Sunday, October 24, 2010

life=risk

photo by a team parent
over the past three years i've helped on-and-off with a local high school cross country team, and this weekend was the county meet. the varsity boys lost the county title for the first time in 8 years placing 2nd, but the varsity girls, jv girls and jv boys all won their respective divisions (once again). watching the high schoolers always motivates me, but by the time i get home i am tired and lazy. the same was the case this weekend. luckily this "30-minute" goal is working for me, and i am enjoying the variety of exercise choices i have everyday. sometimes i feel like i am 'cheating' on running though since i'm not running 6 days a week anymore. i am doing well at not being anal about it - you have to admit i've come a long way! (can i apologize once more for being such a whiney brat back then?)

i do still run though of course, and today i got in my long run - double digits! umm the last time i did 10+ miles was september 10th, sheesh. i set out without water or gu with the intent of toughening up mentally. i planned to take it easy for the first 5 miles and then pick it up a little in the second 5 for a negative split. do you ever "black out" in the middle of a run? in mile 4 i was running up a long hill, and then i don't remember anything until i was at the top of the hill and checked my pace and noticed it had slowed dramatically. i was successful with the negative splitting though -- averaging a 9:15 in the first half and an 8:02 in the second. depending on how the coming week goes, those faster miles may have to count towards my 4mi tempo goal.
(eta: by "black out" i mean more of a "zone out". i didn't pass out on the side of the road or anything)

sunday (10/24) am run: 10 miles, 1:26:29 (avg pace 8:39), 71*



i've seen this before somewhere (probably from my dad), but saw it again on running free and had to re-post:


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26 comments :

  1. Great video! Life is nothing without a little risk.

    Way to get out there and get in the long run. And to knock out a killer negative split makes it all the better.

    But "black out"... yikes! I've zoned out, but I don't think I have ever blacked out.

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  2. I've totally blacked out during a run. I mean. not like I literally blacked out, I just kind of lost track of what was going on and found myself a half mile further down my course, which is what I think you're talking about. I wish that could happen on every run, actually.

    Great job on hitting the double digits! Looks like you're getting back into fighting shape :)

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  3. Haven't blacked out in quite a few years! Oh, we're talking about running, never mind............

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  4. I am totally stealing that video and putting it on my face book.

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  5. Nice job getting back to double digits. And wow--great results for the x-country team! You must be a good coach!

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  6. Black out = not good. No water for 10 miles = not good. OK, so I know that elite marathoners don't drink much or eat during races, but hey, they trained their bodies this way. I never eat anything in a 10 miler, I even do 20 milers with no gu sometimes, bc I want my body to get used to limited fuel ( and full my brain that I am doing super when I give my body 6 gels during a marathon). But, I worked up to that (I used to need 5 gels for a 20 miler). So, take it easy and please carry a gel (for emergencies) and some water with you!!! Oh, and great job on the negative split!

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  7. great video,
    Often i do 10 mile + runs without taking gu or water but I still bring it with me just in case I have an issue.

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  8. Great great video.

    As for blacking out....kinda has happened to me and then the Garmin plays his little music and wakes me up to get going again. It is just the mind thinking of something other then the running and you zone out.

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  9. I've definitely blacked out during a run before- it's a bit surreal. Way to knock out the miles, but next time bring fuel, you crazy!

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  10. Um, yeah I figured you didn't black out, because it's not like you had a guest author for this post. And, I know that because of the capitalization.
    But ya know, sometimes, you'll be driving and look up 10 miles later, like "woah, how did I get HERE?" You're just on autopilot, your body already knows what to do.
    Back to double-digits is great. Those 30 minutes a day, running or not, are working.

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  11. I'm glad you weren't on the side of the road....as far as you know, anyway. That is one of my favorite videos, thanks for sharing it again!

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  12. blacking out is SCARY! it's never happened to me during a run but it's happened once after a run. butttt i think i passed out more than blacked out as i hit the floor hahaha. i have felt really lightheaded during runs too.

    oh wait...i just re-read that you meant zone out and YES that happens to me all. the. time. i just get lost in my thoughts and then i'm like, where am i?! hahaha

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  13. I think I must have been blacking out during my races where I ended up on the train tracks. Maybe if I stayed on course during my black-outs, I'd be faster!

    Congrats to the x-country teams and awesome job keeping up with your 30-mins!!

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  14. I was able to determine that you "zoned" out through other contextual references, but thanks for clarifying...

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  15. Nice job on the long run, loved the video. It was one I hadn't seen before.

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  16. Sounds like things are improving! Good for you on the negative splits!

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  17. That there sounds like it was a pretty fab run. I'm glad it involved a "zone out" rather than an actual "black out" -- you scared me for a second! I zone out on runs pretty frequently. Sometimes it's an actual "zone" and sometimes it's just me losing focus...

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  18. What an inspirational video. Thank you for sharing it with us. My eating hasn't been on target this weekend, but failing isn't the end. I just need to pick myself up and keep going.

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  19. Way to go on blacking out or zoning out. I like the black out part better. When my miniers disease had the better of me when I started running 2 years ago and could tackle on 2 miles I would literally black out and then throw up, etc... Now, I don't. I have gotten better which leads me to the "Great video". If I would have just gave up and said. I can't run because of my medical conditions, then I would not be where I am now. Thanks for sharing that. WhoooooooHooooooooo! Cheers to blacking out and not giving up!

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  20. Completely HARD to believe that Lucille Ball was shy!!!! My favorite lady!! I watched her alot lately-cheers me up everytime!

    I have done that zone thing do, I thought it was just me! Not sure what it is, but I have never woken up on the side of the road or in a ditch either! At least, not yet!

    Awesome video, I will have to add that to my favorites-don't be surprised if you see this on FB!!

    Thanks for the great email!

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  21. This video makes me happy; my current failures can only lead to global success!

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  22. Nice pace on that 10-miler. Do you feel a difference in your legs since doing more cross-training?

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  23. Glad you clarified... cause Yes, I have blacked out on a run. But I've also zoned out too.... zoning out is much less frightening! :-)

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  24. Welcome back to the double digits chica! :)

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  25. Great video and perfect timing. I was thinking the same thing on my slow, hunched-back run this afternoon: should I pursue another marathon, should I give up, should I wait 'til after the baby?

    Again, hope you're feeling better. Good posts, per usual.

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