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August 12, 2011

Another Week Goes By….

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:22

…and no post.  I meant to post during the week but (and this is one of my transitions, I’ll try to give them all a separate post — unfortunately it might be late next week– because I want to talk about my workout today) this week was my last week at the clinic.  I can’t believe that my year with VISTA is over! And since last post I don’t have anything exciting on the workout front.

So needless to say, I’ve been swamped.  Not with work per se.  More so with the “let’s spend 8 hours applying to jobs” and “let’s go drinking with friends at night” swamped. Tough life, no?

Well yes.  Because tough = mile repeats = pain.

Granted I was out way to late last night and woke up still drunk this morning.  But, that said, I’ve had spectacular sessions before after such nights.  This was not the case and I think my liver is finally realizing that it’s not 21 anymore. I’m still in the process of convincing it otherwise.

Thanks google images.

Anyway I headed out to the track this afternoon to “bang out some mile repeats”. Step one of running fast is the outfit and I rocked my booty spandex and sports bra and sunglasses. (Step two is not chickening out — see below and my pre-1 repeat)

Last week I was excited about them (and by them I mean the 800s).  This week I knew I had to run twice the distance and about the same pace.  Last fall I was able to do 6 X 1 mile @ ~6:30.  Based on last week’s workout I wanted to do 4 X 1 mile @ 7:30.

Now, as I’m just getting back into speed work I have ZERO idea what I should be running these things in.  But 7:30 is what I’d ideally call a tempo pace, and did last fall  (and I just cheated and looked at McMillian based on my PW marathon time and mile repeats should be at 7:21-7:43 with tempo runs being 7:53-8:13 and tempo intervals being 7:46-8:03 for whatever that info is worth)

I’m very glad I didn’t know that information until just now though.  Just because.  I think that with the hiatus I’ve taken I should just go.

And go I did.

Workout: 4 X 1 mile with 800m recovery jog

  1. 4:10 + 4:01 = 8:11. F@#$. <– Thought in my head.  I debated nixing the whole workout but figured that anything faster than the 9:40 easy paces I’ve been doing should be beneficial.  Fact: I stopped this first repeat at the 200m line. Gave myself a HTFU pep talk, walked back to the start and then ran in
  2. 4:06 + 4:04 = 8:10 Seriously?!?
  3. 4:05 + 4:00 = 8:05 Better I guess.
  4. 4:05 + 4:00 = 8:05 Dayyyyyyyyyum

So clearly I’ve fallen from last fall.  Like last week, I never felt like I was going fast.  And yet I know I could not have gone faster.  It was upsetting to a degree. Funny how last week I wrote about being okay because I was getting back into it and, while I’d never have admitted it beforehand, I was hoping to really bounce back fast. I shouldn’t (and am not) be surprised just because after last Friday’s session my legs were wiped for days after.  I’m not sure if it’s even possible BUT I don’t think my legs were recovered today!

I was just complaining to a friend about how “out of shape I clearly am” and he disagreed.  Mostly because he know I run a lot and that equals being in shape.  At the time I didn’t have a retort.

Now I do: I am out of racing shape.  I can bang out 100+ mile weeks with the best of them but that doesn’t mean I’m going fast.  I really don’t think I could have run faster if Jack the Ripper was behind me today.

thanks google images

And since I love racing (I know I don’t race often but I do love it) that’s frustrating. I guess this means that if I want to start seriously contemplating a fall race (not a marathon but maybe a half or 10k or anything!) I need to cut back on the miles and let myself ride out this period of awkward “hey-what-the-hell-am-I-doing?!?” phase of getting into Fasty McFast shape.

Note: I’m not upset over this in an “I’m-going-to-agonize-over-it” way.  I’m just annoyed that I’m not in my Fall 2010 Racing Shape. The workout wasn’t a complete disaster because I fell in the “tempo interval” range as noted above. I’m sure I’ll reap some benefit from this, no? And, as I mentioned last week, there’s room for improvement. I need to focus on that excitement.

I also hope this post is coherent.  I’m running on little sleep.  Time for a quick nap and then time to go out and celebrate with my friends (they’re 2nd year med students and this week is the 1st year’s orientation.  I’m an honorary med student this week hahah!)


  1. You sure you weren’t running on the horse track?

    Comment by danny — August 12, 2011 @ 18:36

  2. Hey! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I really like it! I understand what you mean by not being in “race shape”. I’m dealing with the same situation, thanks to weight gain. Keep up the good work- you will get your fast times back!

    Comment by trailroadcrosscountrytrackrunner — August 12, 2011 @ 18:56

  3. Although I’m at my highest weekly mileage, I feel slow too. I’m hoping all the miles translate to a good marathon, but they sure don’t make good mile repeats!

    I kinda hate med student events. Have fun! 🙂

    Comment by Jess — August 12, 2011 @ 21:04

  4. Honestly, with the legs not being recovered and the easy paces you’ve been doing, I’m convinced this is an iron issue rather than a “race ready” issue. Of course, the latter is definitely going to affect you as well, but with the mileage you’ve been putting in, it doesn’t seem like 9:40s would be your regular easy pace anyway unless you were not 100%. And I mean this in only a positive way of, “it’s not you, it’s your chemistry”. It’ll get better.

    Comment by Flo — August 12, 2011 @ 21:34

    • Seconded. I mean, sure, I think cutting back the miles would facilitate the workouts, but certainly over the last couple of years you’ve had high mileage periods where you’ve been able to maintain reasonable paces. I PHYSICALLY CAN NOT IMAGINE running at 9:40 pace for more than a couple miles each week (unless you have figured out a way to do all of your running uphill)- and you, missy, have the faster marathon PR. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. You DO have some great races in you, but 7:30 versus 8 min seems almost meaningless at this point- you will be a heck of a lot faster once you figure out how to dig yourself out of this fatigue hole.

      Comment by kristinschleicher — August 13, 2011 @ 02:02

      • Also, how are you sleeping, are you getting periods and what’s your body weight like right now? In addition to iron, overtraining could also be indicated seeing as how your mileage has been so high for such an extended period of time. Kristin is right about those 9:40s, you shouldn’t be dragging like that and the commenters here saying otherwise don’t know what they’re talking about.

        Comment by Flo — August 13, 2011 @ 18:59

  5. I clicked on “follow up” comments. I concur with Flo. If you can do it, make an appt with your doc and ask for some blood tests. Definitely something to look into – but be careful. Check out Nate Jenkins blogs; back in June he made some posts about checking for iron deficiencies…

    Comment by danny — August 13, 2011 @ 01:10

  6. I like your pace….there is a season for EVERYTHING. Why focus now on the pace of your posting? On your jogs? That is not the season priority right now, is it?

    Comment by specialkphd — August 13, 2011 @ 02:57

  7. I was going to say that virtually no-one aside from elites can do 100+ mile weeks AND be fast, but you covered that yourself anyway.

    Quit being so down on yourself: you’re still a running rockstar.


    Comment by ~Jessica~ — August 13, 2011 @ 03:41

  8. I’ve definitely fallen from my racing speeds of last year. It was really bothering me at first. But I’m not super competitive with it like others, so I’m accepting it and trying to just enjoy my time out on the trails.

    Although it’ll be nice once I join a gym and can watch my pace a little closer on the treadmill from time to time…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 13, 2011 @ 09:04

  9. Ebbs and flows my friend. The speed will definitely come back!

    Comment by Erika @ Dr.TriRunner — August 13, 2011 @ 13:22

  10. Tons of races waiting for you. Things will get faster once life gets settled again… Very soon!!!

    Comment by Lesley @RacingItOff — August 13, 2011 @ 16:26

  11. oh good. this really boosts my confidence 🙂 i haven’t ran in almost 3 weeks i think…

    however, i think the speed will come back sooner than it did the first time around. just don’t give up, those paces will drop!

    Comment by lindsay — August 13, 2011 @ 17:29

  12. Mwahahaha the beginning of this post cracked me up. I have definitely gone running post-drinking only to think “am I too drunk to be running?” But sometimes those workouts are good!

    I hear you on the “race shape” situation. I focused on distance so much for the spring marathon that I lost pretty much all my speed. It takes a while to get it back, but don’t worry…it does come back. It just takes a few more intervals. Hang in there!

    Comment by Ashley @ This Is The Place — August 13, 2011 @ 21:56

  13. If you don’t have the speed, but do have the 100+ mileage weeks, doesn’t it make more sense to run a fall marathon than a 10k? You have endurance, clearly. that’s more valuable for a marathon than a 10k.

    Comment by RoseRunner — August 14, 2011 @ 20:09

  14. You’re back!!! Good luck with the life transitions, job hunting, etc, etc.

    Good luck with the speedwork too. I hope you bounce back quickly, but it’s good to know you’re also human. 😉 Though your routine 100 mile weeks may cause me to think otherwise…:-)

    Comment by Lisa — August 14, 2011 @ 22:13

  15. Stick with it K! I think you just need a watch-less speed day. Measure a mile on a road and just go on feel. I’m in the same boat as you with the job hunt! I feel like all I’m doing is running and applying for jobs.

    Comment by Nick — August 15, 2011 @ 00:55

  16. Hey you gotta start somewhere – and your speed will come back!

    Comment by J — August 15, 2011 @ 17:48

  17. haha I’ve noticed a big difference in my tolerance since I graduated college. It takes some getting used to cause I’m used to drinking a certain amount.. but now I need to drink less haha.
    Good luck with your last week! That year went by SO fast!

    Comment by Caroline — August 15, 2011 @ 19:02

  18. I have to agree with some of the comments. How is your overall health? sleep? nutrition? drinking? Take care.

    Comment by anon — August 16, 2011 @ 13:24

  19. The fact you can get out there and do a speed session after a drinking session is totally amazing to me, eff the paces at least you got out there, I can guarantee I’d have been in bed with a big mug of coffee feeling sorry for myself!

    Comment by Laura @ box run eat — August 19, 2011 @ 06:33

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