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August 26, 2010

And On the Fifth Day…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:23

The floods receded.

Okay so maybe that’s an exaggeration. Not by much but the pounding of rain New England got the past 4 days has been intense.  I’m all for rainy days and all but after not seeing the sun since Saturday I was excited when I got up this morning to an actual sunrise rather than just going from black to gray.

That might be just the only NOT sad song about rain.

First though: my run on Wednesday was okay.  It was another 2 X 4.1 miles at 0530.  I actually ran it pretty fast.  Or at least fast for what I’ve been running lately.  And there was over a minute of negative splitage.  Holler. That’s the way to rock a morning run.  It was cool and misty.  I think those might be pretty good conditions for a run because it’s not RAIN .  Sure that leads to great humidity but the small water particles on my face felt good.

Despite not having to go into work until the afternoon today I still got up at 0530.  I have a meeting with my pre-health advisor that I wanted to make sure I had enough time to get to.  I didn’t actually mind such an early alarm.  Sure my eyes STUNG because of lack-of-sleep (I’ve only been getting 5 or 6 hours a night lately boo!) but once I’m up and changed out of my pjs I’m pretty good to go.

Like I mentioned there was NO RAIN.  And I actually got to see the sunrise.  It was really pretty with lots of pinks and purples.  Of course getting to see the sun and receive light from the sun was a real treat after lots of cloudage lately.  It was also still cool.  A nice 62*.  Despite not getting many hours of sleep last night, the cool temperature made things feel nice.

For some reason today’s run just felt *right*. It was way strong from the get-go which was nice because, after sleeping so little/poorly lately and being on my feet so much at my job, I was beginning to question whether or not I was losing my running touch.  You know, the one where almost every run this summer was fast and strong and powerful? Well I had been doubting whether or not that was a fluke or not.

I started out fast.  Not really intentionally but rather because I was running at around the same pace as this guy on the path (it was 0530 so the path run it was!) and it was that awkward running where, unless one of us drastically changed pace, we would likely keep passing and re-passing each other over and over.

Not necessarily a bad thing and normally I would actually attempt to run with such a person (my theory is that if you find someone who is running around your pace JOIN THEM.  It makes things fun) but I had a lot on my mind this morning so…..and this is going to reveal the nerd in me….I had to disengage the “Beat Frequency Effect”

Not really a catching title though for my theory.  If y’all have better suggestions I am all ears.

Nerd Alert!

So in physics, beats are when two sound waves have very similar frequencies but they’re are different enough that they aren’t in-phase (or lined up) with each other.   Therefore the amplitude of the waves can add positively (constructive interference and the sound is louder, or the sum of the two) or negatively (destructive interference and the sound is quieter, or the different of the two).  That’s why when tuning an instrument you get that oscillating sound as the instrument tries to line up with the right note.  Hopefully that science wasn’t confusing and I explained it okay.

The reason I mention it is because it happens in running too: the push and pull (or adding and subtracting) of two runner’s paces. Since no one runs at the *exact* same pace during the course of every step of a run there is the effect of a wave like motion that goes on when runners are running around the same pace.  I’m sure you guys have experienced it.  For me, it’s annoying. At least when running with others isn’t the point of a particular run.

And, if I hadn’t been the one to break away (like I said I had a lot on my mind and wanted to push and make my run feel hard) this guy and I would have been caught in this dance, like a beat frequency.

I have no idea if any of what I just wrote makes sense to you guys butttt it makes sense in my head.  Oh how I can relate anything to physics and/or running.

So the long and short of this tangent is to say that I was on the one who picked up the pace and blew past this guy.  It felt really good to just let go and run hard.  It’s not like it was a tempo effort or anything.  But it was faster than the paces I’ve been doing since I’ve moved and started up my early bird running.

So I ran the first loop in 8:29 pace! That’s faster than the average of my overall runs lately! And because my MO is to progressively run my runs my second loop was exactly one minute faster leading to an 8:15 pace.  Way cool stuff.  And since I was feeling really good I added a loop around a couple of the blocks by my apartment to add another 1.1 miles.  The pace of which was 7:52.  I was cruising.

Grand total for today? 9.3 miles in 8:18 pace.  All before 0700 too. I think I might be getting back into the swing of things 🙂



  1. I’ve been hearing about all the rain you guys are getting… it’s a little nuts! And would probably drive me crazy…

    9 miles under 8:20? Way to go!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 26, 2010 @ 08:45

  2. Great run. I have to admit, physics is one of those things I never really “got”.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 26, 2010 @ 08:46

  3. NICE!! Yes I would say you’re getting back into the swing of things. Maybe cause the sun finally came out??

    Comment by Shutupandrun — August 26, 2010 @ 08:47

  4. Haha I love your theory. And agree! Glad the rain decided to let up 🙂

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — August 26, 2010 @ 08:49

  5. I don’t normally run with others, but I understand about the different pace/beat. Sometimes in a run, as you come up to pass, you get all out of whack if you have to stay behind them at ll. Great run and pace.

    Comment by Kovas Palubinskas — August 26, 2010 @ 08:54

  6. Sounds like a great run, super speedy girl! I find it awkward when you are playing the dancing game with another runner, I never know if I should say something and run together or push and try to stay ahead or drop back. Good call with making the decision to break off.

    Comment by Stephanie — August 26, 2010 @ 09:00

  7. Can you come teach my physics class? Kthnks. 🙂

    Sounds like a perfect way to start the day to me! There is something about accomplishing a good run, pre-8am that sets the day up to be gooood. Glad your runs keep getting better and better, what a great feeling! You can feel free to send some of your “MO” my way too! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — August 26, 2010 @ 09:03

    • Would you believe that I’ve toyed with the idea of being a high school physics teacher?! If the whole medicine thing doesn’t work out that’s what I’ll do I guess haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 26, 2010 @ 14:14

  8. ha I love that song! It’s totally been stuck in my head for the past four days! I was so happy to see this sun this morning, this rain has been driving me crazy

    Comment by BostonRunner — August 26, 2010 @ 09:32

    • Amen! It’s about time we got some sunshine and summer temps!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 26, 2010 @ 14:14

  9. You confused me until you talked about the instrument tuning. Then it made perfect sense! Great run, you just keep getting faster 🙂

    Comment by Laura — August 26, 2010 @ 09:49

  10. I was never an A+ physics student, but I still love physics because it’s just SO cool, even though I had to work at it. More naturally inclined toward words and writing over here, so I like your wave/beat metaphor about running near other people. The pace push/pull is so true. And props on the unrainy run! Negative splittage is SO the most satisfying way to start an early day. It’s fun to start out slow and then see how low you can press your average pace down…

    Comment by sweatykid — August 26, 2010 @ 10:30

  11. you’re so fast now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 great running!!!! glad to hear how well it is going for you. and COOL + MISTY is my faaaaaaaaaaave. i do like the REAL rain but not as much to run in as mist 🙂 hahah… and today? NO RAIN! 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — August 26, 2010 @ 10:42

  12. I love that physics lesson!!! I was just saying to my husband last night — I like applied science, I hate physics but love scuba diving. I hate chemistry, but love cooking. Now, you’ve just applied physics to running! Awesome!

    Comment by Kim — August 26, 2010 @ 10:59

    • Applied science is sooo the way to go! My college had classes like “the physics of sound” and “the chemistry of cooking” and “the chemistry of color and art”for the non-science majors. I think you’d like that!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 26, 2010 @ 14:16

  13. Great running…holy. Physics is hard…I had trouble even typing it…

    Comment by Laura — August 26, 2010 @ 11:56

  14. Thanks for trying to teach me some physics 😉 It has never been one of my strong points!

    Great run this morning! It has been cooler here in the mornings as well and I have been loving every second of it.

    Comment by Matt — August 26, 2010 @ 12:01

  15. It is definitely awkward when that happens. It does make me speed up though. Nice pace!

    Comment by Jess — August 26, 2010 @ 13:56

    • I always try and channel you when I do the whole “speed up and pass” people. And I always think “I need to pass people correctly”! haha 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 26, 2010 @ 14:17

  16. Yay for the sunshine today! We never get any rain, I can’t imagine having that much and not drowning. Ha. Great running, lady!!

    Comment by Jill — August 26, 2010 @ 21:38

  17. It rains often here, so I should be used to running in it, but I’m not… I am wondering too if my summer fast runs have been a fluke too. I’ve ran faster than I’ve ever ran in my life this summer and I’m wondering if I’ll just totally bonk one of these days. Nicely done with those mid 8:00 paces! Woot!!

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — August 26, 2010 @ 21:54

  18. That physics description was actually spot on! I totally get it! I’m not a physics person at all (I survived in high school by programming a bunch of crap into my TI-82 – holler!) but your description made it easy to understand. 🙂

    And I do the same thing. If some random person is running near me, it messes with my rhythm and I either speed up or slow down, usually!

    Comment by shelby — August 27, 2010 @ 01:28

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