Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I think there are enough "heated" articles out there about the race filling up, the "slowness" of women's times, and other issues that we should instead turn to a positive spotlight - someone who actually has almost nothing to do with the Boston Marathon: Mary Wittenberg, the president of the New York Road Runners Club. This was a great article about her in the Times. First of all, I did not know she won MCM in 1987 and qualified for the Olympic Trials. Wow! Having followed a lot of the races she has organized, it seems that she always has a very compassionate touch, which is always nice to see. She always speaks very passionately about her job, says it is the best job in the world, and I believe her. Got to love her attitude and dedication - not to just the NYRR and running, but to her family. Here's to you Mary - you are quite the inspiration! Tremendous runner, leader, family-focused woman - amazing!
It is hard to believe that I have now registered for a 6th marathon - still need to cross the finish line for #5! Last week was not just a mini-peak, but a solid peak in training: 3 days of double days. Saturday was a double day too: 16.5 in the morning and 4.5 in the evening for a total of 21 miles. The weekly total was 59 miles! Haven't run that much since August, so it was good to get one high mileage week in before the taper. I'll say it again: double duty can really bump up the mileage. Those afternoon/evening runs really helped to loosen me up and shake out any stiffness accumulated during the morning run. I also had a good session in the weight room last night, which means I feel strong enough to relax during my 2 week taper before MCM.
Point of clarification: There has been a little concern (from my mom) about running 2 marathons 7 weeks apart. Now, I know there are many of you out there who have done this (or more within a shorter period of time), so I have mentioned you all to my mom that no, I am not crazy, people do actually run multiple marathons in a short period of time.
There is a lot of anticipation heading into this marathon - Marine Corps is 12 days away. I will be pacing a friend through her first marathon, and I am excited. Her husband currently has been acting as her "sherpa" during long runs (he rollerblades alongside her and carries her water and fuel), and on marathon morning, he'll pass that role onto me. I'll be her sherpa and pacer, cheerleader, and whatever other hat I'll put on that day. My friend Sarah paced me through the last 10 miles of MCM last year, and it ended in a banner marathon. I'm hoping to lead Jenny to a similar victory.
I may have multiple marathons on my mind, but don't worry, Mom, I have my sanity too. Good runs and great days are here!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I am a little over 4 weeks out of the Rochester Marathon, and just have over 2 weeks to go until the Marine Corps Marathon. So, instead of a 4 week recovery/build-up and a 3 week taper, I've decided to shoot for a mini-peak - this week.
Monday: 6 easy miles
Tuesday: 5 easy in the morning, 4.5 in the afternoon
Wednesday: 8 x 800s (400 recovery) + w/u, c/d = 8.5 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Saturday: 15-16 miles
Sunday: 3 mile recovery run
So no matter what, this will put me over 40 miles for the week. Last week ran 39 miles. Finally feel like I'm approaching regular mileage.
I am peaking this weak for Marine Corps, and will do a two week taper. Decided to do a double day yesterday – and those are always confidence boosters. I know it is something that the big timers do, and while I don’t do it a lot, it feels good to do. I just keep realizing that running helps to calm me down, and so if later in the day, work and school has gotten to a point where I need a release, the second run can happen and relieve some of that pressure.
I had a great workout this morning. Not necessarily my best or most consistent 800s (3:41, 3:39, 3:37, 3:35, 3:31, 3:28, 3:30, 3:30). A guy playing soccer joined me for the 6th, which was why it was so fast. It's fun when someone spontaneously joins you (he was practicing soccer in the field). During my last recovery lap, the soccer ball rolled over to me and I kicked it back. It is possible to play and work at the same time!
Here's to finding the ability to play throughout the day!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I was able to watch the Chicago Marathon via live streaming. My eyes were watering the whole time. You can never anticipate what will happen in the marathon. Things can change over the course of 26.2 miles. You can be the leader at the half, but things change and change again.
SAMMY WANJIRU WAS AMAZING. Amazing things happen on Marathon Day. Sammy had some not great performances in 2010, including a DNF in London, and a stomach bug in September. But now, he has 2 back-to-back Chicago victories and an Olympic gold medal on his resume. Watching his sprint to the finish, when he established an incredible distance between himself and his competition, was breathtaking. Such a strong finish. Here's a short clip of the win. Talk about motivation.
Liliya Shobukhova blew me away. She was in the middle of the pack for so long, and it seemed as if she would lose her defending title, and not just by a place, but by a few women. But at mile 21, she made a decisive move and passed the leader with determination.
Age does not matter. Sammy is 23. Lyliya is 32. At 46, Colleen De Reuck finished in 2:34 - good enough for 15th place. At 53, Joan Benoit Samuelson finished in 2:47:50 - a new age group record.
A double-double win. Both defending champions came back and won AGAIN. Great things happen. Both gapped their competition considerably. History was made on a historical day. Even though Liliya had to speak through a translator, you could hear the excitement and pride - she won the World Major Marathon Championship, she set a personal best, a Russian record - so many amazing things. And it was 75 degrees - not ideal for a personal best. So what can happen when she gets better weather?
Great things are happening in the running world. Congrats to all of the racers in today's marathon.
Friday, October 8, 2010
...I stop paying attention and run off my intended course
...I feel like I'm 10 feet tall, when I'm only 5'1"
...Think about medieval history
...Plan ahead for meetings
...Have no thoughts at all
...Fantasize about winning a marathon
...Think about the marathons I would like to run someday
...Sing along with my iPod
...Run with a friend
...Think about my form
...Am waiting for every mile marker
...Suddenly end up at home
...Run like a kid
...Pump my arms a la Rocky
...Play chicken with cars
...Do lunges after
Today when I ran:
...I had to fix my shoes at mile 4
...I did think about my form
...I chased the sunrise
...Picked up my pace to the beat of "A Chorus Line"
...Smiled during Michael Buble's "Haven't Met You Yet"
...Sang along to The Ronettes' "Please Mr. Postman"
...Came home to hot coffee and cinnabuns
...Wore the shirt I wore for my first marathon
...Recalled my first marathon
...Did my 20 lunges
Best wishes to all of those racing this weekend! And good luck to all of those doing their 20 milers before MCM!