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February 16, 2011

Question: Will This Ever Get Any Easier?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:09

Answer: Probably not.

In some ways I don’t want it to get any easier, because then it means I’m not pushing, but man: TEMPOS SUCK. I know I know, broken record.

Wah wah wah. Thanks google images

I guess so do GMP runs, because lately that’s all I’ve been able to muster.  Like yesterday’s workout:

  • Warm up
  • 6.6 mile tempo @ 7:33 (2.2 @ 7:40, 2.2 @ 7:20, 2.2 @ 7:39)
  • Loooooooooooooooong warm down

I’m a little unsure of how I feel about it.

In terms of a workout it was GREAT. It felt hard at times and my legs were burning with effort.  But I’m eeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhh about the pace.  Because it sucks to see a slower-than-I-thought pace. Mostly because the first 2.2 was uphill AND against the wind.  Seriously. Like one of the two isn’t bad enough.  The plus side is that the second 2.2 was going back the way I came, so it was downhill and with the wind.  And the third, well, I was tired at that point and haven’t done a continuous 6.6 yet.  So no real excuse for that one, because I expected it to hurt.  And it didn’t let me down in that respect.

I actually felt pretty darn good during it and my legs were really tired and lactic acid-y afterward. So the effort gets a good grade for this workout, maybe B+, because my mind *did* wander a bit over life stuff despite my legs feeling like they should at the end. But pace gets a lower grade.  I really wish the weather would cooperate with me! Doesn’t it know I’m training for the Boston Marathon?!

Wouldn't this be nice? Thanks google.

But I’m slowly making peace with this idea of tempo / GMP.  I hate it but I’ve been doing it so regularly that it’s just a part of life right now.  So it better pay dividends in a few weeks.

Because I sure know that my recovery run this morning was slooooooooooooooooooow.  And the leg-os were pretty heavy too.  I actually got up a half hour earlier than Monday and ended only slightly earlier at the end of the run! Granted I ran a bit further than Monday’s recovery run but I guess LRs don’t take as much out of me as harder / faster efforts.  Maybe I should try and push the LRs more. But that’s a thought for another day.

I also went to the doctor yesterday (because I’ve been so tired, lightheaded, bruising easily etc) and *surprise* I was / am low on iron.  Which is what I expected. So for the next month I’ll be on iron supplements.  And I’m thinking that my running will improve (as well as my mood and energy levels). I just started today so I’m, obviously, not feeling it yet.  Maybe by my intervals tomorrow? I can only dream. But hopefully a semi-placebo effect will kick in soon so I get AMPED to go climbing tonight.


Holler. Thanks google.

I’m semi-kidding on that front.  Lizzy might make me change my mind and my climbing buddy is actually going to Yosemite this spring to do it.  Eeep.

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  1. Sounds like you need more spinach in your diet. :p But I’m glad you figured out the problem- I hate going to the doctor, so I imagine I would have spent another couple weeks feeling dizzy before I sucked it up and went…

    Happy Hump Day!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 16, 2011 @ 14:29

  2. I’m currently dreading any sort of threshold run, since I’m currently doing them at 10K to HMP. The one upside to this is that miles at or near my “supposed” marathon pace seem so much easier.

    Hope the weather improves for you, and soon. It was one of the things that I dreaded last year when training for Boston.

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — February 16, 2011 @ 14:32

    • Well at the moment my perceived MP is my threshold pace. Problem? Maybe. Fingers crossed that spring hits soon!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 16, 2011 @ 14:40

  3. That low iron stuff can be HUGE. No wonder you have been feeling draggy with your paces. I bet you’ll get a lot more “go”-sy in your mosey once the iron levels sort themselves out!

    Comment by sweatykid — February 16, 2011 @ 14:33

    • As soon as it was confirmed I was like, DUH. I can’t wait for my next tempo is 2-3 weeks….maybe…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 16, 2011 @ 14:41

  4. Tempo queen!!! I hope the iron supplements help you out–what brand are you using???

    I have been shoving spinach in every bite of food I can think of–my iron was too low to give blood last time, so I need to amp it up too!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — February 16, 2011 @ 14:35

    • Regular old CVS brand. It was cheapest. I thought about buying one with Vit-C in it but I figured I can just down a glass of OJ with it!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 16, 2011 @ 14:44

  5. Go to Yosemite! Do it! So I can live vicariously through you! Sigh.

    Nice job on the tempo…sometimes the effort is there, but the splits just aren’t. But the effort is what counts. I’ll bet you start feeling better once you get the iron thing worked out!

    Comment by shelby — February 16, 2011 @ 14:42

  6. My tempo run completely and utterly flopped the other day.. They don’t get easier!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — February 16, 2011 @ 14:58

  7. Uuuugh I’m in a running rut too!!! Maybe the iron will give you the kick you need!

    Sounds like you’re doing great with the runs, despite your mental block. Keep up the hard work, lady!

    Comment by K — February 16, 2011 @ 15:11

  8. My legs refuse to move faster right now and it is pissing me off.
    DOn’t they know I am wicked fast?
    You are still a speed demon sister.

    Comment by Laura — February 16, 2011 @ 15:31

  9. Tempo runs are the bane of my existence..I hear your pain!
    And yeah, I was wondering about your iron levels, I have the same problems and take a supplement when I’m heaving into marathon training. You’re going to feel really great soon!! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — February 16, 2011 @ 15:47

    • How long did it take for the supplements to start really making an effect for you? I want to feel better NOW haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 16, 2011 @ 20:34

  10. Low iron… yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I bet that will clear things up! Plus, you know by now that because of the mileage you can hold your workout pace a lot longer on race day than most of us can. I think I’m going to have to work up to 15@MP in training just in order to be able to stay there for 26.2, to which I say… ugh!

    Comment by kristinschleicher — February 16, 2011 @ 15:51

    • 15 @ MP? You will be my hero! MP just feels so fast right now for me.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 16, 2011 @ 20:35

  11. Hmmm maybe I need some iron… Hugs you are doing GREAT!!

    Have fun climbing..

    Comment by Tall Mom — February 16, 2011 @ 16:47

  12. brewers yeast has tons of iron. I put it in rice or oatmeal or smoothies. Try that! And tempos are hard but WORTH it, right?

    Comment by lindsay — February 16, 2011 @ 17:18

  13. Anemia will definitely make your runs slower. Hopefully you’ll feel better soon. My mother used to swear by cooking pasta sauce in her cast-iron skillet to prevent anemia, and everybody laughed at her, but we never were anemic growing up, so who knows?

    Comment by Terri — February 16, 2011 @ 18:31

  14. ooh take care of yourself, lady! That’s nothing you want to mess with, I’m sure you know. Eat some steak or a burger tonight for good measure 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 16, 2011 @ 18:47

  15. ugghh.. i don’t much like tempos either. 😦 hope the iron supplements help things, too.

    Comment by emily — February 16, 2011 @ 20:20

  16. Do they get easier? I feel like the answer is, “Usually, no,” but the likelihood of you having a breakthrough run or magically awesome tempo is much, much higher when you train your ass off. Which you are doing. Apparently to the detriment of your ferretin levels. From experience, a word of wisdom: in general, the training you do while anemic doesn’t benefit you a great deal. So, as I’m sure you are doing, heal up like it’s your job!

    Comment by sarah — February 16, 2011 @ 20:26

    • Wait, really? Aaaaaaaaaaargh. That just makes me feel silly for not going to the doc sooner! I’ll be healing up like WHOA

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 16, 2011 @ 20:36

  17. Your workout posts always give me inspiration / a good kick in the butt! I’m sure these tempos will pay off for you. Hope the iron supplements do their job; I can’t imagine being low on iron and still doing the mileage you are.

    Love you picture choices in this post as well!

    Comment by Lisa — February 16, 2011 @ 21:15

  18. Woo girl pumpin’ iron! Haha so corny. Let us know how it affects you and your running. And I think that run sounds great!!!

    Comment by Lindsay — February 17, 2011 @ 09:48

  19. Chocolate must have a lot of iron and that is why I am never deficient. 🙂

    Girl I am too scared to even attempt a GMP run. It would be much slower than I want 😦

    Comment by Lindsay — February 17, 2011 @ 13:28

  20. I took iron for quite awhile and I’m not sure it made much of a difference. Hope it works for you!

    Comment by Jess — February 17, 2011 @ 13:36

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