Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rants

Rant #1
I went to the pool this morning sans my swimming buddy because she’s been battling a bug. Anyway, I get there and it wasn’t crowded, yay. I have a whole lane to myself for about 25 minutes or so. In which time I do my ½ mile swim time trial, as well as some drills. Then, these two girls show up and ask to join my lane, of course I said, “sure the more the merrier.” (In my head I am thinking, I hope they stay to their side of the lane and don’t want to circle b/c I’m about to start my 75’s (i.e. sprint for 3 lengths and rest 10 secs.) They stick to their side with their kick boards but ask me, three 75’s in, if we can circle. There is one very slow girl and the other girl is clearly frustrated with having to pass her. So here is where things get a little sticky. I say, “I would prefer not to circle until I’m done with my speed drills” since I would speed by them then stop for my 10 sec recovery. I personally don’t like it when people do that to me. She rolls her eyes and says fine but when she starts to regular swim we’re going to have to circle. WHATEVER! I had sixish 75’s planned, I got in two before she gave up her kick board. Once we started circling everything was all off. I was passing them, especially Miss Kickboarder, but feeling bad about passing when I knew I was stopping for rest intervals. BAH! So that’s my rant. In the locker room, I did apologize for sounding rude and for getting in their way. What would you have done? I ended up cutting the workout short, partly b/c I had to get to a 7:30 am work meeting but also b/c I was just annoyed and my workout was all messed up anyway. Am I total bitch? Should I have skipped speed work and just plodded along at snail pace?
(In happier news, my ½ mile time trial went well. I finished in 13:15. I did a relay sprint tri back in 2005 with my Dad and Mr. Pi, who was my boyfriend at the time…my time for the ½ swim was 17:08…I’d say I have improved.)

Rant #2
This isn’t really a rant but rather a confession. I am a slow runner. No surprises there, if you’ve read any of my race reports. But what I’m not good at is accepting my slowness. I often make excuses for it. My last marathon, bronchitis and patella tendonitis…last weekend, the rain, my toe and the hills. Granted these ailments/course hazards (i.e. hills) do slow me down, especially the bronchitis, but I AM slow. I decided last night when I was doing my speed work that I was going to stop making excuses for my slowness and be proud of myself when I finish long runs under 11:30/12:00 min miles or complete speed intervals at a 9:15 pace. I know many of you could walk faster than 12 min miles and 9:15 is your “warm up” pace but that’s you and not me. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m tired of trying to compete with everyone and not feeling fast enough to call myself a runner. I run (or run/walk) double-digits on the weekend, I’ve completed two marathons…DAMNIT, I’m a runner. I’m not looking for sympathy; this rant/confession is more or less for me to look back on during training. It’s also for you guys to hold me accountable. Meaning, if you hear me say something negative about my slowness, please yell at me!

Rant #3
Ha…there isn’t one…enough ranting for the day!

I’m looking forward to my tempo run tomorrow. I’ve never done 7 miles worth of tempo work before. Should be interesting!

28 comments:

  1. Are you tempo running tomorrow AM? What are your planned tempos? I want to make up some miles tomorrow, and if you're going to be at the gym, we could meet there!

    Sorry about the slow swimmers getting in your way. I wish I had a private lap pool....I get so intimidated when there are other people in the pool and I'm slow. I am thinking of maybe a Friday AM swim before my side gig, and then a trail run after my side gig.

    Sorry again for ditching you this morning - I was so exhausted & nauseated that I thought I should maybe sleep more. Perhaps 8 miles yesterday was a bit much :)

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  2. #1 is a totally legit rant. Bitchy or not, you have to look out for your workout. (Great work on the improved time!)

    #2 is for sure good to write out and look back on some day. You're right, two marathons is a great accomplishment. And yes, you ARE a runner!

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  3. I would hate that if I was a swimmer, but I am def. not one to be found in the pool. I would be annoyed too, so don't worry

    YOU ARE A RUNNER! :) don't worry. I'm not judging.

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  4. It's funny. I look at your swim times and am astonished by how fast you are (by the way, I wouldn't even ask to join the lane of someone who is clearly doing drills or considerably more advanced than I-- I consider it proper etiquette to look for someone doing pretty much the same workout as I am, so I think you were totally justified). Then you talk about being a slower runner...well, I am glad you're not going to put yourself down. You are an awesome runner and basically, I think no matter what our genetic talent, we're all going to compare ourselves to the people we're faster than, not all the people who aren't even out there trying!

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  5. Oops, I think I meant to write "the people we're slower than." Maybe we SHOULD compare ourselves to the people we're faster than. ;)

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  6. Alisa I love your paces because they are so much closer to my running speeds than most other bloggers. It is nice to read about someone else running >10min miles!

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  7. #1 you have every right to be annoyed with. Kudos for apologizing later though!

    #2 I completely believe you're a runner!! I run at pretty much the same pace (I try to hold a 12 mpm as base pace) but it's so hard not to feel bad about 'being the slow one.' just took back on this and realize how proud you are of your amazing distances everytime you feel slow, cause they're amazing!

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  8. Here's my thoughts -

    I would have quit and let the girls have the lane! I'm a pussy like that (yes I did use that word, it's only appropriate). So good on you for standing up for yourself

    Also - I've said this before! I can't do distance without you (and Amy or whoever else runs on Sunday). So you are definitely a runner!

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  9. I think that's a great attitude hon. Unfortunately, neither one of us are going to win any races, but we make improvements and still get a lot from running.

    I loved your third rant by the way.

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  10. umm I would have totally quit the workout early and been annoyed...I mean it's my workout damn it!!

    You don't have to compete with anyone. It's all about what you can do and about the fact that you love doing it, who gives a flip about your time! :)

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  11. I totally agree with tfh on the swim rant. (Well - actually with the whole comment - but especially about the swim.) You get to do your workout - and it's not like you asked them to wait a ridiculously long time! If she was annoyed enough having to pass the slow girl on her side - then why didn't she understand your wanting to finish those 3 75's without having to do the same? Sounds like you were polite and kind even in your annoyance - which is a good thing. Kindness makes the world go 'round. :D

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  12. I am a pushover so probably would have given in. You have a right to hold your own, though!

    Speed is all relative. If you're running, you're a runner. I consider myself slow, but there are runners out there that would consider me fast. People I consider fast consider themselves slow. There is always someone faster (and someone slower) than you out there!

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  13. #1 - I would have done the same thing and let them in. Super annoying though. I have always followed the rule you adhere to what the person in the lane is already doing. ANNOYING!!

    #2 - The only person speed matters to is yourself. I know honestly, I don't care how fast I am, I care more about what other people think about my speed but in all honesty I don't really think anyone but me really cares (wow, that is a bad sentence). You run marathons - that is so much more than a lot of people do. In a race there is only one winner - the rest of us are just there to do our best and have fun!

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  14. i don't think you should feel guilty for asserting yourself and i don't think you were bitchy. if i were the kickboarders, i would have totally deferred to you, because you were obviously doing drills. that's how i deal with things at the track: i always get out of the way of people doing speedwork so they don't have to go around me.

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  15. GOOD on #2!!! you need to remember that you ARE a runner and who cares about anyone else... its about YOUR goals and YOUR improvement - dont forget that girl!

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  16. I can totally relate to your number 2. (OK, that sounds like I'm talking about poop which I'm not) Yeah, I've done marathons but for some reason I always feel the need to clarify that I didn't run them very fast and you know what? No one cares! Because we are runners no matter what our paces are. To be honest, sometimes I feel like a non-runner because I don't log a fraction of the miles that you guys do! But it's all relative. We get out there and hit the pavement so yay for us!

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  17. don't worry about the pace.. you ARE a runner. I've had the same struggle with the heart rate training I'm doing, you should be extremely proud of your accomplishments. :D

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  18. I think everyone struggles with being slower than someone. I hate being competitive about speed with the boyfriend since he clearly is a GUY and should be able to run faster.

    For the record, I think you're a GREAT runner and a total inspiration!

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  19. I agree with Aron, whole-heartedly. You are only racing against yourself, your own personal bests and your own goals to improve, whatever that may be.

    It's what makes our sport so great. :)

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  20. Ohhhh girl you're sooo sweet I can TOTALLY see you apologizing! I'd be all like "B's git out ma way" LOL.

    As for #2. Speed is overrated and as long as you're running (whatever that pace might be for you) you ARE A RUNNER ;-)

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  21. You are absolutely NOT a bitch and totally justified to be annoyed. Were the other lanes all full will three people as well?

    I probably would have drowned Ms Kickboarer. Of course they have the same right to be there as you, but if I were her I would have totally gone out of my way to accomodate you. There should be a sign posted - SWIMMERS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY!

    Sorry that happened to you. Don't feel bad about it.

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  22. I am very competitive in running, but I have just come to the conclusion that running is a one-woman sport. I am my own team, my own competitor. There's no reason to compare myself to anyone else. That goes for life too!

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  23. You were the first swimmer in so people should respect that. I agree with you. As for the running you ran 2 marathons! You are a runner, you are always out there pounding the pavement.

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  24. My favorite saying is "Run your own race." Don't worry about comparing your times to anyone else's times. You'll always find someone who can run farther or faster. But that's not what it is about, it's about doing something you like and striving to do it well!

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  25. You are not rude for doing what you set out to do in the pool.

    I think you are really fast. I am so slow in the water.

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  26. Tough to say if I would have modified my workout, especially if your primary objective (the 1/2 mile) was already met. Is the pool always that crowded? If so, it's better to draw your line in the sand early on with the slower swimmers. If not, you can probably modify, get your yardage done, and revisit the speed set another day.

    BTW, congrats on the swim time improvement!

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  27. Good lord! Where on earth do you swim that you have to share a lane with two swimmers? No way, Jose. I've cut my swim short just having to share with one person!

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  28. How funny. I love your rants. :). I would seriously probably not even be able to appologize after, I think that and the fact that you tried to have a good attitude and let them in, in the first place shows you are a lot more of a nice person then the two that came in and didn't respect what you were trying to do with your workout. Plus with your runs and speeds, I wouldn't care. It's great that your out there improving and being healthy in fact I worry you might be pushing too much sometimes if you get so sore and loose all your toe nails. I'd be dang proud of all that you've accomplished and doing it and sticking with it in the first place and making strides and improving. Your motivating to me to stick with workouts when I get bored from trying to workout every day or motivating to me,to get back in shape after I have the baby! I've learned everyone is different and you just can't compare yourself with anyone else just let others inspire you and reach for the best you've got and bieng healthy being priority numero uno with workouts! :). Your doing great I think. I'd be proud if I was were you were at. I love to look at all the outdoor things you and my brother do too, It would be fun to be out there being healthier and have someone to motivate and share it all with. Thain and I enjoy all the outdoors too but in different ways and not always getting good workouts but sometimes eating hotdogs! but theres a lot that's great I'm just saying that's awesome that you both get to help each other that way :)

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