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March 4, 2011

Sometimes I Wish There Was…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:38

…a “like” button for the comments section of blogs.  Well maybe not because I’d like them all BUT Miss Zippy told me yesterday

Let me add that one day, Charlie Sheen’s brain may be in the Mutter! ; )

which merged my new favorite website and my new favorite museum. Word.  I have spent far too much time clicking the Charlie head! Currently my favorite quote is “I’m alive. Bring it.” Or “There’s a new sheriff in town. And he has an army of assassins.” CLASSIC.

Also classic? My Tuesday and Thursday workouts.  AKA Tempo (or GMP / threshold / as fast as I can go for ~6 miles) Tuesday and Long Run Thursday.


  • Warm up
  • 6.8 miles @ 7:37 pace (2.2 mile @ 7:50, 2.2 @ 7:22, 1.2 @ 7:41, 1.2 @ 7:23)
  • Warm down

Again a “meh” from me. I woke up on Tuesday morning by oversleeping. Or rather re-setting my alarm about a minute before it was supposed to go off.  For about an hour or so (that totally takes dedication there as I’ve disabled the snooze function so I have to manually reset the darn thing). Oh well.

And it was really tough to get into this workout initially.  Intertia (heeeeeeeeeeeeello physics nerd!).  At this point I actually hadn’t read the majority of your comments suggesting a cut back week or cutting out the hard stuff this week but I was thinking of nixing the tempo/whatever anyway.  I actually did have a major cutback week 2 weeks ago where I ran miles less than the week before (by 30 miles) and the week after (by about 20 miles). I do plan on taking another cutback week (and reducing the speed/hard work that week as well) but I think part of the reason I’m worn down is emotional/mental rather than physical.

Because it was my mind that really REALLY wasn’t in the first portion of the tempo (aka lots on my mind lately that’s been distracting) and my legs then decided to jump on that bandwagon.  But once I rounded that corner (literally as it was a turnaround after 2.2 miles) I was able to pick things up a bit by thinking POSITIVE.  Once I did that (as well as staying FOCUSED) my legs seemed to perk up. I also find it funny that the first and third paces above are similar as are the second and fourth.  I blame it on the way I run my route: the first and third portions above are “first halves” of loops and I tend to slack a bit because I’m scared of crashing and burning.

But, like last week, I’m okay with the pace of the tempo/threshold/whatever not being what WR was.  I’m getting okay with the training being what it is.

Thursday – 22.2 miles total

  • 10 miles @ 8:57 pace
  • 10 miles @ 9:06
  • 2.2 miles @ 9:00

While the pace is MUCH slower than I wanted (I blame a very emotionally draining Wednesday night) at least they were pretty consistent.  Or at least consistent as much as a 22 mile run can be.  I actually thought the last route (the 2.2 one) was faster.  Because I was putting in more effort.  But nope.  Oh well.  I was working hard anyway.  Nothing felt off and I actually felt like this was a good positive run even if the numbers “disagree” with me.

Wednesday and Friday were the standard recovery runs. Lots of boringness.

Maybe kind of sort of like this post.  And my workouts.  I need some spice.  I’ve taken Jess’s suggestion of taking Boston as a fun race and I really REALLY like that idea.  Like I mentioned above it’s helping me not take my workouts as “be all to end all” and hopefully that will let me jump into doing workouts / wrapping my head around trying new training stuff out.  That’s spice right?

I’ll leave you with this video that my roomie and I watched the other night.  I can’t believe I had never really watched any Flight of the Conchords stuff before.  Hil-ar-ious!



  1. Have you seen The Most Beautiful Girl in the Lab video? It’s based off FOC’s Most Beautiful Girl in the Room. Pretty funny.

    Comment by Chelsea — March 4, 2011 @ 12:14

  2. Awww, hope everything’s going OK- if you need to vent about the non-running stuff you can always email. Do have fun at Boston- something I didn’t do a great job of, but it is nice to think that you’re going to be running it not dealing with nagging pains and things!

    Comment by kristinschleicher — March 4, 2011 @ 13:14

  3. I second kristinschleicher’s comment: hope you’re doing alright. You seem stressed out lately. Just try to use running as release and don’t worry too much about pace.

    Comment by Jess — March 4, 2011 @ 14:02

  4. LOL LOL LOL Business Time is awesome!

    Comment by Kim — March 4, 2011 @ 14:34

  5. Ok girl…weekend time! Get some rest and re. lax. !!!

    Comment by Jill — March 4, 2011 @ 14:55

  6. hope everything is ok. Stress sucks.

    Comment by J — March 4, 2011 @ 15:32

  7. You had some great runs. Can’t be fast every week. Next week you’ll probably feel FAB and get in some super speedy work. I’d love to run 22 miles in that time. Good for you.
    Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — March 4, 2011 @ 16:16

  8. Blargh, I am sorry to hear about the emotional/stress stuff going on in your life. I 100% second the idea of taking Boston as a “fun” race. Heck, lady, every race should be taken as a “fun” race. If we didn’t think running were fun and enjoyable, why would we bother? Keep the joy in it! And hey, sounds like you are getting pretty awesome at rock climbing these days too…

    Comment by sweatykid — March 4, 2011 @ 17:06

  9. Damn 22 miles? Nice work!

    Comment by Matt @ The Athlete's Plate — March 4, 2011 @ 19:07

  10. Even though it was slower than you’d have liked that’s still an awesome run! A ‘like’ button on comments and twitter would be great hehe

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — March 4, 2011 @ 19:16

  11. Your training is intensely awesome 😀

    Comment by Jess — March 4, 2011 @ 21:36

  12. I totally appreciate your encouragement MM!! I still hold to the belief that you are a gamer and I agree with the other Jess, Boston SHOULD be a fun run–You put in massive prep for it and the reward is the experience. Easier said than done?

    You always rock in my book. Amazing job on your 22!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — March 5, 2011 @ 00:06

  13. I did Disney as a fun run and it was absolutely fabulous. Now, granted, we’re at different levels, running-wise, but I still think there’s something to be said for enjoying the sights, chatting with other runners and lots of photo stops! Hope whatever is stressing you out gets straightened out soon!

    Comment by Terri — March 5, 2011 @ 10:19

  14. I’m so sorry you are so stressed out! I’m sending calming vibes your way my friend. Take care of yourself and have a lovely weekend!!

    Comment by Ameena — March 5, 2011 @ 13:29

  15. don’t worry if every run is not super speedster…hang in there! I think you’re doing great…just work on destressing and taking care of yourself. 🙂
    i totally hear you on running after stressful days. since transitioning to the normal 7:30-4 pm schedule, i am SOO tired when i start running, and my runs have been so much slower and blah. 😦

    Comment by emily — March 5, 2011 @ 13:41

  16. I have Business TIme on my iPod and it makes me laugh everytime.
    The Charlie Sheen-ism are making me laugh – hard.

    Comment by Laura — March 5, 2011 @ 17:48

  17. I am sorry you’ve had a rough few days emotionally! It’s amazing how those days can take a toll on our physical energy levels and desire to move!! Way to stay positive though! Also…charlie?? RIDICULOUS…Flight of the Concords. GENIUS. 🙂 xoxoxo

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — March 6, 2011 @ 02:09

  18. Hah, I wish there was a Like button on everything! And I wish everything offline was searchable, too. LOVE Flight Of The Conchords, their HBO series was fantabulous. Hope the Meh’s have left by now. Hugs.

    Comment by Flo — March 6, 2011 @ 17:25

  19. running boston for fun is a good idea. 🙂 especially when life is going crazy!

    most of the time, and this includes naps, i’m an f-18

    Comment by lindsay — March 6, 2011 @ 20:18

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