March 1, 2014 by Amy B
I thought I should blog about this morning’s long run while the pain was still fresh.
This was a run I’d just planned on bagging. Super cold here and well, sub-zero windchill didn’t sound very inviting for 90 minutes of running.
Thankfully, Team /var/run teammate Nancy set the wheels in motion for a plan for us to meet at the SDC for an indoor track run.
I slept through my first alarm, which is why you should always set two, which I did.
After a chilly drive down to Houghton, we were kicked out of the indoor track for a (supposedly pre-ordained by varsity sports gods) football workout. I will refrain from ranting about neglecting to put events on the public schedule.
This meant treadmilling it for at least an hour until the room would reportedly be free.
I’m not sure how I made it. I dug deep for every running motivation mantra I had. Foremost, I remembered that no one is making me do this, dummy.
After the treadmill wasn’t really jiving with my Garmin/footpod, I decided to stick with Garmin based on effort. We followed the 60 min on the treadmills with 30 min on the track, which was almost as painful as the first 2/3 of the workout. “Near Race Pace” sounds completely harmless on paper (or a Google Spreadsheet) but in reality, after a frustrating (and probably too fast) six miles, a bathroom break and walk downstairs, when I started running again, my body did the What gives? Weren’t we done? thing.
Looking at Garmin data afterward, I can see that yes, those first miles were too fast. The slow one was probably when I accidentally ripped the safety cord off the treadmill and stopped to retrieve towels for sweaty running mates. Oh, and somewhere early on I had to change the channel, because it was bad enough I was on a treadmill. Having to watch Faux News was going to make me homicidal.
I don’t know if this really goes along with our Training Plan of Doom pace-wise (this is a slightly modified Hal Higdon Advanced workout for Half Marathon Training), but I feel pretty good about it overall, considering the circumstances and that I haven’t run this far in a really, really long time – October 19, 2013 to be exact (oh my god). My HR was high for what I’d usually have it be for a long run, but is half marathon training different than full? I don’t know. I’m sure it doesn’t help that I have run every minimally for the past three weeks.
Came home, ate half a pasty and made a post-run latte. Don’t feel completely wrecked, which is good, right?
Today’s run reinforced that I need to fight this damn weather and get out for more of the runs right now. I feel like I should feel better on these than I do. And somewhere along the way I need to keep up with the bike rides (for this ridiculous 100 mile thing in May) and not lose my sanity in the process.
Kind of related: Work is offering a free personal trainer session in March; I’m going to the orientation meeting on Tuesday. Not sure how I feel about the PT thing, but I am pretty psyched about the free admission to the fitness facility for six weeks. Plenty of chances to get booted off the track!