One of Those Runs

You know how there are those runs… where you feel tired and bogged down?

Well yesterday, I had the exact opposite of that ๐Ÿ˜€

It almost didn’t even happen because it was cloudy and on the verge of showering lightly. I was going to go to the gym to bust out a 6 mile tempo… but I decided to just take it outside anyways. So glad I did!

As with all Hansons Marathon Method workouts, I started with aย 3-mile warm up: 9:49, 9:26, 9:20.ย 

I had a tiny water bottle with me so that I wouldn’t have to stop by at a fountain to get water. Also, I had no idea what my Hansons tempo pace was supposed to be (marathon race pace), so I was just hoping to run at least 6 miles around 8:20 to 8:30.

8 mile “tempo”:ย 8:28, 8:14, 8:13, 8:00, 8:01, 8:05, 7:53, 7:41.

3-mile cool down: 9:02, 8:59, 8:51.

Total:ย 14 miles (2:00:05).

Okay, about that tempo… I was originally only going to do 6 miles, but I was feeling good, so I just went for it with the last two. Also, the Hansons tempo is marathon race pace and it is pretty strict about sticking to the pace. As you can see, it was kind of a progression run… which considered a poorly-run tempo run (since I’m way off pace for most of them), haha. At least it got progressively faster rather than slower!

For next week, I will go for another 8 (or maybe 9) mile tempo and try to stick to 8:10 pace for all of them. In any case, I’m glad I can bust out some relatively fast paces. I hopped back in the car feeling strong and super happy!

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OOooh, I just input my last half marathon time to predict what my full marathon would be… 3:35:39. That’s 8:14 per mile. I wonder if I can be in shape enough to BQ again in Boston! Though I may come close, I’m not going to be sorely disappointed if it doesn’t happen.

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My younger brother is in town this week for Spring break! We went to City Sports to workout, and then we ate at Mod Pizza:

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We split a pizza for 8 bucks. Not bad!… but to be honest, Pieology is better. This crust was whatevers, haha.

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Got to each more yummy food with Michael and his girlfriend, Libby yesterday at Mango Garden:

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There’s nothing like carboloading with pineapple fried rice and Pad Thai!

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A random and hilarious scene from our Friday youth program… for punishment, the kids got to choose between writing their full name with their butts or doing “the snail”:

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^The three on stage were the night’s winners ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is Vanna at 5:00am:

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Guess she’s not really a morning person.

Are you a morning person?

Yummiest thing you ate this week?ย [pineapple fried rice!]

Are you super into pace charts, pace calculators, times, mileage, blahblahblah?ย [I kind of am, but I can also let it go if I don’t have a great race day and look forward to the next one]

8 responses to “One of Those Runs

  1. You and your brother are ADORABLE!! Which training plan has worked the best for you in increasing speed? I want to work on my half PR ๐Ÿ™‚ PS totally doing the butt name writing thing the next time I baby sit my little cousins hahaha

    • I feel like the Hansons Marathon Method was good for me (but it takes a significant time commitment because you have to run 6 days out of the week… though most are at an easy pace). I’m actually going to try out the Hansons HALF marathon method this summer to get a half marathon PR. I’ll tell you how it goes!

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