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February 14, 2011

A Tale Of Two Good Runs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:14

…and one mediocre one.  Despite being really REALLY busy I’ve been able to unplug and unwind a bit this weekend.  I got to play catchup with some friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile, finally got to see HP 7 at the $2 theater and, this is KEY, sleep for 11.5 full hours on Saturday night.

And, of course, running.

Friday was supposed to be an easy run at 0530 before going to an appointment and then a work luncheon (to represent the clinic with the CEO at the GoRedforWomen‘s event).  But I checked the weather when the alarm went off (while I was still laying in bed) and saw 6* real temp.  So I reset the alarm and told myself that I’d run post-luncheon.  Which I did.  And because I was running in the afternoon I figured I’d get an interval workout in.

I did this particular workout (given to me by Lacey) last fall.  The goal time for the miles were around 7:00 but I figured, given how my paces for all my fast workouts have gone so far this cycle, that it was a bit ambitious.  But I gave it a shot anyway.

Friday intervals:

  • Warmup
  • 2 X 1 mile continuous (7:08, 7:10)
  • 2 x [ 2 X 1 mile] easy / hard combo (8:54, 6:45, 9:09, 7:11)
  • Warm down

I really REALLY love the 6:45 mile I was able to pull off but I know it’s not a true reflection of what I’m capable of.  Because it was downhill.  That said, the other times (both the 2 X 1 mile and the hard miles) were all uphill because of the way I ran my route (it was 2 miles out uphill, one easy/one hard back downhill, one easy / one hard out uphill…if that makes sense).  And I’m sure it averages out to something I’m happy with all things considered.

Because the miles were HARD.  I was pushing hard.  My legs burned during the hard miles and I actually could feel the lactic acid after each fasty mcfast mile.  It felt good.

Like, I felt *almost* as fast as this guy 😛

Saturday was a medium long run. 13 miles.  Which were hard.  The pace was kept easy, I don’t think my legs would have done anything else, but I’ve realized that all my runs are “hard” at the moment. But for different reasons.  Or at least every run now has a purpose and to keep the run true to the purpose takes effort. Friday was hard to keep running fast and Saturday was hard because my legs were recovering.

Just in time for the Sunday long run.  Since all my favorite routes are under snow at the moment, I did a mentally challenging long run by running a 10 mile route TWICE.  Then adding on an extra mile for kicks.

  • 10 miles @ 8:42 (oops went out to hard)
  • 10 miles @ 9:06 (wanted to quit so bad!)
  • 1.1 miles @8:35(PUSH!)
  • 21.1 miles @ 8:53 pace

I’m happy with this run.  Like I wrote above the second 10 miles were very tough for me.  I had the opportunity to quit around mile 15.5 or so but I didn’t.  At that point, after passing my apartment and not stopping, I knew that I could finish it.  I also had to pass my apartment at the 20 mile marker (and I was originally going to go the 20) but I felt this kick and rush in my legs and clearly they did not disappoint.

I also wanted to go the twenty-ONE miles because I knew that it would push me to 100 miles (one hundred point five to be exact).  Go me?  This capped off a really great training week where I nailed my tempo on Wednesday, hit the intervals hard on Friday and went loooooooooooong Sunday.

I’m hoping that this is an ongoing trend for the next *gasp* 9 weeks until Boston. Yes, only 9 weeks until my next race.  I guess since I only spent 5.5 weeks training in it’s entirety for WR that I still feel like I have an eternity before Boston.

But guess what I don’t have to spend an eternity waiting for? My trip out of town.  I’m visiting one of my really good friends from high school this weekend in Philly.  I found a really REALLY good bus deal online and she’s willing to let me crash on her couch and paint the town red with her, so I bought my tickets last night.  Needless to say, after how super overwhelmed and busy I’ve been lately, this is MUCH needed.  Of course planning the trip is making me a bit stressed out in and of itself.  But I just need to keep looking at my last trip to visit her to realize how glorious it’ll be.

Drunk. Happy. Hotttt

But between now and fun I have to get through this week.  And do some quality training.  And some rockclimbing.  Fingers crossed that today kicks off the week right!



  1. Great runs!

    Comment by Matt @ The Athlete's Plate — February 14, 2011 @ 08:59

  2. Sometimes a short vacay is totally necessary! Nice work on finding some motivation to get you through the week.

    Since she’s being so nice, are you taking her baked goods??? Uh oh… think I gave you another excuse to bake something. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 14, 2011 @ 09:40

  3. 9 weeks to Boston…where is the year going??
    A vacation to somewhere tropical right now sounds like heaven! Let’s go!! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — February 14, 2011 @ 12:04

  4. Niiiice running! I hate when snow gets in the way of my ‘favorite’ routes- such a buzz kill! I think mentally challenging yourself is as important as the physical stuff. I’m working on that alot this training cycle, and it is paying off, I think!

    Vacay sounds delicious! So jealous- enjoy! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — February 14, 2011 @ 13:36

  5. My Austin training plan turned out to be just 10 weeks and everything snuck up on me as a result! Time will fly by.

    Comment by Jess — February 14, 2011 @ 13:56

  6. February tends to be the toughest month of the year for me motivation-wise and general life-wise — props to you gutting through the busy stuff and still getting in such monstrous training! You are going to have so much fun in Philly!

    Comment by sweatykid — February 14, 2011 @ 14:02

    • I sincerely hope so. Much needed. From a physical and mental standpoint!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 20:00

  7. Market the ‘fasty mcfast’ to McDonalds as part of their new healthy menu lineup..or not.

    Comment by danny — February 14, 2011 @ 15:10

  8. I have 2x 1mi at tempo tomorrow with 2 min recovery! I hope I can hit the same paces as you! Its going to be tough! Great job on the runs! I have noticed that if I slow down on the recovery/easy runs I feel SO much better and so rested! Its crazy!

    Comment by J — February 14, 2011 @ 15:37

    • I have a tempo tmrw too! Fingers crossed we both make it through

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 20:01

  9. wow rock climbing! be careful girl =)

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — February 14, 2011 @ 15:43

  10. Getting out of town for a weekend can be really refreshing- even if it means feeling behind after you get back. I can’t believe how fast this year is going by. It will be April before you know it.

    Comment by Chelsea — February 14, 2011 @ 16:06

    • Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy about time flying. And now that my tickets are booked I don’t even care how behind I am when I get back haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 20:02

  11. Woop! Great runs as always and well done on doing 100 miles, I totally would have had to get to 100 if I was so close too!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — February 14, 2011 @ 16:59

    • I felt soooo ocd when I was running that last mile to get my 100 hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 20:03

  12. ok seriously you ran 100 miles last week and climbed rocks? and worked? You amaze me, lady. I hope your week goes by quick – you deserve a great little Philly vacation!

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 14, 2011 @ 17:18

  13. You are freaking awesome AND working an event to boot! I suggest wearing a singlet like those guys, and you will feel really fast! hahahaha!

    11.5 hours of sleep–do you feel like a new person?!!!

    9 weeks—you got this!!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — February 14, 2011 @ 18:21

    • I totally felt like a new person after that night of sleep. It was glorious!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 20:03

  14. oh girl, this is an awesome post. It makes me so happy to see others happy! Your runs are getting better each time.
    And love the drunk look.

    Comment by lindsay — February 14, 2011 @ 18:37

  15. I hope you have an AWESOME week ❤

    Comment by Jess — February 14, 2011 @ 20:33

  16. Have a great week, you speed demon, you! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — February 14, 2011 @ 20:40

  17. You are absolutely a rock star. Love the choice of picture as well; those guys look like they have motorized legs. Happy next 9 weeks of training!

    Comment by Lisa — February 14, 2011 @ 23:36

  18. YES I will come rock climb and run with you!?!!? Can you say amazing?? Your workouts look awesome, way to go girl! Thanks for the hugs and the sweet sweet comment on my last post. I appreciate it so much. It really helps to have the support of people who have been there and felt that. Thanks doll. you’re awesome! I hope your girlfriend get away is amazing. Keep running your lil’ heart out!! Happy VDAY! xoxoxo

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — February 15, 2011 @ 01:36

  19. Whatever happened to Lacey anyway. I’ve been wondering about her but keep forgetting to email/blog comment her when I’m home. :-/

    Anywho. Nice job as always. If only I was disciplined at running hard…

    Comment by Lindsay — February 15, 2011 @ 08:28

  20. I can’t believe that Boston is only 9 weeks away!! If your training is any indication (and it IS), you’re going to rock it 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — February 15, 2011 @ 10:48

  21. GREAT job on your runs girl!! EEEE we are getting closer 🙂

    Comment by Aron — February 15, 2011 @ 12:41

  22. you are awesome

    but you knew that


    Comment by tricia — February 15, 2011 @ 13:12

  23. Funny how races sometimes just sneak up on you; can’t believe Boston is already so close. Nice runs last week (and I hope your tempo went well today!)

    And what a coincidence, I’m thinking of doing a run up in Philly this weekend. Either along the Wiss or the Schuylkill loop. If you see a beardy guy in blue Brooks shorts and and some orange gloves, say hi!

    Comment by runningmanz — February 15, 2011 @ 22:20

  24. Have a great trip, it sounds like you need some girlie chillax time!

    Comment by Sarah — February 15, 2011 @ 22:30

  25. I think that several short vacations are better than one or two long ones…you can relax without stressing out about having to catch up when you get back! I hope you have a wonderful time my friend! You deserve it.

    Comment by Ameena — February 15, 2011 @ 22:36

    • That’s my philosophy too. Maybe I could plan a short vacay to the west coast haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 16, 2011 @ 14:38

  26. Wow, a 6:45 mile!! I don’t think I can do that, downhill or not. I’ve been trying to run more lately…I keep entertaining the thought of training for a marathon, although I know I don’t have the time for it. Some day…

    I slept 13 hours yesterday! ;-p

    Comment by sophia — February 15, 2011 @ 23:27

  27. ROCK CLIMBING baller baller! I just got new climbing shoes! seriously GET OVER HERE NOWWWW!!!! k i’m texting you!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — February 16, 2011 @ 12:32

  28. […] RUN: Tempo Thursday!  I borrowed this workout from MM, who apparently originally got it from Lacey.   (Who needs a coach when you’ve got a Google […]

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