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June 17, 2010

Mid-Week 20 Miler? Check. Well Sort Of

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Conversation while I was studying at a friend’s house last night

Me: Yay another 100% on my quiz.
Friend: See? You’re pretty good at this electromagnetism stuff.
Me: It must be because I’m so attractive.

Okay so that was funnier in the moment I guess.

Something that wasn’t so funny in the moment but later (like a split second later)?  I think I forgot to mention this but when I went out with my friends last time (which was sooooo effing long ago. Damn you MCAT!) we went to a dive bar in the town next to us and who walks in? Yeah my dad.  It actually wasn’t as bad or as awkward as you’d imagine.  I think because I’m…(gulp) 23 years old and just, you know, graduated college my dad kind of expects that I go out.  But I won’t lie: seeing him walk through the door made my heart drop for a minute. I suppose I should have known to expect it when 1) the town you’re going to is where your dad lives and 2) the bar is owned by your dad’s friend.  Don’t know why I was reminded of that today but there’s a nice random story for you.

Moving along…

It was interesting reading your reactions to my…well I’m not going to call it coaching because I realized that I don’t want it to be like that.  Kristin summed it up best:  “an older, kick-butt runner gal cheering me on and asking how my training was going.”  I’m sure the mom was doing a bit of helicoptering when she initially talked to me so I’m going to call (or possibly be called) later this week and chat with the girl.  Many of you said to keep it low pressure and I was thinking a run or two a week, no more than 3 miles.  This way there’s no real commitment on either of our ends. Even if I was willing to do more than just be a role model I just can’t devote any time to stuff other than studying.   So thanks for all the advice and feedback 🙂

You know how I mentioned that I wanted to do a 20 miler, but split up over 3 runs? Well I was honest with you that once I put an idea out there I will follow through.  And I figured what better day than Wednesday? I knew that Thursday it couldn’t happen because of my class, Friday I wanted to get a weight session in which would cram those miles into 2 runs and if I waited until the weekend then I’d get pretty antsy and it would be all I would think about until then.

Therefore I bounded out of bed on Wednesday morning (after staying up far too late — but finishing! — The Lost Symbol) ready to tackle round 1 of the day.

0815 run: Sluggish. Ugh. I knew that my legs were just working out the morning kinks and that no matter what an 0800 run is going to suck for the first mile or so.  Even armed with that knowledge it’s not very nice mentally to know that run 1 of 3 and the first miles out of 20 are going to be lethargic.  Still I was only going to run 5.3 due to this fact but I perked up a bit and extended it to 7.   I figured that putting more miles in the morning would be easier by the time run 3 came along and it was the end of the day.  The weather likely helped in this decision: it got chilly last night so I was running in ~60* so tacking on the extra 1.7 felt comfortable.

Run 1:

  • 0815
  • 7 miles
  • 62:39 minutes
  • 8:57 pace

1200 run: My noon runs are always my favorites buttttt they always tend to get procrastinated on, at least the timing for when I leave the house as I’m usually knee deep in MCAT work.  But after 3 or 4 hours of studying I need the break.  I don’t really have much to say about this run except that, like most of my runs as of late, I negative split-ed it.  It was taken as more of a progression run and I always feel great toward the end of these runs.  I could just keep going and going.  Of course my study materials keep calling my name so I can’t but I want to.  It’s always a Last Mile Party a la Jess.

The initial plan for this run was 7-8 but around mile 6 I figured, like I did with the first run, that since I was feeling good I could extend it to 9 and make my life a little easier mentally when I headed out for run 3.  I’m really happy with the decision as I really was feeling good and ran the last mile really close to 8 pace.

I even got to wear my snazzy sunglasses (sorry for no picture) that make me feel like an elite runner.  Couple that with “fancier” shorts (read: not basketball ones) and I really feel special.  I don’t always wear the shades because…well let’s just say I’m vain enough to worry about tan lines.  So I’d rather suffer and squint.  Oops.

Run 2:

  • 1200
  • 9 miles
  • 78:59 minutes
  • 8:47 pace

1700 run: I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before but my house is at the bottom of a hill.  Legit bottom too.  So every run starts with uphill.  Not even 10 feet of flat to go before going up.  Normally not a problem buttttt not exactly what I wanted after putting in 16 miles on the day.  Sure going straight down at the end of a run is AWESOME but to start? Yeah not so much.

It was drizzling a bit when I left my house and I was really hoping for the rain to hold off.  I get kind of pissy sometimes in the rain.  Of course sometimes I really love it but I had the feeling this wouldn’t be one of them.  Luckily actual rain never materialized.  I don’t really have any straight-up even 4 routes so I chose my 4.2 route (an out-and-back) and then was feeling good so I tacked on some side streets to make it 5.  The first half was pretty easy and net downhill but going up a particular hill was a bit rough on the way back.  But whatever, besides that blip I was feeling good.  And it was a really great feeling to come blazing down that hill after putting in a grand total of 21 miles.

Run 3:

  • 1700
  • 5 miles
  • 43:53 minutes
  • 8:46 pace

I love how my last run of the day was also the fastest (albeit by 1 second per mile).  I think that my legs were warmed up and rarin’ to go.  Of course the time of day probably played a role.  I know that I run the fastest (or maybe the easiest effort for the same pace is the best way to put it?) between 1500-1800.  I just like running earlier.  Guess that’s just a trade-off.  Stupid circadian rhythms 🙂

Total for day:

  • 21 miles
  • 3 hours 5 minutes 31 seconds
  • 8:50 pace

I definitely don’t feel like I ran 21 miles (both yesterday and this morning).  I think the breaks between each one were enough to get food in me and put up my legs (while I studied ugh) and keep my legs from being beat up and totally depleted.  I really only felt it at the very beginning of a new run and I don’t know how much of it was tiredness from the previous one or just inertia holding me back.

Today will be easier.  Yes I’m going to run.  But only a single.  Partly because I’m assuming the “damage” to my tissues is the same overall regardless of how well I recovered in between runs and partly because I don’t have time to run more. And because if I run more then my food bill will likely exceed the national debt.

Just a note about food (I know this is a really long post. Sorry!): I really should have paid better attention to eating enough throughout the day.  I never went hungry and totally ate enough to fuel my running, but after dinner I realized that, for the amount I ran, I definitely didn’t eat enough and, consequently, tried to at least make up for some of it so I’m not a ravenous beast today.  Let’s just say that the stomach really isn’t all that expandable.  And luckily I have ample ginger ale 🙂


  1. You ran a triple!!!!!! Holy sh%t. You are a stud.

    Comment by ShutupandRun — June 17, 2010 @ 09:15

  2. You are nuts.

    In a good way.

    I live at the bottom of a hill, too. Better than my parents’ house, which is at the TOP of a hill – finishing on an incline is zero fun at all.

    Comment by sarah — June 17, 2010 @ 09:16

    • Ugh. I can’t even imagine what I’d do if I lived at the top of a hill. Probably walk up it haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 17, 2010 @ 11:32

  3. I think you need a real job ;).

    Comment by Chelsea — June 17, 2010 @ 09:39

  4. How well do you think that 20 miler translates into an actual 20 miler? I have a long run that I’m going to miss in September, but this might be a good way to make it up.

    Comment by Kim — June 17, 2010 @ 09:47

    • I’m not sure. I’ve heard that splitting up a long run is a decent alternative but, and it doesn’t sound like this would be the case, as long as it’s not what you’re doing every long run. My understanding is that the whole point of a long run is time on your feet but I’d imagine that as long as your other long runs are in one fell swoop one split is a very good way to make sure you get the miles in.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 17, 2010 @ 11:35

  5. Holy tripe miler batman! Funny about your dad! 🙂

    Comment by Marcia — June 17, 2010 @ 09:52

  6. I don’t know what my reaction would have been if a parent had walked into the bar. Depends on what # of drink i was one… But then again I have been to weddings where I was clearly drinking, as were my folks. Weird…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 17, 2010 @ 10:25

  7. I am so impressed! Way to crank that triple out, girl! I’m going to give it a try at some point this summer…and I will remember this post the entire time! Woohooo!

    Comment by Jill — June 17, 2010 @ 11:00

  8. Definitely impressive! Do you live in your running clothes, or do you shower and switch out of them in between each run? Silly question, but just wondering! I’ve run doubles before, but not triples. Sadly, now, I have to go to the treadmill if I don’t run before the sun comes up! So, since I ignored my 5AM alarm today, the treadmill at lunch is where I’ll be.

    Great job!!

    Comment by Jaime — June 17, 2010 @ 11:29

    • I live in my running clothes. Probably gross but as the only other thing in my life is studying I don’t really care too much if I’m sweaty and gross and smelly. Maybe my sister does who is also home with me but whatever. It just makes my shower at the end of the day that much more awesome 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 17, 2010 @ 11:36

  9. Can’t believe you ran three runs in one day! Its like your an elite runner who trains three times a day! Great job – totally inspiring!

    Comment by J — June 17, 2010 @ 11:29

  10. I am so impressed that your last run was your fastest! I drink with my parents all the time, but it took awhile for it to feel normal.

    Comment by Jess — June 17, 2010 @ 13:09

  11. Haha, that would be awkward for sure, but for me because I can’t really imagine my pastor dad walking into a pub by himself.

    Comment by sophia — June 17, 2010 @ 13:28

  12. 3-a-days? You are hardcore! Way to rock your runs and get in 21 mi for the day. I’m curious to hear about how mentoring/running with the high schooler goes.

    Comment by Jenny — June 17, 2010 @ 13:34

  13. lol you are a running fiend. in a good way 🙂 also studying fiend! also in a good way!! 🙂 good for you for making running plans with jess. can’t wait to hear about it.

    congrats on your 21 miles!!! and i hear ya on the hill thing- in NH our house is the same way and it is killer. sometimes i drive to go running 🙂

    and FYI- i lol-ed at the electromagnetism joke 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — June 17, 2010 @ 13:46

  14. Dude – I won’t go so far as to say I’m jealous (I’m tested out!), but I would love to be able to splice up the runs the way you are now. So much easier on the legs to even split a 10 miler up 5 and 5. Great job on the 20. Still make sure you are getting enough rest … study stress + running stress = needed recovery. Keep it up!

    Comment by a marathoner — June 17, 2010 @ 15:43

  15. Haha I’d just like to repeat comment number 1! Great runs 🙂 I sometimes wish for more hills near me but maybe not that near heh

    Comment by Laura — June 17, 2010 @ 17:17

  16. ooh! a terrible quantum joke that my friend Charina made up:

    Q: What did the wave function say when it was sad and tired?

    A: Psi (sigh).

    Comment by kristinschleicher — June 17, 2010 @ 18:43

  17. Yay triples! I rarely have a schedule that allows for them, but they are great aren’t they? I think running breaks up the day nicely! Good job on the paces too- legit and negative splits. I’m envious of your negative splitting mojo! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — June 17, 2010 @ 20:44

  18. OO! I used to double run it all the time, at 6 am, then at 10 am and loved it…and you don’t increase protein with drinks?

    By the way, LOVE the little joke. You’re goofy like me in a rational humor way that I love!

    Comment by Special K — June 18, 2010 @ 09:12

    • Nope no protein drinks. I do drink carnation instant breakfasts (the chocolate ones = yum) every once in awhile though

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 18, 2010 @ 11:12

  19. You continually amaze me. Who just runs 20 miles because they feel like it? Only you. I love it.

    Comment by BostonRunner — June 18, 2010 @ 10:07

  20. Wowzers, Holy Mileage, Batman! “I’m so attractive.” HHAHAHAAHHA- love it. I’m like you, I would totally flip if I saw my dad in a bar. Also, about the mentor/coaching thingie. I think the most important thing/lesson you can remember is that with younger runners the main goal is to instill a passion, and dedication to the sport. She’s looking at you saying, “Wow! That could be me in a few years…”. That’s a great and powerful thing! There are so many high school runners that just run in high school and never get out there again. If you can model for her how running has improved your quality of life, she is likely to follow suit later. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!

    Comment by Rebecca — June 18, 2010 @ 11:00

    • That’s exactly what I want to be doing with this girl! I really want to just be there as an example especially because I didn’t have that when I was her age

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 18, 2010 @ 11:17

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