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October 27, 2010

“So is miami the team to beat?” …

“Nah, I think we are.”

–RONDOOO

Thank you google images

That really has nothing to do with running but I HEART THE CELTICS. For real.  Plus I’m an (ex) basketball player and will always enjoy watching a game.

Plus the Celtics kick ass. End. Of. Story.

And if I’m going to running  a marathon in 38 (!!) days I need to start kicking some ass too.  And soon. Obviously trying to make up for lost time is a recipe for disaster. But every workout still needs to count. I’m in the process of what I want to do with training (and this post was initially going to be about that) but I’m going back and forth with what I want to get accomplished. I do know that I want

  • Two 20 milers
  • At least one speed session a week

But I will say that I’m leaning towards keeping the momentum going that I’ve had this fall in terms of running fast and that was on very “free thinking” training.  I got workouts in but they were never really planned for in terms of a written training plan. And if I’m thinking I really want to RACE then why fix what ain’t broke, right? And in the back of my mind I do want

  • A) a better Boston seed time, which by definition is a PR
  • B) sub- 3:20, I mean I know that I’m not going to be “properly trained” but I can dream big right?

Guess we’ll see how that pans out on December 5th. At this point the best I can do is just go.

But even without a running plan in place right now I have flights booked and tentative plans for metting up with people.  So I know that it’s happening. No matter what happens in the race I’ll be there. Woot.

Clearly I am still excited.

Which is why I don’t really want to talk about the recovery run I had today.  Not exciting. It was slow and dark and muggy. Means I did something right yesterday? I wasn’t hurting on the run but I just didn’t have that spark to go fast.  But again, I didn’t need to go fast today because I went fast yesterday.

I also think the weather had something to do with it.  My body has spent how long adjusting to 30-40* morning temps? (too long as I’m sure you’re away because I complain about it damn near every day!)Part of me wishes that these past two days of warm weather never happened because it’s just going to get COLD again after today.  This morning was 67* and 94% humidity.  At 0430.  Ridiculous.

Although on a weather related note: what’s the weather going to be like in Dallas in early December? I keep imagining billion degree days but that is unrealistic.  Certainly warmer than here though (and I’ll admit to being a warm weather gal so it doesn’t  bother me).

Anyway that’s all I got for you today.  Nothing special (except the C’s of course) at the moment but definitely things in motion. I honestly cannot wait for race day to get here!

I’m definitely thinking about December 5th a lot. And then from what I’ll do December 5th to Boston Training Starting and then to April 18th itself. 

Oh wait! Speaking of Boston, I do have one more thing: I officially got accepted into Boston. YAY 🙂

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21 Comments »

  1. It shouldn’t be hot in December, but it could be. It probably won’t be predictable. Both marathons I’ve done in Dallas were super windy.

    Comment by Jess — October 27, 2010 @ 14:13

    • I’m actually secretly hoping it’s WAY HOT because I know that when I go back home it’s going to be way COLD hahah. I think that probably makes me a bad runner friend because I know that no one else is going to want that!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:51

  2. I’m also constantly thinking of dec. 5. I still dunno what to wear. It’s my first marathon and I’m not familiar with the weather in vegas =/

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — October 27, 2010 @ 14:28

    • I’ve heard that NV in general goes from hot to cold really fast so I’d pack bunches of stuff. Heck I’m going to do the same and I’m 99.99% sure that it’s going to be nice temperature wise in Dallas.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:52

  3. Congrats on ‘official’ Boston!! I am living vicariously through all you speedies.

    Comment by Laura — October 27, 2010 @ 14:32

  4. Well there is 2 more weeks left of the season until Regionals, but I won’t be running Regionals because of my leg pain. So what’s next for me is a bone scan next week to figure out what’s wrong!! 🙂 Then who knows what comes next for my training, but yes indoor is the next season, just not sure what I’ll be doing until then. I know I get about 8 days off completely, but it might be different since my legs are being lame!!

    Comment by Samantha — October 27, 2010 @ 15:16

  5. glad to see you decided to race– you are way to good not to! ( plus if you think you are broke now- if you go to med school next year you will be poor AND have no time a way worse combo it seems lol) good luck im sure you will rock the marathon!

    Comment by larissa h — October 27, 2010 @ 16:19

    • You’re way too kind! And yes, this marathon was quite nice timing wise in my life. I figured I should take advantage while I can!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:54

  6. The marathon sounds exciting! I need to find a race to do soon, I’ll be getting itchy feet again in no time I think!

    Comment by Laura — October 27, 2010 @ 17:18

  7. Ahh I am so excited for you. Andddd… yeah I’ve already said that like 50 times on other posts. But I’ll probably say it again on every marathon-centered thing you post. Look at your fitness, look at your base! A gigantic PR is yours for the taking. This is your season!

    Comment by sweatykid — October 27, 2010 @ 19:15

    • And every time you say it I smile. Keep it up and my head won’t fit on the plane 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:55

  8. Good luck on your upcoming marathon!! I will be at Boston too!! Is it your first time at Boston?

    Comment by Janae@hungryrunnergirl.com — October 27, 2010 @ 19:42

    • It’ll be my second Boston. There are going to be so many people I know there! Congrats on qualifying and getting in 🙂

      On/ Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 7:45 PM,

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:56

  9. yay for Boston being official!!! 🙂 good luck with the rest of your training for December!

    Comment by Bethany — October 27, 2010 @ 20:59

  10. who says you won’t be “officially” trained? just ’cause you didn’t plan this 24 weeks ago and have a spreadsheet planned out doesn’t mean you aren’t trained 🙂 sub-3:20 all the way!

    Comment by lindsay — October 27, 2010 @ 21:34

  11. I HATE this humidity too – what the eff?? It’s almost November! I think your marathon plan sounds good – will you do a three week taper? Or kind of tweak the taper because you’re starting a bit late?

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 28, 2010 @ 08:08

    • I think I’m going to do a modified 3 week taper aka it’s essentially going to be a two week taper. I want to maximize the time I have left. Plus I’ve only run two marathons before so I still don’t really know what “tapering” means yet hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 28, 2010 @ 12:55

  12. Like you said, just make every workout count and I am sure you will do great in the marathon! You have a great pace training going in even without a training plan!

    Comment by J — October 28, 2010 @ 09:55

  13. I ALSO LOVE RONDO! he’s my faaaaaaaaaaave of the C’s. he also had 18 pts last night WOOOOO.

    SO EXCITING TX MARATHON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — October 28, 2010 @ 10:01

  14. Yay for officially getting into Boston! That’s awesome! 38 days is soon but you’ve put in enough training that you’ll be fine!! 🙂 I think you can definitely run a 3:20!

    Comment by Jaime — October 28, 2010 @ 11:56

  15. Congrats on getting into Boston!

    38 days is plenty for you. Just don’t over do trying to cram it in. Oh wait, look who I’m talking to. Mega mileage crazy fast chicka’ You’ll do fabulous!

    Comment by shelly — October 28, 2010 @ 12:00


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