Ignoring My Body

I don’t know about you, but this week was tough. Really tough. I felt like I never got caught up on sleep or felt well rested when I woke up each morning. Let’s just say I am so excited to get some sleep tonight. I’m meeting up for dinner with a few friends tonight and I can’t wait. It’s going to be a fabulous unwinding night.

Anyway, I started this morning with a yummy breakfast. Chobani+strawberries+Uncle Sam’s cereal/granola.

Yesterday I left work with a lot on my mind. My body was tired and my mind was going in a million directions. It was one of those days where my mind said, “go for a run!” and my body said, “sit on the couch!”. I decided to listen to my head and set out for a quick run. I wanted to try out my new compression socks I picked up from the marathon expo last weekend, as well as an armband for my iPhone.


Once I got outside, I was glad I went for the run. My legs were a little sore from the weights workout I did Wednesday night, but I knew a run would make them feel better. I liked the compression socks. Dare I say I kinda like them more than the sleeves? I definitely plan on using both, especially the socks for recovery. I also like the armband. It’s a Nathan Sonic Boom arm band. It’s light and the touch screen isn’t blocked by the plastic.

I ended up doing a little bit short of 6 miles. I needed it. My mind needed it. I feel so much better. I actually ran into Steph on my run around mile 5. She and I chatted for a little bit and ran about half-way around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir together before I broke off to head home. It brought back fun memories of half-marathon training together.

I wasn’t trying to run for time or anything – I just wanted to run. Mile 3 looks funny because I walked for a minute or two and stretched out my sore legs.

After my half-marathon, I looked up new training plans to use once I start training for the next half in October. I am going to use another Hal Higdon plan – the intermediate plan. I want to improve my half and I think I can. I noticed in my last training that my body reacted pretty well to the high mileage weeks, so I think I can handle the higher frequency of runs. I also found myself doing my own speed work, but it wasn’t regimented or planned out properly.

While also researching plans, I came across this VODT running calculator from sports scientist Jack Daniels. By entering your PR for a certain race, you can calculate what times you should finish other distances in or at what speed you should be running various training runs. I entered in my 5k pr (27:03) and this is what I got:

It all makes sense. This would put me at a 2:04 half marathon finish, which is 8 minutes faster than my last! Yeah buddy! Of course I’d love to break 2 hours, but I’m not going to push myself too much for only my second half. The one thing that seems a bit challenging is the 10:56 easy/long run pace. That’s so slow. I don’t think I ever even ran that slow! It’s going to be a challenge to slow down. I also notice that I run a lot of my everyday runs near “tempo” pace. I guess I need to slow down! Don’t want to get injured!


Have you ever used the Jack Daniels VODT calculator? Were you surprised by the results? How do you deal with a stressful day? My escape is always a good run. Any fun plans this weekend?


  1. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City says:

    How did you like the armband? My mom has one and runs in it (crazy runner mom) and loves it but I was nervous the iphone would feel too heavy on my arm.

    As to the slower long runs- often they’re recovery runs or geared to help your stamina but not break your body down too much before/after a tempo or speed workout or too close to the race. I’ve actually never incorporated slow long runs into my training plan but am going to try a new marathon plan this fall that uses them. It seems like torture to run so much slower than race pace but it seems to be backed with scientific research so I’m going to trust it!

    • blondebostonian says:

      I love the armband. I was a little skeptical at first because I thought the iPhone would be so heavy. I always ran with my little iPod mini which is so tiny. But I didn’t notice the difference and it didn’t feel heavy at all. The band around the arm is thick enough and sturdy enough that the phone doesn’t bounce, which I think helps.

  2. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile says:

    I have felt the SAME way! I could never fall asleep when I wanted to and still woke up way too early, therefore leaving me exhausted all day long. Boo, at least it’s the weekend though! 😀 Hope you have a great one girl

  3. Colleen says:

    Going for a run is always a great stress relief for me too. If I’m torn between resting or going for a run, although resting may sound appealing in the moment, running is always the better option! Congrats on getting out there!!

    • blondebostonian says:

      Thank you for the blog love, Tracey! I’ll be sure to share the liebster love. The transition was pretty easy. It took a little while to figure out the new theme and what it can and can’t do, but I’m working on it.

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