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Member Since:

Aug 04, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

I've run off and on (more off than on) throughout my adult life. Most recently I started running in May of 2007.

5K PR: Colder Bolder in December 2009 in 22:50.

10k PR: Bolder Boulder in May 2009 in 48:06.13.

1/2 Marathon PR: Canyonlands Half-Marathon in March 2010 in 1:43:20.

Marathon PR: Newport (Oregon) Marathon in June 2010 in 3:42:17.

I have completed two full marathons.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get back to consistent running.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3:30 marathon.


I grew up in Utah, but live in Colorado now.

I am married and am a working mother of four children, ages 9-19.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Nike Lunarracer Lifetime Miles: 284.91
Brooks Adrenaline Trail Lifetime Miles: 574.62
Brooks Green Silence Lifetime Miles: 681.13
Brooks Adrenaline 10 (2) Lifetime Miles: 424.52
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Brooks Adrenaline Trail Miles: 15.16Brooks Adrenaline 10 Miles: 20.00Brooks Green Silence Miles: 8.11
Night Sleep Time: 41.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 41.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

General aerobic run.

6:16 am, 33°F, 61% humidity, no wind.

My husband is on spring break this week, so he has agreed to drive to seminary all week. Without the need to drive to seminary or to even be home before the other boys leave for school, I lack the motivation to get up really early to run. Also, I had a hard time going to sleep last night on account of the nap I took at noon yesterday.

I ran the County Line Road loop. I had to stop at more intersections that I normally do on account of the increased traffic at the later time. My heel felt fine when I got up this morning and during the run and was just slightly wonky after the run. The big toe is another issue. It started bugging me after about 6 miles.

My training plan has 3 Fridays in the upcoming weeks in which it specifies a race. Two of them say an 8K to 15K race, and the last one is an 8K to 10K race. The schedule actually has them on Saturdays, but I've pushed the whole schedule back a day to put long runs on Saturdays and have Sundays off. I've been wondering what to do about these workouts, but I've got a solution for one of them now. On May 8, which is the day after the second 8K to 15K race day, there are two races on the Highline Canal Trail, where I usually run on Saturdays. There's a 10K at 8 am and a 5K at 9 am. I think I'm going to run both of them and pretend that it's a 15K race with a short rest in the middle. I'll try to run both of them at 15K pace instead of at 10K pace and 5K pace.

Here are stats for today's run:

AP: 9:26. Splits: 10:14, 9:54, 9:50, 9:34, 9:33, 9:05, 9:02, 8:51, 8:52. It was another unintentional gradual progression run except for that last mile.

I realized recently that the Newport marathon doesn't allow headphones, so I decided to run this week without my MP3 player. I've been wearing it on pretty much every run recently. Running without music today enabled me to focus a little more on my proprioceptive cue, but it which kind of a tricky, weird one. They are getting more difficult as I get towards the end of the list. There are three more after this one. With that said, here is this week's cue, "Butt Squeeze," from Brain Training for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald:

"In the instant before your foot makes contact with the ground, contract the muscles in the hip and buttock on that side of your body and keep them engaged throughout the ground contact phase of the stride. This proprioceptive cue will enable you to maintain greater stability in the hips, pelvis, lower spine, and perhaps even the knees as you run, and will minimize wasteful (asymmetrical) long axis rotations."

Brooks Adrenaline Trail Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

V02 max intervals: 9 miles w/6 x 800 m @ 5K race pace; jog 50 to 90% interval time between.

5:59 am, 38°F, 80% humidity, wind 9 SSE.

I stayed up late watching The Blind Side last night and so it was hard to get out of bed this morning, even though I got up an hour later than I would have had to if my husband weren't on spring break this week. I think maybe the hardest thing for me about training for a marathon is not the running itself so much as the getting up early nearly every ding dong day.

I took a 3 mile route to the middle school track, even though the track is only about a half mile from my house, and ran the intervals on the track. I did a little more than a lap of jogging between each repeat. On each rest lap I went a little beyond the starting point and then turned around and accelerated up to the starting point and hit the lap button as I passed the starting point.

I think I saw Michelle and Michelle turning from Cresthill Lane onto Gleneagles when I was doing the rest lap after the 2nd repeat. They were too far away for me to be absolutely sure or to call out to them. As I was finishing up the last repeat, kids were starting to arrive at the middle school. As I crossed through the green belt from the track into my neighborhood to do my cool down, I crossed paths with my own son on his way to school. He gave me a high five.

According to the McMillan calculator, based off of my recent Canyonlands time, my 5K race pace should be 7:11, though I severely doubt that I could run a 5K at that pace, at least not in Highlands Ranch. In any case, that was my target pace for the repeats. With that said, here are my stats:

Splits before the repeats: 10:22, 9:39, 9:32.
Pace for each repeat with pace for following rest lap in parentheses: 7:12 (9:38), 7:06 (9:18), 7:13 (9:29), 7:19 (9:22), 7:15 (9:44), 7:06.
Splits after the repeats: 9:43, 0.53 @ 9:26.

I felt ready to stop after the fifth repeat, so I took it a little slower on the rest lap and then eeked out one more repeat.

In other news, my husband complained about my "slave to the plan" blog title this morning, so I had to change it.

Brooks Adrenaline 10 Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Slow, wet slog, aka recovery run in the snow.

6:15 am, 30°F, 83% humidity, wind 9 NW, snowing, about an inch of snow on the ground.

I put on my smart wool and strapped on my yaktax and headed out the door. (Actually, I dawdled for a long time first.) I stood there for a minute and thought about going back inside, but then I'd just have to run later, so I decided just to get it over with.

The problem with yaktrax in a freshly fallen wet snow like this is that they develop snowballs under your feet every few steps and then the snowballs fall off a few steps later. Rinse and repeat.

At one point a bus went by me and sprayed a bunch of snow on me. A while later, a snow plow went by me and he slowed way down in order to avoid spraying a bunch of snow on me. I yelled out thank you to the universe because there's no way he could hear me.

I'm glad that if we had to have snow, at least it was on a day that I had a recovery run.

AP: 10:21. Splits: 10:24, 10:22, 10:40, 10:16, 10:24, 10:02, 0.16 @ 9:58.

Brooks Adrenaline Trail Miles: 6.16
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Medium-long run.

5:56 am, 29° F, 56% humidity, winds 2 S.

Yesterday's snow is pretty well all gone. Still, there was no cloud cover and it got cold over night. But it was nice and sunny, though still cold, by the end of my run.

I ran the home/work loop. I try to do that once a week. This Pfitzinger training plan doesn't have hill sprints and hill repeats like the Hudson plan I did last year. But I figure I can make up for that by running hills in my regular runs. Actually, I don't really have much of a choice, but this home/work loop is a little hillier than my other routes. And it's different in that the first half is mostly downhill and the second half is mostly uphill. Most of my other routes are the reverse.

I don't feel well. I've got a stuffy head. I think it's a cold this time, not allergies like it was a couple of weeks ago. Dang it.

AP: 9:16. Splits: 10:13, 9:40, 9:41, 9:33, 9:36, 9:08, 9:19, 9:03, 8:46, 8:29, 8:30.

By my arbitrary threshold for fast miles, those last 2 miles maybe should have been classified as fast miles, but they're right on the threshold, and I wasn't pushing that hard, so I'm calling them slow miles.

Brooks Adrenaline 10 Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

General aerobic + speed - 8 miles w/ 10 x 100 m strides.

6:09 am, 42°F, 28% humidity, winds calm.

I woke up once during the night with a coughing fit. I didn't feel so great when I got up this morning. I decided to take my temperature and if I had a fever, I wouldn't run. I kind of hoped that I had a fever so I wouldn't have to run. But I didn't have a fever, so I had no excuse and had to run.

I felt okay while I was running, I guess, but I don't feel so great now.

I ran my 4 mile loop and then a little out-of-the-way route to the track, did the strides on the middle school track, and then ran another out-of-the way route back home. I saw Barbie, who was out for a walk, both when I was on my way to the track and when I was leaving the track. I saw my third son walking to school while I was on the track with one stride still to go.

AP: 9:19
Splits before the strides: 10:29, 9:58, 9:35, 9:25, 9:18, 0.26 @ 9:15.
Pace on the strides: 6:03, 6:11, 6:37, 6:03, 6:28, 6:05, 6:11, 6:03, 6:26, 6:00.
Splits after the strides: 9:09, 0.52 @ 9:03.

Brooks Green Silence Miles: 8.11
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Sick. Didn't run.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Brooks Adrenaline Trail Miles: 15.16Brooks Adrenaline 10 Miles: 20.00Brooks Green Silence Miles: 8.11
Night Sleep Time: 41.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 41.00
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