Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Progress ~ I Don't Know

Ever have one of those days you just don't want to do it. 


I really just wanted to eat apple crisp after work and chill 
But I went and did it, after I procrastinated until it was almost dark.


This run felt really hard because my tummy was full of apple crisp

4. 6 miles in 45 min. 9:43 avg pace 
Note to self: remember it feels awful to run on a full tummy

I did another 12 miler this past weekend in 2:06 10:28 avg pace - 
16 days to my half.

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  1. I honestly don't think I have ever felt happy on race day. That's really sad and I plan to rectify that this winter!

    I think performance improvement can be measured in three basic ways -- pace, distance and feel. Like if you can run X miles at X pace and it feels easier than when you ran the same pace six months ago, that's an improvement just as much as decreased pace or increased distance.

    I think we can also measure improvement based on where we are at in training. If our training intensity has been low(er) than our expectations have to match that -- but that doesn't mean we have to accept the lower output it means we just have to use it as a baseline to build back up on!

    I am impressed that you've done so many 12-milers training for this half! That is so awesome!

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    1. Even though I've done all those 12 milers, I still feel like maybe I will just die doing the last mile lol I hoped it would make it feel easier to go that far, but it still seems pretty challenging :) I sure hope you have happy race days ahead! I am kind of the same way race day, I get so nervous, I have a time just trying to relax and enjoy it.

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  2. Good on you for getting out there when you're not feeling that into it, AND after eating dessert too! That's awesome. I think I may have chosen the chilling option too. (Yep, I agree - hate the feeling of running on a full stomach), but then I wouldn't be feeling proud that I had done it like you get the joy of!! Good work Karen!! :)

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    1. Thanks Lou :) I may never eat apple crisp again lol at least for awhile, i think running like that cured me lol

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  3. Great job getting out there! I think the farthest I have gone in training for a half in the past was 10 miles.
    I think on race day I always learn something that I could have done differently, but for the most part I am just glad to be finished!
    I am the queen of procrastination! I will tell the kids, "I am going for a run..." They say, "so, in about an hour???"!!

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    1. Why is procrastination so easy?! lol Each race I have felt like I learned something, but I tend to let nerves take over. I plan to be calm and happy race day unless it's raining and hope things go well.

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  4. That pic of you with your glowy stuff is creeeeeepy! ;) I feel good and no I am improving mostly by FEEL. If I run faster and or longer than normal and it FEELS like the same exertion level as when I ran a little shorter or a little slower, I know I am improving. But I don't improve every day. I have good runs and bad runs. So if a run sucks, I know that doesn't mean I took a step back.

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    1. My slow easy pace 12 milers have felt pretty good. I have run them all off feel, I don't peek at that Garmin anymore. I guess I need to just go with it now, there isn't much else i can do with the time I have left.

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  5. I was never happy running with a full tummy. I love your glow pack! So cool!

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    1. A full tummy is bad, but on a good note, i made apple crisp lol Thanks, I love the alien glow, I know I can be seen :)

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  6. What makes me feel happy about a race is how I feel during it. This is not always tied to a great pace or having a PR. I'm usually happy if I feel strong throughout. And, the weather plays a big part for me. If it's a nice day...I'm usually happy just to be outside racing in it. You've done the work. You will have a great race!

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    1. I hope so! I tried to put my effort where i thought it would best help me. I hope the weather cooperates.

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  7. I love race days. I am usually happy with where I am at. usually.

    for me something magical happens on race days and I pull off times I don't seem to be able to do when training. I love the competitve atmosphere.

    5 minutes is nothing to stress about. The hay is in the barn! You are going to have a great race, trust in your training!

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    1. That magic of race day happened for me a few times last year and i was able to run faster than planned :) You pull some some super speedy times, it's good your nerves don't get you, it seems to fuel you!

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  8. Look at all of those 12 milers you did - nice pace! I know what it's like to be stuck in a pace, too, but then, other days, you find a second gear. Yes, to apple crisp, but only after a run!!!

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    1. Thanks! My last one was the most stuck I ever felt in a pace lol I have learned my lesson with the apple crisp :)

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