What kept me on track this week (so far).

I’m not sure if it’s the scoring of this video, or the footage that got me all butterfly-bellied. But I definitely had a visceral reaction to seeing the side angle shots of people starting, it really is liking being pushed over a cliff for the first mile. 11.5 (or even less) weeks until Boston 2013!

baa79

Maybe I’ll make this one of those things that happens weekly, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Being routine about particular tasks is also something I am working on at, um, work.

This has nothing to do with the theme of this post. I just wanted everyone to know that 5lb Gummy Bears exist. This makes me happy (the frivolity!) sad (they are decidedly not gluten free) and terrified (what a fitting symbol of the SAD).

If you click on the image you can order your very own “51 servings of mouth-watering sweetness”!

Here are my running PSA’s (i.e. things that were motivating for me) for this week.

1.)
My first race of 2013 is this weekend! The F^3 Lake Half Marathon. I am especially looking forward to it because several of my Bootleg Runner’s Coalition running buddies are racing to. You can see a video about the race here.

I’m trying to go into racing on tomorrow feeling good, but at the same time want to train through it. So far this week my legs feel much better than the same time last week. Still much tighter than is ideal, but I’m working it out. I’m also trying to get more sleep this week, I was on roll until Wednesday night when I was awake from 2-5 am. And last night when I woke up every dang hour, and today I’m really whiney, self-pitying, and convinced I can’t even run, let alone, race, 13 miles…

2.)
After reading several articles about training to get faster, (most notably this one, which talks about the different ways people talk about “speed-work”  I did this:

race time predictor

In another article Jay Johnson shared on Twitter, he discusses how you can use last years training and racing to improve your training this year. One of the tools for doing so is to use a race times prediction calculator.

I’ve used these calculators before, in fact I have a few app’s on my phone that do this. I’ve also used them before races to sort of temper my expectations, like, “ok, if I run hard and feel good, and the weather is good, I can reasonably expect to run something around a time of ___”.

Also, as it happens, I don’t think I’ve ever run at my top speed (for a very short distance as the first article points out). I need to move on from this feeling of certainty that I will wipe out ass-over-tea-kettle if I try. Doing a ladder workout on a treadmill on Tuesday night I had the pace set slower than I would have run outside because I didn’t feel in control.

3.)
Back to boston talk: I am silly excited about the colors for this years jacket. I’ve been hoping to snag some gear in the traditional colors since getting my first BQ in 2010!

2013 jacket

4.) Runners world (.com) has a sweet article about some running buddies. The biggest change and improvement in my life over the past year has been that I’ve made some amazing friends. They are always there to text, email, or talk about the really detailed nerdy stuff of running, they’re there to make me feel more positive after a bad workout or race, they celebrate the good runs as though they’re their own (and I get seriously more excited to see one of them PR than I do for myself!)

(left) AB, (right) Erin- who is knocking on the door of a sub-3 marathon, and can make you laugh even on the most dire day.

(left) AB, (right) Erin- who is knocking on the door of a sub-3 marathon, and can make you laugh even on the most dire day.

They also are there to make me laugh when I am frustrated about non-running events. I’ve never known better people.

This is Lee Ann (left) bailing me (right) out when I had not idea what the melody was for the verses of "Rebel Yell"....I still don't, but any time she needs an end of race pacer, I'll be there!

This is Lee Ann (left) bailing me (right) out when I had not idea what the melody was for the verses of “Rebel Yell”….I still don’t, but any time she needs an end of race pacer, I’ll be there!

Me (left) a Meredith (right), you've seen Mere before, here she is reminding me AGAIN that we were in Wisconsin NOT Michigan to run a marathon.

Me (left) a Meredith (right), you’ve seen Mere before, here she is reminding me AGAIN that we were in Wisconsin NOT Michigan to run a marathon.

I could spend all day digging up photos (my apologies, that last one seems blurry…can’t figure out why)….and embarrassing these awesome runners and amazing people.

Good luck to everyone running out there or racing this weekend!

Have any good running/training insights to share from this week?

*AB

 

One response to “What kept me on track this week (so far).

  1. Pssst, you *are* fast.

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