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February 17, 2011

I Dropped The Ball

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:20

Because I totally forgot to post this pic on Monday.  I actually found it back in December and was sitting on it.  Naturally I didn’t end up posting it.  Let’s pretend that it’s the 14th again? At least for a second?


Anyway I guess that it’s kind of lame to be posting it on the 17th. But whatever.  I’m only hours away from my vacation.

But that doesn’t mean I slacked off in the training department as I had an interval workout on tap for today.  I don’t think I’m going to be able to get in any type of quality workouts in during my trip.  Maybe some 6 or 7 milers but nothing serious.  A) I’m on vacay and crashing with a friend and B) I’m sincerely hoping to not be in the condition to bounce out of bed (or off the couch) every morning to get in a hard workout.

Just to be clear, because I know that someone will worry about the workout that I did today: I am not “anemic” (aka lack of red blood cells (RBC) or hemoglobin) just low on *iron* [edit: this is how my doc described it to me. I know that technically anemia is being low on iron, but my case is not severe at all].  I asked my doctor if I could continue to train and she said yes, although to get extra sleep, extra H2O and take it easy a bit.  Granted this workout was a doozy but, like I just mentioned, I’m taking the next 4 days as real easy days when I’m away.

Sarah commented the other day that

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!

Soooooooooooooo thoughts? Did I really “waste” my last month of quality workouts because I didn’t get to the doctor sooner? I mean obviously the next 4 days will be resting up (or not depending on which life activity you’re thinking about…) but even though I read that last night, I was still planning on my intervals.

Today was supposed to be Jess‘s favorite workout (and GOOD LUCK this weekend lady!) of 2 X 3 miles.  Bleh to me.  When I woke up this morning I decided that, since I did that workout 2 weeks ago, I was going to do something faster and more “me”: 5 X 1.2 miles.

Why 1.2? Well of course, like my tempos, it’s just how a good, safe-car route falls.  And 1.2 miles is ~ 2km (1.2465 miles is exact) and last year while training for Boston I did 5 X 2 km.  So it seems apropos to do this workout.  With lots of my interval workouts that are not on the track I typically calculate what the time I need is to hit a pace.  Since I changed up my workout last minute I didn’t do that this time but I knew ideally I’d hit between 7:00 and 7:10 pace.  Of course that meant nothing during the workout itself.  The idea was just go fast.  But isn’t it always?


Cheetah speed. 60, 70 miles per hour. (Thanks google. And movie quote: anyone on that?"

Drum roll pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease:

  1. 8:36 (7:10 pace) Wow this sucks. It hurts.  My legs are achey.  Did I mention this sucks? I should have figured out what a 7:00 or 7:10 pace is for 1.2 miles.  Silly.
  2. 8:29 (7:04) Okay. Faster. With same effort.  Maybe I can do this
  3. 8:32 (7:07) Ouchie.  My legs hurt.  Am I hurting myself by doing this low on iron? Is there any point in training hard low on iron at the moment?
  4. 8:31 (7:06) Maybe this should be the last one.  I started off pretty slow. Let’s push! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeh.
  5. 8:32 (7:07) Thank god this is the last one. Final push!

The recovery distance was ~.5 miles and took me between 4:45 and 5:00 minutes to do.

My first thoughts after calculating my paces? “Holy #$%” That not too far off my last MP. I really ran 26.2 miles around here?! Second thought? Well I hit my paces. Naturally I’m always going to want to go faster. My legs definitely were feeling really achey afterward so after eating and showering I put on my compression socks.  Unfortunately it’s a REALLY nice day out (it was in the mid-30s when I left for the run and about 50* when I finished!) so I wanted to wear a skirt but my legs trump fashion at this point. I think this is the first time that I’ve ever said that. Normally I’m all “let’s wear heels post-LR or hard workout”

Regardless my legs are feeling a bit tender and sore but the workout went well.  I’m not terribly disappointed in it but my legs did feel worn down and none of the intervals felt great.  Almost like I was running in molasses.  Duh, that’s the low iron levels.  So I’m calling this a win because, despite the weariness, I ran fast.  I can’t wait to see what happens after a few more days / weeks of getting my iron levels back up to normal.

Wowza. Longer than usual post right? I’ll wrap it up with that.  No Boston schpeal from me.  I guess I have thoughts on it but after April 18th, 2011 I don’t know (or really care) what Boston plans I have for the future. My focus is elsewhere, both on running and life in New England in general (aka I’m moving outta here!)

My focus is in the picture below.  T-24 hours and I will be on a bus to Philly!



  1. Stay positive. That’s a tough workout and like the rest of us, your first thought is understandable; however, you can’t look at it that way! You hit the paces. Period. Great job!! 🙂

    Comment by Jaime — February 17, 2011 @ 16:38

  2. LOVE the V-day pic…..HILARIOUS!!! Killer workout….I love the dialect that you had, it reminds me of my own ha!! Isn’t it crazy to look back at previous races and wonder how in the heck you hold a similar pace when it hurts so bad now. Must be that competitive side in us. Well, just want you to know you are amazing and hope your iron levels get taken care of!

    Comment by janae — February 17, 2011 @ 16:42

  3. I hope the iron supps do the job they’re supposed to. xkcd is my faaaaaaaaave. Enjoy Philly, your friends, and some relaxation time!

    Comment by sweatykid — February 17, 2011 @ 17:15

  4. Ok that card is hilarious. And I’m saving it to use. Possibly for a non Valentine’s Day day… because I think I know someone who may appreciate it… 😉

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 17, 2011 @ 19:28

  5. Bummer about the low iron but I knowing you, you’ll get it resolved and come out stronger on the other side. Have fun in Philly!!

    Comment by Jenny — February 17, 2011 @ 19:48

  6. Just saw your FB update, bus for Philly, woohoo!! What are you coming for? Tomorrow will be fantastic weather, so hopefully you’ll be able to get out in it, the weekend…not so much (but not horrible, 40s). Maybe I’ll see you in the park! 🙂

    Comment by Flo — February 17, 2011 @ 19:53

    • Oops, 24 hours means you won’t be running here tomorrow. My math skills are lax tonight.

      Comment by Flo — February 17, 2011 @ 19:54

  7. Hilarious card! And, I’m really sorry, but I’m OCD enough to have to say that iron deficiency is a form of anemia, because your body uses iron to make hemoglobin. I know that I wasn’t sure about the extent of the deficiency based on your post alone, so maybe others weren’t, either? Does that mean I think you’ve wasted your training? No – just that I think you’ll feel a whole lot better when your iron stores get back to normal! Anyway, it isn’t any of our business, but I hope you’re on the mend soon!

    Comment by Terri — February 17, 2011 @ 20:01

  8. wow–SPEEDY run!! Get it girllll!!

    Comment by Jess — February 17, 2011 @ 21:39

  9. oh lordy, I need to start taking care of myself. I’m buying iron pills stat. (My health insurance sucks to much for me to make a doctors visit).

    Care to share how these 1.2 mile intervals work? Is there a break/ rest period in between each one, or is it just go go go?

    Comment by RoseRunner — February 17, 2011 @ 22:30

  10. Woot for vacay! And iron up too will ya?

    Comment by Marcia — February 17, 2011 @ 22:40

  11. Hehe I still enjoyed the late valentines pic 🙂 Enjoy your holiday!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — February 18, 2011 @ 00:56

  12. Have fun in Philly and rest up, lady!

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 18, 2011 @ 07:53

  13. Have a great vacation! I leave for mine on Tuesday.

    Comment by Lesley — February 18, 2011 @ 09:41

  14. I doubt your training is wasted just because you’re low on iron, although I really don’t know much about it. Thanks for the good luck wishes.

    Comment by Jess — February 18, 2011 @ 11:52

  15. I love the cartoon!

    Have a great time in Philly!

    Comment by Kim — February 18, 2011 @ 14:20

  16. sorry, that card is not getting me naked. guess it’s a good thing i’m not on vacation with you. 😉

    i hope your low-iron is beefing itself back up again and enjoy your r&r!

    Comment by lindsay — February 18, 2011 @ 19:30

  17. Well done on the repeats! Hopefully taking those iron supplements with help you feel better and possibly help with your speed (not that you are slow at all!!)

    Comment by J — February 19, 2011 @ 11:35

  18. I love the card…so cute and funny!

    Have a fabulous trip and bring back some photos for us to be jealous of!

    Comment by Ameena — February 19, 2011 @ 12:43

  19. Hope you are having a ton of fun on your vacation right now!!!

    Comment by Chelsea — February 19, 2011 @ 16:20

  20. Get well soon and stay positive! Your doctor specifically told you that it’s OK to exercise despite th fact that you have a “sort of” anemia. Ok, OK, I’ll copy you words.. got it. *low on iron*. Enjoy your vacay! 🙂

    Comment by beachbody team — February 19, 2011 @ 18:52

  21. “Of course that meant nothing during the workout itself. The idea was just go fast.”

    Love it. Love it. I’m done trying to run to pace. I’m going to run really fast, run fast, and jog. I can manage that, I hope.

    Comment by danny — February 19, 2011 @ 20:00

  22. I sent the card to the guy I am “dating” Love love love it. My hope for you is that you feel iron-maiden-fied soon…on your legs or chilling with the loves.

    Comment by specialkphd — February 21, 2011 @ 10:56

  23. Keep up the good work, dear!

    Comment by Rebecca — February 21, 2011 @ 16:46

  24. I love that Valentine card haha- who cares when it is posted? In a way it’s better to post it later when it’s not what everyone is doing haha.

    Comment by Kelly — February 22, 2011 @ 10:52

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