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Mean Girls high school and taking easy runs easy

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After my last post, a friend of mine from high school who did not attend the reunion messaged me to chat about it. It was nice to check in, but also get affirmation that I probably didn’t make a great choice going. Ha. For all of you who did not go to my high school, though, here are three points of reference that might help you understand my high school experience.

  1. John Hughes graduated from my high school and The Breakfast Club is loosely based on it. He actually used parts of the school for filming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as well (most notably, the front of the auditorium as the front of Ferris’ school).

the-breakfast-club-30th-anniversary2. While Tina Fey is not from my high school, she IS from the area, and Mean Girls is based on the culture of the suburbs near my school.

Quality: Original.  Film Title: Mean Girls/Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams,Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan.  Copyright: TM&Copyright ©2003 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. For further information: please contact your local UIP Press Office.

Quality: Original.
Film Title: Mean Girls/Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams,Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan.
Copyright: TM&Copyright ©2003 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. For further information: please contact your local UIP Press Office.

3. Tina Fey supposedly DID get inspired to write Mean Girls from the infamous “girl hazing” episode that happened in the early 2000’s (which happened at my high school, and frankly, was going on when I went to school there). If you don’t recall the incident, it involved high school girls hazing each other with fecal matter, some kind of blood, and there was a fractured ankle and skull I think? Let’s just say that my graduating class might have been the first to debut the use of fecal matter…

Anyhow…enough high school stuff.

I’ve been obsessing about my hair lately; it’s the longest it’s ever been. I’m a little tired of its length and bored with it. It’s also getting cumbersomely long for just a pony tail. However, it is healthy and has the POTENTIAL to be fun…I’m just too lazy to do anything with it. So I’m busting out my braiding skills and skulking the interwebs for hair ideas. I know two French braids are hardly extra-special, but baby steps…I welcome other hair ideas 🙂 I had 12 miles on the docket yesterday. I had to get a little creative as I got stopped by a freight train. We live near a bunch of train lines, so on occasion I’ll get stopped by one. I actually would have been horribly late picking up the kids once, but I was able to find a walkway underpass further down the road. Thankfully, I didn’t have any kids to pick up yesterday, but I was also unable to find a way through. I went off-route and tried something new. I found a cute little wooded park and even got a tiny bit of trail in. I was excited until I realized it was very short and had huge divots in it. I almost did a face plant stumbling over a big hole and accompanying tree root. Still, it was pretty, and it reminded me that long runs can be fun to use for exploring. And it’s good to get out and trying something new!
 I think my selfie skills are improving. Ha.

Finally, one thing I’ve been struggling away lately is taking my easy runs easy enough. There’s alot of research about how taking your easy runs REALLY easy is good for recovery and, paradoxically, your speed. I recently read an article about how you can slow down on your recovery runs. I was hoping for a little more actual advice to be honest. It mostly heralded using your heart rate to check in with exertion levels versus paces. The same pace can actually be harder or easier based on things like temperature, time of day, energy levels, etc.

I’ve been actively checking my pace to try and keep it easy, but on days where it feels good, it’s hard to keep myself in check. An easy pace for me should be about a full minute slower than my marathon race pace, which for me, means around a 9:15 or so. I’ve been running 9’s or faster lately if I don’t perpetually check and remind myself to run slower. I do have a heart rate monitor from a long time ago (I used it primarily for checking heart rate when exercising and pregnant), but it’s a chest band and requires a separate watch. I think my Garmin 305 has heart rate capability, so I could try it, but it seems cumbersome. What would be awesome is if I could get the new Garmin 225, which has a heart rate sensor built into it.

I know that my local running store, Lively Athletics, recently had a heart rate training workshop, but it didn’t work with my scheduling. I might try and contact the coach who ran it about doing another workshop for some friends. She’s in my running group, and she’s mentioned that the heart rate guides put out there are fairly generic, and that it can be important to figure out what your individual zones are. I’m curious and this obviously feeds further into my run-nerdiness. I’ll keep you all posted.

On a final note, this weather at night has been absolutely gorgeous. And the sunset/twilight skies have been knockouts. I couldn’t stop myself from snapping a pic last night. As usual, the phone camera hardly does it justice, but can’t blame a girl for trying.
Anyhow, what do you do to try and run slower for easy runs? Any thoughts or experiences with heart rate training?

Author: runNerdier

Marathoner. Academic. Mom of 2 ankle-biters.

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