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February 28, 2011

Glutton for Punishment?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:32

Apparently.  After an emotionally charged weekend what do I decide to do to cap it off? Try to physically exhaust myself too. Luckily I had a hard interval workout on tap for this weekend. I wasn’t up for it at all on Saturday so around noon on Sunday I decided to tackle it and hope that a good painful (but in a good way) run was what was necessary to pick me up.

On tap: 3 X 3.3 miles. Boo! Hiss!

Ouch just to look at the workout. I typically only do 2 of the intervals (as do most normal and sane runners) but I was definitely going for the whole “glutton for punishment” vibe this weekend.

As far as how fast I wanted to run it, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to hit the 6:29-6:43 tempo interval pace that McMillian thinks I can do based on WR, and while I’m in good shape, there was something just ON about my training last fall for WR….which speaking of….guess what I got in the mail over the weekend?

Holler. Between this piece of mail and my new Boston confirmation I should be rearing to go! Maybe not McMillian pace ready, but I thought that between 7:00 and 7:15 was reasonable for this workout.  Oh man. Oh hubris.

How’d it go?

  • Warm up
  • 1st interval: 3.3 miles @ 7:19
  • 2nd interval: 3.3 miles @ 7:28
  • 3rd interval: 3.3 miles @ 7:32
  • Warm down

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeh. My head was no where near being in this workout.  I was very distracted, probably from my weekend, but in all honesty I was about to write that I felt like I was pushing at my best.  I wasn’t.  Clearly with each interval being slower than the last. Normally I’m the opposite. No real excuses or anything but I probably could have kept my head in the game…

Is it bad to admit that this is on my iTunes?

That said, my legs did feel the burn and clearly fatigued throughout the workout.  Which is what I wanted to do. I just wish that fatigue pace was a little faster that’s all. Too much to ask for? I know that all the life stuff that’s been crazy present in my life lately  has been a huge factor in my training this cycle.  Unlike previous cycles I’m not basing my life around my training but rather my training around my life.  And at the moment some things (*cough*hanging out with my friends and having fun*cough*) are more important than, well I was going to say training but I’ve still be attempting my hard workouts, but things more of the sleep nature


I love how my friend's expression is like "oh man. here we go tonight" hahah!

And I don’t quite know how this post is going to come across.  Because I have lots of emotions going on when I think about this Boston training and where my running is at right now.  In the end, no matter how frustrated or upset or angry I am about not being as fast as when I was training for WR, I am much faster than this time last year when I was training for Boston.  That’s still a very good sign.  Just annoying that WR was so amazing that right now can’t really compare.  It’s like karaoke-ing after the kid who is studying musical performance at grad school (true story from last week at karaoke!).  No matter how good you are at singing (or training with my running right now) it’s not going to compare.  Doesn’t mean that I’m not doing some good stuff but last time had all the stars aligned. We’ll see how zen I feel about it on April 18th though!


  1. That 3X3.3 does sounds like a painful workout! Congratulations on the Boston marathon


    Comment by bearrunner — February 28, 2011 @ 08:41

  2. No negative thoughts towards Boston! You really are SO much faster this year… no matter what, I’m sure the time will improve and that is HUGE!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 28, 2011 @ 09:46

  3. Love that picture of your WR award. I feel cool just looking at it and thinking that I “know” someone who placed at a marathon 😀

    That workout sounds like a killer. You still made it through, so thumbs up!

    Comment by Lisa — February 28, 2011 @ 11:04

  4. No negative thoughts! That’s my new mantra when doing speedwork. Maybe everything did come together in a special way for WR that you can’t brute force your way to repeat, but that doesn’t mean you can have a good time training for Boston (and partying with your friends).

    Comment by Chelsea — February 28, 2011 @ 11:46

  5. I am all for cutting yourself some slack. The iron deficiency might be a gigantic confounding factor with your training/general fatigue level right now as well. There is nOTHING wrong with taking this training cycle with a more laidback attitude, paryting, living it up in life instead. You are still accomplishing phenomenal things with your running.

    Comment by sweatykid — February 28, 2011 @ 13:12

  6. I like the philosophy of not basing your life around training! I think it’s smart. You can’t live your life obsessively training all year round. That seems to only work for one or two races.

    Comment by Lindsay — February 28, 2011 @ 13:14

  7. Wow, the WR plaques are much prettier than 2 years ago, and took only 2.5 months to arrive rather than 6. Ahem, White Rock, ahem!

    I know it’s Boston and all, but you have already done it and you did run a really fast marathon in December. I see nothing wrong with making this a more “casual” marathon, if such a thing exists.

    Comment by Jess — February 28, 2011 @ 13:36

  8. still a great workout!! you are training great and Boston will be amazing 🙂

    Comment by Aron — February 28, 2011 @ 15:06

  9. you are going to be awesome!!
    and don’t feel bad, that song is on my ipod, too.

    Comment by Jess — February 28, 2011 @ 15:54

  10. Dude, I totally feel where you’re coming from. Your comment about “fitting training in around your life” vs. “fitting your life around training” is spot on. Ideally, we’d all have rocking social lives, solid careers, and awesome runs 100% of the time, but hey! we’re young. And in our 20’s. Sometimes boozy nights with friends win out over tempo runs. And I think that’s A-OK. You’re still putting in the miles and workouts – I have a good feeling about you and Boston 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — February 28, 2011 @ 16:12

  11. I think you’re doing amazing! Coming off such a huge high like WR is tough, but you’re still getting in your hard workouts AND having a super fun time with friends. Balancing both is important, yo! You look adorable in that picture 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 28, 2011 @ 16:20

  12. You know what? You’re only young once – someday, you will not be able to stay up late and drink and dance and then go running at a kickass pace. So, I say enjoy it – have a blast! So, who cares if you don’t PR at Boston. You will finish, and finish well. Running is an excellent and admirable endeavor, but it is NOT the only thing there is, and there will come a point in your life when you will be so busy you’ll be lucky to fit 5 miles into your schedule, so I say revel in the freedom you have right now. Just my opinion, for what it’s worth!

    Comment by Terri — February 28, 2011 @ 17:59

  13. That’s such an awesome trophy! You’re my hero.
    Also, nice choice with High School Musical : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — February 28, 2011 @ 18:12

  14. Our trophies are beautiful!!! we need a rematch!…come run San Diego!! 🙂
    I wrote down this workout to do Wednesday…I lovee mile repeats, lets see if I love 3-mi repeats! 🙂
    I miss u sista!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — February 28, 2011 @ 20:05

  15. Wow, High school musical–blast to the past 😀

    Comment by Jess — February 28, 2011 @ 20:58

  16. Zac Effron just makes everything better now doesn’t he 😉

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — March 1, 2011 @ 01:36

  17. You are faster, much faster. The thing about getting faster is that it is much more noticable when you hit a short plateau or lull in training. You have not lost ground, maybe just need to regroup a bit. How long has it been since you’ve had a cutback week? Maybe ditch the speed for a week? Mileage cutback? Just throwing out ideas to get you back on your “A” game. 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca — March 1, 2011 @ 03:58

  18. I feel like I’m always echoing Rebecca in suggesting a little cutback, but with the kind of mileage you put in, it makes sense that slight overtraining might be a culprit for feeling flat. I believe that you ARE capable of hitting those fast times! Maybe you need a tweak here or there? Of course, I have no idea what your other runs look like, so wtf do I know, eh?

    Comment by sarah — March 1, 2011 @ 06:46

  19. 10 miles of fast is a lot! Good on you for getting it done, even if it wasn’t what you expected. Ditto the above, a cutback would be really useful if you haven’t had one in a while, if only to refresh the mind (though the legs can always use it, too). And keep your spirits up, you couldn’t have regressed so much from your last race, the speed is there somewhere, maybe the brain’s a little cooked is all.

    Comment by Flo — March 1, 2011 @ 08:55

  20. GIRL!!! That workout sounds crazy hard and woman you are SPEEDY NOW!!! I love the trophy, WOW that is a huge accomplishment. Can’t wait to meet you in BOSTON!!!

    Comment by janae — March 1, 2011 @ 15:27

  21. Haha I love that picture! That trophy is awesome, well deserved!

    Comment by Laura — March 1, 2011 @ 16:39

  22. I think when you get to 3ish miles it starts to count as a tempo run rather than interval… and if I were doing three of them, I’d probably be looking at marathon pace, maybe just under. So no beating yourself up because you’re looking at the same McMillan table entry as someone who’s only running hard for 3 miles! (But yes, I know the feeling of being at a plateau. It’s not fun, but it is a good time to run Bay to Breakers, or a relay, or a wicked trail run where the time doesn’t matter. Fast times will return.)

    Comment by kristinschleicher — March 1, 2011 @ 16:48

  23. 3×3.3 is just AWESOME – way to knock those out fantastically!

    Comment by Jill — March 1, 2011 @ 17:50

  24. oh yea! What a beautiful trophy! Well deserved too! Youre gonna be extra speedy in boston.

    Comment by lindsay — March 1, 2011 @ 20:14

  25. You are so young and deserve to have a ton of fun…everything else will fall into place because you are such a motivated runner and student. Enjoy your life my friend! Don’t stress too much.

    Comment by Ameena — March 2, 2011 @ 00:21

  26. I have no idea what a good or bad workout is…because any mile less than 10 minutes and more than 4 miles is a HARD killer workout to me…but anywho, I forbid any form of negative thoughts!!! You will rock Boston, and you will rock it hard. 🙂

    Comment by sophia — March 2, 2011 @ 00:49

  27. I also fit my training into my life, not live to train. Sometimes I feel a bit disappointed in my times b/c I know I could be faster, but the truth is I’d regret not living my life more.

    Sounds like a great workout!

    Comment by Katie — March 2, 2011 @ 02:02

  28. Do not doubt yourself!! You are one of my running idols. I’m in love with you WR trophy!! To have your legs one day.

    I have this feeling you are a “gamer” and on race day, you pull out your best performances!!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — March 2, 2011 @ 16:44

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