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September 13, 2010

“Drunk Chick Passed Out On Pavement”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:04

I bet that title got your attention today!

Because, according to the search terms people use to get to my blog, this is how someone got here.  Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.  Just for the record: I have never been passed out on the pavement.  Ever. And I don’t plan on starting either. Clearly this reader will have left here disappointed. But I found it hilarious anyway.

Okay moving on…

Apparently there was a 5k on Sunday morning a block from my apartment. Why did I not know about this?!  When I started my “recovery run” (more on that later) I noticed mile markers and when I was finishing up the run I saw the starting line.  Not that I really should have been thinking about racing so soon after last weekend (Question: am I ever going to get tired of linking to that RR?! Answer: never) but it reinforced that I really need to get in touch with the local running community and make a trip to the local running store again.  Simply waving and smiling (and batting a few eyelashes) isn’t going to cut it anymore.  Time to make my presence known 😉

But like I said, I went out for a recovery run first thing on Sunday.  The combination of having a really good dream (too bad I can never remember the good ones!) and the temps being so cold last night (okay so it was only 50*.  It felt cold though) that the covers were so warm made it almost impossible to get out of bed.  I mean obviously I did but there was a moment or two of “I just want to lay here forever”.

Because it was so cold last night I opted for my neon green long sleeve for my run.  The weird thing was that once I stepped out of my apartment the air felt about 10* warmer than inside! I kept the long sleeve on though because I like being able to wrap my hands in the sleeves.   And it’s literally neon green.  Question: How can you beat that?!

I apolog-- oh wait no I don't. I think pink + green = amazing combo. I didn't run in the pink shorts though (or the sexy socks) because I'm writing this post run and thus threw the shirt on for a random picture. I'm pretty sure my roomie thinks I'm nuts 😉

Answer: You can’t

Lately I’ve been struggling with my sense of direction and I decided to tackle one of my “not-on-the-path” routes that I have yet to run properly.  Not that I’ve ever been fully lost.  I do have a keen sense of direction and always know where I am but sometimes I doubt that ability and take wrong turns because I feel like a turn should have happened already.

I am proud to say that I ran the entire route properly. And then because I was feeling really good despite having run looooooooooong the day before (and running an 8:29 pace! Although I didn’t know that at the time) I added on a little bit extra.  So maybe Sunday wasn’t really the recovery day that it should have been.

Not much else to say about it except that this route has some killer hills (I literally live in the neighborhood called “College Hill” after all) and, with the exception of maybe the first hill on the route because I was still warming up a bit, I didn’t notice them.  Even this one which comes at a point where I’m pretty far away from my place (and thus really effing tired already!)

Not the best quality of a picture but hopefully you guys can see the line where the hill just drops. AKA where the sunlight is on the next street over is about 100m BELOW where I’m standing.

You know how way back in the day people thought the world was flat and that we’d drop off the face of the Earth if we traveled too far? Yeah.  Well that’s what I think every time I come to this hill.  The only thing worse than going down is knowing that I have to go back up.

And view from the bottom:

Again, not the best quality but hills are darn hard to capture on film!

So much for recovery from the LR with hills like these.  And they are everywhere here!  And with another speed session on tap for a bright and early Monday morning, well maybe I should have re-thought this route.  My pathway is relatively flat though, but after running it all week I wanted to break loose.

And so, with a killer 13.6 mile long run on Saturday and a very hilly recovery-yet-so-not-recovery run on Sunday I awoke bright and early to do a repeat of last Thursday’s speed work courtesy of my new coach. Aka Lacey.

Bright and early = I had to run this at 0500.  Which is a totally different beast than even 0530.  At least with the latter there’s a promise of sunlight at some point.  Not so much at 0500.  And the path where I warmed up, well there are no streetlights on the actual path — it’s a path that divides the road so the streetlights are on the actual sidewalks.  So I did have some light but it was still a little spooky I guess.  But as I started off I definitely thought it could motivate me to run faster!

In case you’re too lazy to click my link above, here’s what the deal-io was:

  • Warm up
  • 2 X 1 mile continuous
  • Warm down

Granted I changed it up last time (and for that I’m going to make you click the link if you’ve forgotten) and, duh, changing it up was likely and what I knew was going to happen anyway when I hit the streets.  My target pace for the miles was 6:45, ideally with the second mile being faster than the first.  This was the case last time but my first mile was kind of slow.  Paige had a really good suggestion of adding strides during the tail end of my warm up because I suspect the reason the first mile had been slow was because my warm up was done slowly and the fastness in me hadn’t been woken up yet.  So during the warm up I added about 8 or so strides over second half.

It was another chilly morning here in New England which fit me just fine for some speediness. While  I don’t mind running in heat at all (in fact I actually enjoy it) the cool, crisp temps of September and October really make interval workouts enjoyable.  Granted by the end of the hard stuff I was sweating so much I thought I was in the dog days of August but oh well.  I was working hard 🙂

Here’s what went down:

  • Warm up: 3.7 miles @ 8:59
  • 2 X 1 mile (1st: 6:47, 2nd: 645)
  • 1 mile recovery @ 8:50
  • 1 mile HARD @ 6:26
  • 2.8 mile warm up @ 8:22

Total: 10.5 (although I think it’s actually 10.6 with the way I round my warm up/down) @ 8:16 (or 8:11 if you use the 10.6)

So I think that this workout possibly went better than the last time (which I linked above but will again here) just because the pacing was more even. Surprising after the weekend of miles and hills. I’m not 100% sure of the splits for the 2 X 1 mile just because it was still pitch black when I hit the 1 mile mark and I was running so hard that I’m pretty sure I lost the ability to do my usual mental math but I’m 99.99% sure.  And I know that the two of them together were 13:32.

I will say that the second one was WAY harder than the first mile.  Which wasn’t the case last time.  I actually thought that I’d be getting positive splits for, very likely, the first time.  I didn’t and then busted out another great mile at the end.  But trust me: I was hurting.  Breathing hard and my quads were like jelly.

Sign of a good workout? Maybe?

Another sign might be that the recovery mile and the warm down felt sloooooooooooooooooow.  The recovery mile is actually a lot slower than last time but felt so much faster.  I use street signs as the mile markers and every time I’d pass a new street I’d pray that it WASN’T the one I needed to start that third mile!

But the third mile went really well.  At least time wise.  I had to keep mentally telling myself to not let up or coast.  Which is probably a good thing because if I plan on running a fast and hard 5k then I’m going to have to fight through the pain that is fast running.

I finished the workout a little dazed from the effort because the warm down, not only felt like I was walking, but I *ranpastmyapartment*.  Oops. Not the biggest deal because the warm down wasn’t over (I run two small loops) butttt I looked around at one point and was like, ummm I think I missed a turn for the typical first loop.

To think I claim running wakes me up in the morning 😉

So that is that.  Another speed session in the books.  I’m still not quite sure how I truly feel about it because A) I don’t have a measure by which to judge speed workout, specifically for the 5k and B) I’m a perfectionist and didn’t smash my times from last week.  Which annoys me. But on paper it looks good I think. So I’m still iffy about whether or not this workout was a big success or not.

I guess we’ll see this weekend, right? 8)


  1. Great runs, seeing all your super fast times makes me want to go do speedwork every day in hopes of being that fast one day! The hills however do not look like fun at all, I will leave those to you, but they will make you so much stronger and so fast! You would laugh at what I consider hills down here.

    I am a huge pink and green fan, like huge, excellent color combo!

    Comment by Stephanie — September 13, 2010 @ 09:04

  2. If I wear that green shirt will I run as fast as you? Well done!

    Comment by Shutupandrun — September 13, 2010 @ 09:27

  3. Love the green and pink. There are many days that I don’t match. Sometimes it’s on purpose. Often it’s not and just a sign I should do some laundry…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 13, 2010 @ 09:48

  4. Awesome job. I just went over a bunch of stats with my coaches..I am doing better than I thought…sometimes it just takes some distance to see the gains.

    Comment by Laura — September 13, 2010 @ 10:44

  5. I love that green shirt, especially with those pink shorts :). I think that run was good…but I’m so much like you and have to over-analyze everything too :).

    Comment by Jill — September 13, 2010 @ 11:21

  6. Wait, so the “2×1 mile continuous” basically means… 1 x 2 miles, with the second mile faster than the first? I wasn’t sure at first. Sure looks like the workout well! And I get a little weirded out running in the dark too… guhhh.

    Comment by sweatykid — September 13, 2010 @ 11:39

    • Basically. It confused me A LOT at first. But apparently 2 X 1 mile is the proper way to write it? Who knows!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 13, 2010 @ 15:50

  7. I love the green!

    And 50 is pretty chilly! It was 67* this morning and my first thoughts were “It is a bit nippy today”. Haha.

    Comment by Matt — September 13, 2010 @ 11:53

  8. that workout sounds KILLER. Whenever I do similar workouts, I always completely poop out after the first or second repeat. I am so un-fast!

    I hate that it’s dark out when I start my a.m. runs now, but loooove the cooler weather 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — September 13, 2010 @ 13:01

  9. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 🙂 way to go K!!!! and tell me again how come you haven’t been doing fast miles all summer?!?! 🙂 you are peaking at the right time for fall racing season. 5K HERE YOU COME and tehn… 10K HERE YOU COME!

    Comment by Lacey — September 13, 2010 @ 13:23

  10. I think green and pink are a fantastic combination and you look cute. I think you’d look great in a paper bag though so the colors are irrelevant!

    Love the title of this post – search terms crack me up!

    Comment by Ameena — September 13, 2010 @ 13:29

  11. Great runs! Mental math during running just doesn’t happen for me.

    I love green and pink! I love my fall/winter long sleeves that have thumb holes. I love having my hands covered a little.

    Comment by shelly — September 13, 2010 @ 14:01

    • Me too. I die a little inside when spring comes and I have to give those thumb hole shirts up!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 13, 2010 @ 15:52

  12. The times look good to me! Did you run with your camera?

    Comment by Jess — September 13, 2010 @ 14:26

    • Nope. At least not when I run. I was out walking and took the pictures. I really should run and take pictures though because New England is absolutely gorgeous this time of year!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 13, 2010 @ 15:53

  13. Totally off topic, but the inside of your apartment looks cute.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 13, 2010 @ 15:08

    • I think so too! I keep meaning to insert pictures of my apartment but keep forgetting to!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 13, 2010 @ 15:53

  14. green and pink look great together! Hills are always so hard to photograph, i live in Boston and tried to post a pic of heart break hill on my blog last year and it looked pancake flat. This is the first time i’ve read your blog, i laughed at the title but that’s not why i clicked on you, i’ve always seen you comment on other blogs so i was curious, lol 🙂

    Comment by Bethany B — September 13, 2010 @ 16:45

  15. Your apartment looks super cute! I’m assuming that’s your place in the pic with the neon green shirt. Love the hardwood floors.

    Comment by Jenny — September 13, 2010 @ 17:59

  16. Great session! I always find my 2nd or 3rd intervals are when it starts happening. Daniels has something interesting about that concerning warming up for a race: if you find your later intervals are better, use that info and take a longer warm-up for races. Not saying you do, maybe this was just you being all comfy in bed, but something to note, anyway. Btw, your apartment looks really nice. I want.

    Comment by Flo — September 13, 2010 @ 19:10

    • Come visit 🙂

      Later intervals are always better for me so I’m toying with the idea of a long warm up before the race. Maybe 20-25 minutes? Maybe longer? Ugh. Decisions!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 14:15

      • Just think where in your runs your stride starts opening up and you feel easier. That’s the timeframe. Of course, I’m all talk, something in me hates long warmups but I’m finding I open up at 3mi. on a run. But hell, I don’t want to warm up for 3 miles! 🙂 Must work on this myself.

        Comment by Flo — September 14, 2010 @ 20:05

      • I sure as heck don’t want to warm up for 3 miles either! But that’s going to be likely. Which is kind of good because the race start is ~3 miles from my apartment.

        Comment by marathonmaiden — September 15, 2010 @ 09:39

  17. another great workout as usual! congrats!
    Re: your comment about my 8:17 pace. it wasn’t the pace that I was bummed about, it was the idea of feeling ‘speedy’ but then being slower than I thought! i like it when i works out the other way around!

    can’t wait for your upcoming race! 🙂 you are going to rock it!

    Comment by tmart — September 13, 2010 @ 21:29

    • I totally know what you mean about pacing. It’s so mental sometimes and how it affects us!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 14:16

  18. sounds like some great workouts! i am trying to follow your advice as well about running faster/speedwork and finally got in some decent times in the 8s this weekend. yessss!!!

    Comment by emily — September 13, 2010 @ 22:38

    • Yay for fastness. Glad that you’re seeing results 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 14:17

  19. Haha I loveee the running outfit!!!

    Comment by ada — September 14, 2010 @ 08:52

  20. Nice workouts. Did you get these from somewhere, or are you just playin’ it by ear?

    Comment by sarah — September 14, 2010 @ 09:09

    • I got this one from Lacey but how my plan is coming together is totally by ear. Scary! Eek 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 14:17

  21. When I do intervals (the only time I think during my runs/do math), I definitely get all confused about even the most simple calculations.. like 15+5. It’s sort of amusing.
    Also funny to see what people searched to find your blog, I have no idea how to even do that or I would

    Comment by BostonRunner — September 14, 2010 @ 10:55

    • Normally I don’t get confused at all with math on the run but it must have been a really hard running session hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 14:18

  22. Those are some nice splits on the speedwork! Way to go. And aren’t you going to change your blog title to drunk girl running or something like that? ; )

    Comment by MissZippy — September 14, 2010 @ 11:53

  23. Love the neon pink long sleeve …. and the pink! Great run. You can’t compare week to week, but I think it is important to compare long term … month to month or to revisit a workout you did a couple of months ago to gauge your process.

    Comment by Jaime — September 14, 2010 @ 12:56

  24. […] I think I should also note that I was NOT going for a recovery run this morning.  There was absolutely no soreness from yesterday’s speed session […]

    Pingback by A Tour Of Sorts « MarathonMaiden's Blog — September 14, 2010 @ 14:05

  25. If you lived in NYC, I bet we could be running buddies. Nice workout! Whenever I’m running or racing hard, I always get tripped up trying to do “mental math”. Thank god for marathon pace bands 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — September 14, 2010 @ 14:06

    • I bet we’d be great running buddies! As for the mental math, I don’t know what the deal was with me faltering. Normally I’m really good at it! Guess I was just really pushing myself?!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 14:20

  26. Loving your pink and green, it would have been even better if the shorts were flourescent though hehe! 90’s!!

    How do you find out what people search to get to your blog?

    Comment by Laura — September 14, 2010 @ 17:07

  27. Running in the morning totally wakes me up! Its weird, some days when I dont run i feel so sleepy! lol

    5am is DARK nowadays! Crazy but I can’t wait for daylight savings to at least see a little sunshine. I feel like it is dark in the mornings at 5am more than it is light 😦

    Comment by J — September 15, 2010 @ 20:45

    • I totally feel sleepy when I don’t run! Quite a juxtaposition 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 16, 2010 @ 16:35

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