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February 1, 2011

The Postman Must Have Been A Runner

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:03

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds

Sooooooo over this winter thing.  I mean I’m embracing the snow but the novelty of the white fluffy stuff has been lost. Spring? Yes please.

Obviously many of you know that there’s a snowmaggedon going down right now in many places in the country and, while I wish it weren’t the case, RI is getting hit.  This morning I got to run in round 1 of it.  Round 2 (ice and sleet) is coming at midnight.  The only good news about that is that work has been tentatively closed tomorrow. YAY snow day.

The bad news is A) another storm and I hate storms. And B) I likely won’t get to run in it because today’s weather left me with NO TRACTION at all. I may be a crazy runner but I’m not suicidal.  On the plus side my belaying buddy might have the day off too and we can go rock climbing.  I’ve already gotten a text from him confirming that we’re going tonight if the place is open.

So with the weather like this

It was probably a bit foolish to think that I could get in a good hard tempo, or even a good harder than easy, run in.  Didn’t stop me from trying though…

  • Warm up
  • 5.6 miles harder @ 7:51 (2.2 @ 7:59, 2.2 @ 7:42, 1.2 @ 7:53)
  • 1.2 easy
  • 1.2 harder @ 8:17
  • Warm down

For the past three out of four Tuesday Tempo days there has been rain or sleet or snow. I think I’m joining Amy’s I-Hate-Tuesdays campaign now.

So it’s really hard to judge how I’m doing endurance-speed wise.  This run was particularly brutal because of the way the wind was blowing the snow, so I had icicles on my eyelashes.  And I had to stop a couple times (once during the “tempo” portion) to melt the ice so I could see.  Couple that with no traction because the roads were not plowed (nor did I see a plow…not bitter or anything…) and I really don’t see how I could have expected the run to be fast pace wise.

Still, and this may sound broken record-ish, I can’t tell if it’s my mind or my body that giving me the slower-than-I-want paces lately.  I’ve got a lot on my plate right now and I know that during the run my mind was all over the place.  Which is fine for a normal/easy run but I need to be focused if I have a shot at training well and then racing well. Lately I’ve been questioning my level of motivation for this training.  Which is scary as hell and not being helped by workouts where paces aren’t being hit.  It felt like a quality effort though.

I suppose I’ll have to go on effort.  Which was there.  The easy was slower than the hard.  And my lungs and legs were working hard.  That counts for something, right?

To make my Tuesday even worse, the microwave at work is apparently broken and no one told me .  Because it did this to my popcorn just now.

Popcorn FAIL


I think that this day cannot end fast enough. Fingers crossed I get to go climbing tonight!



  1. Hope your day gets better and you get to climbing! That snow looks pretty intnse, no good for running!

    Comment by Laura — February 1, 2011 @ 17:23

  2. I have had the same sort of pace thing lately as well. This morning’s run was just ….there. We start hills this week (if Mama Nature will let us) so I have hopes this will shake things up.

    Comment by Laura — February 1, 2011 @ 17:25

  3. I don’t think anyone could hope to run a quality tempo in conditions like that honestly. This is where the treadmill can actually be better than running outdoors (and I say that while maintaining my hatred of the machine). Or an indoor track, though that can get SUPER monotonous too. If you’re gonna run outside, anything faster than normal has got to be a victory (so long as you don’t slip and fall too). If the effort is there, when the weather improves you’ll see the paces do so too

    Comment by runningmanz — February 1, 2011 @ 17:37

  4. I think there’s no way most people would have had a quality run in those conditions. Here’s hoping for spring – and a new office microwave!

    Comment by Terri — February 1, 2011 @ 17:41

  5. I’ll be your vice president in the I hate snow club. alskfja;sodihfaseoihf. That’s all I have to say.

    Comment by Chelsea — February 1, 2011 @ 17:44

  6. hope you are having a better day now. And seriously, good for you for getting out there and running. This weather really sucks and IT MUST END.

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 1, 2011 @ 18:00

  7. Dang! You pulled off times like that out there?! Am I cross-eyed? You are my superhero!

    Climb MM, climb!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — February 1, 2011 @ 18:08

  8. You can’t run and you aren’t able to make a decent snack at work?!?! Life is ROUGH. Seriously. That sucks.

    It’s times like these where I actually appreciate the crappy little workout room I have that is right across the street. I’m snowed in and they called tomorrow a snow day- I’m taking it as an opportunity to do my longer run of the week…. weeee!

    Stay warm. Bake lots. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 1, 2011 @ 19:16

  9. extreme snow you got there! But kudos to you for even trying to run! =) I’d totally be in complete hibernation if the weather was like that.

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — February 1, 2011 @ 19:27

  10. I can’t BELIEVE you ran in that girl! WOW. That is some extreme dedication, right there. I am so ready for spring too! I am OVER this. We’re supposed to have 0 degree weather tomorrow…Awesome. I hope you get to go rock climbing! That sounds super fun 🙂

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — February 1, 2011 @ 19:27

  11. Arrrghh, you simply can’t judge your paces too harshly in those conditions… it’s kind of amazing to run those paces in that crap to begin with! And motivation? Let it come back around when it wants to. You’ve got an amazing enough base that now’s probably the best time in your training to have a little dip in the mojo anyway. It’ll cycle back around.

    Comment by sweatykid — February 1, 2011 @ 22:31

  12. OK. I give up. Where the h*** do you get those ‘random’ distances for your tempos? And is the 5.6 miles broken up because there are recovery intervals in between? I ignored it for awhile, but I need to know! Its driving me crazy!

    Comment by danny — February 1, 2011 @ 22:32

  13. You’re definitely hardcore for running in the snow storm. It is effing crazy here in Chicago!

    Ahhh, hate burnt popcorn! I bet your office is sorry they didn’t let you know that the microwave was broken either. 🙂

    Comment by emily — February 2, 2011 @ 12:15

  14. I feel ya! Thats how we are feeling today! Hope your groundhog day is better!

    Comment by lindsay — February 2, 2011 @ 13:44

  15. Reading your posts makes me soooo envious!!! And I used to burn popcorn at work ALL the time! I think it really annoyed my coworkers! Ha

    Comment by Lindsay — February 2, 2011 @ 13:50

  16. If it was sleeting there is no way I would do a tempo outside. Maybe in light snow. I’d say there’s a good chance that it’s too slippery to hit your paces.

    Comment by Jess — February 2, 2011 @ 14:08

  17. I think your tempos are slower because of the cold and snow. If you were able to get on a treadmill I think it would be a whole different story. Hopefully you are staying warm in the blizzard. We didn’t get that much snow here sadly cause I really wanted a snow day 😦

    Comment by J — February 2, 2011 @ 17:16

  18. You need to get Orville redenbacher. Somehow I always burn generic popcorn…

    The crappy road condition is only temporary. Get in what you can, you won’t lose speed or fitness. Running on the snow/ice adds a bit of difficulty so you’re still working hard.

    Comment by Lindsay — February 3, 2011 @ 08:58

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