A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

And the ladder goes down

Last night at track we did a reverse ladder. What's a reverse ladder?

1600 meters
1200 meters
800 meters
400 meters
800 meters
1200 meters
1600 meters

I knew it wasn't going to be a good night when I felt exhausted just doing our warm-up strides. Not sure if it was just because of the heat, the sun, the weights workout I did the night before, a lack of calories, or what.

If it tells you anything about how out of it I was, I left the house and was halfway to the track before I realized I'd forgotten both my visor and my Garmin.

So, only estimates on my times for this workout:

1600 - 8:04
1200 - 6:13
800 - 4:10
400 - 2:04
800 - 4:23
1200 - 6:31
1600 - 8:34

Yeah, that didn't go so well. I completely failed at pacing. Just like always, I started out too fast and couldn't hold on at the end. But! I finished the workout so that's something, at least.

Right now I'm just grateful that I can run. It seems like all my running buddies are plagued with injuries. My track buddy and the woman I ran with through the flooding on Saturday is out with a knee issue that may require surgery. My old Monday night running buddy is out with what I think it a torn tendon in her groin. I hope I'm not cursed!

My left knee seemed to be having sympathy pains during one of our walk breaks last night. It was fine while running and fine when I got home, but not so fine while walking after the second 800. Interesting. I'll have to keep an eye on it.

I'd also like to figure out if my seeming lack of endurance is physical or mental. Any suggestions on how to do that?


Maribeth said...

Erin I do not need surgery! I am running on Sunday!

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Maybe it's a combo of both? The weather, work stress, etc, it's tough to get motivated and your body can definitely fight back. And that ladder picture made me laugh really hard. OMG.

Mica said...

Have you checked your diet lately? I was anemic for a good six months but blamed my lack of endurance all on being "out of shape" and having a poor mindset. (Duhhhhh.)

Though this summer is endurance killing. The heat blowzzzz.

Melinda said...

I have been feeling lethargic on all my runs lately too. I have been training for a triathlon and am blaming my fatigue on too much exercise. But who knows? Maybe it's the heat, or maybe it's a phase. I think this happens during the course of training, then we bounce back.

kilax said...

Did you talk to Maribeth about the RnR?! I hope she had fun.

How is your knee? Was it bothering you Sunday?

I don't think you have a lack of endurance... I mean, you did 13 miles this weekend! It's the heat... like Mica said. But if you feel exhausted, maybe it is a diet related thing? I say, fly somewhere cool (40s) and see how a run there goes :)

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