MarathonMaiden's Blog

November 9, 2010

Give Me Speed and Give Me Strength

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:58

I’m weirdly happy that you guys were intrigued by my laundry system.  It’s really not complicated at all and when saying it aloud makes me feel silly because in the end everything gets washed together.  Yes that’s right: whites, colors, line dry, washer friendly.  All together.  So far I haven’t ruined any clothes (or, more importantly because I’m about a billion feet tall, shrunk anything).  The only thing that gets separately washed is sheets and towels. But that’s because they’re on a different schedule.

Briefly (and I can’t believe I’m writing about this on my *running* blog) : I have 3 laundry baskets

Lucky for you I did laundry over the weekend so the baskets aren't overflowing!

One for anything that can go into the dryer safely.  One for things that MUST get line dried but are a worn once and done deal and one for work clothes that can be worn again (or things like jeans that duh can be worn again).  Essentially it boils down to two baskets for workout clothes and one for regular clothes.

I feel silly typing that out.  It kind of shows that I’m not quite all there? But I’m a runner so it goes with the territory.

Back to running though… and I might confirm that I’m not quite all there because I had on tap for today a tempo run.  I guess this cycle Tuesdays are tempo days.  I still hate tempos and still don’t really quite know what I’m capable of on any given day.  Two weeks ago I ran my tempo @ 7:04 and last week was 7:16.  I think that I should be going slower than that, ideally GMP which is 7:34, and I kind of knew that I wasn’t going to do that today.  So the goal was to go and be in control for the tempo portion.

After a brief warm up (which was on the quick side) I dove right in.  Because I know certain landmarks on the particular route that I ran too I was able to track my progress over the course of the tempo portion.  After the fact of course as no Garmin for me (although THANKS to Megan for the Nike+ that I got in the mail yesterday 🙂 )

Like I said above the plan the past two weeks has been to do the tempo between HM and GMP.  No different today. And luckily all the snow from yesterday had melted.

The Workout

  • Warm up
  • 2.2 miles in 16:02 (7:17)
  • 2.2 miles in 15:03 (6:50)
  • 1.2 miles in 8:17    (6:54)
  • Warm down

Grand total for the tempo is 5.6 miles in 39:22 mines which is a 7:01 pace with 13.3 miles total and an average of 8:08.

Well, I went too fast. Big surprise there, right? Normally I’d secretly be happy with it and I guess in the grand scheme of things I am really happy with that pace.  It’s fast.  But not quite a tempo workout. I mean, according to McMillian my tempo pace workouts should be between 6:53 and 7:11.  And this was more faster. Obviously.

I’m also a bit disappointed on the whole “control” goal that I had.  I felt in control for the first portion and probably should have stayed at that pace for the rest of the run but I saw 16:02 and thought (wrongly duh) that it meant 8:00 pace and sped up.  The second portion then felt out of control and was way faster than it should be.  Between the second and third portion I had to stop to cross a road and I couldn’t get a good feeling after that.  The lactic acid had built up and those split seconds of not moving just attacked my legs.  Still I got a good pace on that last 1.2 mile bit.

Overall I can’t lie and say that I hate this workout.  I LOVE that I was able to run as fast as I could for as long as I did.  I love that my hips and legs felt the lactic acid at the end (maybe more rolling later?) But I can’t lie and say it was a true tempo.  I don’t really know what it is.  Maybe it’ll tell my legs to run faster at WR and absolutely smash any notions that I might have for this race.

I guess we’ll see in <4 weeks.  Eeep.

In addition to mega speed I  felt sufficiently bad about my LACK of strength work  the past few months (the last time I did lifting was…July? And core…August?) so I printed off some time efficient challenges: One Hundred Pushups and Two Hundred Situps. The gist of both challenges is that, over the course of 6 weeks, you should be able to do it.  Sounds simple enough.  I did the pushup one over the summer of ’09 and it was HARD.  I think I repeated some of the later weeks so it took me 8 weeks total.  But I did it.

I need to look like this again hahah

I chose these challenges because it wasn’t as time intensive as going to the gym (not that I have a membership) and I didn’t feel bad about not doing 45-60 minutes of lifting.  Today only took 10 minutes and because I was following a program I didn’t feel bad about it at all.  I’m starting with Week 1 Day 1 (W1D1) and column 3 (I didn’t do the initial test but I know that I’m strong enough to do the last column)

Pushups: 10,12,7,7,max(10)

Situps: 15,18,10,10,max (15)

I alternated doing pushup set 1 with situp set 1 until I was done with the whole thing.  My arms feel like jello now! Guess it’s been far too long since I did this stuff.  The funny thing is that when I looked at each set individually I thought “wow this is going to be easy” but I was breathing a little hard by the end.  Probably because on a couple sets I did one or two more than I should. Hello hubris

Google Images

But it was a good workout. And a great way to get back into … well I guess I’m rebuilding muscle now. Then it’s maintenance of it hahah.  And it was a nice way to cap off a really hard speed session too.  I’m at work right now and feel like I’m on top of the world 🙂

I’ll leave it at that because this post is long and maybe a bit rambly.  Maybe it’s the wicked strong coffee and I’m out of focus (possibly reflective in the writing of the post!) but if you’ve made it this far you should check out the giveaways from Marcia and Lesley and Sam


  1. Fantastic run! Gosh, I have no idea what a “true tempo” even is. Sounds like you did some good honest work, and at the end of the day it’s all quality stuff in the marathon bank right? Awesome weirdo laundry system 🙂 Running definitely complicates the whole laundry thing!

    Comment by sweatykid — November 9, 2010 @ 15:38

  2. I think you do everything alittle “….more than I should.” You are crazy fast, crazy busy and now crazy laundry organized!…and I remain crazy jealous.

    Comment by shelly — November 9, 2010 @ 15:50

  3. You are a machine. I would offer to meet up with you at White Rock except that you’ll finish about 2 hours before me!!! Awesome run.

    Comment by Lesley @ — November 9, 2010 @ 15:54

  4. I love that you’re organized like me. But I want to be as fast as you! =)

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 9, 2010 @ 16:00

  5. Hey- sometimes you’ve got to do whatever works, right? I know I’ve cursed one too many times for accidently drying something that shouldn’t have been…. lol

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 9, 2010 @ 16:11

    • True story: the first time I had to do laundry on my own I asked my mom what should go into the dryer and what should not. What she told me was that “anything you do not want to shrink gets hung up”… my response? “But I don’t want ANYTHING to shrink” so I’m wayyyy paranoid now hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:52

  6. Pushups sneak up on you. I’m pretty careful with our laundry, but the washing machine (shared) isn’t always as kind to our stuff as I’d like to to be. Earlier this year it bleached all our sheets (this was 2 separate incidents with the crazy washer that always has some kind of problem) so now all of our sheets have bleach spots. Fortunately they are covered with blankets all the time, but dang. Now I’m always paranoid about washing stuff in the cranky washer.

    Comment by Chelsea — November 9, 2010 @ 16:32

  7. dude… the marathon will be easy for you! you’re running one every other day, and you’re able to get hard workouts in. bionic woman.

    but gosh, I haven’t been doing strength work either. I should try the 100 pushup challenge… except the most I have ever done in a row is 7 or 8 (when I was lifting semi-regularly) so I imagine I could only do 2 or 3 now. I’d be pretty darn impressed if I could get to 50 or even 25 real ones.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — November 9, 2010 @ 16:38

    • DO THE CHALLENGE WITH ME. We’d have killer arms afterward.

      Hopefully the marathon will be easy for me! Keep sending that confidence my way 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:53

  8. Again, I am way impressed by your pace! 🙂 Wish I had your speed! The truth is, though, I maxed out at 8 minute miles when I was in the Army and super-fit, so I probably never will. Wouldn’t mind getting back to those 8 min miles, though! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — November 9, 2010 @ 16:53

  9. You are fast! <— This you must know.

    Your laundry system is intricate- love it.

    Comment by run4may — November 9, 2010 @ 17:03

    • Awww thanks! And did you change your blog url?! I haven’t been getting updates from you in my reader since FOREVER!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:55

  10. Ahhh I just started the push-ups too! Hopefully we’ll both be rocking out 100 in no time!

    Thanks for sharing your laundry system! I’m a throw it all in girl too, it’s when I come to drying stuff things get complicated.. I have certain radiators for certain clothing categories.. This will all change when we move.. haha you probs didn’t want to know that but I’m leaving it there anyway since I already wrote it!

    Comment by Laura — November 9, 2010 @ 17:43

    • Omg you sound exactly like me with the drying system. No joke.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:56

  11. I have no lifted weights in about a month. LOL. It will probably be another month before I do so again 😉

    Comment by Matt — November 9, 2010 @ 17:47

  12. I totally forgot I had posted about that push up challenge months ago! Maybe now would be a good time to actually do it b/c I feel like I’ve been slacking on strength training lately too.

    Comment by Jenny — November 9, 2010 @ 19:54

  13. Nice workout today! I always tell myself that too fast is better than too slow. 😉

    Comment by Jess — November 9, 2010 @ 21:47

    • Under normal circumstances I’d agree but I’m afraid that it’s going to cause me to crash and BURN in, ohhhhhh, 25(!?!) days!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:57

  14. I love the laundry system you have!! Great workout and dang woman your arms are perfection!! Seriously, you are speedy and I cannot get enough of your blog!

    Comment by — November 9, 2010 @ 22:14

    • Those were my arms about 1.5 years ago. I want to get back there!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 13:54

  15. Must be the generation – my daughter washed everthing together, too, and it just drives me crazy!! She’s ruined a white shirt when washed with new jeans, but other than that, she hasn’t had any mishaps…which floors me.

    Keep up the awesome running, Speedy!!

    Comment by Jill — November 10, 2010 @ 00:04

  16. umm. drama queen. 😉 maybe you’re faster than you are telling yourself? i know what you are saying though – control/training at the right speed is important. so that laundry system is interesting. i used to wash all in one load (color, whatever) but then i got married and josh is super picky about his clothes (i’m like, you’re a guy? this isn’t supposed to matter).

    Comment by lindsay — November 10, 2010 @ 07:07

  17. How is that not a tempo? I read your workout twice and it looks great to me! You are so much fitter than you think you are, I surmise…a 7:0X tempo pace is great. Just don’t run that fast in the marathon. Give yourself a cookie for every mile that you don’t blow your load.

    Comment by sarah — November 10, 2010 @ 07:11

    • I probably am fitter than I think and I think that’s my biggest hurdle when it comes to my running: my mentality! I’m worried that I am going to run that fast in the marathon. Cookies as a reward? Yes please 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 13:55

  18. Nice job with the core work!! It’s always hard starting out. Hehe, I’m horrible at separating laundry – I mix everything together all the time. I started doing it in college and never stopped…luckily it hasn’t backfired too badly (except for an unfortunate incident with a red shirt that turned everything pink…)

    Comment by mealsformiles — November 10, 2010 @ 08:07

  19. YA YA YA for tempo! hehe! you will come visit one day, or i’ll get my booty out there to run in the SNOW with you! (it could be fun!) but I think we would both prefer the beachy hills over this way 😉 ummmmm less than 4-weeks, I can’t control my excitement!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — November 10, 2010 @ 12:20

    • Giiiiiiiirl snow is NOT what it’s cracked up to be. Beaches > snow. 100% of the time. And I’m soooooooo effing pumped for this. There may or may not be a countdown on my desk right now…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 13:56

  20. Nice job on the tempo. I need to get back to the weights – right now I barely lift once a week.

    On the photo/brightroom stuff. I basically just print screen the page, then cropped the picture down to just what I wanted. Its not the best quality but its better than nothing! Otherwise I have no idea how to get those photos! I really hate how expensive brightroom is and how they have such control over those pictures! 10 files of pictures should not be 50 bucks!

    Comment by J — November 10, 2010 @ 12:47

  21. great job MM!!!!!!!! tempo flyyin’ always feels good. it’s nice to be able to hold the pace too.

    pushups make my chest so sore, when i actually do enough of them (which is like 20, lol). i feel like doing yoga works me in the right direction although i should spend more time than i am lately on strength/core.

    Comment by lacey — November 10, 2010 @ 12:49

    • Ummm my chest is pretty freaking sore right now. Ugh. I’m hoping that it gets easier hahah. And maybe someday I’ll be able to get as tempo-rific as you 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 13:57

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