That was HARD!


Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:24 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

I was only going to do 4, but felt good so I did 6. I was proud of myself in BP… I usually lift 30 lbs plus the bar (about 1.5 lbs) for the shoulder/clean and press. The instructor encouraged me to try a bit more, so I added 2.5 lbs on each side and I was able to do it! The clean and press is one of my favorite things in that class 🙂

Sunday: Here is my run from my training log… click on it to make it bigger…

Sept 15 LR

The first is what was on my plan and the second is what I actually did. I adjusted my tempo pace to 7:10 to account for the 76 degree/ 90% humidity weather. Recap below.


Not gonna lie… I was super nervous about this run. So much so, that- warning, TMI- I had to crap 3 times before I left. The nerves were a workin. My secret weapons for this run were a handful of chocolate chips pre-run and my Phiten 🙂

IMAG1190Obviously this wasn’t taken right before my run, but you get the idea! It helps me summon my inner Kara, haha.

I had a nice little 2 mile warm up and was ready to bang out some tempos. I definitely could have done them at my 6:50 pace, but knowing I had 13 miles to do after, I stuck with my plan to do them at a modified pace of 7:10 and finished with an average of 7:06. This was a solid block of speed and I felt great after. The first few middle miles were great. I was still on a high from the tempos and the sun still wasn’t up.

I got water around mile 8 and again at 12.5 when I took a gel. I was going to get water at mile 10, but when I passed by the water station there were people there so I ran passed and looped back around, they were still there when I returned but went to get water anyway. The moment I grabbed a cup this douchbag decided to fill his water bottle. Are you f-ing kidding me?!? Out loud I actually said, “Are you kidding me?!” I didn’t want to wait (stopping during a run for me, makes me want to stop completely, so I don’t do it) and as I ran away I was saying to myself, “you’ve been there for 10 minutes and you want to fill your damn water bottle the one second I come up!!!!” I was so pissed. Obviously I was tired too, which made me even more “mean,” but whatever. The dude should have stepped aside.

OK, sorry for that rant. I didn’t pay attention to my pace and was surprised to see how slow it was for the middle 8 miles. Usually, running at a near 9 min pace is hard for me and slightly uncomfortable. I don’t say this in a bragging way or to make anyone feel bad about what paces they run, it just is what it is. Imagine running a minute slower per mile than your easy pace. Shoot, I remember when under 9 minute miles was speed work! Anywho… the weather, sun and fact that I ran 4 tempos in the beginning, all played a roll, but I think I am also still feeling the affects of giving blood a week and a half ago.

just keep running

My plan for the last 3 tempo miles was to attempt it and go from there. Once I started (at mile 14, mind you) I KNEW I wouldn’t be able to hold a 7:10 pace for one mile, let alone 3, so  I decided to do 3 x .85m tempos.  A 7:30 pace was all I could push out and I decided to nix one of the tempos. Holy Crap. That 2nd tempo was the hardest thing I’ve done in a long time. I was genuinely exhausted. I wanted to quit the entire time, but told myself, “Give it everything you have! Don’t look at your watch, just run by effort and whatever you do, DON’T STOP until you reach .85m.” I was BEAT afterwards and I’m pretty sure the first tenth of a mile was like an 11 min mile, haha. But I did it. I pushed through the pain. All in all, I was pretty pleased with this HARD run. I know I gave it all I had and that’s all I can ask of myself!

Do you ever get post run nerves that affect your bowels?

Do you have any accessory or clothing that you wear to pump you up?

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  2. Hey! I’m a new follower, found you via your spotlight on Runaway Bridal Planner…
    U.Ma.Zing you are! Totally inspirational, makes me want to push myself again. I’ve settled into comfort level! You go girl!
    Um, poo? Toooootally before, all the time, many times. After, not so much. In fact I’m often confused at how everything stops when I stop… totally annoying!
    So nice ‘meeting’ you!

    • Nice ‘meeting’ you, too! I’m the same way… I never have to go after, only before, and you’re right, it’s kind of annoying, haha. I love your projects page! I need to try those polka dot pants- so cute!

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