Did I just do a tempo run?

4 Feb

Hi! How was your Tuesday?!

I’m happy I took yesterday off and rested my hip because I ran my 5 miles tonight with no pain at all

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It was another fun nighttime run around the bay


My hip still feels a little off randomly while walking, but there was no pain during the run, which is all I really care about.

It has been confirmed by many sources that it is probably tight from Saturday’s hike.

If you’ve read this blog at all, you probably know I am a hypochondriac and always think the worst when it comes to any medical situation. Well, last night I idiotically goolged “hip pain” and convinced myself I had a stress fracture, which I obviously told my dad in a panic.

Luckily he’s nice enough to only make fun of me with the sincerest form of sarcasm after my successful run…


My splits came out in the form of a U shape:

Mile 1 – 10:12

Mile 2 – 9:48

Mile 3 – 9:34

Mile 4 – 9:46

Mile 5 – 10:07

Can I pretend I meant to do a short tempo run with a mile warmup and cool down? Does that even work in this situation? I should really know all of this running jargon by now.

Now that my legs are wanting to move faster than my lungs I’ve realized I need to work on pacing myself — if I think I’m cool enough to run faster than I used to, then I need to be smart enough to work on having consistent or negative split times. This article and this article both tell me I need to begin doing pace work on the track if I want to a) find my perfect pace and b) train my internal pace clock

The idea of going on a track to do speed/pace work really scares me. I think I step foot on a track one time in my whole life and that’s while I was in college…..so let’s be honest — I probably ran a mile, said screw it and went home to funnel a Coors Light.

I’m pretty sure that won’t happen this time around, so it’s time for me to find a track. Any San Diegans out there know of one??

In other running news, if you’re a thespian like yours truly, do yourself a favor and listen to a Broadway soundtrack during your run. You’ll feel like your watching the show, you’ll want to clap after ever number and you’ll probably catch yourself mouthing the words.

Todays choice was one of my FAVORITE musicals….


I’m not afraid to admit that “Sherry” might be one of my favorite songs of all time.

Switching topics, I haven’t talked about food in a while, have I?

Tonight’s dinner was chicken sausage stir-fry with a slice of provolone cheese in a tortilla¬†and half of a sweet potato. Deeeeeelish.


Okay, time for this musical theater obsessed hypochondriac to go to bed.

Hoping the snooze button doesn’t get the best of me in the morning and I actually run before work tomorrow. We’ll see ;)

Any tips for pacing yourself during runs?

Do you ever do track workouts?

What did you have for dinner tonight (or last night you east coasters ;) )

5 Responses to “Did I just do a tempo run?”

  1. kayleigh February 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Um, You definitely should have also asked us what our favorite musical was.

    • irunfordonuts February 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

      But I’m way more curious what you ate for dinner. Burrito? Burger lounge? Meatballs?

  2. kayleigh February 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    1)Don’t eat a burrito beforehand. 2) HA 3) I had steak fajitas from the grill, motherfucker.

    And my favorite musical is a three-way tie between Les Mis, Chicago, and Rent. Broadway karaoke?

  3. Alex @ therunwithin February 5, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    I can’t even answer that, so into musicals it is unreal.

  4. ruralrunningredhead February 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Nice accidental tempo! I don’t have a decent and accessible track nearby, so I just do speedwork on the treadmill or a path at the park that I’ve measured before. It works okay.

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