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July 2, 2010

Ooooooooooooh we’re halfway there

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Bear with me as I wanted to get A LOT into this post: weekly totals, monthly total, year-to-date, New Year goals, what’s next….

I’m not quite sure how interested you guys are in week-by-week accounts of the month or if you want the whole story right away.  But I’m going to break it down weekly just because I think there are a couple of interesting trends that went on.

First off I want to make a big fat disclaimer that this month was obscene.  I had absolutely NO intentions of running as much as I did.  But May ended graduation and I flung myself full throttle into the process of studying for the MCAT as well as applying to medical schools.  This led to the rise of the double (and occasional triple).

I’m actually semi-embarrassed by my totals.  Sure, I do feel great physically with no true wear and tear buttttt….the fact that I was running so much and not keeping tabs on my mileage makes me feel a little bit silly.  I highly doubt I would have run so much if I had known how quickly those “just a few more minutes” or “just another mile” moments added up.

That said, no regrets. While the numbers may be blush-inducing I feel great.  I feel fast and strong. Ultimately I think that’s what matters.

Too bad I don’t have a marathon on the horizon and most fall marathons have already filled up.  Couple that with the fact that New England doesn’t have any December/January marathons and I’m feeling a bit bummed that I can’t *truly* capitalize on this fitness.  Ideally I’d want to take the rest of the summer and scale back and then NAIL a winter marathon.  Maybe Disney? Any other thoughts? In the interim, I do have the local 5 miler in July, a half planned for September and a 10k in October but my mileage is a bit overkill for that.  Hell, it’s a bit overkill for a marathon to be honest.

So here it is, with slight commentary because I was an idiot and didn’t write down lots of thoughts during the actual weeks themselves:

Week of May 31 – June 6

  • 92.3 Miles
  • 13 hours 23 minutes 32 seconds
  • 8:43 pace
  • 3X Core, 2X Lifting, 0 XT

First week where I really did doubles with regularity.  At first my double runs were slower, or at least felt slower, but overall very happy with the pace.

Week of June 7 – June 13

  • 112.6 Miles
  • 16 hours 30 minutes 30 seconds
  • 8:48 pace
  • 3X Core, 1X Lifting,0 XT

More miles.  And a slightly slower average pace.  Still a wayyyyy faster pace than during Boston training.  There seems to be an interesting line between a slower average pace but with speedwork (Boston) or just easier runs everyday and a faster average pace.

Week of June 14 -June 20

  • 128.1 Miles
  • 18 hours 39 minutes 12 seconds
  • 8:45 pace
  • 2X Core, 2X Lifting, 0 XT

Bam.  Definitely a weekly PR.  Included the triple where I amassed 21 miles in a day (which I went on to repeat later this month) AND I got to run with Jess.  Which I think was a turning point because my runs have just gotten speedier since then.  I also got in an actual long run this week, not a split one, after going out drinking the night before.  So a very interesting, but awesome, week to say the least.

Week of June 21 – June 27

  • 125.5 Miles
  • 18 hours 2 minutes 2 seconds
  • 8:38 pace
  • 4X Core, 1X Lifting, 0 XT

Boom.  Pace dropped.  The miles were “scaled back”.  Not intentionally and obviously 3 miles isn’t a lot when the total is so high. I’m just very impressed with the pace for this particular week.

Month of June

  • 500.5 miles
  • 72 hours 38 minutes 12 seconds
  • 8:42 pace

Well these miles are ridiculous and definitely a new monthly PR.  The pace is just mind-blowing to me.  How could I run an average of 8:42 for 500.5 miles?!  I mentioned earlier in the post that there was that interesting trade off when I have speedwork in my week and that generated a slower overall pace.  I think that not needing the shuffle runs this month helped; everything was even keeled.  Well I also think the key is the double.  I was able to sufficiently recover from 2 X 6 miles (or even a 7-9-5 day!) because my ass was glued to a chair and I got to eat between.

Year to Date

  • 2169.1 miles
  • Too lazy to calculate time or pace hahah

Well if I remember correctly from my New Year’s goals post way back when….well actually I just looked back and I never had a mileage goal for 2010.  I know that 2009’s total was 3116.0 so I’m well on my way to smashing that.  Not sure if I want to though.

In light of the New Year’s goals I figured now would also be a good time to re-evaluate the concrete goals as well as the ways I wanted to reach them (and I just pasted the actual goals here with my current thoughts, although anything in red or bolded is from the original.  If you want to see the original thoughts you can click the link above):

Goals for 2010:

  • PR (duh who doesn’t?).  I don’t know how obvious it is or how clearly it comes across in my blogging but I race to race.  I don’t sign up to “have fun”.  I sign up so I can run hard enough to want to puke my guts out when I cross the finish line. I think that by incorporating new strength moves and speed workouts will help that.  Mixing things up and see what happens.  Specifically (and yes they are lofty but I think that with some real focus I can come real close to most if  not all of ‘em): I really wish I had been able to race more!
  1. sub 20:00 5k Haven’t raced one yet!
  2. sub 43:00 10k Haven’t raced one yet! (But definitely have one for October)
  3. sub 1:40:00 half Haven’t raced one yet! (But will in September)
  4. 3:35:00 marathon — I was going to write sub 3:30 but that’s an 8 minute pr and I’m not sure how realistic that would be.  Actually to hell with it: the goal is sub 3:30.  I left the last marathon feeling like I had plenty of gas in the tank so we’ll see if I can capitalize on that in 2010. The red is what I wrote back in December/January.  Came close with Boston with 3:35:53.  Unfinished business.
  • Do an ultra. I had one in mind right for right after graduation but all those toe infections, shin problems put that one one hold
  • Dare I say it? Requalify for Boston. Check 🙂
  • Not sure how realistic this one is as I have no idea where I’ll be in the fall but I want to run MCM.
  • And super long term I want to run the Big 5: New York, Boston, Berlin, London, Chicago.  Maybe I could get lucky and find myself in Europe this fall / next year. I can dream right? :) Well no plans right now to make good on this one
  • Have fun. I am.  Yes I tend to stress out really easy but running really has been fun.  Especially post Boston where I’m just running for the hell of it.

And the ways I wanted to get there:

  • Drink more water. Yes. I am definitely drinking more water than I did last year.  But not nearly enough.  One 16 oz bottle isn’t going to cut it.  I know I drink other stuff during the day but I need more H2O
  • Get faster. Well by looking at my marathon PR and this past months weekly totals I’d say YES.  But I originally wrote that I wanted to do this via speedwork and the funny thing is that lack of speedwork dropped my overall pace.  But I did go fast in Boston using speedwork so different tactics with different logic behind doing it.
  • Get stronger. AKA strength train more. Yeah.  I’ve been dreading going to the gym lately but I have been going regularly.
  • XT more in general too. Not so much.
  • Stretch more. Ditto above.
  • Respect the rest day. Nope.
  • Listen to my body. Yes and No.  I’m very stubborn but when I was FORCED to listen to my body (back in March/April) I got better at it.  Let’s keep this trend going.
  • Wear sunscreen. Meh.  Definitely room for improvement here too.

So what’s next?

Well I’m thinking that the miles are going to have to come down.  I know I’m not feeling anything terrible right now but it’s only a matter of time before my body can’t withstand the impact.  I know I’m a high mileage runner in general but I’m hoping that July and August is reduced and I find a marathon to do over the winter, or even late fall although I think any around me have filled up.

I also have some unfinished business with my goals so I’m printing out that old post just to keep them in my line of sight and they don’t keep falling by the wayside. I think that I just posted them and then out of sight out of mind.  I need to make a bulletin board or something like that.

And since you made it this far with the post here’s a picture that my friend uncovered from Boston on her camera.  Her caption when she put in on FB was “After she finished. She could have prob. kept running” hahahah.  My response? “So NOT true. but I love this picture anyway” 8)

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30 Comments »

  1. Awesome miles! Those are only in my dreams.
    Great job especially if all that was done injury free. Keep goin!

    Comment by Joanne — July 2, 2010 @ 11:14

  2. Why hello 500 miles in June!

    I think you deserve a cookie for that. Or maybe some cake… to celebrate… geez!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — July 2, 2010 @ 11:18

  3. Holy high mileage Batman! That’s awesome. I’d be happy with half that for a monthly total!
    Also, good title. I used a similar one for my half year post.

    Comment by Nick — July 2, 2010 @ 11:21

  4. That is amazing that you got in 500 miles, that’s like a whole pair of shoes!

    Great job! I hope you can find a good fall marathon that’s not too far!

    Comment by Stephanie — July 2, 2010 @ 11:56

  5. Wow. You amaze me. I honestly don’t even know what to say haha
    Other than I definitely agree with you about only signing up for races to race!

    Comment by BostonRunner — July 2, 2010 @ 12:48

    • Any suggestions for races? I’d love to race with you sometime!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 20:34

  6. Wowza crazypants, tons of miles! You seem like an ultra candidate f’sho. Impressive durability for real!! But I’m sending you anti-overuse-injury vibes just in case. 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — July 2, 2010 @ 13:29

  7. Oh my goodness! Do you realize that averages over 16.5 miles per day! Which is like 1600 calories per day EXTRA that you’re burning! I hope you like to eat! 🙂 I’m hoping to get close to 200 miles this month .. which seems like a lot! Great job … but, please don’t get injured!

    Comment by Jaime — July 2, 2010 @ 13:31

    • I’ve started to LOVE eating. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t like it before buttttt now every looks amazing and tasty haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 20:35

  8. I think this happened once before where you had run the number of miles in ONE month that I had run so far in the current year. Seriously girl I do not know how you do it but like you said, your body was built for high mileage and some people can just do it. I think it would be interesting if you ran a 5k right now to see how the high mileage is on your speed. Its all very interesting since I am numbers person. Hope you have a great weekend and Happy 4th of July!!

    Comment by J — July 2, 2010 @ 13:36

    • I do have a 5M this weekend that I’m pretty sure I’m going to do. We shall see what transpires aha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 20:36

  9. Wowza, that’s some insane mileage, elite level. I’m glad you’re bringing it down though, just for the sake of continuing uninjured. Ultras are definitely in your future.

    Comment by Flo — July 2, 2010 @ 13:56

  10. That’s amazing! 120 is what world class marathoners run. I would definitely bring it down though because it’s only a matter of time. Are you sure all the fall marathons are full? You need to use this mileage!

    Comment by Jess — July 2, 2010 @ 14:18

    • I know I need to use the mileage! The ones I’d been eying are full, I haven’t checked out really small races. There might be one late September / early October that’s smallish but I’m hoping the miles are still good for a half I have planned in September. I wish I lived in a warmer climate so that winter marathons were possible!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 20:39

  11. Okay. Let me put this in perspective for you. I’m working on my half year goal review post, but you know how much I run. Your total for June is 50% of my year. Put it another way. Your half year total surpasses my goal for the entire year by 69.1 miles.

    Comment by a marathoner — July 2, 2010 @ 14:42

  12. Strength train, crosstrain, and stretch. Those are my three goals too! We run so much that its almost *annoying* to have to spend the extra time doing all the other maintenance stuff :-P. Great running though. Just make sure you’re matching your studying to your running, at least 1:1! I had to be the voice of reason and put that in there 😉

    Comment by Jacqui — July 2, 2010 @ 15:49

    • Hahaha. I LOVE that you are telling me to match my studying with running. The ratio is still skewed toward studying though: I feel like all I do is eat, study, run, repeat! And I PROMISE I’m going to reply to the email. As soon as I find the time hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 20:40

  13. Ha, I’m a horrible stretcher too! I want to make that a goal but I know I won’t do it….
    Your milage looks great! You totally should look for a marathon in the fall- I’m sure there are some smaller ones around that aren’t closed? Just make sure you really want to do it. You are doing great physically, but you gotta be there mentally too, and you have tons on your plate right now!
    I wish you were here to train with ME though! 🙂 That’s just cuz you are amazing and I would want some of that to rub off on me! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — July 2, 2010 @ 17:03

  14. awww well racing is always fun!!!! Definitely good luck girl!!

    Comment by Samantha — July 2, 2010 @ 18:12

  15. Oh my holy LORD!! I will send you the spreadsheet link, because wow are you going to add to the numbers. My goodness woman, I truly believe that you should find an Ultra ASAP because you are very ready and it would be a shame to lose this amazing base. UNREAL!!

    Comment by Tall Mom — July 3, 2010 @ 00:23

  16. Wow 🙂 good work!! You should definately do a Europe trip!!

    Comment by Laura — July 3, 2010 @ 04:42

  17. The first thing I thought when I saw all those hours was, “That’s like a part-time job!” I think you are going to rock your shorter distance goals. Any 4th of July 5ks in your area?

    Comment by Chelsea — July 3, 2010 @ 06:22

  18. Yeah those pictures were so funny to see! I’m going to check and see if I can be part of Amazon sellers and Opensky because then I can share the running stuff I wear and allow readers to buy it!

    Comment by Samantha — July 3, 2010 @ 12:43

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    Comment by A Better Chance — July 8, 2010 @ 11:49

  20. WHAT?! Those are some crazy totals!!

    Comment by Kim — July 9, 2010 @ 16:27

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