Thursday, May 20, 2010
Three Things Thursday
One VERY cool blogger keeps snagging me my race photo proofs, and sending them to me, out of the kindness of his heart. I just received this cute photo of Chelsea from Early Runner with me at Crazylegs last month. Aren't we adorable?! Looking forward to more, fun bloggy meet-ups this summer!! Let me know if you are attending any of the 2010 events listed on my sidebar!!
Hubby and I sat down and watched the latest The Biggest Loser "marathon episode" last night. I couldn't agree with Tall Mom's comments on the episode more HERE. I love running and watching The Biggest Loser. So, of course I was really looking forward to this episode. But, they really go about this all wrong. They make it look like they've only been training for one month for their 26.2 mile journey, while they really have been on the ranch for months, pushing themselves to new limits. And, the trainers went off on Daris about his small (yes, very small!) weight gain. This peeved me off. He's obviously enjoying his new LIFESTYLE (which is what this is all about, right?!) and has made running a HUGE part of his life .... and he's fueling himself .... to succeed. They obviously want him to have huge, unmaintainable weightloss in a short period of time .... while his goals have obviously become quite different .... which he has ACHIEVED! I say, good for him! He's running faster than I am these days. And, he absolutely rocked that marathon, even with an injury. I, myself haven't lost a pound with this marathon training. I can't stop eating .... and have treated myself quite a few times to ice cream. All things in moderation, that's what I say.
Speaking of marathons ..... There are only TEN DAYS until my second 26.2 mile journey!!! EEK! The Madison Marathon is next Sunday and I'm on an emotional roller coaster!! Somedays I feel prepared and others I don't. For my first marathon (Chicago '08), I had 4 20+ mile runs and ran 4-5 days a week. Now I am running 6 days a week consistently and had a 17 mile treadmill run, a 20 miler and a 22 miler only. My consistency and frequency make me confident, however I am not sure what I can do with only three super-long runs under my belt. I now have 6 additional half marathons under my belt and two 10-mile races.
I looked over the new course yesterday and since I'm a "local" I'm able to envision myself along the course. I see myself strolling along with a gel in hand, a cute Bondi Band on my head and a picturesque day. With so many other factors that could possible through a wrench into my plan of finishing between 4:20 - 4:30, I sure hope that the weather cooperates. My Chicago time two years ago was 4:37 and I would love to shave 10-15 minutes off of my time. My half marathon times are around 1:56 - 1:58 these days. I'm not sure what to expect for a full?!?
How much did you improve
during your second marathon??