It’s for real now, again. #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong
Veteran runner, budding coach. Running keeps me feeling young and powerful. How could I not want to share it with the world?
Two for 2 days to go! The Americans have two very bright hopes at winning the women’s race on Monday. Shalane Flanagan is the sentimental hometown favorite. I’m a big fan of hers, but I have a feeling Desiree Linden is going to steal the show. She’s been very quietly putting in some monster training. Between them and the seemingly invincible Jeptoo it should be an awesome race.
I put down a nice little 3-mile shakeout jog this evening. I’m not sure I can remember the last time I did a training run that short. I’ll probably get out for another little trot Sunday and then it’s go time on Monday!
BTW, if you want to track me, I am bib #13473.
As in #3 Jimmie Foxx. As in 3 days until Boston!!!
It should be noted the great Foxx also starred for the Philadelphia Athletics and even had a swan song with my Phillies in his final year. Hence he was an easy choice for today.
Tonight it was time for that very last sharpener workout, which for me meant more or less a “mini-Yasso” 800s session. Instead of 8-10 800s I only did 4, with a short 200 rest jog after each. My pace range should be 3:10-3:15 and I went 3:15, 3:13, 3:13, 3:12. Then I finished up with 3x200 at a quick glide, 41, 42, 41. The wind certainly made things interesting, standing me up on the backstretch and then putting a big invisible hand on my back on the front straightaway. Oh well. The aggregate times were spot on and that’s what counts.
A couple of short easy jogs, one flight and an early Monday wakeup are all that stand between me and Hopkinton. I can’t wait. :)
1) Run, but err on the side of easy if any fatigue creeps in. The hay is in the barn.
2) Eat smart
4) Keep stress levels as low as possible
5) Use Purel often - no germs allowed!
6) Take time to appreciate all the support from friends, family and coworkers; they are rooting for you and believe in you!
7) Be calm and confident. You got this!
So how I am I doing on these? OK I think, except for the sleep thing. It seems the less energy I burn from running, the more awake that keeps me. I’ve gotten up a couple of times in the middle of the night this week after tossing and turning. A bit frustrating, that is. I slept solidly last night, but then had to be in work early this morning. Oh well, all I can do is try again tonight. At least Saturday’s flight isn’t until 12:30, so I can avoid a pre-dawn wake-up.
This one really got me thinking. I probably lean towards “racer” given I like to race, feel like I improve more quickly when I race a lot, and I almost always look to compete and hopefully medal in my age group. I also tend to run positive splits, frequently with a dip in the late middle and then a ferocious finishing kick.
But there is a little bit of the pacer in me, too. This is particularly true in marathons, as I seek to run the perfect one that so far has eluded me. The best example of me being a pacer in a marathon was at Chicago in 2012. I ran a perfectly even race, felt great the whole way, never faded — and missed a PR by (believe it or not!) 2 seconds. It was a classic pacer trap that got me. I could have given much more that day and blew it.
Knowing were you fall on the racer-pacer scale is important for tuning your training regardless of the race distance. And don’t be surprised if like me, you are a hybrid of the two.
And that’s where we coaches come in. We can help you assess yourself and set up your training for optimal results. Shoot me a private note if you are interested in learning more.
Another little bump for Breakout Running, my coaching page. I really hope to start ramping this up more after Boston and over the summer.
So I thought I’d check out the trails near work this evening and at lunch I even mapped out a course on MapMyRun. I then set the route up in my MapMyRun iPhone app.
Then at around 5:30 I headed out. I knew pretty early on I was off the planned course but the trail was nice single track so I didn’t mind. It was only when I finished that I was pissed. I took my arm band off only to find out that MapMyRun had stopped in the first 0.1 mile when I was stuck at a traffic light on the way to the trail. I was of course unaware it had paused.
Anyway it was 50 minutes of easy trail running. 5 miles? 6 miles? Who knows?
Oh, and 5 days to Boston!