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August 2, 2010

Monthly Recap: July 2010

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Wait, really? August already?! I honestly feel like I was just typing out June’s monthly recap.  I wish months like February would go this fast and it has less days to boot! Guess the nice weather makes time just flyyyyy.  It’s like that Einstein quote

Put your hand on a hot burner for a minute and it feels like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it feels like a minute

Anyway.

Before I get into my recap I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my stressed out post.  It was just one of those days where everything seemed to come crashing down.  I really hate how all or nothing things can be sometimes.  But I’m on the upswing and, while still very stressed out, there are some really amazing people in my real life ( as well as you guys in my blog life!) who really stepped up and took care of me when I needed it. 🙂

Since then I’ve taken *another* full length practice test.  I actually took it on Saturday and it officially marks the end of everything I have to do with my course.  Yippee.  Now that in no way means that I’m done.  I’m taking another practice test on Tuesday and still studying my butt off, but knowing that all the “have to”s are done is nice.  The results of this past test were…interesting.  Science scores are easy to keep boosting so I keep making great progress there but my Verbal score is pretty stagnant.

Not a bad thing per se (because I’m okay with the actual score if that’s what I get on test day) but it’s discouraging to not see tangible improvement.  That said, I do have new study tactics that, while they haven’t been around long enough to pay dividends yet, I’m already feeling good about.  After taking 5 practices I’m comfortable with the length of time it takes (aka I sit on my butt for 5.5 hours!) and the format (and hopefully the material too haha) but I need to work on my pacing in certain areas.  Wow another parallel with my running! I think I can make anything related to my running haha (Again, sorry to dedicate so much space to the MCAT but it’s the most pressing thing on my mind right now.)

And the literal physical running has been going GREAT.  Seriously seriously great.  My average daily run paces continue to get fast while maintaining the easy effort that I’ve always been putting in.  Some great stuff here.  Part of it might be the *amazing* weather here in New England (would you hate me if I said the highs the past few days have only been in the upper 70s? It felt cold! And the lows have been in the upper40s.  Ummmm I slept with a comforter to keep me warm) but I also know that the reduced mileage is a very large part of running fast and effortlessly too.

Speaking of….here is the month of July in review:

Week of June 28 –  July 4

  • 130.8 Miles
  • 18 Hours 43 Minutes 36 Seconds
  • 8:36 Pace
  • 4X Core, 1X Lifting, 0 XT

Soooo about that whole cutting back? In fairness I didn’t realize that cutting back needed to happen until the very end of June so this week is inflated by that.  This was also the week that I dominated that 5M.  Woot.  Way happy about that despite the mileage being so high. AKA the most miles I’ve run in a single week. Ever. Did I mention I’m not training for anything?

Week of July 5 – July 11

  • 111.1 Miles
  • 16 Hours 7 Minutes 25 Seconds
  • 8:43 Pace
  • 3X Core, 2X Lifting, 0 XT

Mmmmmhhhhmmmmm.  So clearly I was lying to myself when I said July was going to start with a cut back! In fairness I did cut back the first 2 days of the month.  Apparently, though, I picked right back up where I left off! While it was 20 miles less than the week before I don’t think it was nearly enough to really be considered cutting back.  I do like how I managed to get to the gym to lift twice though.

Week of July 12 – July 18

  • 59.6 Miles
  • 8 Hours 48 Minutes 20 Seconds
  • 8:52 Pace
  • 1 Core, 0 Lifting, 0 XT

Hello Philly! As expected my mileage took a hit.  Not that I’m complaining really: something needed to force me to stop running so darn much.  I got to run with Flo which was a highlight of the trip and do some Philly exploring in the early hours of the morning.  My pace was a bit slower than previous weeks but I’m okay with that because I was on vacay.  I also dropped doing core work and have yet to start up again.  Oops.

Week of July 19 – July 25

  • 56.4 Miles
  • 7 Hours 58 Minutes 59 Seconds
  • 8:30 Pace
  • 0 Core, 0 Lifting, 0 XT

Wowza to that pace.  Another week of treating my legs better and the runs became even more fluid and fast.  Unfortunately because all the runs looked the same (just easy going mid-distance stuff) I actually stopped writing down comments in my log book! So all I have is the raw numbers hahah.  But suffice it to say I was probably pretty stoked to have that pace and I do remember looking at my watch after several runs and shaking my head in awe.

Week of July 26-August 1

  • 60.0 Miles
  • 8 Hours 23 Minutes 7 Seconds
  • 8:23 Pace
  • 0 Core, 0 Lifting, 0 XT

So my average pace keeps dropping? Pretty effing sweet. Since this week was pretty crazy in terms of studying (this was the week that I was just flooded with every little thing that could go wrong doing so) I don’t really have much to say about the runs themselves.  Also goes back to what I’ve been saying all this week about my runs just being boring overall.  Exciting stuff to look at in terms of trends, just not very fascinating day to day.

Month of July

  • 354.5 Miles
  • 50 Hours 54 Minutes 49 Seconds
  • 8:37 Pace

Obviously not June.  But that’s okay.  In fact I’m a little shocked that my miles are as high as they are given how “low” the past 3 weeks have been.  Guess everything is just relative.  I’m also shocked (and SO PUMPED) at that monthly average pace.  8:37?! That’s a solid 7.0 on a TM. Hollllllllerrrrrrrrr.

I’m also happy that I was able to break the cycle of doing more-more-more.  While I don’t think it was really hurting me, in hindsight I can definitely say that it wasn’t for the best.  Maybe if I was training for a big huge long event.  But I wasn’t.  I’m still in search of a marathon for the late fall/winter so it’s very good that I’m backing off now if I end up ramping it up in the future.

So what’s next?

I know lots of you set goals at the beginnings of the month and whatnot.  I’ve thought about that.   And while I don’t have any concrete goals that I’m going to make sure I hit ( at least for running.  Hello MCAT? Hello moving?)  I do want to try and make speed work happen this month.  I’ve lamented over and over how I’m not racing BUT there’s a race in NH (the half that I want to do with Lacey ) and then a 5k in Providence that I might want to do; I’ve been getting their emails since I ran it last year but haven’t seriously considered it yet ($$ being the issue).  Not to mention the Tufts 10k in October.  I want to smash some records this fall and planting the speed work rewards into my muscles now will likely pay off big.

Oh yeah.  And some core + lifting might be a good thing too.  Maybe today?

And I guess I do have a “wishy-washy” goal for this month too (aka a goal that’s not really concrete or tangible): chill the eff out.  I’ve been so stressed that it’s been way hard for me to find time for myself.  I’ve gotten better at it lately (reading, seeing friends) buttttt it’s something I’ll likely need to work on for the rest of my life.  This month I am taking a vacay…well I was going to say next week but I leave on Thursday. So I’m leaving soon.  That’ll be fun.  And once my test is over and I’m moved my life might be introduced to this concept called fun again. It’ll be a good thing to be at a job and not have to be “on” 24/7 like I was at school.  I’m definitely looking forward to that  🙂

Well this is getting long and I need to hit the books some more.  But in terms of what I mean by “chill the eff out” here’s my new most favoritest picture that was taken on the Philly trip with the girls 🙂

Drunk. Happy. Hott. ❤

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28 Comments »

  1. Your practice tests are making laugh- you are going to be SO ready to kick that exam’s butt! 🙂

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — August 2, 2010 @ 09:13

  2. Your pace is getting out of control speedy!

    Core and lifting has taken a backseat as of late for me, too. I really need to get back into it…

    Have a good monday!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 2, 2010 @ 09:45

  3. Wow, it always amazes me that you do as many miles in a week as I do in a whole month!! Great work at sticking with things. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to relax soon!

    Comment by Kim — August 2, 2010 @ 09:58

  4. can I tell you how much I LOVE that you’re running so well through all the stress of the MCAT? I think it’s a great balance. Here’s to a great August!

    Comment by Marcia — August 2, 2010 @ 09:59

  5. Having “chill the eff out” as a goal made me laugh. So true. It’s easy to get sucked into stress and the work-work-work attitude that can accompany it. Hope you can meet that goal and find time to savor some fun/relaxing ways to enjoy the rest of your summer, MCAT and all.

    Comment by sweatykid — August 2, 2010 @ 10:25

  6. Haha “chill the eff out”. It sounds like you thrive on stress, so who knows if that is a good thing 😉 You are running killer miles and working your booty off! We all deserve some R&R though!

    Comment by Matt — August 2, 2010 @ 10:42

  7. here’s to chilling out! I want to do that too haha
    great job in july! even though your mileage was still up there you did a great job cutting back

    Comment by BostonRunner — August 2, 2010 @ 10:43

  8. Love your July numbers and stats, very impressive! I think the added speedwork and gym workouts will make you wickedly fast come this fall – can’t wait to see how you shine!!! Glad the stressful week is behind you, yay!!

    Comment by Jill — August 2, 2010 @ 10:53

  9. I’ll be joining you on the studying. But mine is for an advanced algebra exam. I’ve got the previous exams for the past 5 years…

    You are a mileage monster! You’re definitely going to crush some PR’s this fall!

    Comment by Nick — August 2, 2010 @ 12:23

  10. Wait. Hold on. You did 130 miles the first week of July? Are you kidding me? That is OOC. Not OOC is a relaxation goal. That, my dear, is perhaps the most difficult of all. Good luck accomplishing it.

    Comment by sarah — August 2, 2010 @ 13:07

  11. Your monthly totals are amazing as always! Glad you’re feeling a bit better about all things MCAT now!

    Comment by Laura — August 2, 2010 @ 13:46

  12. Next time I run with you you will be too fast for me! Hope you are ready for some seriously hot weather. 🙂

    Comment by Jess — August 2, 2010 @ 13:52

    • Ummmm about that hot weather. Apparently it’s wicked hot in Texas right now. And apparently MA is in a cold front. I’m going to die haha. And I doubt I’ll be too fast for you as you are totally getting back to your pre-hurt speedy self 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 2, 2010 @ 14:36

  13. I think get moved and rock the MCAT are goals enough for one month. Good for you for taking a step back on your training. You are still awesome even if you are only running “mere mortal” miles.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 2, 2010 @ 14:15

  14. Don’t worry girlie! Always remember that you know way more than you think you do and you will totally kick that MCAT’s bootie;)

    Comment by Ada — August 2, 2010 @ 20:39

  15. Your stats are LEGIT! So cool. I’ve never totalled my stuff up like that- I just log it and forget it..lol. Probably better to actually analyze like you!
    I can’t wait to see all of your PR’s this fall! Whatever races you do, you will be ready! I need to add some actual formal speedwork back this week too, after taking a few weeks off during my milage buildup. Speedwork is scary but sooo satisfying! Let’s do it! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — August 2, 2010 @ 21:39

    • Well it totally stems from me being a numbers addict. I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t record everything. I actually keep all my training logs from the past too. Major nerd = me

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 3, 2010 @ 20:37

  16. I agree–I cannot believe it’s ALREADY august!!

    Comment by Jess — August 3, 2010 @ 00:01

  17. Yay for another practice test down! Whoo-hoo..you’re going to rock the test!

    You’re an amazing runner, especially balancing workouts with studying.

    Comment by Emily — August 3, 2010 @ 09:24

  18. You amaze me with your diligence and motivation. It is too late for me but I am hoping Maya has 1/2 of what you have!

    Comment by Ameena — August 3, 2010 @ 12:57

    • Omg. You are wayyyy too kind 🙂 (and I might have choked up when I read that!) I’m sure Maya will have 150% of what I have.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 3, 2010 @ 20:38

  19. Another awesome month for even if it was a step back or cut back month! I honestly hate standardized tests but I do know that when you take them over and over again you tend to do better! So I am sure you will do great on the MCAT!

    Comment by J — August 3, 2010 @ 15:17

    • I hoping that repeat testing = better score! Send good vibes my way 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 3, 2010 @ 20:39

  20. While the total mileage is ridiculous, I really like the weekly trend. Reducing it to 50-60 is much healthier for you. Good job. Keep it up.

    Comment by A Marathoner — August 5, 2010 @ 13:02

    • Whew. Sorry to take so long to reply! But yes to the weekly trend being good. This past week was 49.5 if my math is correct!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 11, 2010 @ 11:11

  21. Just a thought… You really seemed to enjoy you trip to Philly so why not venture back in November for your fall marathon?

    Comment by Christine — August 7, 2010 @ 18:07

  22. […] high (by like maybe 5-8 each week) but I’m not worried about it.  I’m still down from July’s monthly total which I’m sure a lot of you guys enjoy […]

    Pingback by Monthly Recap: August 2010 « MarathonMaiden's Blog — September 1, 2010 @ 20:03

  23. […] July: 354. miles (8:37 avg pace).  I dominated the local 5M Fourth of July race. I also took my Philly trip for my job pre-service orientation and I got to run with Flo! Philly Pretzel! […]

    Pingback by For Once I Feel Content With the Past 12 Months « MarathonMaiden's Blog — January 4, 2011 @ 08:25


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