1. I like to make lists.
2. I made a folder on my desktop today to organize my lists.
3. I keep a notebook in my car for random creative thoughts and/or list-making.
I made three lists besides this one today: one for Christmas cards, one
for Christmas gift-giving, and one for my impending weekend trip to
5. All the organization on my desktop led me
to clean out my email box (ugh!!!). I'm not truly a type A as I stopped
myself after 4 pages.
6. I then forced myself to decorate the interior of the house with the Christmas stuff.
7. I got sidetracked dusting neglected corners.
8. Finally, 2 hours later, I called it quits and decided to do something fun: run!!!!!!!
of course no good run would be without an epiphany. I am fairly
certain that at least half of my ephiphanies are like the ones I have
when I am halfway finished with a bottle of wine. Good ideas in
But this one actually might have some merit. I
will begin training for marathon #5 next month. I use Smart Coach for
my training program. I do the speedwork and run the distances exactly
as they are written. However, in my most recent 2 marathons, it
occurred to me today that I have been running my LSDs waaaaay too fast.
I am dumb. Smart Coach is smart.
I was running them about 20-30 seconds faster than my goal marathon pace.
it was like I was racing a 16-18-20 mile race every weekend. Um, gee, I
wonder why I felt so unmotivated last year on race day. I mean, I had
the prerace jitters and I was thrilled to be racing #4, but my body and
mind were tired. I had a 2-week taper, but I think the damage was done.
realized that it was part of the reason that I felt so great for the
half 10 days ago. My body was rested. My mind was not tired of
agonizing over pushing my body to the limits every week. Gosh, I thought I was doing something smart by thinking I could just do a dress rehearsal and feel fantastic. Oops.
my marathon resolution is now threefold (oy!): more hill training, more
strength training, and putting the kabosh on the kamikaze long-distance
runs. I'll be happy in I succeed in one category...
today's run--I hit start on the Garmin and vowed to not take a peek
until the end of my 7-miler. I had run 7 yesterday at a LSD pace and
felt terrible. I just let my mind wander and put forth a 5 out of 10
effort. The last 2 miles, I felt pretty great so it was more like a 7
or 8 effort. I was super happy to find that a medium effort was a sub 8
pace. Yay! Today's splits: 7:56, 7:53, 7:55, 7:51, 7:50, 7:45, 7:21.