the magnificent Mr. Carlos

I am a runner. I run in rain or shine, light or darkness. I run until I cry, collapse, or until I feel like I cannot go on. And then, I run another mile. Because I am a runner. I am unstoppable, unbeatable, untouchable.
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  1. taskscape
  2. littlerunnergurl
  3. blondebarbells
  4. swoleinvelvet
  5. midwestrunner
  6. liftheavybeawesome
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This guy was fluttering around my porch light the other night. Definitely cool to see such a pretty dragonfly up close.

BEAST, why didnt you come run this run with me? lol. I’m terrified about this 8 mile run I got in the morning!

You’re going to BEAST those 8 miles in the morning. Hell, you’re already a better man than I am for getting up on a Saturday morning to run. I hate the mornings.

Took a 2 hour nap before going for an easy 8 mile run. 

After a pretty speed intensive week it was good to take it easy today. 

No run tomorrow which is good because I really have a lot of work to do around the house.

No rest for the weary. 

I was reading this old article on Runner’s World the other day that discussed the debate over talent v. training when it comes to speed for runners. I’m convinced that my coach is in the “training” camp because I’m pretty sure he’s training me with the hopes that I’ll get faster. 

I was back on the track today for another speed session. Today coach planned 4x1 mile repeats for me with a half mile jogging rest. Of course first there was the standard 3 mile warm up that my coach has me do before all these track runs.

I sped up a little at the end of this because as I was running I realized that I was going to run out of daylight if I didn’t get to the track sooner. I had planned to get out of the house by 6pm if not earlier. Things came up and so I didn’t leave until 6:30. Still plenty of light out for the warm up but not so much for the actual workout. 

I got to the track just as evening colors sounded across the base loud speaker. That signals sunset in case you didn’t know. At this point I know I’m going to be finishing my workout in the dark but I thought that just maybe I might have enough energy in my legs this week to pull out a fast four miles and not spend most of the workout in the dark.

I felt good during the first mile but I was still sore from the last two days of speed work. I had a feeling that tonight was going to be a “find a good pace and stick with it” kind of night. At the start of the second mile my legs were already feeling heavy. I pushed the homestretch 100m to take advantage of the tailwind but I could feel myself slowing despite the assistance. After a little longer recovery the third one felt good again but in the last 300m I had to fight the urge to puke…the Mt. Dew and Three Musketeers bar I had after lunch probably wasn’t a good idea today. For the last recovery set I knew I wanted to run this one as hard as I could. I wanted to leave everything on the track tonight and know that I pushed my hardest. I took a little longer to recover slowing my jog to a slightly faster than walk pace and prepared to sprint. I kind of wish I had the splits for each of these last four laps, I’m pretty sure i negative split them all. 

After my workout I had my standard 2 mile cool down run home where I proceeded to collapse on the floor and die.

I’m definitely looking forward to Saturday’s rest day. 

As much as these speed workouts suck to do in the moment, I’m happy that coach has me doing so many. For one, they’re a huge confidence booster when they go as well as they have been. And two, I’m hoping that the training over talent theory applies to me and I can get down to the 1:20 or under mark for the half marathon. With two coming up I have high hopes that I can get down to that mark at least once before my racing season comes to an end for the year. 

An athlete who tells you the training is always easy and always fun simply hasn’t been there. Goals can be elusive which makes the difficult journey all the more rewarding.

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The struggle is GOOD. 

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Feet…sore.
Calves…sore.
Quads…sore.
Glutes…sore.
Abs…SO SORE!!

I spent the entire day walking around the office saying things like “Ow! Ow! Ow!” and “Stop making me laugh, it hurts too much!” and “I just want to sit here because it hurts too much to get out of my seat.”

Then I went home and took a two hour nap. It was great. I definitely needed it. But then I had to go for a run. 8 miles today with a slight twist. 3x200m all out sprints during mile 6 with a full recovery. Given that every required muscle was aching I really didn’t know how this run was going to go. 

It took longer than usual to feel comfortable. For the first two miles I was sure that my 200m sprints were going take me a minute to complete. Thankfully I started to loosen up and I started to feel a little more comfortable running faster. 

The 200’s felt pretty good. I think I could have probably gone faster had I been 100% but the fact that I’m running sub 6min/mi pace feeling like this is a definite confidence booster. 

Don’t watch New Girl the day after destroying your abs in a workout. It hurts to laugh.

Ouch.

I woke up this morning and my lower back was killing me. I must have slept in a weird position or something last night. I did my best to stretch it out but it was still sore when I left for my morning workout with my at risk sailors. This morning I decided that we were going to focus on core so I downloaded this workout from neilarey.com and proceeded to punish my abs. I’m going to be sore tomorrow. Thankfully my back loosened up a little bit but it was sore throughout the rest of the day.

After working all day I came home and quickly got ready for my run. I knew that the warm up was going to suck a little because it was so hot out (97˚F) but I wanted to get out early enough that I wouldn’t be doing half of my workout in the dark. 

Coach scheduled me for a 400m ladder drill today. Meaning each set was 400m farther than the previous set up to 1600m and then back down. I had been dreading this workout all day. Partially because it was going to be hot out but mainly because I knew it was going to hurt. I accepted that fact, locked my brain in the pain cave and killed this workout.

By the time I had finished the first 1200m my legs were starting to get heavy and by the time I finished the 1600m my legs felt like the each weighed 90 pounds. I’m not sure how I got through the last three sets while negative splitting the 1200 and 400 but I’m so stoked that I did. 

Ended the day with a 2 mile cool down run back to the house…and it was a very EASY cool down. 

Now I’m exhausted and ready for sleep…much needed sleep. Hopefully I won’t wake up with more back soreness because the rest of my body is definitely going to be sore after today.

Surprisingly, I was not as sore as I thought I would be today. After 18 miles last night I expected my calves to be shot today but they felt great. Still, I’m happy it was a recovery day today. I was tired after work today so I don’t know that I would have had the energy to go for a longer run. 
First Half

Second Half

"The triumph can’t be had without the struggle."

Now I wait…

It was so friggin’ hot today! It reached 103˚F and stayed in the 100’s until 6:45 pm. When I left for my run at 7 pm the temperature had thankfully dipped out of the triple digits and was a cool 98˚F. At least the sun was setting when I set out so the temperature continued to quickly drop to more reasonable levels. With 18 miles on the schedule dropping temperatures was definitely a good thing. 

I felt pretty good throughout this run. My legs were a little tired and my calves still a little sore from Thursday and Friday’s runs but I felt good. I had been hydrating all day and yet after 4 miles I felt dehydrated so I stopped after 7 to get a little water and I drenched my head which helped me feel better. It only lasted for another 6.5 miles though so I stopped again, this time at the house to hydrate some more. Only this time…I drank WAY TOO MUCH. I had like 2.5 glasses of water, a swig of lemonade and a quarter can of flat Coke that’s been sitting in my fridge for a few days. After heading back out for the last 4.5 miles I spent a good 2 of them feeling an uncomfortable sloshing in my gut. It was still better than feeling dehydrated. I can NOT wait for the cooler weather to return.