Bits of Improvement

June 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

FINALLY, a good day of running! (8 miles at 7:46-ish) I ignored my alarm at 5:30 and slept for another hour and a half, and it took me a while to de-groggify myself. I wonder if the difference was running at 10:30 instead of 7, or running the route I’ve run a hundred times this past year versus the unfamiliar marathon segments.

Last night I walked the last 7.2 miles of the course. It’s amazing how much harder on my legs it was to walk 7 miles instead of running it! Anyway, it was good to know where the uphills and downhills were, to realize how long I’d be running along 16th Street, etc. They aren’t kidding when they say the first half is more scenic—not only is there less pretty water view for the second half, there are a lot of warehouses and highways down that route. It was cool walking along streets that I’d never walked down before, to walk by AT&T Park for the first time in my life (I know)—there was a game that night, so the cheers erupting from the stadium were kind of exhilarating—and to gaze at the Bay Bridge from underneath it. (That’s the 26-mile mark, by the way—0.2 miles to go from there! Also good to know.)

Every evening I find myself excited for my next morning’s run. It’s rather encouraging.


Mission: Boston

June 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I forgot.

I’m going to go ahead and say this. I’m going to try to qualify for Boston in six weeks.

I know it’s an ambitious goal for me, and that even if I give it dedicated, disciplined effort from here on out it’s still going to be hit or miss, but I’m going to do just that. Qualifying means running the 26.2 miles in 3 hr 40 min, an average of 8:24 pace per mile. I’ve definitely got a fighting chance. For the next six weeks, Ill be making an extra effort to get enough sleep, eat as healthy as I possibly can, get in good flexibility and strength training, and working on mileage and speed work in addition to familiarizing with the course. I’ve started mapping out as detailed a workout schedule as I dare to do, and that means routinely getting up super early for runs so that my body will be ready for that come race day. Every little detail is going to count because I am so anxious to pull this off. Whatever stops I can pull, I will.


An Uphill (Re)Start

June 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

The good news is that I felt recovered enough from my cold this morning to go for a run. The bad news is that it wasn’t a very good run. I ran just under 6 miles at 8:30 pace (which isn’t terrible but it felt like over 9:00!) and I feel winded like I haven’t run in 2 months.

It could be that I just haven’t fully recovered yet. Also, I’ve gained about 5 pounds in the past 2 weeks but as I was running it felt like I had a 15-pound weight implanted in my torso. I’ve got to get back down to 115 by the end of this month. I’ve accomplished that before, so I know I can do it again, and I’d maintained that weight for a good month or so before I started to slip. It’s just that when I’m not consciously thinking about it, my body still defaults to consuming the amount a 125-lb. person would instead of a 115-lb. person… so there you have it. Weight loss is probably 90% (I’m making up this number but it feels like it should be right) maintenance.

Also, I’m failing a little in the sleep and hydration department. So far my month average for sleep is 6.6 hrs, but if I get in 8 hours a night for the rest of the month I can get it up to 7, and I think that will help.

So here’s the game plan:

  • More sleep, more water, less food, more mileage.
  • Long runs for the next 5 weeks: 16, 18-20, 20, 22-4, 20-4
  • Track workouts with Pamakids on Thursdays
  • 9am Saturday runs with K-Stars on Saturdays (except for this coming one)
  • 3 6am runs during the rest of the week, covering parts of the marathon course

I’ve broken up the course into a few different segments.

  1. Mile 0–4: along the Embarcadero and Marina to the Presidio
  2. Mile 4–11: the Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge
  3. Mile 11-19: down 27th Ave (Richmond) and through Golden Gate Park
  4. Mile 19-21: Haight Street
  5. Mile 21–26.2: the Mission, Portrero Hill and South Beach (Ball Park)

If my mileage is still going to be pretty sucky for the next few days, I might as well concentrate on the first leg for a while and get used to that big hill at Fort Mason. Leg 2 and 3 I might try to run a few times, but I want to make sure that I really get familiar with Legs 4 and 5, because those points are where I’ll be the most tired and fluency with that part of the course will definitely be helpful when I feel like dying.

Getting excited again 🙂 Tomorrow I’m getting up at 5am to take Muni to the Embarcadero for Leg 1!

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