ladder workout

So, I feel after my last (complaining) post about missing a run, my run that I completed the other day deserved a post all of its own.

I love the days were you feel on top of the world.


First, I went for a surf.  It looked so-so, but decided to get some sunshine and go for a paddle.  And it was amazing!  I had such a fun surf.  I got long waves, did a bunch of good little turns, and there was a good (but small) crowd of people out there.  I didn’t want to get out of the water, but I had an appointment in the middle of the day with optometrist.  Ugh.

Well, actually, the middle part of the day sucked.  The Eye Doc dilated my eyes, and I had to wait around Costco for 3 hours to get my car tires fixed.  Which ended up being expensive.  (I probably should add that getting the tires fixed and rotated was free, but the three hours of me waiting lead me to the running store where I bought new shoes!).

I got home, rested my eyes for an hour, then decided I better get this run done.  I didn’t want to do it.  But, I made myself get out the door.  My eyes were still a little messed up, but I had sunglasses on, and the sun was setting – so it wasn’t too bright for the most part.

The workout? 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1600m, 1200m, 800m, 400m – with 400m recovery between each one.

I warmed up for a mile, then went into the first one.  My pace wasn’t too bad, around 8:20min/mile and I thought if I could do that pace for all the intervals I would be very happy.  The next one, the 800m, was a touch faster – and I actually felt ok.  I kept pushing, thinking if I could end up doing the 1 mile interval at a 8min/mile I would be extremely happy.

I actually found my groove, and the run felt amazing.  The last 400m was a little tough, but I did push myself on that one.  I was able to run the whole workout, no walking, no stopping – and felt so strong!

I finished with just over a mile cool down, to bring me to 8 miles total for the run.

A tempo run is on the cards for this evening.  Let’s see how that one goes.


missing a run

I missed a run. A long run.  It was only 8 miles.  And I had just run 8 miles the day before.  I’m not sure how I feel about this.  I had run every run up to that point.  Now I’ve missed one.  Do I try to fit it in at some point this week?  Do I just try to forget about it?  It’s only week 7 of marathon training.  It won’t kill me if I don’t run it.

Urgh.  So frustrating.  But, that is what I get for not getting up early and running in the morning. (Which, of course, I haven’t done today either – I’m sitting on the computer, after a sleep in, with a ladder workout looming over my head for this afternoon.)

So, in order to make myself feel better, let’s write a list on why it doesn’t matter too much about missing this one run: Continue reading

CIM Training – week 6

Oops.  It’s Wednesday, and I’m just posting this!  I completely forgot.  Oh well.. This week was great,  I did all my runs.  A pat on the back for me.  Week 6 done!  To be honest though, I’m not too happy, because I’m already in week 7 and I know the future.  It isn’t too good.  It’s not bad – I’m not injured, but I have missed one run, and that really annoys me.  Anyway, on to week 6:

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CIM Training – week 5

Wow!  Over a month of marathon training!  And I’ve continued doing so well.  I’m so happy I’ve decided not to care about my paces.  Sure, I have my pace chart floating around here, and I might try to add in my other pace chart that is probably more realistic.  But I’m just running.  I’m obviously trying to hit my paces, but if I don’t hit them, I don’t mind.  I’m just going to get out there and run.

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Putting in the miles

I’ve decided with this training run I just need to get outside and put in the miles.  I’ll cover the miles needed.  If I hit my paces – that’s fantastic.  If I don’t, well as long as I’m trying that is all that counts.

This way of thinking actually got me out the door this morning.

I knew I was going to wake up early and have coffee with my husband.  I knew that he was leaving at 7:30 in the morning, and that if I wanted to beat the heat I should be coming back from my run at around this time.  However, having not spent any amount of time with him over the last three months, I wanted to sit and chat with him.  I knew it would be warm when I started.  I knew that the humidity would be high.  I thought about putting off my run until the afternoon/evening, when the breeze comes up a little and the humidity has died down.  I then thought about how at the end of a marathon it would be warm.  What if it decided to be unseasonably warm during my fall/winter marathon? I decided to head  outside.

Speed work was on the cards.  5 x 1000m.  With it already being around 79F, and 84% humidity, I didn’t want to worry about my paces.  I thought as long as I’m going harder than an easy pace for those intervals, I’m getting the job done.  I decided to ignore my watch, and not look at my paces.

Well, was I surprised when I got back home!

I’m not in my pace range for a 3:50 marathon,  but for a 3:55-4:00 I hit it!  The heat got to me for the last few, but I can only wonder if I looked at my watch and saw the first three splits, would I have been able to push on a little more?

No matter what, I nailed it!  And thank god, because that run was TOUGH!

Let’s hope my tempo run later this week feels a little easier than this one!


CIM Training – week 4

This was a tough week.  I traveled from Australia back to California, and then back to Hawaii.  So a lot of traveling, and I tried my best to fit in my runs.  I did my tempo run, but it was on a treadmill, and I’m just not happy about running them on the treadmill – I feel like I’m cheating and may not be able to manage that pace out in the real world.

I did get to go ride my bike while I was in California – I wish I had one out in Hawaii!  Maybe one day!
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