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Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 85.00 Year: 85.00
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Quick run before work. this will be it for my pathetic week. tomorrow i have a 4 AM to 4 PM shift, followed by a family reunion and hopefully some watching of the olympics and the marathon. maybe watching these women run will help me get out of this rut, and find more motivation for the coming weeks. this week was bad...the way i have been feeling didn't help, but the low mileage is a result of working way too much.  hopefully things at work will be back to normal next week...and i am going for 65-70 miles; to redeem myself from this week and to bring back some confidence that i am at the fitness level i need to be at this point in time. 

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From MichelleL on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 10:34:15

It looks to me like you have had a good week of running despite not hitting the mileage where perhaps you should be. I never attribute heavy legs with a slump. I have heavy legs all the time on easy runs, especially in between hard workouts. On Tuesday I had sore legs/legs that wouldn't go as fast as I wanted during my workout, but I don't attribute it to slump. I had heavy/uncooperative legs two Saturdays ago when I tried to tempo down Provo Canyon, but it's not a slump, its a result of hard training. So I guess what I'm saying is to try to keep positive. This lower mileage week is probably just what your body needed, a little break, before the next couple of weeks where you'll be doing your last hard training. You know you have run fast, and you will continue to do so. DesNews is a hard marathon to recover from, but you still have time to do some more great training. If your legs feel tired, then go 9 minute pace during your easy runs. Our racing ability is all about what speed we do our speed workouts and races in, not about easy runs. Ok, I am figuring my comment is long enough now so I'll stop :)

From allie on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 13:09:51

thanks for your thoughts, michelle. when i have days that i feel slow and unmotivated, it makes me feel like i am just not trying hard enough; being lazy when i really have the energy to run. that's why i feel like i am in a slump. but it is nice to know that even a runner like you gets heavy legs! i think you nailed my problem when you said to go 9 min pace during easy runs. i always feel like i have to go at 8 min pace or less or i am not working hard enough...but i know that is not the case. easy/recovery runs are supposed to be easy and to recover. i just forget sometimes and feel like every workout needs to be intense and pushing the limit or i am not progressing. ahh, the mental challenges of running! so anyway, thanks for your comments. i'll be back next week with a better perspective on things. PS: did you watch the marathon last night? poor deena! i became a huge fan when i got to watch her run the trials in boston. i have been closely following her olympic preparations ever since, and was so excited to see her do amazing things last night. when i see things happen like this, even to the best athletes in the world, it makes me respect the marathon more and more. it's brutal. and i think i win for comment length ;)

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