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May 1, 2011

#Winning

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I spectated my first race earlier this morning.  I’m not going to lie: I thought I was going to hate it and that I’d be wayyy jealous that I wasn’t running, etc.

SOOOOOOOOOOOO not the case.  I had a blast.  I mean, I even woke up EARLIER than my alarm because I was so excited.  To cheer the people I knew running the half (which, by the way, it turned out that I knew way more than I thought) and my friend who was running the full (who ran a 3:05 on his FIRST marathon.  Holler). And perfect strangers, because that’s what the vast majority of the racers were to me.

I had spent the early part of Saturday night creating a poster to hold up and cheer everyone one.  After extensive googling I made one that said “Because 26.3 would be crazy”.

Then around midnight, and maybe aided by some adult beverages, genius struck. I give you MM’s amazing sign:

I’m 99.4564564% sure that the racers loved it.  Most of them anyway.  One guy did tell me that “Charlie Sheen is a f$%^ing liar”. But this was with about 1.5 miles left.  So he was probably in pain.  I told him he was awesome anyway.

All the other runners responded positively though. Some other comments I got?

  • I’ve got the tiger blood in me / Adonis DNA
  • Winning. DUH.
  • I am a winner! (which got a “hell yes you are!” from me.)
  • I read your blog (which girl if you are reading this then HOLLER! And if you’re in the PVD area let me know because I am dying for more running — aka any — buddies)
  • Bring me a challenge.
  • Awesome poster girl / Best poster out here.
  • This is just what I needed to see, thanks!

I felt weird that people were  almost cheering me on. Of course I had some good things other than the usual “Awesome job” and “Keep going” — both of which I did say.  But since I was out there for almost 4.5 hours I needed to bring a bit more to the table (I actually was practically bounding out of my bed this morning and did not mind the fact that, as a spectator, I was freezing my ass off for the entire time).

  • Enjoy the ride bro. You are winning!
  • Your success rate is 100%. Do the math.
  • You’ve been given magic. You’ve been given gold.

Can you tell that my fit of genius last night was more than a mere moment? My friends and I — who were not getting up early to cheer with me — kind of, well, ran with the theme.  At first I was a bit shy to be all shouting and yelling (I was at the 1.5 mile mark which was also the 11.5/24.5 mile mark) but runners are such an awesome bunch.

I also loved giving people high fives. A couple other spectators told me that they loved my enthusiasm and one even snapped a picture of my sign for future use.  Not bad for someone who really didn’t know many people out there.

On a less happy note, I thought that spectating the race would stoke a racing fire.  Get me pumped to sign up for a race.  Well it didn’t.

I mean, it did pain me a bit to see everyone out there butttttt I was quite content to go back to my apartment and go out for my own run.  On my own terms. My runs the past few days have been great (perfect weather!) and slowly but surely getting faster but with the same effort level.  And no pain.

It’ll come back though. This I know. Running itself is still fun and hopefully, once my friend recovers and his excitement over the race rubs off on me, training for a race will happen.  I already have some tentative ones picked out. But, and I sent this video to him, I have no real desire to have any of these thoughts.

Hope y’all had a great weekend! I can’t believe that it’s already month 5 of the year. Crazy.

March 4, 2011

Sometimes I Wish There Was…

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…a “like” button for the comments section of blogs.  Well maybe not because I’d like them all BUT Miss Zippy told me yesterday

Let me add that one day, Charlie Sheen’s brain may be in the Mutter! ; )

which merged my new favorite website and my new favorite museum. Word.  I have spent far too much time clicking the Charlie head! Currently my favorite quote is “I’m alive. Bring it.” Or “There’s a new sheriff in town. And he has an army of assassins.” CLASSIC.

Also classic? My Tuesday and Thursday workouts.  AKA Tempo (or GMP / threshold / as fast as I can go for ~6 miles) Tuesday and Long Run Thursday.

Tuesday

  • Warm up
  • 6.8 miles @ 7:37 pace (2.2 mile @ 7:50, 2.2 @ 7:22, 1.2 @ 7:41, 1.2 @ 7:23)
  • Warm down

Again a “meh” from me. I woke up on Tuesday morning by oversleeping. Or rather re-setting my alarm about a minute before it was supposed to go off.  For about an hour or so (that totally takes dedication there as I’ve disabled the snooze function so I have to manually reset the darn thing). Oh well.

And it was really tough to get into this workout initially.  Intertia (heeeeeeeeeeeeello physics nerd!).  At this point I actually hadn’t read the majority of your comments suggesting a cut back week or cutting out the hard stuff this week but I was thinking of nixing the tempo/whatever anyway.  I actually did have a major cutback week 2 weeks ago where I ran miles less than the week before (by 30 miles) and the week after (by about 20 miles). I do plan on taking another cutback week (and reducing the speed/hard work that week as well) but I think part of the reason I’m worn down is emotional/mental rather than physical.

Because it was my mind that really REALLY wasn’t in the first portion of the tempo (aka lots on my mind lately that’s been distracting) and my legs then decided to jump on that bandwagon.  But once I rounded that corner (literally as it was a turnaround after 2.2 miles) I was able to pick things up a bit by thinking POSITIVE.  Once I did that (as well as staying FOCUSED) my legs seemed to perk up. I also find it funny that the first and third paces above are similar as are the second and fourth.  I blame it on the way I run my route: the first and third portions above are “first halves” of loops and I tend to slack a bit because I’m scared of crashing and burning.

But, like last week, I’m okay with the pace of the tempo/threshold/whatever not being what WR was.  I’m getting okay with the training being what it is.

Thursday – 22.2 miles total

  • 10 miles @ 8:57 pace
  • 10 miles @ 9:06
  • 2.2 miles @ 9:00

While the pace is MUCH slower than I wanted (I blame a very emotionally draining Wednesday night) at least they were pretty consistent.  Or at least consistent as much as a 22 mile run can be.  I actually thought the last route (the 2.2 one) was faster.  Because I was putting in more effort.  But nope.  Oh well.  I was working hard anyway.  Nothing felt off and I actually felt like this was a good positive run even if the numbers “disagree” with me.

Wednesday and Friday were the standard recovery runs. Lots of boringness.

Maybe kind of sort of like this post.  And my workouts.  I need some spice.  I’ve taken Jess’s suggestion of taking Boston as a fun race and I really REALLY like that idea.  Like I mentioned above it’s helping me not take my workouts as “be all to end all” and hopefully that will let me jump into doing workouts / wrapping my head around trying new training stuff out.  That’s spice right?

I’ll leave you with this video that my roomie and I watched the other night.  I can’t believe I had never really watched any Flight of the Conchords stuff before.  Hil-ar-ious!

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