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August 5, 2011

Well It’s a Start. The Story of Me (kind of) Finding Speed.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 20:06

I’ve been M.I.A. lately. Duh.  So much so that I’d forgotten my password to log into my blog. Suffice it to say that I’m in the midst of some HUGE changes in my life (exciting, scary, sad, partying, frustrating) and posting…well it just was something I didn’t have time for.

But I’m back.  For the day. Maybe longer.  But those changes are still on- going until September so bear with me.  And no, that’s not me apologizing.  If you don’t want to bear with me then don’t.  But I’d like it if you did 🙂

Also back into life is speed-work.  This entire summer I’ve only done LSD.  Seriously.  My weekly miles are huge and slow (I know I didn’t do a monthly recap for June or July but the miles were 451.9 and 433.7 respectively with the average paces being 9:45 for each month or thereabouts). I’m okay with that, running has been one aspect of my dealing with life (dancing and karaoke with friends is the other) and it feels good to just kind of plod along and let my thoughts wash over me.

That said, for whatever reason during my run this morning (which was supposed to be a long run) the idea popped into my head to run track work today.  Since I was already 7 miles into my run I stopped that run, headed back to my apartment, and rested up for the afternoon (I figured doing speed-work immediately after 7 miles was silly).  Because I decided that I had to do it THAT SAME DAY or else I was liable to chicken out. Who knew when my next urge to run at the track would be?

Because my last speed work session was March 5th.  Like 5 months ago.


I chose to run 800s; mostly because they are my favorite track session.  I decided to do 4 of them because 4 is my lucky number.  And I decided to shoot for 3:30 for each one because it was…well there was no rhyme or reason but I wanted to go at 7 pace. That whole 5 months thing be damned.

How’d I do? Well, considering during my warm up mile around the track was painfully slow and I wanted to bail on the whole stupid thing, fine.  Not quite on pace but there’s that five month thing.

  1. 1:54 + 1:52 = 3:46 (daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn I am slow. My first ones are usually the fastest! Wonder how the next three will go)
  2. 1:54 + 1:52 = 3:46 (Seriously?! The same f$#%ing time?)
  3. 1:53 + 1:51 = 3:44 (Better.  Kind of sort of)
  4. 1:52 + 1:49 = 3:41 (Okay.  That hurt.)

Overall I can’t say I’m too upset.  Of course I want to be faster.  And I think I held some stuff back because I wanted to hit all 4 of them around the same pace.  Which I was successful of. Just wish I had been consistent in a faster manner. I never felt as though I was…well I hate to use the word sprinting because that’s not the point of track work…but I never felt as though I was going fast.

But 7:22-7:32 pace as the range for all 4 of them isn’t too bad. That’s my typical threshold run, or at least it used to be. So I do have a long way to go before I can say I’m my typical speedy self but I’m not beating myself up over it. If I don’t improve from here then, sure, let the beating up commence.  But for now I’ll just sit back, let my legs feel the good ole feeling of tiredness from a job well done.

As well get ready to go drink beer and go dancing tonight.

Also: I picked the perfect day to do this.  The temp when I went out at 1600 was 75* and cloudy.  When the sun broke through it literally looked like this.  I guess that’s a sign I should make a date with the track every week?

thanks google images.


  1. Hope you’re back for awhile…you were a many x/week poster and then wham, gone. But I totally get it! Nice job brining back the speedwork!! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — August 5, 2011 @ 21:09

  2. You gotta start speed workouts sometime 🙂 nice negative splits!

    Comment by Megan — August 5, 2011 @ 22:14

  3. It’s *totally* about getting used to it again, that’s all, and I bet a zillion dollars your heart rate wasn’t anywhere near what your usual speedwork heart rate is. When I did my first tempo in June after months of easy running, I could only do 3 miles at 7:21, my legs just would not go faster and though my heart said I wasn’t anywhere near normal tempo pace, it felt like a friggin’ tempo run! Now that I’ve been running faster regularly, things are where they should be and then some. Yesterday I did an MP run, 9@7:22 and it felt like butter compared to June’s 3-mile tempo run at the same pace (same conditions, too). So yay on the big mileage and life changes, the fast stuff will come, just add in a bit each week.

    Comment by Flo — August 6, 2011 @ 09:19

  4. We’ve missed you! I’d say that was a pretty nice way to return to the track (I love 800s too). I’ll bet if you keep it up once/week, within two to three weeks you’ll hit 3:30. Just sayin!

    Comment by misszippy1 — August 6, 2011 @ 11:32

  5. it’s nice to know superhero mm can run such pedestrian paces 😉 course you’re still logging 100mi weeks so… yeah.

    that’s my kind of dance. slow run in place with arm pumps.


    Comment by lindsay — August 6, 2011 @ 11:33

  6. We’re in the same boat with speedwork, although my monthly mileage is just over half of yours. 🙂 I can do marathon pace for a couple miles but I die during harder stuff.

    Comment by Jess — August 6, 2011 @ 13:36

  7. God, how do you DO that many miles!?!?!

    It boggles my mind because both times I’ve gone over the 400 mark for a month I’ve ended up with stress fractures. Running is my way of dealing with life to and having that taken away is so hard to deal with.

    Gah, I hate my stupid body. Why can’t it be fast and strong like yours 😦


    Comment by ~Jessica~ — August 7, 2011 @ 10:01

  8. I want to know what your move entails! But glad to see you back. Summer has made me slothlike in my slowness too. Your last workout was on my birthday and that made me smile. /scene

    Comment by sarah — August 7, 2011 @ 16:29

  9. glad to see you around again! i feel like my sister and i are in the same boat as you. we have just had zero time for blogging. trying to get back into it regularly again!

    Comment by Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) — August 7, 2011 @ 17:52

  10. Glad to see you back! Hope whatever is going on in your life calms down a bit soon!

    Comment by Laura @ box run eat — August 8, 2011 @ 07:18

  11. Welcome back!! And I think that’s plenty fast for your first speed workout in months!!

    Comment by Kim — August 8, 2011 @ 10:47

  12. Hey ya! I was wondering if you were still around. Can’t wait to hear about the exciting things you have coming up.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 8, 2011 @ 12:41

  13. So happy to see that you’re back in the blogosphere. I miss reading your workouts for motivation! Whats the next race on the agenda?

    Comment by ashley — August 8, 2011 @ 17:30

  14. I can’t imagine how much therapy you get from all those miles. Reminds me of a Frost poem “I have many more miles to go before I sleep” I have never known anyone, as dedicated and trained as you, ms. maiden.

    Comment by specialkphd — August 9, 2011 @ 12:17

  15. Woohoo! You’re back! I hope you share with us all these changes eventually, I’ve missed you! : )
    I also haven’t done speed training in a realllllly long time. I’m training for my first marathon so I thought I should avoid them while building mileage that I’ve never done before, that’s how I got hurt last time.

    Comment by Caroline — August 9, 2011 @ 13:22

  16. add me to the group that would love to hear about the big life changes!

    Comment by kristinschleicher — August 10, 2011 @ 14:26

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