Wednesday, April 4, 2012

22 (repost)

I pulled this post last night when I realized I had more I wanted to add- sorry for anyone inconvenienced.

Monday I went out for my long run. I wasn't sure what the best strategy would be for it, even to the last minute. The idea I went with was to get in 22 miles.

Considering it's less than 4 weeks to Eugene, that is perhaps the best time to get in the longest/hardest run for a training cycle (using my own logic, which might be full of folly!). This leaves time for a body to absorb the stress of the workout before the race. And if it was a fail- plenty of time to have one more crack at it.

The biggest question I had was whether or not to try to run any of it at marathon pace. I could think of several good reasons for doing it, but also a few against. Thank you to EVERY person who posted their thoughts regarding marathon pace training on my last post. Each comment was helpful!

I have only ran at marathon pace in training once before- and that was in this cycle a few weeks ago. It makes sense to me to practice hitting and holding on to a pace you plan to perform at. Mostly, I see it as a confidence booster of a work-out... When you feel it in a race, you can reflect on how you ran at race pace, un-tapered and without race adrenaline. That's the psychological side.

The physiological side is different. I am not persuaded that the MP workouts add to stamina or endurance. Some might even say that they are an "easy run done too fast" to be a really good long run. There IS more wear and tear on me for having done this workout than if I had done a slow long run. But dang it, I am happy I did it! I might do my next one at easy pace, just to get plenty of time on my feet. I'll probably wait again until the day of that run to decide.


I didn't run Tuesday. A day off before my long run makes me antsy to get out there the following day, but I have faith that a rest day will be a good investment. 
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For Believers...

I've had several people on my mind dealing with injuries, family issues, doubt, worry, health issues and was praying for some of those folks while on my long run. This verse comes to mind :

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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18 comments:

  1. oooh, you posted and then took this down so now I'm back to read. I'll be back.

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    1. Well, you know me...Always something more to add or delete :)

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  2. Love that scripture--one of my faves!

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    1. Thanks Beth! Glad you stopped by :)

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  3. Awesome long speedy run Raina! What is your recovery plan after a run like that? Ice? Compression?

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    1. Thanks Mike! I did an ice bath this time- but waited a little long, about an hour after my run. Then a HOT shower.I also drank chocolate milk RIGHT after I got in since I didn't drink much gatorade on the run. I didn't run the next day either, just to stay safe.

      How is your knee?

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    1. And this is my re-reply on your repost because I thought I had your knee pain wrong, but I was right after all! Is it bedtime yet?! Anyway... I'm glad your knee is holding up. It's a great confidence boost to run such a long way. Great pace! And good night!

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    2. Oh, Tina, you made me laugh tonight. :)
      Yes..the knee. Kind of weird still, but i think I'll stop talking about it since it seems to work well enough. It just likes to remind me it's there.
      Get some sleep for me too!

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  5. SOLID run, Raina. You seem like you have bounced back from injury. Very inspiring.

    I really like that bible verse too. "For when I am weak, then I am strong..." Lots to think about.

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    1. Thanks Allison! Glad you like the verse too :)

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  6. Great run! Doing a long run that fast much have been tough. I just hope you don't feel any after affects from it, since you seem like you are still somewhat coming back from injury.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog about my injury. It is just so annoying. I just don't want to miss another summer of running, missing last summer was tough. It is just confusing since I'm not doing much activity (yoga or running once/week) and it still seems aggravated.

    I haven't picked a coach yet, after tax season I might see who seems like a good person to go with. I'll check out your suggestion to see. Preferably I would get a coach in the bay area so I can meet with them in person (mainly for shoe tips, foot striking, form on weights, etc), but doing virtual coaching could work too. I guess mainly I want to figure out if I'm doing something wrong right now that is making my stress fracture not heal as fast as I think it should.

    I guess overall I miss being able to run and have to worry about being injured. I really haven't had a perfectly injury free run since last March. The things we take for granted when we are healthy I realize.

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  7. I was hoping that the post would return. GOOD run IMHO. IT does appear that the injury is behind you; yes?

    It has returned - "for believers" - yes. Corinthians is a good place to go for many reasons.

    Thanks.

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  8. Wow, your paces look great! Nice run!

    And that verse is a good one for me right now, for a variety of reasons. Thanks for posting it. :)

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  9. I'm just going to say that is an AWESOME 22 mile run! I'm hoping for a few of those kind myself one this little one gets here (okay and a little time passes too). :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I have been trying to decide what I should do on my 22 next week. In training for all of my previous marathons I have always run my long runs at marathon pace. I have toyed with the idea of taking them all easy this time but I just don't think I can. I need some marathon paced miles. You had an awesome run. Seriously, can't wait to see what you do at Eugene. Plan A may happen :)

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  11. A great run at a very good pace. Now I hope you feel good and you can follow your scheduled plan until the marathon day.

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  12. Amazing! I hope this run is exactly what you needed to feel good about your training. Keep it under control for the next few weeks and you'll have a great race at Eugene!

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