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November 2, 2010

Math and Pacing and Tempos. Oh My.

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First off: I’m glad you guys enjoyed my Halloween cookies. I certainly did.  Decorating with frosting was the best part. I recommend it highly 🙂

I was going to post some numbers here today but I noticed a discrepancy between the running total that I use week-by-week vs month by month.  Not a lot, but enough to make me wonder and re-calculate the numbers.  I actually LIKE adding numbers by hand so to me it’s not as bad as it sounds. Yes I know I’ve just outed myself as a numbers nerd.

Thanks google images

But I’ve admitted it before.  So it’ll be another day-ish before I feel comfy sharing the month of October as well as YTD miles (plus I’m holding off of this review of October until I perfect the format. I’m trying to make it a “Very Best Of’ deal)

As tedious as it could be I’ve actually enjoyed recounting the runs of this past year.  Some of them I DEFINITELY still remember.  Plus it was cool to see the trends in how my miles have flowed: the highs of training for Boston, to the lows of shin splints and hitting the elliptical then the highs of the beginning of the summer (HELLO JUNE) to the lower mileage after my trips to Philly and Texas and then building back up this fall.

Nostalgic much? HA! But moving onto the HERE and NOW.

And cooler more exciting things.  Like running.  And TRAINING.  I can’t believe it was only one week ago that I registered for WR.  Thus making 4 full weeks of training left before race week.  AKA 32 days?! (Plus some hours of course)

I’ve been doing some thinking about training (and listening to the Peanut Gallery) and figured that the most beneficial workouts for my speed work are going to be: Tempos, Tempo intervals and Long Runs, with some fast miles thrown in.  I do want to get some mile repeats in there, just because I love them so, but getting my body used to RACE PACE is where it’s at. So I need some miles between HP and GMP.

And if I’m shooting for 3:18:08 (thank you McMillian for that time with my HP of 7:10) then GMP = 7:34.

Which feels slow for a tempo, for me.  I always go out too fast on tempos and intervals.  While this doesn’t exactly hurt me (I do complete the workouts without feeling like I’m going to die) it isn’t telling my body what the pace I should be running at is.


Maybe I think I'm traing with the elites or something hahah! Courtesy of google images


The Plan

  • Warm up
  • 5 mile tempo @ 7:15 . Let’s face it: I’m always going to be going on the faster side of GMP anyway.  Plus McMillian says tempo for me is 6:537:11So 7:15 splits the difference and is also really close to HP.  And last week my tempo for 4.3 miles was at 7:04 pace.
  • Warm down

Sounds easy, right?

How’d I do?

  • Easy peasy warm up.
  • 5.3 miles @ 7:16 pace
  • Easy, peasy but draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagging out warm down

How do I feel about it?

I have mixed feeling about this workout. I definitely see it as a good solid workout though.  I just don’t know where it falls in terms of telling me info about my upcoming race!

  • While the overall pace was nearly dead on with respect to what I thought I would do the way I got my overall pace was annoying, or rather not quite what I wanted.  I had wanted an even tempo pace but I got more of a progression run as the first two miles were very slow compared to how I ended.
  • I did better than last week in overall pace and kept it slower (last week’s tempo was 7:04 and last week tempo intervals were on the fast side too!).  Ideally I think I would be going for another mile or two at GMP but it’s hard to ask of my mind and body to jump right into that.  It’s a learning curve. So while the pace was a bit faster than I probably should have gone, it’s an improvement over last week. Maybe next week I’ll go longer and at GMP
  • I am pretty pleased with seeing a pace faster than GMP though.  I can’t lie about that.  It’s just in my blood to want to PUSH and GO AT IT.
  • That said, the whole time when I *thought* I was at GMP I was like “How on Earth can I run this for 26.2 miles?!”Luckily I don’t have to.  Because GMP is slower than what I was running hahahh.
  • My legs don’t feel as dead as they did after my tempo last week.  Yes they felt the workout but my legs felt SHOT after the last time.  A learning curve I tell you 🙂

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October 28, 2010

Thursday is My Favorite Day of the Week

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For no particular reason other than it always has been.  And now that I’m in the working world, it’s extra special: every other Thursday is my payday and I had forgotten about it until I was checking just now to see if my purchase of flights and WR registration went through.  What a pleasant surprise!

Often I don’t have coherent thoughts in my head. It’s a bunch of random scattered bits that are connected solely because they’re my thoughts.  My brain likes to jump around.  It’s a wonder how I can pull together posts that make sense sometimes!

Therefore more bullets today.

  • I’m in a baking mood. Again. Although honestly I don’t think I ever left it after this weekend.  Baking was just so….satisfying.  Now I know why Jess bakes every day 😉  Yesterday I re-created my PB Chip and Oats cookies from this weekend for a Celtics party (because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t beginners luck. It wasn’t hahah!) and this weekend, while not technically baking, I want to try my hand at making my mom’s Jello Creme Pie.
  • Plus now that I’m officially in marathon training I can eat a whole pan of cookies and just say “well I just ran 20 miles”
  • Because I did.  Yes that’s right: 20 point 3 to be exact.  I even got up early (Thursday is usually a “sleep-in” day because of clinic) to do so.  I was going to do intervals but wasn’t sure if I could run on the track at the high school while school was in session (I know in my hometown the police are called if you’re on school property during the school day (edit: The cops just escort you off the property. NOT arrest you hahah!) so I swapped my planned intervals and long run.  I’ll get some intervals done this weekend.
  • The run itself was actually really great.  I got up just as the pre-dawn was happening and, since it was still 65* and muggy out –hello summer!, there was a lot of fog. Especially on the water.  Perfectly creepy seeing as it’s almost Halloween.  Although it did make me wonder if cars could see me!  Part of the run was along a nice bike path that was quite scenic. I forgot that I was in a city!
  • My legs felt good for the whole time too.  There was the typical long run ebb and flow of feeling awesome to wondering how I was going to finish and, without fail, my legs felt “exhausted” in the first few miles.  All my really long runs are like that because I know that I’m going 20 miles but my brain and legs try to tell me that I’ve already gone 20 miles early on (if that sentence even made sense! My brain thinks in weird processes sometimes).  Oops.  I broke the run down into 2 segments and getting through the first one (13.5) made the rest of the run feel short and easy.
  • 1st segment: 13.5 miles @ 8:43
  • 2nd segment: 6.8 miles @ 8:28
  • Total:                   20.3 miles @ 8:38

Not going to lie: I love those stats. According to McMillian (and I’m not sure how much faith I should put into McMillian but I need pace numbers shoved in my face at all times during training) I should be running long runs at 8:04 to 9:04 pace.  And that was right smack dab in the middle.  Most excellent.

  • And I do have to say that after 20.3 miles of running a breakfast of milk and the aforementioned cookies sure hit the spot (I had put some aside because I knew they were going to go fast!).  Man, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted milk and cookies as badly as I did when I walked through the door of my apartment! Now don’t you worry: after showering I had a more traditional breakfast of oats and a pb & j & banana sandwich.  But I’m just saying that I think cookies should become an acceptable breakfast food


  • Oh and today is a work day. I just ran 20 miles. I am still wearing my heels to work.  Call me crazy because I’m 5’11” but I feel weird without them!

October 27, 2010

“So is miami the team to beat?” …

“Nah, I think we are.”


Thank you google images

That really has nothing to do with running but I HEART THE CELTICS. For real.  Plus I’m an (ex) basketball player and will always enjoy watching a game.

Plus the Celtics kick ass. End. Of. Story.

And if I’m going to running  a marathon in 38 (!!) days I need to start kicking some ass too.  And soon. Obviously trying to make up for lost time is a recipe for disaster. But every workout still needs to count. I’m in the process of what I want to do with training (and this post was initially going to be about that) but I’m going back and forth with what I want to get accomplished. I do know that I want

  • Two 20 milers
  • At least one speed session a week

But I will say that I’m leaning towards keeping the momentum going that I’ve had this fall in terms of running fast and that was on very “free thinking” training.  I got workouts in but they were never really planned for in terms of a written training plan. And if I’m thinking I really want to RACE then why fix what ain’t broke, right? And in the back of my mind I do want

  • A) a better Boston seed time, which by definition is a PR
  • B) sub- 3:20, I mean I know that I’m not going to be “properly trained” but I can dream big right?

Guess we’ll see how that pans out on December 5th. At this point the best I can do is just go.

But even without a running plan in place right now I have flights booked and tentative plans for metting up with people.  So I know that it’s happening. No matter what happens in the race I’ll be there. Woot.

Clearly I am still excited.

Which is why I don’t really want to talk about the recovery run I had today.  Not exciting. It was slow and dark and muggy. Means I did something right yesterday? I wasn’t hurting on the run but I just didn’t have that spark to go fast.  But again, I didn’t need to go fast today because I went fast yesterday.

I also think the weather had something to do with it.  My body has spent how long adjusting to 30-40* morning temps? (too long as I’m sure you’re away because I complain about it damn near every day!)Part of me wishes that these past two days of warm weather never happened because it’s just going to get COLD again after today.  This morning was 67* and 94% humidity.  At 0430.  Ridiculous.

Although on a weather related note: what’s the weather going to be like in Dallas in early December? I keep imagining billion degree days but that is unrealistic.  Certainly warmer than here though (and I’ll admit to being a warm weather gal so it doesn’t  bother me).

Anyway that’s all I got for you today.  Nothing special (except the C’s of course) at the moment but definitely things in motion. I honestly cannot wait for race day to get here!

I’m definitely thinking about December 5th a lot. And then from what I’ll do December 5th to Boston Training Starting and then to April 18th itself. 

Oh wait! Speaking of Boston, I do have one more thing: I officially got accepted into Boston. YAY 🙂

October 21, 2010

I’ve Been Marathon Thinking…

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I mean, how can I NOT after registering for my next marathon this past Monday?! The thoughts of training (thanks to all who emailed me and gave me advice on training plans. I appreciate it all. You know who you are 🙂 ) and goal times (While I maintain that I’m shooting for a 3:29 I’m not going to lie: going for 3:20 or faster is in my head) and whatnot have been swirling around in my head I need to tell myself to relax!

I guess I have been relaxing somewhat because I’ve been feeling like doing nothing.  And that includes blogging! Therefore I have no witty or exciting or terribly interesting running things to share with y’all.  So this post is bulleted.  Because that’s what I do when I don’t have something cohesive to talk about hahah

  • I’m being tempted with a marathon! I have been invited to head out to Cali and run a marathon with Liz. She’s been harassing me to fly out there for, oh I don’t know,  FOREVER (hahahah LOVE you running sistaaaaa) and now wants me to to run CIM in December.  Craaaaaaaaaaazy. Although this time fits perfectly for when I did feel the first tugs of the marathon again back in September. Ergo the allure of signing up is sooooooooooooooooo great. Especially since Cali in December > RI in winter.
  • EDIT: CIM closed yesterday. Bummer. Any other suggestions for December? Preferably in a warm climate?

I want warmth and beaches please!

  • I was sent this NY Times article on pushing past the pain (I am a loser and subscribe to the Tuesday Science Times section via email.  Among other science things from various sites.  Go ahead and make fun.  I am a proud nerd) and I thought I’d pass the link along.  Sarah posted about it too here and I think that this article describes the whole “I want to run so hard I’m going to vomit” thing for me.  I feel like throwing up because I’m overriding that mental thing that tells me I’m in pain. In any case I thought it was an interesting read.  I’d be curious as to your thoughts if you read it too: do you thrive on pain when running to push you hard?
  • Not that my running has been anywhere that intense lately.  Slow and steady at this point.  Nothing spectacular about my runs yesterday and today.  Wednesday was pretty short and slow although it didn’t feel that way at all.  Interestingly enough the first part of the run felt the fastest and I think that’s because it was cold.  Thursday was a mid-long run (defined by my as 10-15), but more on the long side as it was 14, which was was very slow to start. The end miles felt great and I wish that my legs had warmed up earlier / I didn’t have to go to work so I could use that goodness in the leg-os.
  • It’s time to break out the gloves.  Wednesday was all in the dark (darn you Mother Nature for being dark for so long!) and the temp (36*) actually felt 36*.  This is in contrast to today where I was lucky enough to run in sunlight so the 34* didn’t feel so cold and I could shed the gloves.
  • Because it’s so cold I’ve been even more in love with coffee.  Nowadays you can always find me with a mug in my hand. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad just yet though.

  • I’m in a baking mood.  What has gotten into me?! I’ve always maintained that I’m NOT a cook/baker etc.  And I’ve always maintained that I’m a straight-out-of-the-box girl.  But my roomie’s influence on me is too great and not only do I crave baking but I want to do it from scratch.  Nothing has been baked as of yet, nor will anything get baked tonight because of clinic, BUT I think I’m going to go on a baking binge this weekend.  Yikes. Send good vibes because I now have a gas stove (my one at my mom’s is electric and gas =/= electric!) and I have yet to cook ANYTHING the same way twice.
  • My sister texted me to tell me to youtube this song last week.  Don’t lie you love it. Because I know I sure do.

And with that have a great Thursday y’all! It’s my favorite day of the week, even with a long clinic day. And now that I have Adam Lambert stuck in my head it’ll be even better. And no, that’s not sarcasm 8)

October 19, 2010

I Apologize

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for the haphazard way my post yesterday was.  I re-read it this morning and was like “I  WROTE THAT?!”

But the point of it was

  • I am registered for Boston (after the ulcer inducing process!)
  • I recovered nicely from my 20 miles on Saturday

The rest was just…well I don’t know what it was.  But it took me a billion words to say what I just so succinctly wrote above.

I should have broken it up but whatever.  I should have said that everyone who is running Boston 2011 should meet-up that weekend.  But I didn’t.  Hopefully y’all were able to get through that post and will forgive me by meeting up in April!

Post Race Euphoria. And a plea to meet up in April 🙂

The irony of signing up for a race, such as Boston / so far away from now, is that while I have definitely NOT decided on goals or training or ANYTHING, clearly hitting submit that I just want to GO and jump into training RIGHT NOW.  So I’ve been musing some things even though the race is soooooooooooo far away (but likely will be here before I know it!)

Like I mentioned in my last post, but was likely hidden from all the BOSTON EXCITEMENT, is that I need to find a training plan.  One which I will stick too and not end up with massive shin splits and the fear that I’ve fractured them.  I was debating following the same plan I did last year (found here — or not as it’s a BAA plan and the website is still set up to tell ppl that registration is closed…I’ll repost / edit this later once I can find the plan) but *actually* following it.

I’ve also debated creating my own, and I know that Jess has written a post on doing so which I might try to do, but honestly? I think I’m too lazy to do that myself.  Any takers want to do it for me hahah? But if I did that at least I’d know that I’d follow it 🙂

The general gist of what I want is (and I’m NOT making anything more detailed right now as I’d very likely jump into training immediately which is something I don’t want to do):

  • 12 week plan
  • 3 quality runs: intervals, tempo, long run
  • ~80 mile weeks

Which is basically the plan I followed last year.  Or at least the theory of what I did.  I used a 16 week plan and peaked around 100 miles.  Since I’m actually working rather than being a student this year I think that 80 sounds good for miles and, with my base, 12 weeks sounds good.  I think this cycle, while it *will* be hard and intense, is going to be about fine tuning which is what the last few weeks of marathon training is about, right?

I’m also going to have to start looking for a  (cheap) gym.  Winter is brutal in New England (as I know it is in other parts of the country as well) and I’m not going to have my school’s gym to fall back on in the event of a blizzard or negative temps.  I’m thinking of using the Y because, as a VISTA, I know I can get a really good deal.  And since I’m tough as nails (hahah) I’d only be using it for the occasional lifting session (must start those up again!) and to get a quality run in in bad weather.  So a cheap price is extra important so I feel like I’m sort of getting my money’s worth.

That’s about it in terms of what I’m thinking.  It’s nothing concrete, of course, but the excitement of having a submission number for Boston is making me want to plan.

Of course I do have a time goal of 3:29:59 — just like last year — although after plugging in my recent races from this fall the allure of going even faster than that is enticing as my recent half marathon in April indicates a 3:18 is possible.


Or maybe I'll just win the damn thing like that girl asked me last year hahah

Until then I’m going to still try and keep running light and fun.  Yes, there will be structured runs like LR and intervals but I’m hoping that I can keep the pressure off of myself to kill myself over workouts.  Easier said than done given my personality.

And of course having a submission number also makes me want to run far.  Which is normally my inclination, duh.  Since today is a clinic day I got to do a longer run than the office hour days, I did 13.5 miles.  It felt good and, aside from the first 3 or so miles, it felt strong. This was the first time since Tufts that I felt really really good during a run so I’m thinking that I’ll do a light speed session later this week.

Who knows when it’ll happen though because the weather is staying consistently cold overnight every night and I suspect that we’ll get the first frost soon.  Unlikely for snow as snow has been arriving later and later every year (I remember it snowing on my birthday when I was little!) but the cold is already on it’s way.

Gosh I really need to get out of New England if I’m already bitching about the temps.  It isn’t even cold yet!

Aaaaaaaaaaand a bunch of you asked for a picture of the cookies I baked this weekend. Welllll they’re all gone.  BUT my roomie and I baked last night too and here are the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies that were produced.  Sorry for the poor quality picture but I remembered to take it when I was at work hence the baggie.  But I did remember to take it before they were scarfed down 🙂


October 16, 2010

I Ran A Marathon

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But not a race. And not in one day.  And not *quite* a marathon.  But between Friday and Saturday I’ve run 26 miles even.  Had I known I was .2 away I’d have done it! (and there IS a reason behind it explained later.  I’m not *that* crazy in busting out mega miles.  At least not this time!)

Friday I woke up feeling ugh.  I think it’s because this past week I’ve had clinics every day so I got to sleep in and recover from the sleep debt I’ve accumulated in the past, oh I don’t know, month or so. The good news is that after 6 nights of longer hours of sleep I think I’ve broken even.

The bad news is that when my alarm went off at 0529 (rather than 0759 the rest of the morning.  And yes I know I’m weird that I don’t set an alarm to an “even” time.  But I know for a fact that others of you don’t either!) getting up to run was the last thing I wanted to do.  But I got up and tried to gut out a run.

It wasn’t meant to be.

I’m sure that there were TONS of factors that went into Friday’s run being a bust.  Things have been very stressful at work and, coupled with loooooooooong clinic hours and race recovery (I don’t think I’ll ever tire of linking to my races.  Oops) and an early alarm, I should have expected a run to suck.  I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner actually.

But I got off 5.6 miles before I called it a day (or morning as it were).  I was going to try for some miles post-work on Friday, especially since Friday wasn’t the most fun time to be at work due to the stress of this week, but when I got home I just wanted to crawl under a warm blanket and read.  So I did.

Regrouping on Friday (aka NOT pushing for a second run) was probably the best choice because I had an amazing run on Saturday (which is today when I’m typing this).  Maybe it was the not killing myself on Friday, maybe it was the going out to celebrate a friend’s birthday Friday night or maybe it was the re-introducing my good friend NaCl back into my diet (hello not having head rushes!) that did the trick but today I felt great. And since I’ve already told you that I’ve run 26 miles in two days and that Friday was 5.6 then I’m sure you can figure out that Saturday was a 20.4 mile effort.

Mind you: I did NOT leave my apartment this morning intending to run a 20 mile effort.  I though I’d just get in a long run that was on par with what I’ve been doing the past few weeks, assuming my legs weren’t still mad at me like they apparently were on Friday.  But they weren’t.  I mean, sure, at first (like always) my legs didn’t want to run. But it’s rare for me to feel “on” from the get-go.  My legs took a bit to warm up but my lungs and legs and, most importantly, my mind were all in sync.

But confession: The 20.4 miles were in two runs separated by 2 hours.  So it wasn’t really a 20 mile run.  But I think still impressive.

  • 1st loop: 10.6 miles @ 9:02
  • 2nd loop: 7.5 miles @ 8:49
  • Total: 18.1 miles @ 8:57


  • 3rd loop: 2.3 miles @ 8:29
  • Total for day: 20.4 miles @ 8:53

I wasn’t sure about going for a second run.  But the voice in the back of my mind said go for it.  And I’m glad I did.  Yes, I know that I’m not following a training plan for a marathon right now, BUT I’m debating a marathon in the semi near future. No, it wouldn’t be a *key* race or anything for me (I’m definitely not specifically trained for a marathon at the moment) but I have a friend who is doing one soon and asked me if I’d be willing to do some of it too and quasi-pace part of it or run the whole thing.

So today’s run was not just for the hell of it — although I’m still not committed to doing this race so maybe it will end up having been for the hell of it and I have no plans to repeat 20 before any prospect race here — but rather a way to see if I’m physically capable of doing it.

And I think I am.  Should I choose to accept this mission, of course.



I don't care what anyone says. Or what he does. I am a fan. At least of his movies.


While my legs are feeling some of the effects right now – oh HEY the longest run I’ve done in awhile has been 15.5 or so – I truly felt like I could have gone more. Maybe not the first part of the run but definitely the second part.  After I got back from those 2.3 miles I looked at my roomie and said “I TOTALLY could have done more”. And it was pretty darn fast too.

I think that truly makes me built for long distances? 🙂

We shall see on Sunday how they *really* felt about it.  As of right now I’m not planning on doing more than a Faith Walk that the clinic I work at is involved in.  It’s a mile walk in a really pretty area and I figure that it’ll be good for my legs to do some walking tomorrow after today’s efforts.

Then again, it was a perfect fall day and absolutely, 100% conducive to running to I’m not going to regret the 20.4 miles.  Chilly if not in the sun but the sun was out and shining brilliantly.  I think that it was 48* at the start of the first part of my runs and the high Saturday was 58*.   It was a tad blustery out (we’ve been under a severe wind advisory for the past few days which semi-explains the slowerness of the runs) but still: pretty darn nice out.

And with that I’m going to go finish up baking some cookies with the roomie and attempt to channel my inner baking champ (although I doubt I’ll be the baking queen).  Because I’m going out again tonight.  And it’ll be a long night. And going out + long run = MM wants some gooooooooood snacks when she arrives home 😀

Enjoy your Saturday nights peeps! Here’s the latest song I’ve been radio-surfing to find.  A treat for reading all this!

And here’s a giveaway from Shut Up and Run for sticking with my long post 😀

March 13, 2010

If you’re having girl problems I’ve got news for you son

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I got 99 problems but the bitch mileage ain’t one (more on that later)

Haha. So as soon as I type “it’s Friday and my stats always take a dive” is the day that I get the most hits.  Too funny! 😉

Anyhoo on to today.  I slept like a rock last night.  Out freaking cold.  Now I think I’ve mentioned this before but home =/= fun.  In fact I really don’t like spending time here.  BUT there’s something really conducive to a good night’s sleep like your childhood bed.  And boy did I did it.

I got up this morning and my calves were “eh”.  A couple people have suggested recovery / compression socks and trust me: I’ve been wearing them every night for the past week or so.  I shudder to think about what my calves would feel like if I wasn’t wearing them! But yeah, I think I’m just running so much and stretching so little (so bad!) that tight muscles are bound to crop up.

Like running so much I didn’t realize that my double days have added up essentially to an additional run! Going into today’s run I had 80.3. HOLY COW. I had an 18.7 miler route planned out for today hence the “99”.  When I realized that of course that song popped into my head and wouldn’t get out for the entirety of the LR. Oh well. It could have been worse. Jay-Z is kind of amazing.

As I mentioned yesterday, the weather this weekend is crap.  Rain, wind, blahhhh.  I debated doing the LR on the TM.  To be honest I think TM-ing a LR is pretty easy.  I’ve never really dealt with boredom on the thing before plus I knew that it would help me with pacing.

BUT I totally guilted myself into going outside. I was on FB and stalking re-looking at Lacey’s marathon pictures. And in them, she’s smiling and having a blast in weather similar to today.  So I figured that I could try to be a BAMF and get out there too. The rain, in fact, didn’t turn out to be all that bad. Yes I did get soaked to the bone BUT it was the wind that damn near killed me.  I actually got knocked over at one point.  I just kept telling myself that this is just Boston prep and that I’ll be ready for anything after this.

That said, I kind of hated almost every damn minute of this run (god damned hubris for me saying how much running was rocking lately).  I had planned on doing some pick-up work over the course of the 18.7 miles but every time I tried I just couldn’t.  I think the effects of this week (the fact that mileage is not a problem son 🙂 ) is catching up to me.  Couple that with the fact that  I’ve apparently forgotten how “hilly” my hometown is (it’s not really but my school is in an area with NO hills) and the fact that the second loop I did was the hilliest route in my repertoire and yeah…I set myself up for a doozy.

I guess I’ve already said that I hated this run but yeah. Here’s the deal:

  • 20.3 miles
  • 192 minutes 45 seconds
  • 9:29 pace

Yup. Not 18.7 miles.  20.3.  I actually thought it was only 20 which would have made my pace even slower and because I thought this I was soooo dejected when I finished.  Still I looked my my paces with good old Mr. McMillian and he says that my LR pace (for my current marathon race/pr) is 8:50-9:50.  And plugging in my goal marathon time (which I don’t think you should do?) my LR pace is 8:31-9:31. So either way today’s run was fast enough to do something.

The funny thing is that even though I had severe upset-ment right after finishing, I really didn’t care too much beyond that.  I was so drained from the effort that all I wanted to do was lay down.  I was soooo cold, hungry, tired that I couldn’t even register anything. Every muscle in my body was tired and had put in quite the effort to stay standing much less running.

And I know I’m going to get lots of comments saying “you’re doing too much” and “duh you’re tired because you’re pushing so hard”. And yes that’s true.  I 100% admit it. But I think that there’s a bigger picture here: I’ve been training at a high level for damn near 11 weeks.  OF COURSE I’m going to feel run down. And I know that.  This was the case last cycle too so even though it sucks I know I’ve been there before.

The only thing in my mind running through my mind is “how am I going to run fast at Boston?” I know it’s silly because you don’t train LRs at GMP.  You just don’t.  And I know this.  I mean, I totally confident in my ability to run 26.2 miles.  I totally have that endurance.  But race?! I think that it’s another part of where I am in the training: self-doubt. I talked a bit about comparing to others yesterday and this is the point of training where it kicks up in high gear because the race is sooo close. But I’ve also been here before: I just need to breathe and know that marathon day will come and it shall be glorious.  Positive thinking y’all 🙂

Okay so I guess overall I’m happy with the run.  Oddly I don’t feel totally upset. Yes the pace is sooo hard for me to look at. I’m so numbers driven that it’s hard to accept it.  BUT I face hard conditions at the end of a hard week. This run was totally a prep run for harsh conditions.  And I like that I was hardcore and got out there. Oh yeah, and I haven’t been talking about this that much but…

bladder = still an issue on the LR.  I really don’t know what to do about it.  Today I felt it at mile 7 but was able to ignore /hold it until I finished.  Then my fast-twitch muscles got a workout as I sprinted to the bathroom haha.  But I felt hardcore in that I didn’t have to stop during the run.

Okay I’m rambling. Again. Time to do some t.v. catch up.  Oh how I love on-demand and being at home! Also something I’m loving at the moment? Clif Bars.  I don’t know why I stayed away from bars for so long.  Now, I don’t think they should replace a meal or anything. But after a 20.3 mile run they sure are tasty as part of a snack!

Hope everyone is having a spectacular Saturday night! It doesn’t really even feel like a Saturday due to break for me 🙂

October 30, 2009

No Regrets

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Helllllo there! I feel like I’m running on empty at this point in the day.  I was going strong on little sleep earlier but I’m fading. Fast haha.

Last night was pretty fun. I agonized over the decision to go out.  I mean, on one hand, I don’t want to make going out EVERY week a habit plus I had an exam this morning (which I think went well despite going out*).  And I’m in love with sleep and going out =/= sleeping well/a lot.  On the other hand, I definitely could use more fun nights in my life with all the stress I’m under.  And I’m in love worth Hot-Spanish-TA who goes there.

*So I get to the exam in the morning and just chatting with my classmates. Feeling decent and one of the kids hands me a coffee and says,”Top ‘o the morning to you, drink this”.  Yeah, nothing like a little Irish coffee to start your day, right?  And no I didn’t drink it.  Definitely NOT what I needed but I nearly peed my pants from the idea.

So in the end I’m extremely glad I went out last night.  No regrets! And yes, LARunner, I did talk to Hot-Spanish-TA. Not anything more than a “Hi, how are you” type thing. And when the lights came up and everyone was leaving we said “Bye” to each other. But progress, no? I mean it was actual communication.  Words were exchanged.  Oh how I consider myself a bamf in all aspects of life except here haha.

Since I got about 5 hours of sleep (which is actually A LOT more than I got last week) I wasn’t expecting my run this morning to be any good.  With that attitude, however, obviously the run was going to rock.  I felt so strong and good! I’ve actually noticed this frequently actually: the less sleep I get on one particular night (definitely not chronic sleep deprivation or anything) the stronger and more powerful I feel on my runs.  Weird right?

I felt so good actually that I ran an extra half mile or so to get to 6.5 miles on the morning.  The temperature wasn’t that bad either, much warmer than the overnight low of 33* that was predicted.  I would say that it was about 38-40*.  I had an underarmour-ish top on under my shortsleeve shirt and I had to run back up to my room to take it off as I knew I would totally overheat! Silly weathermen and their forecasts.  Maybe the crisp weather also had something to do with the run feeling great.

The only downside to the run was the amount of light I got.  I seriously cannot wait for this weekend and we get to turn back the clocks.  Sure, we’ll be walking around at 1600 in the pitch black but hey, I’ll take it if that means I get to run with some semblance of sunlight!

But the increased darkness that’s been going on for the past month or so has me a little worried about training for Boston. Yeah, sure I started my training for my last marathon in the winter but I didn’t have any expectations then.  I do now and want everything to be perfect.  Maybe I’m overthinking things.  I still need to find a plan!? And figure out when my actual start date is?! Yikes.  If anyone has a good plan I am soooo open to suggestions.  The last plan I used was SmartCoach from RWOL.  I peaked at 72 miles and the average was about 55-60 miles (at least towards the end).  I think I’d like to do something similar but I want something less cookie cutter than what I used last time.

A decision / project for another day I suppose.  Right now it’s all about the homework so that I can enjoy halloween weekend.  And no, Lacey, I haven’t revealed my costume yet.  You’ll have to wait until I have pictures.  Yes, I am mean 😛

And to kick off the weekend: The Facts of Life

46. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damnit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

47. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

48. When I meet a new girl/guy, I’m terrified of mentioning something (s)he hasn’t already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

49. I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

50. Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles…

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