is more important than blogs.  Shocking I know 🙂

Where have I gone? You might ask.  Two words: quantum physics.  I got my take home on Monday night and I dropped off all radar for Wednesday and Thursday and this morning/afternoon. It’s been a really grueling exam.  Maybe more time consuming than hard but still.  It wears me down.  Luckily this week was on the light side for my other classes and I was able to dedicate lots of hours to it. Total count? 23 hours.  That’s more than I spend running. Or sleeping for that matter haha 🙂

So what else have I been up too?

  • Foam roller has arrived.  I’m lucky that I had time to hit up the post office and pick it up (plus another pair of shoes. Holler).   Unfortunately I haven’t had the time yet to open the package. (And I’m very encouraged that many of you love your foam rollers and have found it to be a great investment.  Hopefully I can find the time to open the dang package!)

  • PT.  Had session #3 on Thursday.  My right shin’s “bruise” (the only way I can accurately describe the feeling) is less pronounced.  I still don’t really have the range of motion that I want buttttt it’s a start.  The bad thing? I think that the same thing is starting on the left shin.  But I’m in PT so I asked my PT to do a little ice and massage on it so that it doesn’t get worse.  It’s just an inkling (repeat: nothing serious!)
  • Hip exercises & stretching from PT.  Man these are hard! My hips and butt hurt after doing them.

I have also been running too. On Wednesday I went for a recovery run from the Tuesday of intervals.  It was pretty slow but it wasn’t as slow as I anticipated. I went early enough that, while I didn’t see the sun actually rise, I got to still see all the pretty colors of dawn. I also got a good lifting session in the afternoon.  I felt pretty strong doing it which was great.

Thursday was a “tempo” day.  I don’t know what is up with me and tempos but I cannot do one!  I know that there are a lot of factors that go into an “on” day and whatnot and I know that the fact that I’m in Week 4 of training works against me (because I’ve put in lots of weeks.  And many of those weeks have been high miles).  And I think I’m not 100% recovered from my Tuesday sessions on Thursday.

So I recognize that.  That said, I’ve been struggling with consistency this whole cycle with tempos.  I would think that over the course of a cycle there would be a speeding up of the average tempo pace and then, around now, a stalemate or even slight slowing.  All with the same effort level.  But I’ve just been all over the place, and overall I’d say that my fastest tempos (save the tm ones) were in the very beginning of the cycle, so an overall slowing.  I think that after Boston I want to focus on getting a real feel for tempos no matter what distance I end up training for during the summer and fall.

Anyway here’s the data from Thursday:

  • 3.8 mile warm up @ 9:44
  • 7.1 miles tempo @ 7:44
  • 3.8 mile warm down @ 9:16

Total time: 127 minutes 30 seconds
Total distance: 14.7 miles
Average pace: 8:41

Immediately after this run I went to PT. Like I mentioned above, PT is going really well.  I’m not as tender in the right shin (although the left is nagging a bit).  I’m glad that I chose to run before because both shins were sore right after and it was good to get some treatment.

Today was not a good day overall. Well I guess now it’s all good but it was overwhelming to go through.  It started at midnight with me still working on my exam.  And I was being productive but the math was just taking along time.  Eventually I put it away and fell asleep to RAIN.  And I knew that the rain would continue in the morning so I planned on hitting up the gym.  After Thursday with my shins buggin’ a bit I figured the TM would help me baby. So I guess the rain was a good thing in that sense.  Also I was hoping that the rain would help with my allergies.  Nope. Still congested and still lots of bloody noses.  Lovely.

And I’m glad I planned for the TM because it was sleeting when I got up.  Although the weather was so weird: sleet in the early AM, snowy in the late AM and SUN in the PM.  I banged out a fairly quick recovery run (all of my TM runs are faster than outdoors and I figured that with the tempo from Thursday being a bust that I didn’t need as slow of recovery).  My shins were a bit troublesome, mostly the left one (like the one I’m NOT in PT for) but I got to watch the second half of a really cool History Channel special on preserving the Valley Forge National Park and it had cool info about the whole American Revolution.  And then the first part of a “Punishment” special where the focus was on torture.

And then in the PM (clearly procrastinating from the quantum exam) I did some lifting.  I ended up doing my warm up on the elliptical because I was worried about the shin and I’m glad I did because I did try to do some running to warm up and the shins were saying NO.  Nothing to worry about but I knew that it was a smart choice to do something else.  After the warm up and lifting I was able to do the warm down with running 100% pain/tenderness free. So I guess the muscles/tendons needed time after sitting in class/doing my exam all morning.

The rest of my day has been putting in more hours to the exam.  The good new is that I’m done (finished at 19:22 tonight!).  The bad news is that I know I’ve made errors.  But they’re silly errors (like one of my answers is a factor of 2 off and I’m NOT going back and redoing it for something insignificant like that) and I know that I have the process correct of what I’m going to do.  And my professor is fair and has even told me and the rest of the class that the process is the most important and let him catch the small math errors. Fingers crossed that all my hard work (23 hours) is going to pay off!

Whew! That was a marathon of a post.  I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have time to check your email much less blog.  Oh well.  Now I’ve got to go shower because I went running at 0700 and never had the time all day to do it.  It’s going to feel so good to just wash this week off of me.  And then? I’m off to Relay for Life. It started hours ago but my exam was basically my life.  I’m going to slide it under my prof’s door as I head over. Can’t wait until it’s out of my hands!

And check out this giveaway from Racing with Babies and this one from TheHealthNut and this one from Tricia.

Hope everyone is having a great Friday night!


  1. Sounds like an intense exam to say the least. Hope you get to relax & enjoy your weekend a bit. You deserve it!

    Comment by Jenny — March 26, 2010 @ 20:18

  2. I really want you to consider a day off of running. Before you balk at my idea, please listen. I KNOW how you feel about wanting to stick to the schedule and get in that solid training. (Remember, you are mini-me, so I totally GET it.) This is the thing- the shin is a MINOR problem, right? It’s bothersome, but nothing bad enough to sideline you. What if all the shin needs is 24 hours of NOT running. Since the problem is not big, one day rest might send those sore shins AWAY for good. You could bag a recovery run and do a little eliptical, if you felt like you *had* to have that cardio. Just food for thought…

    Comment by Rebecca — March 26, 2010 @ 20:18

  3. I was wondering where you went off to! Wow, that exam sounds nuts! I hope the foam roller works out for you- let us know how it goes. Your workouts sound super impressive as usual. I hope that you have some time to get some R&R this weekend. Good luck with the LR! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — March 26, 2010 @ 21:10

  4. Glad to hear you exam is over and hopefully went well! Although I’m still wondering about your sanity level since you’re taking quantum physics… jk. 🙂

    Have a good weekend!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 26, 2010 @ 22:01

  5. Welcome back 🙂

    It sounds like you need a day off. I am serious! You are really playing with fire here with that shin thing.

    Comment by Matt — March 26, 2010 @ 22:01

  6. Well done for getting the exam done! Hope your shin’s feeling better tomorrow good on ya for going on the elliptical instead of the treadmill 🙂

    Comment by Laura — March 27, 2010 @ 07:18

  7. YAY! for being done with the exam. It sounds like a doozy. + 1 to everyone who said you need a day off. You are a smart girl, and I know that you know- rationally- that a day off is not going to hurt your fitness. I’m glad you listened to your body when it said “elliptical please”, but it sounds like you are right on the edge with that shin thing. We all just want to see you make it to Boston healthy.

    Comment by Chelsea — March 27, 2010 @ 07:59

  8. No worries, mate (Australian poser? Yes.) — I was gone, too. P.S. I got a new foam roller, too. I like it a LOT alotalotalotttt.

    Comment by EE — March 27, 2010 @ 10:13

  9. Your schedule makes my head spin and I have four children, a job, a house, a marathon to train for and fundraising to do!

    Make sure you’re resting those legs! xx

    Comment by Rachael (@karamina) — March 27, 2010 @ 10:20

  10. damn batmannnnnn you have been hard at work. 🙂 your MO. see you tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHhhh!

    Comment by Lacey — March 27, 2010 @ 11:58

  11. Wow, 23 hours. Sounds like you beat me when I had my ode theory take home last quarter. I think I only spent 18 hours on it 😛

    Oh, I changed the address of my blog. New one is

    Comment by Nick — March 27, 2010 @ 12:07

  12. Glad to have you back and congrats on being done with your exam! Have fun at relay for lifee

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 27, 2010 @ 12:42

  13. You must be so relieved to have the exam over! Quantam physics just sounds ridiculously hard so good for you for finishing it!!

    Comment by Ameena — March 27, 2010 @ 16:38

  14. There def. is more to life than blogging! Reading this made me remember how stressful being a student was. I loved LOVED college but I’ve forgotten how much pressure it all is. Kudos to you for balancing the quantum physics with the running!

    Comment by charlotte — March 27, 2010 @ 23:40

  15. Glad you got the roller and new kicks.

    Tempos just suck. No two ways about it. Which just proves that you are doing them right.

    Does week 4 mean this is your max mileage period w/ the taper starting in 7-10 days? Can’t remember.

    Comment by A Marathoner — March 27, 2010 @ 23:50

    • Ooops. Sorry for the delay in replying. Week 4 means 4 weeks to go (Week 16 was the first week of training and Week 1 will be the week prior to the race)

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 30, 2010 @ 16:52

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