Molasses where-the-heck-have-I-been? training log

We all have those weeks when we get so busy that we just sort of fall off the face of the earth. My last couple of weeks were like that – you know how they go: six hours of sleep is a great night and if something can go wrong, well…it’s November now so I’ll just leave it at the fact that I’m happy we’re all healthy and safe.

Anyways, here’s two weeks worth of my training logs!

Monday 10/21/2013: 12 x 400m repeats with 90 second recovery intervals. Total run was 5.4 miles with an average pace of 9:03 according to RunKeeper. Hit all my splits!

Crazy busy week meant I didn’t run again until Sunday’s race.

Sunday 10/27/2013: Race day! The third race in the Distance ChallengeFreemanGroup - Prophet - Mozilla Firefox_2012-02-27_22-26-57a series, Run For the Water! This was my first time racing the 10 mile distance. I had to keep reminding myself to run my own race, because I felt sluggish and there was a girl that looked very out of shape in front of me the whole time…she was NOT out of shape! Looks can be so deceiving. Anyways, I ran my race, finished with sub-9 minute miles, and got in a good run and lots of decent schwag (seriously — they let me take whole a whole pizza!).ย 

Monday 10/28: A day of rest

Tuesday 10/29: Cross-training. Started Insanity today, with the fit test. 8 exercises for 1 minute each. Made me sore!

Wednesday 10/30: I got a fantastic surprise. My husband takes the kids to soccer (north from our house) and drops them off, so I go to the soccer fields and run and pick them up (south from my work). He was still there when I got there, and said he was going to stay. I said I would walk with him if he wanted to walk, and he said no. I asked if he wanted to run (he hates running), and he said no. He surprised me by bringing his bike to practice and biking alongside me during my run! This was truly one of the best surprises I could have gotten. We did six 800m repeats (I hate 800s, in case you care). I only hit about 2 of them, but remember I haven’t been fitting in much room for sleep, and totally burning the candle at both ends, so I was just glad to be able to finish.

Thursday 10/31ย 

This is one of the reasons I haven't been sleeping. Costume making is super time consuming!
This is one of the reasons I haven’t been sleeping. Costume making is super time consuming!











Friday 11/1/13: 5 mile tempo run in my neighborhood. Average pace at 9:01, but boy, did I struggle with it! Speed is not my thing.

Sunday 11/3/13: If you read my last training log, you may recall that my intent was to log a 15 mile run this weekend. I did it today!ย  I haven’t run that far since that one epic run, which has been awhile, so I was gratified to see that I could still do it. I’m not going to play hero, I totally inserted one minute walk breaks into every mile, but at the end of the day, I logged 15 miles in 2 hours and 34 minutes, at an average pace of 10:06. My Zombies, Run! is not working, but luckily RunKeeper had my back.





A 30-something runner striving to hit that ever-elusive BQ. Mother of two young teens, fan of fantasy/fiction/sci-fi (<-read: geek), with a fascination for tortoises and a love of the outdoors.

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  1. I feel like you spend quite a bit of time in your races and posts critiquing other women’s appearances and fitness. I love the rest of what you post about, but I don’t read this blog to hear about ‘Slim’ and the girl who looked out of shape. Those aren’t the important things about running or competition and I find them kinda off putting. I hope you can work through those feelings and become excited about other women’s levels of fitness and your own and let go of the need to criticize and compare body types.

  2. Emma — that is a fantastic comment! You know, I never even realized that I was doing this until you pointed it out, but it’s a super important thing for me to pull into my conscious mind. Especially because I have a little girl, and I don’t want to express anything like that in front of her. You just defined my New Year’s Resolution (which I’m starting TODAY, by the way), and I’m grateful that you have identified this behavior for me. You are absolutely right, and THANK YOU!

    1. I just read this and then these comments and it gave me a chuckle:

      Women are biologically programmed to perceive women who are younger, prettier or more desirable to potential mates as threats. To diffuse a threatening rival, women tend to employ passive aggressive behaviors. So rather than lift a finger, a woman will wound her opponent with contemptuous glances, unkind words and petty remarks (or mock them in race reports).

      I added the parenthetical ๐Ÿ™‚ You couldn’t help it. It’s in your DNA! Haha. In all seriousness though, I think this is an awesome New Years Resolution and a very perceptive catch on Emma’s part. We could all probably stand to be better about this! THANKS!

    2. Honestly the only reason I caught it is because I struggle with the same thing frequently as well. Its a tough habit to break! I slip up all the time, but I know that its something worth working through. In the past few years as I’ve gotten better about catching these judgements I’ve found new ways to be excited about all the women who are active, empowered, and who work to maintain strong, healthy bodies, just like I do. When I am able to turn my negativity around like that, it is a truly amazing feeling.

      Good luck with the new years resolution and your training!

      1. Me too. I used to be really bad about it, but I think it was because I was so hard on myself! I’ve noticed as I’ve become more positive and excited about everyone else, I’ve also become much kinder to myself and conversely, I notice when I find myself being negative about others it’s time to work on being kinder to myself. It’s a great investment of time and energy to fix this one!

  3. I just wanted to say that I thought this was handled awesomely. Thanks, Emma, for making your point so clearly, and thanks to the SR writers for taking her feedback seriously. It warms my shriveled little heart to see people treating each other with respect on the interwebs.

  4. Thanks Caitlin; Emma’s point was made clearly, and very diplomatically (which made it way easier to swallow…none of us want to hear that we aren’t perfect!). Just to follow up with everyone here, I wanted to let you all know that I’ve made myself publicly accountable for changing my internal dialog. Not only did I have a dinner table conversation with the fam, but I keep an e-journal that gets emailed to friends and distant family once per month, so I’ve made it a point to talk about this on there as well. Maybe someone else will realize that they are doing the same thing, and decide to change the way they feel/think, too!