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May 10, 2010

Not As Bad As I Thought

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:00

[ETA: Oops to forgetting to post this up Sunday when I finished writing it! I swear it was ready to go that afternoon! That’s what I (and you) get when all you want to do is take advantage of free time before the craziness of finals week starts hahah.  I tried to go back and edit so it sounds like I wrote it today but I really wrote it Sunday.]

Definitely not as sore as I thought I’d be after my lifting session Saturday[ETA: Well Sunday morning when I got up this was the case.  As time has gone on the soreness factor has increased a bit but I’m not sure how much is lifting and how much is the LR that I did].  And I’m glad that I chose to hit up the gym, because the weather was soooo spazzy: one minute nothing then the next downpouring to clear again.  That’s not even mentioning the random thunder and lightning that cropped up.  I can handle the rain / heavy rain but I’m terrified on thunderstorms so that would not have been good.  Plus I don’ t think it’s all that smart to be running in that kind of storm 😉

But the gym was good.  I did my “typical” lifting routine (found here) sandwiched between some elliptical and some treadmill action as warming up and down.  I kept the weights on the light side because, like I mentioned yesterday, it has been a good 4-5 weeks since I last hit the weights.  I think I used the correct weights for my legs (oh hey there hamstrings!) but I probably under did it with the arms as I’m really not feeling any effects of the session.

My process of choosing the weights was take the weights I was using during training and go down one.  I don’t think I lost as much fitness as I think I did because my body isn’t omg-I-can’t-move sore.  More of an okay-hello-muscles sore.  I’m debating whether to increase my weights next time or keep it at the lower ones for another couple of sessions.

In a way it’s good that I’m not as sore as I was anticipating because my long run was pushed off to Sunday. It felt really weird to not do a Saturday long run because that’s what I’ve been doing, not just during Boston training, but since my last training cycle save a few actually no, the summer was Friday lrs but I haven’t done Sundays since…(checks log book) February 8th 2009.  Wowza.

But since classes are over there is no reason to keep Sunday really free and clear.  I even pushed off the run to mid-morning to allow some food to get into my system and pray for a bit that the wind would die down a bit.  Obviously the running gods did not want to listen to me because it was still very windy when I hit the road.  Oh well.  It was certainly better than trying to run in the tstorms of yesterday.

And to be honest (and I’m going to just state that I really hate that phrase…and the phrase “not going to lie”…so I don’t know why I want to use it here hah) the wind wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Sure it gusted a bit but it kept me from overheating and I’ve turned into a pansy as of late with my running.  I only want to run in perfect conditions.  I’ve been spoiled because of all the XT I’ve been forced to do and avoid the elements.

So I put on a slightly heavier long-sleeve (and by slightly heavier I mean heavier than a tech shirt but not a thermal shirt) to keep the wind at bay and took off.

Like really took off.  Since you all know by now that I don’t have a garmin (I think I write that so much ha! Guess as much as I say I’m happy without one, having one would be nice.  Too bad they’re so expensive!) I don’t know what my pace was for the first few miles (or any individual mile really) but suffice it to say that I felt like I was cruising.  And who knows, maybe I was.  I do know that my pace decreased in the mid-miles and then re-increased during the last 5k or so and I ended right around 8:00 pace (which was my GMP for Boston).

But overall I’m really happy with how the run went and I’m really glad that I went for it.  I was debating pushing it off some more but figured “why the hell not do it today?”.  I think I also got a fire lit under me because this is the last weekend I’ll be on campus (next weekend I have to go home for a dentist appt and the following Saturday is graduation) so this was the last weekend to get a long run in and I wanted to do a good-old standby route.  Because I’m not likely to ever do another long run again in this area. Tear.

Like I just mentioned I likely went out too fast in the beginning.  I could feel the slight soreness in my legs from yesterday’s lifting but it didn’t affect me and my stride.  In fact the slower I went the more I noticed it!  The mid-miles, though, were a bit tough.  Not necessarily from a physical standpoint but from a mental one and I’m pretty sure I slowed down a bit during miles 6-10 or so.  I remember thinking at some point in there: how in God’s name did I do this as a recovery run route before? But once I hit that 10 mark I was able to get a second wind and really feel good in the homestretch.  I’m also pretty sure that I had a nice tailwind over the last few miles and that certainly didn’t hurt either!

The overall stats:

  • 13.2 miles
  • 117- mins
  • 8:51 pace

I was thrilled with this run immediate when I got back and am doubly thrilled when looking at this data! I definitely cannot remember the last time I ran a LR sub-9 without checking my training log and the amazing feeling of running at a pushed pace, but with ease, has eluded me for quite awhile, save the past week.

Not bad at all 🙂

Although bladder issues did crop up.  Thank god during Boston I was able to run the whole thing without stopping.  Now that I’m back to just running, however, I guess my bladder wants to misbehave.  I did make it the whole way without stopping but it was a full out sprint to the bathroom when I got back. *LeSigh* haha

But remember how I said the lifting soreness wasn’t as bad as I thought? Well it wasn’t until after I showered then I got the lifting+hard run sore feeling.  Not painful bad at all but totally a “daaaaaaaaaayum girl you’ve been working hard” soreness.  Which I like. So I’m going to reward myself by sitting in my comfy chair by the window and opening the good book I’m into (apparently I was wrong when I thought I had read every John Grisham novel out there, as I found a copy of one that I must have missed somehow.  AMAZING!).  It’s too windy and not quite warm enough (barely cracking the 50s!) to sit outside and read but being by the window is a very close second.  And let’s be real here people: once I get into a novel I am oblivious to the world so does it *really* matter when I am? haha.

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Again, the above was written yesterday (Sunday).  And I’m too lazy to do a real overhaul.  So I’m leaving as is for now.  I did end up reading a lot which was really nice and a great way to recharge before finals week starts…today.  Finals week is never too stressful for me.  This semester I only have a Quantum take home and a Spanish pre-scheduled, so two finals? Not so bad.

Nothing today except to pick up the take home but I’m going to my friend’s thesis defense so I got up early to hit the streets. I probably could have waited until after the defense but I like to get up at get going.  Something that doesn’t feel the same way as me? The temperature.  We had a frost advisory last night! The sun was shining though so it didn’t feel as bad as it could have been.  There wasn’t any wind either which made it pleasant out.

And my legs? Wowza soreness! I can feel the knots in every muscle in my legs.  I was thinking of trying out the foam roller but I’m too afraid of how much pain I’ll be in! Maybe I’ll brave it after the defense.  I was also thinking of hitting up the weights again today but I’m not in a hurry to really make a set schedule for strength stuff just yet.

Therefore after my ~7 mile recovery run (and trust me it was recovery after such a great LR yesterday) I just did some core and my PT hip exercises.  The exercises are getting wayyy easy so I’m happy because it means that my hips are getting stronger.

Aaaaaaaaand I’m going to wrap this up here because between two days worth of running recaps I’m about to write a thesis myself.  Gotta dash off! Send good vibes her way if you can 🙂


  1. Wow girl, nice pace over 13.2 miles!

    Comment by ShutupandRun — May 10, 2010 @ 10:36

  2. Haha, I’m the thesis blog writing queen, too…but it’s so hard to condense your week into a few words for anyone to fully understand! And I can relate to the muscle soreness…but it only means it’s working for ya so keep at it, it’ll get easier :). Good luck with finals!! Yah, almost done!

    Comment by Jill — May 10, 2010 @ 11:13

  3. nice LR! you definitely seem like you’ve recovered well from the marathon. and hanging out with a book is pretty much the BEST way to relax after an awesome run 🙂

    good luck with all of your finals! i feel weird not being in the middle of all of that right now…i suppose i’ll remember soon enough 😛

    Comment by HurdlingHam — May 10, 2010 @ 11:15

  4. I think it may have taken me as long to read your post as it did for you to write it (I kept going back and reading a tiny bit while I was waiting for my program to run). Good luck with everything!

    Comment by Chelsea — May 10, 2010 @ 12:31

  5. glad to hear you are already back in the swing of things! 13 miles= great pace, too!

    hooray for senior stuff 🙂 it’ll fly by…

    Comment by Lacey — May 10, 2010 @ 12:55

  6. wow nice LR and smokin pace! Not sure I’ve got 13 in me yet. Sniff on making your last rounds around campus before graduation. Parting is so bittersweet. But onward and upward right?

    Comment by teamarcia — May 10, 2010 @ 14:26

  7. Sounds like your post Boston training is going really well! About the garmin, I just picked up a slightly faulty one on ebay for £30 there are some things that don’t work but it tells me my pace and that time at the end and that’s the main things 🙂 Keep a lookout you might grab a bargain!

    Comment by boxruneat — May 10, 2010 @ 16:33

  8. Great job on the 13 miles! I’m glad your injuries seem to be a thing of the past!

    Comment by Ameena — May 10, 2010 @ 16:57

  9. Great run! I bet it feels good to be back out on the roads doing some decent miles. Good luck with your last few things for school but enjoy every last second of being a college student 🙂

    Comment by Jenny — May 10, 2010 @ 17:13

  10. Very smart to lighten the weights for your first workout. I usually pick up right where I left off and deal with the horrible after effects.

    Comment by Jess — May 10, 2010 @ 22:56

  11. Looks like you are back at it in full force. I’m so glad you are over all your niggles! Have fun with graduation and everything you have coming up!

    Comment by Rebecca — May 11, 2010 @ 03:50

  12. It’s always such a good feeling when PT exercises become easy, great job keeping up with it! Sounds like you had 2 great runs, hope the semester finishes up quickly for you!

    Comment by Stephanie — May 11, 2010 @ 08:37

  13. I wish I could run 8:51 for 13.2 miles! Do you run everyday or every other day or?

    Just curious what days you rest on…..

    Comment by Jim@goingFitness — May 11, 2010 @ 10:55

    • I pretty much run everyday and rarely, if ever, take rest days. Lately with all the shin stuff and toe drama I’ve been forced to reduce my running but that’s not typical as I’m usually not training at such a high volume to feel it’s necessary.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 12, 2010 @ 10:58

  14. great run!

    Comment by Tricia — May 11, 2010 @ 13:51

  15. Good luck on your finals! Glad you were able to have a relaxing weekend!! It sure has been cold here too! I am not liking the 30 degree mornings!

    Comment by J — May 11, 2010 @ 16:54

  16. Good luck on writing your thesis. You are sooo close to being done!!!!! I know you are going to do amazing on everything:)

    Comment by Ada — May 11, 2010 @ 19:56

    • Thanks for the good luck on the thesis…if I was writing one 😉 I’ll just take the good luck for my quantum exam 🙂 Congrats on being done with your semester. I hope I’m there soon enough!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 12, 2010 @ 11:00

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    Comment by Jenna — May 11, 2010 @ 21:06

  18. Good to see you get back to normal. I’m seeing more of the Boston folks returning to our workouts too. Remember to enjoy the last few days of school!

    Comment by a marathoner — May 12, 2010 @ 13:59

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