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May 16, 2010

Speedy Weekend. Holler.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:27

Ugh so when do I get my voice back? Like I mentioned in my last post, I had a real nasty virus Wednesday night and the only lingering effects are in my head: congestion (and not just any congestion, it feels like water is being constantly pushed up my nose), ear pressure , a moderately bad sore throat and a real sexy voice. Annoying as I had a couple interviews set up for next week and I really can’t cancel them.  Plus I’m tired of resting my voice! It was fun at first but I miss my real voice haha

Oh well. I woke up on Saturday morning with a pretty bad sore throat and I was absolutely starving so I decided to miss out on the cooler weather that first thing running brings and run before lunch.  I figure that it’d be good training for summer running, as by the time I left my dorm it was 70*, sunny with a few clouds and kind of windy.  Which was actually really nice, even the head wind, because it kept me cool.  I debated another sports bra run but figured a beater was sufficient.  Don’t want to scare too many people with my fish belly 😉

Anyway despite my thinking that my legs would be a little sluggish because of the consecutive days of running I’ve been doing lately (the fact that my gym isn’t open on the weekends anymore and only limited hours during the week has made me really good at justifying the whole run lots thing!) My LR went SO WELL.  I have no idea how it happened either, the entire time I was just telling myself to just go at a comfy pace because I was worried about crashing.  Definitely didn’t need to worry about that as I got 13.1 miles in at 8:30 pace.  That is, like, sprinting for me.  I’m in shock that I was able to run so fast and not feel like I was dying or anything.  I was getting a weird hand cramp during it though…odd. Any ideas why?! Very bizarre.

But an awesome way to say goodbye to that route! I wish I had been having these types of runs pre-Boston, something I know The Puerto Rican Kenyan has been talking about recently too. Guess I should just go with the flow right? And maybe try to capitalize on it by looking for a half or 10k sometime soon?Assuming I actually look for races haha.

I’m just pumped that it was a run where I wasn’t expecting my time to be so fast and when I checked my watch at the end it was like JEEZ LOUISE!

So I basked in it for a bit and took advantage of the really nice weather to lounge around for the rest of the day.  It’s not part of my personality to lounge around and do nothing though so I ended up making a big ass to-do list for Sunday! Note: I didn’t start doing any of the items Saturday night because Saturday = last day possible for finals = no matter what everyone is done.  Clearly that means party time.

And party time was fun.  I honestly haven’t seen a lot of my really good friends a lot this semester because everyone has been so busy / busy at very different times.  It was great to play catch up and drink and dance.  How I am going to really miss these moments post-graduation (and ACK D-6 days!!)

It’s totally a different feeling going out on a Saturday when you know you don’t have to get up to do school work the next morning. Sure I did have that to-do list, including but not limited to cover letters and resumes (ugh) but there’s always that awareness that if I don’t get them done immediately one more day won’ t *kill* me.  I’m trying to work on them now because I do want to get them out asap but the pressure was off.

Oh, nice segue MM into pressure again.  Because like my Saturday LR, my Sunday recovery run was, like all my runs post-Boston, pressure free.  And I don’t know if it’s the lack of pressure or lack of 100 mile weeks BUT my recovery run was at 9:06 pace.  Seriously? During Boston training I would have *paid* to see that kind of pacing during easy runs.  Or even LRs.

I know that I did start the run at a shuffle pace but my last mile was just under 8.  Again, seriously?! I’m still loving it and don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth or anything buttt….I can’t help but wonder what kind of damage I could do to any race given my current love-affair with my legs.

It’s just really funny that on the past two runs my mind has been severely underestimating how fast I’m actually going.  Definitely goes to show you how mental running can be at times. Again, not a bad thing but I’m secretly hoping that this will help my internal pacing mechanism and hoping that it’s not lulling me into a false sense of security for whenever the next time I toe the line.  You know, thinking that I’m running way faster than I am and I get complacent. But with no races in the near future I guess that’s not too much of a worry.

Time to go finish up some of those cover letters I’m dreading.  If I can finish one more I’ll go outside and read for fun 🙂


  1. my 5k pr actually came a couple of months after my first half-marathon. i think you have a ton of endurance and your legs are super strong and you put in a TON of work in your training and ran a killer race and now after a little rest your body has bounced back and overshot your usual pace= new fast/easy paces!!! yay!!! go find a race stat and blow your PRs away.

    Comment by Lacey — May 16, 2010 @ 13:53

  2. Great job speedy!! Here’s to a new zone for your future pacing, may it stick!

    Comment by Flo — May 16, 2010 @ 14:34

  3. That’s an awesome 13 mile pace!!! I’m hoping to be close when I do my half… could be wishful thinking though…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 16, 2010 @ 15:24

  4. Congrats on your pace! That’s awesome!
    Often when I run fast for a while my arms/shoulders cramp. Do you clench your fists sometimes when you run? I think keeping your arms/shoulders loose and relaxed helps with that

    Comment by BostonRunner — May 16, 2010 @ 17:11

  5. Great runs as always! Not sure about the hand cramp, I get odd cramps when I’m running sometimes I think it might be because I’m a bit stiff in my upper body, maybe your hand had something to do with not moving it much while you’re running? I hope you’re feeling better really soon.

    Comment by Laura — May 16, 2010 @ 17:36

  6. Strength and speed are returning! Exciting stuff. Hey – give up this physicist / medical career stuff … you are made for TV. I saw your interview with Ian. You were great and still rocking the jacket. Haha. Seriously, if I had half of your poise and maturity as a college senior I might have made something of myself. 🙂 Congrats college graduate!

    Comment by a marathoner — May 16, 2010 @ 19:04

  7. Sounds like your body is responding well to less intensive mileage…or else, it’s celebrating your newfound freedom from school. I dunno, you might just have to come to terms with the fact that you are getting super-fit. I say, embrace it.

    Comment by sarah — May 16, 2010 @ 21:10

  8. Hey girl – soooo jealous of your awesome paces (as usual)…thanks for still reading! I’m still reading you , just not always time to comment (sneaking at work 😉 )…which I’ve now quit and am in total limbo…so if anybody can help me…:(
    And yes PARTAYYYYY on ! Get dolled, have a few drinks (a few too many) and do some serious dancing…:)

    Comment by eatmovelove — May 16, 2010 @ 22:26

  9. What a great pace…I guess you just needed a little break right?

    Cover letters are the worst part of applying for a job, aren’t they? Just a whole page of complete BS in my opinion and I bet they don’t even read them!

    Comment by Ameena — May 16, 2010 @ 22:36

  10. Did you know…ice cream is good for the throat? 😉

    Comment by sophia — May 16, 2010 @ 23:13

  11. Great job on the speedy runs!! maybe the decrease in miles is doing your body good. Something to consider for the next training cycle…perhaps??? Keep it up! Loved the video interview – I totally did track in high to stay in shape for my other sports too!

    Comment by J — May 17, 2010 @ 21:29

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