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St. Jude Marathon 2011 – Training Day 4 – 3 Miles + Strength/Stretch

As I sit here listening to my son crying a mere hour after he went to sleep…I wonder how I’m not crying. Maybe I’m not hydrated enough. Thankfully my husband is taking on the first (and please, may it be the last ’til morning) wakeup so that I can keep typing…

Being that I’m not very well rested again today, I really and truly took it easy (as you might gather from my finish time below). Despite my “easy tempo” I still felt like I was working hard. The problem with being a slower runner is that there’s not that far to drop in pace before you’re walking. And maybe I’m just weird, but walking three miles doesn’t seem like it’d do much for my running stamina. But I digress…

I tried to keep my mind on other things to get through the slumpy run – I thought a lot about this blog and what I’d like to do to improve it, posts I’d like to make, contests I’d like to have…then I noticed in the gym mirror that my legs didn’t look half bad. In fact, I thought they were starting to look pretty darned good. It’s nice when I can find non-self-deprecating things in the looking glass. Running’s cool like that.

After lunch I chose a yoga-pilates workout that did more stretching than strength (but I needed it). I think I’m going to start adding yoga at least once a week to my schedule to make sure I stretch enough and to help me work out some of the kinks that running tends to hide in various areas.

I’m not gonna lie – I’m looking forward to my rest day tomorrow with great fervor. I’m feeling really tired and sore already and it’s only week one. I know it gets better. I just have to look at each day like I look at each mile of training:

…just one more…


3 MILES – 39:19 (treadmill/13:06 pace)

Crunch Super SlimDown Pilates-Yoga Blend – 42:00

2 Responses to “St. Jude Marathon 2011 – Training Day 4 – 3 Miles + Strength/Stretch”

  • Joy says:

    I totally know what you mean. I pretty much have one sustainable pace – super slow. So the “long slow distance” runs aren’t really any slower than my regular runs. And I don’t know how people can hold a comfortable conversation while running. The only pace I can manage that is usually considered walking. haha Good luck, I hope you get some rest!

    • AJ says:

      I had to work a while to get to where I could run at a brisk walking pace. It definitely felt awkward at first. That’s the only way I can really “slow down” hah! The good news is that as you increase your distance, your short run time usually improves. I’m already seeing a bit more “fast” (for me) in my 2-3 milers than I had before.

      And thanks, I hope we can all sleep well very soon! :)

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