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November 19, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:52

I’ll play the Four For Friday game. Mostly because I like bullets and this is a bullet point template for posting essentially.  And 4 is my lucky number. There is a flow to the bullet and probably could have been pulled together for a flowing post.  But it’s Friday.  I’ll make it nice and easy for you 🙂

I do want to say HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII to all the new peeps reading! It’s really exciting to get an email saying “Please Moderate a Comment” because it means that someone new is commenting. I LOVE it.  Thanks for finding me!

  • I think I’m going to go with the taper plan I suggested yesterday. I think my message in asking for advice was a bit lost as many of you commented on the volume of running I’d be doing, which I’d never questioned myself. I was more curious about the speed work.  But since no one shouted ‘NO MM DON’T DO THAT” in terms of going the GMP route (and those of you who did mention speed work did say that GMP tempo intervals were the way to go) I’m going to assume that my speed work plan is good.  Plus since my friend did those workouts and beasted Indy with them I’m hoping for the “monkey see monkey do” approach here. But I guess since I’m a newbie then it’s all trial and error.  Eeeep.  Wish me luck? 🙂

Monkey See...thanks google

  • That said I’m still torn between doing Yassos this weekend or tempo intervals.  While I know that tempo intervals might be more beneficial in the long run with 16 (HOLY #$%@) days until WR.  But I ❤ 800m repeats. Yes I am weird.  On one hand, Yassos could build up my confidence with a kick butt workout.  On the other hand they are really intense for a workout.  Possibly too much breakdown with so little time left.
  • I had a really good recovery run this morning.  Like really good.  Very shocking because I felt on the slow side yesterday on my long run too.  Maybe that’ll be a trend this taper: feeling slower than I’m going. Yes the pace was outside of McMillian but it was faster than I thought I was going.  A good sign I think. And if you’ve been reading awhile, then you know that, while I question the validity of calculators, I need paces forced down my throat.  Apparently I am incapable of making pacing decisions on my own. That said, for recovery runs I think that pace is complete horse pooh.  Recovery is recovery.  Sometimes I need a granny shuffle recovery and other times it’s a brisk clip.  I’ve also noticed that as I’ve been training my typical 0500 runs have gotten slower, as they follow hard days.  At first I was a bit upset “What do you mean I’m getting slower?!” but then I said “EFF IT” because my quality workouts are being kickass and BAMF.  Fingers crossed for a BAMF marathon.

Okay so this pic isn't RR at all. But I google imaged BAMF and this came up. Anyone else upset that LOST had to end?

  • Yes the recovery run was good but the temp wasn’t.  I probably shouldn’t say that because 35* really isn’t cold.  It’s not even freezing.  But yesterday I ran in beautiful 45* weather and the morning before, while it was pouring rain, was 57*.  Ahhhhhhh relativity.  And New England. I was completely comfy in my shorts and long-sleeves BUT my hands, with THREE LAYERS OF GLOVES, froze.  I know I have poor circulation but it’s still no bueno.  I might have to break out the snowmobile mittens soon.  The ones that make me look like I have lobster hands.  I should spray paint them red…

And with that enjoy the rest of your Friday.  I’m hoping to be able to leave work on the early side and I’m pretty sure I have a fun weekend planned.  So TGIF.


  1. have a great weekend girl and good luck figuring out the taper plan!! my plan has a mix of speed and GMP stuff, i think the work is done at this point but its just making sure to stay crisp while backing off the volume. no getting stale allowed! 😉

    Comment by aron — November 19, 2010 @ 13:56

  2. You’re definitely gonna have a BAMF race! It was only 35* for your run today? It was colder over here, 33*. Of course, that is including wind chill.

    Comment by Nick — November 19, 2010 @ 13:57

  3. YAY its Friday! I cannot wait for 4pm to come and I can leave! ~ 50 minutes!!!

    I had snow this morning on my car. And current high is 39F! Ugg Winter is definitely making an appearance!

    Comment by J — November 19, 2010 @ 15:09

  4. Hmm, taper volume? I feel like you are a mileage maniac, so what might seem like a lot to others is probably fine for you — you know your body best. As for the 800’s – if they will build up your confidence and make you feel sharp, you could just reduce the number of repeats to 4-6 if you’re worried about too much breakdown, and then throw in some shortened tempo after that (if you wanted). I think your third bullet in this post is $$ — marathons, training, running – it’s all such an experiment, so good for you for just going with the flow in terms of pacing and stuff. You seem to recover SO quickly; it seems like as long as you keep your T-1 week light, you will be primed to rip it up!

    Sorry for this rambly comment filled with unsolicited advice… I just enjoy your training plan musings.

    Comment by sweatykid — November 19, 2010 @ 15:32

    • I love my training musings too. And unsolicitated advice…well maybe not that. But yours is welcome. It probably wasn’t unsolicited though as I likely asked for it 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 20, 2010 @ 16:06

  5. I’m always slower when I run at 5 AM. And don’t worry, it’s like 70 down here.

    Comment by Jess — November 19, 2010 @ 15:49

    • Will it be 70* in a few weeks? I’m kind of hoping that it will be…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 20, 2010 @ 16:06

  6. hehe, i love the little monkey. and, I TOTES agree that your quality workouts have been awesome, which is why your recovery runs are slower as they should be. AND, you will continue on being a BAMF up until and during the marathon 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — November 19, 2010 @ 15:59

  7. oh dear, now I feel guilty coz I don’t have a taper plan. oh wait I do. “DON’T EAT TOO MUCH”. Yep, that’s my plan. LOL! Have a great weekend girl! =)

    *Please read my blog post for today. I am shamelessly plugging it coz I REALLY don’t want YOU to miss it. Check it out and you’ll understand why =)

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 19, 2010 @ 16:34

  8. Um, 35 degrees is COLD! Great job on your recovery run, I love that feeling. I am happy you are sticking to that plan because I think it looked great and if it worked for your friend why not try it. Have an amazing weekend!

    Comment by janae — November 19, 2010 @ 17:19

  9. i agree – recovery is not a specific pace — it’s however slow you need to go to take it easy! doesn’t matter if that’s a 10:00 or an 8:00, as long as it’s easy.

    i hated ben the whole time (he was annoying to me) until the last episode when he turned into a non-annoying guy to live on the island with hurley.

    Comment by lindsay — November 19, 2010 @ 18:45

  10. I completely’ve been having amazing hard workouts, so who cares if your normal runs are a little slower. 🙂 Pretty sure you’re going to rock the marathon…I think sometimes we forget that everyone is different and will train a bit differently, so you do what you gotta do.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    Comment by emily — November 20, 2010 @ 08:11

  11. You’re right on about the recovery runs. On recovery runs I often either ditch the watch or don’t start it in the first place. I’ll guesstimate the elapsed time after but sometimes I just ignore it. Other times I’ll go out to run 30 minutes, whatever 30 minutes gets me so be it. The pace has ranged from 9 min+ to right around 8 depending on how I feel that day. And since the goal is to just get the blood moving and clear out the junk built up from a workout, that’s all I need.

    I think whatever workout you do, as long as you scale back the volume (like someone else suggested, maybe just 4-5 800s) and come out of it feeling confident, it’ll be fine

    Comment by Mark — November 20, 2010 @ 09:31

  12. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Linus, I love a good LOST mention 🙂
    You know what you need to do to taper – listen to your body. You’ve got this!

    Comment by Runeatrepeat — November 20, 2010 @ 17:06

    • I totally loved to hate him. But I loved to love Richard. Maybe I should have used a pic of him instead hahah. and thanks lady for the words of encouragement with my taper. I just need to trust myself like you said 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 21, 2010 @ 15:38

  13. Ha – lobster hands! 🙂 That totally fits in New England, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Terri — November 20, 2010 @ 17:24

  14. I was just thinking about how excited I am about your upcoming marathon in TWO weeks. i am really excited for you which is strange considering I don’t even know you in real life:) Just thought I would tell you!

    Comment by janae — November 20, 2010 @ 20:57

    • Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks 🙂 I’m going to need lots and lots of good vibes for it 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 21, 2010 @ 15:39

  15. 35 degrees? 45 degrees? 57 degrees? They all sound unbelievably cold. Tomorrow I am in a for a huge shock when we get to NYC!

    Comment by Ameena — November 20, 2010 @ 22:33

    • Hahahah! It was 34* this morning for me. I think we’re in a cold snap. Lucky you 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 21, 2010 @ 15:39

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