Monday, June 28, 2010


"People can't understand why a man runs. They don't see any sport in it. Argue it lacks the sight and thrill of body contact. Yet, the conflict is there, more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition. For in running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability, with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions. "

Glenn Cunningham - American runner, Olympic Games medalist

I love this quote.  Fighting against your brain can be such a challenge.  I'm not in great shape right now, but I'm trying!

Saturday I woke up late and missed my morning run with Nancy.  So plan B was to hit the treadmill.  I ran 9 painful miles with Nancy last week so I knew I wanted to do more than 9.  So the goal was 10.  Well the good news is I did it.  The bad news is it was really really hard.  I started off running at 6.2MPH which is 9:34pace.  I hung out around that pace for a long long time.  I ended up doing 6.5 miles in 62 minutes which is when I had to restart the treadmill.  When the treadmill stopped me, I got off, refilled my water bottle and then kept trucking on.  3.5 miles left.  I ended up finishing the 3.5 miles in just under 32 minutes so I ran 10 miles in 1:31ish. It was a good run.  I watched track on TV while running along!

This morning I ran 5 miles with my friend Meg.  I was nervous for this run.  Meg is a friend from work who is super tall and has super long legs.  I had a feeling she would leave me in the dust.....
We met at 7:15ish and it was already 80 degrees out.  We started off heading to the Charles River and our first mile was at 8:11. I was like ohhhh boy. I slowed down the pace for mile 2-4 and then we picked it up for mile 5 at 8:28.  5 Miles in 43:06 for 8:37 pace.  I have a feeling Meg is going to help me get faster!  I need runs like this to get out of the mindset of just running over 9 minute pace. 

On another note- I finally finished my training plan for the NY Marathon! Check it out if you'd like.  Its still a work in progress but basically my plan is to run 4 days a week.  Long run on Saturdays, Short recovery runs on Monday, Speed on Tuesday (or Wednesday), Temp or Slow Run Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays off.  Wednesday either Physical Therapy or lifting. I also want to do 2 20 milers and 1 22 miler.  In addition, I would love to do a half and some fast 5Ks,10Ks and 5 milers.  I haven't built that into the schedule yet though!

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