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March 4, 2011

Sometimes I Wish There Was…

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…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.

Tuesday

  • 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!

March 2, 2011

Previously On MM…February 2011

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I’m going to copycat echo Aron and say BUSY was the word on the month for February.  Or STRESSED.

Still got the running done though, despite feeling a bit off during my workouts and my drive to hit them hard.

Totals? Here you go!

  • 345.7 miles
  • 51 hours 21 minutes 9 seconds
  • 8:55 Average Pace

This is only .3 more miles and 7 minutes less than January.  Talk about consistency! Digging back to 2010 I ran 390.5 miles in February.  So I was down some (mainly because I’ve been *gasp* taking rest days!) but I ran these miles 8 seconds faster on average.  Considering that I’m training for the exact same race as I was this time last year (Boston baby) I think that’s really good.  Sure, I could probably be hitting workouts harder (like I’ve been complaining about forever it seems) but overall a good solid month.

This month my training *really* began and I hit 4 interval workouts, 4 tempo workouts and only 3 actual long runs (hello cutback week).  Considering that this month has exactly 4 weeks in it, and we got about 30 (?) inches of snowfall, I’d say not too shabby.

Whenever I say the phrase “not too shabby” I think of this song. Yes, I’m weird.

What else besides running was I up to this month?

Well stress ( so I’m going to really have to think about what I’ve been up to!) and dealing with massive snowstorms every week, but I went to Philly to…ummm….do some activities to shake it off.

gor.geous.

And got to see some really cool medical stuff at the Mutter Museum.  I really want to go back there!

I also really got into rockclimbing and took out a trial membership at the climbing gym. The membership ends in the next few days so I need to come up with the cash money to keep going! It’s been great for XT and my arms / legs are getting more of an “athletic” look rather than “runner” look. I like it. Especially since *fingerscrossed* spring / skimpy clothes season is soon!

Because I was really stressed I didn’t really cook at all.  I relied on other people to feed me.  But that’s what friends (and roomies) are for right?  BUT I did make some really good “Crack Bars”

as well as Chili (repeat of a recipe from….December according to when I posted it)

But to relieve my stress I did get some lovely mail! AKA I got my WR trophy and my updated Boston confirmation.  Which helped my waxing and waning motivation to train (which a lot of you made some really insightful comments on my last post which I shall muse over when I have more time to think / mull them over and develop my own thoughts on them!).

Yes I know I put both of these images up recently. Deal.

 

So a mixed month for sure. I’m sincerely hoping that things calm down a bit.  I mean, I love being busy and having stuff to do but there is definitely such a thing as TOO MUCH of a good thing! Upcoming in March is the monster month for training so it’s time to get serious about my workouts.  Hopefully in my next post I’ll be able to recap the hard (yet decent) tempo I did the other day and the long run or intervals that are supposed to shape up tomorrow.

Happy Hump Day.  Now I’m off to rockclimbing? Fingers crossed!

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