Tuesday, April 21, 2009

the boston bug

i guess the excitement and wonder of the boston marathon got to me a little too much, and i over did monday's easy run. the legs were a bit tired for tuesday's i-pace intervals. on monday i overestimated what was on schedule but i was thoroughly enjoying myself so i just kept going. the distance was fine, it was picking it up for the last two-miles that probably didn't help me too much today.

monday (4/20) pm run: 9.3 miles, 1:21:11 (avg pace 8:43), avg hr (162)

today, tuesday, i had 5x4-minutes "i-pace" (~6:25 mile pace) with 3-minutes easy. usually in a first rep i don't feel "it" yet and i get through it easily. not today. set 1 - barely talked myself into the full four minutes. ahh a sweet rest period, although still chugging along at about an 8:34 mile pace. those rest periods are never long enough. into set 2, talked myself to 1-minute, then 2, etc etc. during break #2 i decided i'd just do 3 sets today, told myself it'd still be decent. survived set 3 although i was having some trouble swallowing my saliva or something and i was being one of those annoying people who makes noises while they run (trying to clear my throat). during the break i noticed i wasn't even to 5-miles yet so i forced myself into set 4. almost found out what it's like to puke while running. survived though. after the final break i knew i couldn't ditch out on the last rep, whether or not i puked. i'm not sure where the overall feeling of crappiness came from 'cause i've done faster intervals before, but i hope it doesn't come back to visit me again anytime soon.

tuesday (4/21) pm run: 9.5 miles, 1:14:34 (avg pace 7:50), avg hr (169)
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15 comments :

  1. Wow! Way to get through all 5 intervals. Sounds like your running mojo is just about back to full swing (even if you might not agree after today's run).

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  2. You're too funny. I was the same way today with the excitement of watching Boston still lingering.

    And ya know, sometimes you run to hit your paces - other times, you run them just to get thru them, which builds mental toughness. Congrats on finishing them out. Glad the tougher half prevailed!

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  3. wow girl, those are some serious intervals :) and a couple of awesome back to back 9+ milers!

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  4. Great job pushing yourself! I definitely hope that sick feeling doesn't return either.

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  5. Way to stick with the intervals. You are right, the rest/recovery periods are never long enough!

    Boston was exciting! I really enjoyed tracking everyone too.

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  6. Nice job on those intervals!

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  7. Way to get through 'em! Nothing like 5 intervals when you're dying in the first. You rock!

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  8. The Boston bug was pretty strong, wsan't it. Great job kicking out those intervals!

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  9. I try to play mind tricks on myself all the time during intervals. With two to go, I'll say, "If I just finish one, I can stop." But then without fail, once I know I only have one to go, I really want to finish the workout.

    Great job getting 'er done! :)

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  10. Yes, Boston totally excited me, and I only read about it... I didn't even watch it! (I know, I'm a bad, bad runner)

    You are doing a great job at training. Keep it up :) :)

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  11. I think we all have the Boston Bug. :)

    My first interval is usually either my fastest or slowest.

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  12. I found your blog via Irish's. I just looked over your PR's. Wow! That 1/2 marathon pace is so incredible! Good luck with your training! Ana-Maria

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  13. I agree with Jess in that we all have the Boston bug this week!

    Nice on the intervals :)

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  14. ah yes, the feeling of "i'm gonna puke." don't you just love it?!

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