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November 16, 2010

Like, I Really REALLY Hate Tempos

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:47

Another Tuesday Tempo here! It was SO HARD to drag myself out of bed this morning knowing that A) I’m still sleep deprived from this weekend B) my covers were amazingly comfy and C) I really effing hate tempos.

But I drug my sorry butt out of bed for the tempo. What I wanted to get out of this was a controlled workout. Sure the pace matters but with WR being only…18(?!)…days left the work that I do now is mostly mental.  Essentially the “hay is in the barn” (anyone else HATE that phrase?! Any suggestions for what I can replace it with?!) and now it’s getting comfy with some miles that aren’t killer but are faster.  Ideally GMP but that’s been the ideal all along, no?


Sometimes it's like no matter how hard I try I can't hit the workouts how I want

The plan was to warm up for a couple miles, bang out ~5-6 miles at “tempo” pace (whatever that means at the moment) and then warm down for a couple miles + a few more (my warm downs are always longer than my ups).  I knew before I even stepped out of my door that this was going to be a challenging workout and to not expect paces around what I’d been running the past few weeks.  My hips felt a bit…tender? Not hurt or pain or injury.  More like “HEY I could use a massage NOW”

When all was said and done this was the result:

  • Warmup
  • 6.6 mile “tempo” @ 7:26 pace
  • Warm down

I don’t think this really tells the whole story though.

Essentially the tempo portion can be broken down into three 2.2 mile segments as that’s how I thought about it when as I ran it.  Now, looking at the overall pace the workout looks fine.  Maybe a little slow for true tempo pace based on where I’m at fitness wise, but still where a workout could/should be with ❤ weeks until marathon day.  Maybe even exactly where I need to be as my estimated GMP is ~7:30.

The breakdown of the tempo looks not so great:

  • 2.2 miles @ 7:42
  • 2.2 miles @ 7:10
  • 2.2 miles @ 7:25

Oddly enough I was thinking about how to describe this workout and I thought: CONTROL.  Unlike last week, today I felt like I was moving how I was supposed to be.  I will admit that when I saw 16:56 as my first loop split I kind of freaked out because, while I knew it was ~7:45 (hizzah math) it was slower than GMP, let alone the tempo paces I’ve been running the past 3 weeks.

So I kicked it up a bit and, surprise surprise, it didn’t feel any harder than the first loop.  I know Flo talked a lot about this recently: that if I start out fast, I stay fast.  The trick now is to figure out what my pace is from the get-go.  Because, to be 100% honest here, my 9:42 warm up pace didn’t feel slower than my 7:42 first tempo loop nor did either of those feel different from my next 7:10 loop.

I mean, I can tell by the lactic acid that sort of accumulates and the burn that I feel but once I lock into a pace I can hold it.  I’d be VERY surprised if I deviated much from the average loop paces during the loops themselves. Which is why I felt like I was in control during the workout.

Mission accomplished then. I’m thinking that the feeling of control is more important than the splits themselves.  Or so I’m trying to tell the numbers junkie in me 😉

In the end I think that today’s workout was not a bad one by any means.  Once I got the initial “UGH I didn’t get the workout how I wanted it”  thoughts out of the way (because, let’s face it, they will always be there I have come to the following conclusion: Getting close to GMP is tricky and hard for me and this was a learning workout. Plus once I got that first 2.2 loop out of the way I was quite speedy.

Afterward I did W2D1 of my pushups and situps:

Pushups: 14, 14, 10, 10, 16

Situps: 21, 21, 15, 15, 25

I did discover when I was going my “strength” stuff that my legs are tight! I shamefully cannot touch my toes anymore.  I used to be really flexible but stretching was the first thing to go when my schedule got hectic this fall.  Don’t worry though: I plan on using my break to stretch today.  I want to get back to being really flexible.  Not for any real running reason per se (I’m not the biggest subscriber to stretching being *wicked* important.  It has it’s place but I don’t think it’s the be-all-to-end-all) but because I just feel better in life when my muscles aren’t like a rubber band. I feel like I stand straighter and am more confident. And that my muscles aren’t all cramped and I’m not all hunched in a ball, making me want to be on the couch all day.

Thanks google

Since I never stretch someone might have to use a torture device so I can hit that flexibility goal hahahhah

Have a lovely Tuesday y’all.  And Amy that means you too girl!

And check out this giveaway from Lesley (Racing it Off)

March 23, 2010

Another Interval Tuesday. Mojo = Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:35

Yup.  It’s official: I must have been delusional when I thought that this week would be a nice transition back into school.  And I guess it is if you like trial by fire.  Me? Not so much.

I’m feeling MUCH better about life in general though.  I did another night of “sweat out the cold” and I definitely think things are improving.  I took some benadryl too which I think helped the allergy portion of my ickyness.  If anything it knocked me out fast because I had to sleep with two pillows again. Blah.

I’m also feeling better after reading your awesome words yesterday about comparing.  I know it’s silly to do.  Which makes me feel *worse* because I know that comparing =/= good.  Like many of you said, running is really individual.  Sure people can compete against each other but, and this goes for me, running is about challenging *yourself’*.  I think I lost sight of that for a minute. It’s partly your fault though for running so many amazing races over the weekend 😛

But I got my mojo back speed wise.  Yup. It’s interval Tuesday in MM’s world.  This week’s main course? Let’s check it out:

  • Warm up
  • 2 3 X [4 X 800m] @ 10k pace (7:08) w/ 90 seconds ( .2 mi )recovery between repeats and 5 mins (.6 mi) recovery between sets
  • 3 miles GMP
  • Warm down

I went into this workout thinking that I really didn’t want to do it.  Because of the sickness, allergies, legs, no real sleep etc I was tired to the bone.  After my early Spanish class I really wanted to go back to sleep.  My eyes were just so heavy.  Since it was rainy hardcore today I would have been in the gym anyway.  Plus after a week of running outside it was probably a good idea to use the TM to “baby” my leg.  So I told myself that I could do as much of the workout as I could and then just easy run or elliptical if I was truly tired. Running though has the funny way of giving you energy.  So while I am a bit tired in general from life stuff I felt great for completing it and it totally woke me up.  I had forgotten how running does that to me.

And Whew.  It was quite challenging.  In the past I’ve only done two sets of 800s.  I was tempted to do straight up Yassos but since the workout was on the TM, I didn’t think that it would be useful to me. So I kept those 5 minutes or so in (it probably was more than 5 minutes because, on a TM, I don’t want to have to think too much about when to start and stop the intervals.  I know that 90 seconds is ~.2 miles and 5 minutes is ~ .6 miles so I went with that to make the math easier.  Plus, I’m not going to lie: having extra recovery is not a bad thing so late in the training)

I was a little worried that my body would fall apart after the second set.  Yes I’ve done a hill workout following 2 sets before but hills =/= intervals.  Yes hills are hard but they are a different beast.  Although sidenote: I read in one of my training log books, which includes little factoids, tips and motivational quotes, that one should do hills BEFORE intervals.  Obviously I don’t think my doing it the other way is a big deal but it doesn’t say why that is.  Any thoughts? Pure curiosity on my part.

But the intervals went really well.  I don’t know what it is but the first repeat of each set felt like death but the last 3 were always good.  I suspect that even though extra recovery is nice I probably took too much haha.  But whatever, I wanted the math to work nicely.  I finished the sets really strong.  I doubt I could have done many more repeats buttttt I did 12.  No need to do more!

Even though I REALLY wanted to do hills this week: I didn’t.  After speaking to lots of people (including the sports med doc,  high school t&f coach, PT) it just seemed like too much a risk to push through hill repeats.  I even went as far as to write down the hill portion on my workout piece of paper! And I kept thinking of how to sneak in hills.  I’m just worried that I haven’t done hills the past 3 weeks and I don’t want all that hill-fitness to go be for nothing! As a compromise I chose to do some GMP work instead.

I figured that since the repeats took a considerable amount of distance that I would cut the warm down short (I hadn’t needed that long of a warm up either today, saving some more miles to “quality”) and make the GMP 3 miles long.  These miles weren’t really *for* anything.  I just think it’s important to show my legs and mind that I can handle this pace after a challenging workout and the distance of 3 miles is arbitrary.  No offense to those who consider ❤ miles a run but I don’t.  I’m too much of a mileage junkie for that.  3 miles roughly a 5k so that seemed good enough for me.

The pace felt really easy (and duh after running so hard in the intervals) which is good.  Yes they were coming off faster work but it could have felt sooo hard if my legs were exhausted.  Clearly this wasn’t the case and is another pat on the back to me. Yay.

Also a couple of you mentioned a foam roller. While I resisted shelling out the $$ (I honestly don’t know how I’m going to pay for it when I get the bill) I finally caved over break and ordered one.  I think I got it for $25 (including shipping) so it’s not toooo bad but I’m hemmoraging money over here with co-pays and bills! *LeSigh*.  But I was happy when my PT suggested I get one and I could tell her that I had already ordered one.  Hopefully I find the time to use it and maybe it’ll jump start an overall stretching routine.

I also have purchased little ice packs.  You know the kind that you put in kids lunchboxes? I figured that a lot of days I’m not going to have access to an ice machine right after a workout (aka the weekends or any outdoor run) so this will be a makeshift way to keep the icing up!

Okay. I’ve sufficiently procrastinated on this quantum exam for long enough (and I doubt many of you have read this far since I write so much haha!!) Gotta get some work on it before LOST comes on.

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

March 22, 2010

Congrats to Racers & PT Session Numero Dos

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:36

Hey guys, it’s been a busy busy day in MM land.  Going to try to make this quick as I just received a quantum take-home exam and I am going to have to devote all the time I can on it!

The first day back from break has been well so far.  I didn’t have any work over break, so there was nothing to procrastinate from and therefore as soon as I clocked out of tutoring last night at 2100 I promptly went to bed.  As you may recall I hadn’t been feeling so hot.  Although I am not one to discount allergies or dehydration as the culprit I’m suspecting a cold of some sort because after drinking more water than I care to think about and popping a benadryl I still (and pardon my language here) felt like shit.

So sleeping it off was my solution.  I don’t think there’s any validity to this approach at all (not the sleep but what I’m about to say next): I also turned my heat WAY up to “sweat out the bad”.  When I was little my dad always used to say that the cure to not feeling well was / is to curl up in a warm blanket and just sweat out the toxins.  Maybe it’s a mental thing but 3 pairs (!!) of pjs later and I’m feeling back to normal. Well kind of. Still a little congestion but THAT is likely allergies.

Good thing that my dad’s “trick” worked because, as I opened the post with, I had a busy day that started off with a run.  I was secretly hoping that my feeling better would translate to a good Monday run — at least time wise.  I did feel really good physically while running but wish that my pace had shown that.  I ran the miles in 9:28.  Eh. I’m going to chalk it up to sickness related and just move on.

I’ve been really hard on myself lately with how “fast” I am.  I know I shouldn’t be but I am. And I’m falling into the trap of comparing myself to others.  Especially when so many of you raced this weekend and put up STELLAR times.  A huge congrats to Sarah (washingtonranhere), Sarah (theshubox), Sarah (skinnyrunner), RunDateEatSleep, Nick (midpack runner), HurdlingHam (corre! run! run like a llama!), Erika (DrTriRunner, Flo (Girl in Motion), Lizzy (Healthy Bites conquer Athlete Appetite), Pen (penatpeace), Amy (secondcityrandomness)Mel (tall mom on the run), Kristen (therundown), Heather (with a side of sneakers)

So you can see where I’m coming from: these peeps are awesome! (Although I should have linked to their RRs where appropriate. Oops. But y’all are smart kids and can figure out how to show them some love!) Hopefully I didn’t forget anyone.  So many of you!! But such inspirational to read 🙂

Luckily I don’t have to wait the 4 weeks (!!) until Boston to get my race on.  I’ll be able to do that next week with the Eastern States 20 miler (with Lacey!)

But yeah.  So I wish the run this morning had been faster.  I’m kind of surprised it wasn’t just because of all the race reports I’ve been reading lately buttttt whatever. The weather was even close to perfect: upper 30s/low 40s, cloudy, a little damp (like you knew rain was coming).  Really nothing too taxing.  *LeSigh*  As you can see I’m failing miserably at not dwelling on it haha

I went to go hablar some espanol and I realized that I missed not speaking it for the week of break.  I’m going to need to find someone post-G day to keep talking to me in Spanish! And since I wasn’t lifting today (did the circuit yesterday) I was able to take a long hot shower before heading off to my second PT appointment which was cool.

Since I remembered to pack shorts, socks and shoes in my big ole bag of a purse (since no PM lifting = actually getting to wear real clothes!) my PT was able to get me on the TM and video my running.  It was interesting to say the least and in the interest of time here are the conclusions from the tape:

  • Yup the right shin in a-hurtin’.  I knew that it was “slapping” around but I guess I didn’t know how loud it was until I hopped on the TM and became very self-conscious about it
  • I’m a heel striker
  • My right hip is weaker than my left one, although both are pretty weak
  • My IT band in both legs are tight
  • I tend to rotate in my trunk more to the left than I do to the right
  • I have “chicken wings” when I run

While cool the video wasn’t really all that informative for me, I probably could have told her that before doing the video.  That said it was nice to see the evidence.  As a scientist I love having proof to back up my claims.

So after that we went to work on exercises for my hips.  And we stretched my legs.  The PT also massaged my (still) inflamed ankle as well as my IT band and calf.  It felt amazing.  No tenderness anywhere but I can tell (and obviously so could she if she broke out The Stick for my IT) that stretching hasn’t really been a priority for me lately. That’s going to have to change!

I left after some icing and e-stim (which by the time we got to this step it was past the time my appointment would end but I *really* wanted it so I decided that it was okay to chance running late for my PM class!) with printouts of the exercises and stretches.  I knew that if I didn’t request physical copies than I wouldn’t do them!

And WOAH it is later than I want it to be! I’m going to leave you with that.  I had wanted to delve into nutrition a bit but it will have to wait until another day later this week (yup I’m a tease 😛 ) and assuming I remember haha.

Also I have some intervals tomorrow to do.  I’m on the fence as to whether or not to do hills.  I’m leaning towards no.  The last time I did them (3 or so weeks ago) was a bit irritating to the shin/ankle area and my PT advised me against them and I’m inclined to agree with her.  I’m just hoping that I can fit another hill session in before Boston.  I’d hate to think that the last time I did hills was 7 weeks before race day! I’m sure that I have enough “oomph” in my legs to handle Boston’s hills but I still worry. Haha!

January 20, 2010

Recovery Run Love?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:03

Ummm so I love the fact that after I posted saying how much I love the support I get from you guys that LOTS of you told me that you love me.  Well maybe not quite like that but I was feeling the love! So thanks again and you guys ROCK 🙂

It’s Wednesday (?!) so that means recovery run day! I think I’m slowing beginning to enjoy the recovery run as the training programs moves along.  Partly because I’ve been shown great results when it comes to the quality workouts I’m doing and partly because it’s nice to just let go of pace.  It’s mentally taxing to constantly be worried about hitting a pace.  And the longer I’ve been doing these types of runs the less judgmental I am.

Like today.  I set out on a nice 6 mile loop and just went.  Yes my legs were a little cranky from yesterday’s killer workout but I didn’t feel the need to pressure them into doing something faster than they wanted.  And I didn’t feel like I was running all that slow or anything either. Granted when I finished up that loop and saw just in fact how slow I was running, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit appalled. But I pushed it from my mind and my next 4 mile loop, while faster sure, didn’t feel any faster.

This tells me that I’m letting my body respond to my workouts and tell me what it needs.  This is fabulous.  Since my plan has me doing 3 quality workouts a week I’ll stop my schpiel there and refer you to an interesting article I found the other day on recovery runs.

As I’m sure you noticed my mileage was yet again double digits (double digit streak = 38 days. running streak = 59 days).  While I have no problem with this as long as my body holds up my muscles are starting to tighten and rebel.  I’ve responded by stretching more (!).  Now it’s not much, only about 20 minutes a night the past few night, but it’s a start.  I’ve lost so much flexibility that it’s a bit discouraging to do but I know that tight muscles =/= injuries. So I’m working to increase my flexibility to keep my muscles loose and avoid nagging aches and pains.

Lately my left foot has been acting up and last week my right achilles was.  Preventative stretching and strengthening have made that go away so I’m hoping to do the same with the foot.  At first I was thinking plantar fasciitis but my pain isn’t in the heel at all.  It’s in the middle third of my foot and the tightness radiates up through the big toe.  In fact I can feel the “pain” (which it’s not pain per se but more acheyness) best when I try to flex my big toe and when I do a standing calf stretch.  It’s gotten better as I’ve stretched out more so I’m hopeful that it’s not a big deal.

I also did another full body lifting session today.  I think I might hit 3 sessions this week again! Luckily there were no sports teams there today which was great.  It definitely made it a lot less crowded.  I’m extremely happy with my level of strength, like I say a lot haha, but I’ve noticed that by lifting the way I have my arms are able to carry be through the hard workouts like yesterday.  During the intervals I was incredibly thankful that my arms are as strong as they are.  As well as my legs, abs etc. It also feels good to have the prissy girls on the elliptical (and I can’t wait to create a gym crazies post at some point) kind of stare at me all bug eyed and the guys stare with a sort of respect.  I tend to then adapt a “hell yeah I’m a BAMF” attitude that just fuels me through the rest of the workout.

The rest of my day is going to be pretty lazy. So I’m going to go start that now 🙂

Also be sure to check out Tricia’s giveaway. And Meg’s.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

January 14, 2010

Riki Tiki Tempo

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:09


So I stretched last night for a good 20 minutes while watching NCIS kick some booty.  And I don’t think I should EVER go on such a long stretching hiatus. It’s been 5 weeks since Jazz classes ended and thus 5 weeks without me stretching.  Combine that with huge mileage and the recent start of actual training (read: lifting and speedwork are regular occurrences)  and my muscles are clearly tight.  And I will say that the stretching felt good last night.  But man, I am sore from it.  I have no idea why but I did know that this would happen last night.  Maybe I overdid what my muscles could handle? Oh well.  Hopefully this soreness doesn’t deter me from stretching more often because I have lost A LOT of flexibility.

On the other hand I woke up with no Achilles pain.  I must have done *something* right. And Matt just sent me some stretching and strengthening stuff that helped him deal with this issue. Going to keep stretching lots as it did tighten up a bit after my run today. But sore legs are no excuse for slacking in the training plan.

Ergo I still had to do my tempo run today.  And before I get into how AWESOME it was (because it’s the truth) I want to say that I’m still loving the twice a week speed work that I’m doing.  I guess I love going fast. Don’t get me wrong: I love my distance and would feel incomplete without my long runs but (and shhhhhh it’s a little secret) I’m a bit scared of speed work.  Yes, my running start was as a sprinter so I shouldn’t really be but speed work is *HARD* and you have to put so much effort and energy into it.  So I always shy away.  This plan has me confronting my fear head on and I say BRING IT beyotch.

Here are the stats for the run:

  • 2.7 mile warm up
  • 5.9 to 6 mile tempo (mapmyrun says 6 but I’m thinking it’s a little overzealous?)@ 7:17-721 pace!
  • 4.1 mile warm down

Right off the bat I’m going to complain about mapping online and yes I know I should get a garmin but I am po’.  I had mentally calculated the tempo portion to be 5.9 miles but when I actually mapped it for accuracy online I got a 6 miler.  Obviously not the biggest deal in the world but I’m obsessive and need to know exact.  Anyone use mapmyrun and want to chime in as to how accurate they’ve felt it is? I did both “follow roads” and manual and they both spit out really similar results (like one hundredth on a difference)

Regardless of that .1 I am so pumped with the pacing.  If you recall last week I was slightly disappointed with my pacing job as I was on the low end of the range I wanted (target pace = 7:30 +/- 15 seconds). I had that in the back of my mind as a “carrot” to get me to dig deep within myself and obviously something clicked.  The pace itself, even though I had no idea what it was at the time, felt really hard.  But a comfortable hard. I think tempo runs are the hardest runs to do because it’s not sprinting, so you’re not going all out, but it’s not just something you can go by how your body feels.  It’s supposed to be hard.  You’re supposed to be breathing heavy and feel your legs getting tired and want to slow down. Eventually, however, my body just accepts that I’m not slowing down.

Well sort of.  It’s been a problem for me to keep a steady tempo pace.  I can feel a change in my form when I go from pushing-tempo-pace to relaxing a bit.  Even though my actual speed doesn’t change too much (at least I don’t think so) I notice a small shift.  Tempo pace has me running forward – almost falling into my step.  But when I relax I feel like I’m on my heels more and my hips shift forwards, almost as though I’m contracting my torso.  I like how aware of my body I’ve gotten lately.  No idea where it’s developing from per se but it’s good to be aware of any pacing and form connection.  Again, this doesn’t dramatically affect anything but it’s interesting how this happens.

And I think it’s linked to mental focus, which is always a point of contention for me. I’m still not able to focus as well as I’d like to.  I am aware that I can’t be 100% focused on maintaining a fast pace 100% of the time but I’d like to cut down on the accelerating/decelerating (or maintaining speed work form vs relaxed form) that I’m doing.  Any tips?

I do know that this is the reason I’m going to keep my tempo runs outside.  It’s getting me used to running fast on my own which is obviously something I’d be doing in a race.  And the runner’s high off of an outdoor tempo when you know that it’s 100000% YOU keeping up the bamfness is just not going to be found on any tm (even though I do find the tm useful). Plus as much as it would totally suck to bomb a tempo paced run it is a good learning experience (as I have learned in the past).

Although just as a note: I think my tempo was progressive today as I timed my last half mile (since I knew the distance) and I was running at – ready for this? – 640 pace!! Wayyy too fast for a tempo but still exciting to see for sure.

Today I also XT’d a bit.  As I was about to hit the showers my friend texted me to see if I wanted to hit up the gym when it reopened at 1600.  I figured I could use that time to play catch up, circulate my blood and get a good stretch.  I won’t get into too much detail here (or any really) because that’s basically what happened.  My HR stayed really low  so I knew I wasn’t taxing my cardiovascular system too much, funny because that ‘s what most people want to do! And stretching afterward felt sooooooooooo good. Like unbelievably good.

Before I click “publish post” check out these giveaways from Nikki (Slow is the New Fast) and Brandi (Bran Appetit)

Also: lots of new readers have been commenting! YAY. This makes me happy because I love getting feedback and hearing from y’all. But unfortunately I haven’t updated my blogroll in a *very* long time. So if you want to be on it let me know — and that goes for people who have also been commenting frequently too! I’m just lazy when it comes to update the blogroll

P.S. Anyone remember the book that I got my title of the post from?! Or am I just showing how weird I am 😛

December 4, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:54

Indeed.  It’s been one long week! The weeks after a long weekend always drag.  Well maybe the weeks don’t because I can’t believe it’s Friday, the 4th of December, but the days sure do.  I think the longest days this semester have been this week.  Oh well, one more week to go!

I ended up not going out.  I got sidetracked with my geophysics paper and no one wanted to go out because they had lots of work to do as well.  Kind of a bummer because I totally wanted to go out but I prolly needed the extra sleep as my body is reeling from such a prolonged sleep deprivation before Thanksgiving.  I ended up with 6 hours but that totally is better than 3-4.

When I woke up it was cold again! Yesterday’s high was 68* so the 38* that I woke up to felt very frigid and I debated breaking out the underarmour.  I didn’t though and I’m glad because it was totally not necessary.  But weather is so relative so it was tempting to wear it. I actually enjoyed the brisk cold enveloping my body — I think I say this during all my brisk mornings haha.

I also woke up to some sore muscles: specifically my quads.  Yesterday’s massage prolly was a bit too much pressure on ’em because they felt like someone took a baseball bat to them and feel all bruised.  No es bueno! I actually stretched out a bit after doing some corework and before hitting the streets.  And let me say this: stretching feels sooooooooooo good.  Seriously.  I need to get back into a stretching routine.  I do stretches for jazz class but 2x a week just isn’t enough.  Todos los dias (everyday)!

Even though my legs were a bit, ummmm can’t really think of a word because sore doesn’t really describe it, my run was pretty good.  Unfortunately my hardcore pseudo-tempo didn’t give me a huge leap in my pace for an easy run. Bummer only because I’ve been so reliant on the “fast running begets fast running” principle and in the grand scheme of things it’s still true.  But I think the extremely high mileage + massage =/= fast running.

Don’t get me wrong, I still was at a good clip but it wasn’t the easy pace – 30-40 seconds that I usually enjoy the day after a speed session.  Just the easy pace.  My body will be happy even though my mind is frustrated with it. Meaning I prolly should have cut back from my planned 9.1 miles but they felt good so why not? I think that I’m not going to do a “long” run tmrw but stick with the 9-11 range.  No sense in really pushing hard yet.  Plus it’s suppose to rain in the pm and I don’t think I’ll be able to get more that 10 first thing haha.

Okay — I need to get some more work done on this geophysics paper.  For those who were curious I’m writing it on gravity anomalies.  Due to the mass distribution on Earth some places are denser than other.  This leads to an increase in the pull of gravity on objects in that particular area.  NASA is looking at these and can actually detect sea level changes, glacial changes, groundwater changes from the different values gravity has in the areas.  Pretty cool but totally kicking my ass right now. Also, since I’ve been so math-based for so long and am currently taking  two language course I cannot for the life of me string together an English sentence anymore! Every other word in my paper has been something in French or Spanish haha.

Also Sarah is having a giveaway.  Holllleeerr. But don’t enter. Because I want it 😛

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