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September 13, 2011

It’s Looking Like I’m Training.

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I think I really should invest in internet soon.  Having to use the wireless in the Leasing Office at my apartment complex means having to use it between 09-1700 M-F and that’s prime time for interviews (fingers crossed!) and feeling safest taking the bus to do errands. I have been doing job searching at the library (YAY for getting a library card in my new city) but I feel like since I’m at the libs I need to be *focused*.  Not a bad thing at all.

The plus to all that is that I have a few workouts under my belt to talk about and can make this post decent with running.

Okay so not everything's running. I can be random too 😉

First: I’m sure everyone’s thinking of Boston this time of year with registration opening up yesterday for BQ-20. Not I.

I have the time to register at the moment (my WR time from last December is still good) but I just don’t feel it.  Of course, seeing people’s FB statuses and talking with people who are nervous the spaces will fill later this week makes me want to. Despite needing revenge I think it might be best to tackle it later at some point.  That and I just made some huge life changes in the past month so I’m just trying to get through things day by day.  Thinking ahead to April is unfathomable. Lots of other factors went into the decision and it was hard to put my ego aside. We’ll see if I feel the same way in April. Or even later this week.

Best of luck to all who are trying to get in!

Since my last post, last Wednesday, I’ve done 3 quality workouts.  Training time? Okey Dokey. The first was a hill workout on Wednesday with the CoOp group.  Yes, as I found out, there are hills in Dallas.  You really have to search for them though.  They weren’t hill repeats though: it was a ~1.3 mile loop where you ran up a hill, across a straightaway, down the hill, across another straightaway but in the other direction, up a hill, across a straightaway then down the hill and headed back to the start.

It really wasn’t as complicated as I just wrote it. The workout is called “Crazy 8s” because the loop is done as a figure 8.

thanks google

The plan was to do 4 of ’em but due to major GI troubles (that had plagued me all day that day and I pigheadedly thought that I’d be able to work through it) I only did 3.  The first 2 were really strong and the third was when my intestines were like “ummmmmmmmmmm no”.  I ended up with slightly over 6 miles for the total and annoyed that I tried to push myself through that third one yet also annoyed that I didn’t get through the whole thing.  Silly me.  I mostly felt “bad” that I was “wasting” the cold front.  The temps were in the 80s and it felt awesome.

Which meant that this past weekend should have been a good LR with the group.  Well I evidently partied too hard on Friday night, although I was at the Rangers game so I didn’t think there’d be much room to party.  Obviously the party didn’t end with the game. And slept through the group LR on Saturday.

The alarm was set. I just slept through it.  And the two phone calls one of the group members made to me. Oops.

I woke up in a panic about a half hour into their run and was like “I SWORE I’d be able to make it”. Clearly I was wrong.  I stayed in bed all day that day and made up the run with a friend who wasn’t, for other reasons, able to make Saturday’s run on Sunday (and I hate running long on Sundays).  I think it ended up for the best: it was my fastest run, in general, since Boston at any distances, and it was 15 miles at 9:03 paceSo I’m not quite sure what that tells me.  I was never struggling during the run and was not 100% drained afterward.  Hopefully this run was the mental wake up I needed, I have a half to run this fall!

I also absolutely ADORE the girl (well woman I guess) that I was running with. She hasn’t been running long but she’s trying to learn all she can about running and we talked a lot about running (obviously) and she encouraged me to pick the brains of people that run in the CoOp. I always feel weird asking people for advice like that, mostly because I feel like I’m pumping them with information.  But I’ll try to make myself more annoying during group runs 😉

I’m sure the weather helped for that long run (it was still in the 60s when it started) and that was not the case today, as it was 80* at 0600. Greeeeeeeeeat. Today’s workout was a ladder workout and it was decent, aka better than last time, despite being alone for it.  It was supposed to be with the group but late last night kind of freaked out about having to get up to make a 430am rail. Which wouldn’t be so bad except I have to walk just over a mile to get there.  Even at a jog it wasn’t appealing.  Nor did it seem like a good idea to be in a confined car at 430am. In all honesty nothing probably would have happened but I don’t think I’ll get to do AM track sessions with the group ever. So I got an extra 2 hours of sleep instead. WIN.

So I headed to a local track and did the same ladder they did: 800-1200-1600-1200-800 with 400m recovery time (although I’m not sure if I cheated by doing an 800 recovery after the 1600.  I needed it so I think not).  Let’s just say that I wasn’t too thrilled with the added 1600 in there because last time we did a ladder, two weeks ago, it wasn’t.

I’m still not sure which paces I’m supposed to be hitting here according to the pace chart for the group (which can be seen in the link above from last time and does vary with the distance of the intervals), so I kind of put a range between the “goal marathon time” I ended up running paces for last time (the 4:00 marathon) and the one faster (3:50).  I was in there, on the slower side, but in there.  What was frustrating was, despite feeling like I worked hard, the marathon times I selected are still slower than marathons I’ve run.

  • 800: 3:49 (7:38)
  • 1200: 5:53 (7:50)
  • 1600: 8:02 (8:02)
  • 1200: 5:57 (7:56)
  • 800: 3:52 (7:44)

Looking back at my training log, I was pretty much at, or slightly faster, than my times the last time I did a ladder.  I’m happy with that, especially being able to be slightly faster than the last time (aka I didn’t flounder the way I did last time) on the “down” portion of the ladder after the 1600. Obviously not where I was last fall/winter but about where I was training for Boston this past winter.

All told my legs had that good burn at the end of it.  I feel like I couldv’e gone faster though? I mean, my legs hurt and my mind wanted to quite but I wasn’t satisfied with it.  I’m glad I did it today though as I was debating putting it off another day.

I’m at an impasse though because my long run was so stellar on Sunday and my intervals were meh today.  Intervals suck. I appreciate everyone who’s chimed in about me taking care of myself and I continue to do so.  Although I’m sure that some of you are shaking your heads at my running load. Other than my paces being slower than in the past, I feel fine physically.  Since I’m training now, I’m going to keep a closer eye on things but I don’t have access to affordable health care at the moment so I’ll just continue to do what’s worked for me when I’ve been I’ve feltlike this before.

Since adding in quality workouts, however, my weekly miles have dropped slightly, I’ve gotten back an appetite (aka can fuel better) and my weekly average pace has dropped slightly as well (at least the past two weeks since I’ve considered myself training for something). 

Anyway that’s what I’ve got. Hopefully I won’t go another week or so without posting/commenting/keeping in touch.  Although I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get a call back from a job and having to work makes it difficult to post 😉


  1. TWSP!!! bahahahahaha!!!

    I really like the ladder workout you did! i should incorporate some of that speed training in–plus, the variable distances keep me engaged and focused. And, the GI issues…when will our intestines listen to us?!!

    Comment by Blonde Ponytail (@blondeponytail) — September 13, 2011 @ 12:45

  2. Love the TWSP. Totally stealing that.

    Great job on the speed. I am convinced my stomach will never behave in this lifetime.

    Comment by Shut Up and Run — September 13, 2011 @ 13:07

  3. Yes!!! You need internet at home! Your running is doing great!

    Comment by GetSkinny GoVegan — September 13, 2011 @ 14:35

  4. I went without the internet for maybe a week or so. I hit up the library on a daily basis. Because I’m addicted. And also because I was job searching at the time. But mostly because I’m addicted to the internet…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 13, 2011 @ 14:51

  5. training time!!! i am so happy you are back at it, and it looks like your still speedy. Jealous, yes, very jealous!

    Comment by lindsay — September 13, 2011 @ 17:18

  6. Glad to hear you slept in a couple times, get those zzzzs where you can. Had to laugh at 80 being a cold front to feel awesome in, what a crazy place. Way cool about the running friend and she’s right, pick brains! Seems like a club of people all loving doing the same thing is the perfect place to get information. Here’s to more fun and discovery in your new home & environment and good luck on the job search!

    Comment by Flo — September 13, 2011 @ 18:56

  7. 80 a cold front? How long have you been away from the Northeast? You’ve already turned into a Southerner! Way to go on the workouts. You’ll be back to your speedy self in no time, I’m sure..

    Comment by Chelsea — September 14, 2011 @ 06:28

  8. You find the funniest pictures! I wonder how long it took someone to do that haha!

    Comment by Laura @ box run eat — September 14, 2011 @ 11:25

  9. I totally understand how you feel about Boston. Even though I could have done NYC this year, I just wasn’t mentally (or physically) excited about. I think it’s important to trust your gut – there will be many more years for marathons 🙂

    Nice job on the workouts – especially with that TX heat!

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — September 14, 2011 @ 11:39

  10. The orange picture is hilarious, and just what I needed this morning! Fingers and toes crossed for you to hear back on the job!!!

    Comment by Sarah — September 14, 2011 @ 12:18

  11. I think you’ll be fine not-running Boston. So many new exciting things / figuring out life and arrangements in TX, Boston will be there in 2013.

    I forget that you northeast people often don’t have cars. Soo weird to me. But I get it, and I wish I could take public transpo sometimes–if it was cool and normal. Umm here the bus is suuuper ghetto and probably only runs twice aday so it’s just not convenient.


    You could try to get a job at Starbucks. I actually think I might work there when I semi-retire haha. At least they give benefits to PT employees!

    So I hope you find a job and that your neighbors take their password off their wireless so you can steal 🙂

    Comment by Lindsay — September 14, 2011 @ 16:31

  12. 80 is a cold front?! Where did you move?? Hope the running store comes through for you…that would be awesome.

    Don’t worry about Boston…you’ve run it before and you’ll run it again.

    PS – that orange is hilarious!

    Comment by Ashley @ This Is The Place — September 15, 2011 @ 08:05

  13. “It was hard to put my ego aside.” And yet you did. Just another example. intentionality. no just running to the same old game “am I good enough?” over and over. but consciously deciding, “this is not for me. NOW.” I say wait a decade. That would be a hoot.

    Comment by specialkphd — September 15, 2011 @ 13:12

  14. Glad you had a great run – happy to hear it!! Good luck job hunting!

    Comment by Lisa — September 16, 2011 @ 17:17

  15. You’ve done Boston twice, no need to do it this year. If you’re not dying to go, it’s nice to leave the spot to someone else anyway.

    Comment by Jess — September 20, 2011 @ 21:29

  16. I’m hoping your silence since 9/13 is good news on the job front! Thinking of you.

    Comment by Marcia — September 23, 2011 @ 07:11

  17. ugggh running with gi problems is so miserable.
    and interesting that quality workouts get better results than junk miles. i think that would be a good idea for me. a very good idea, indeed.
    good to hear from you!

    Comment by em — September 24, 2011 @ 10:00

  18. The blog world misses you!! Come back! 🙂

    Unless you’ve been taken by the real world and have a job and whatnot. In which case, congrats!

    Comment by Ashley @ This Is The Place — October 29, 2011 @ 07:48

  19. I’ve missed you so much!! I am writing you a huge message right now! xoxo!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — November 9, 2011 @ 19:00

  20. What happened to you?! Come back! Hope all is well in Texas 🙂

    Comment by Cathleen — November 20, 2011 @ 20:45

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