Sunday, February 5, 2012

Superbowl Sunday in NY!

So, what happens when you go run a race with your friend, not caring about your time?

You end up on your road runners club web site SMILING...As the lead photo in the write up of the race!

Here's a good tip.  Want people to cheer for you?  Cater to the crowd and wear your support for the home team along with coordinating socks, courtesy of your son’s little league wardrobe. 
A real smile!
I seriously had the best time today running these five miles. 
I was worried about how they would feel after the nine miles I put in on the trail in the early morning.  It was cold and I ran much quicker that I usually do for a long run but I felt really good.  I knew the last five miles of my day would be OK and I was right.  I believe I carb loaded right and fueled perfectly today and that was key.  

5 miles in 42:20
Beth's goal was to better her turkey trot time and get it done in 45 min.  She killed that by two minutes!  So happy I was there for that moment! 
This year’s winter run was completed faster than last year but I was much more comfortable.  I guess it is a good sign that my training is going well. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

How will I run February's race?

So after careful thinking, advice and practical thought I have decided that ten miles NEED to be run before Sunday’s race in order for me to run the fifteen the plan calls for.  It just makes sense to go bang it out on the trail on my way over to the race and then see what I have left for the five officially timed miles.  
I guess my hesitation here was worry about my time.  In what capacity … I’m not sure.  Was I worried someone would think I was slower that I could possibly be?  Would I feel the urge to tell people “yeah I ran ten miles already this morning; I might not be as fast as I could be.  But that’s cool”.  I guess I am more competitive than I realized.
It really it should not matter but somehow it did.  I have taken every race very seriously and always want to improve my time.  But right now the long term training is more important than a PR. 
So instead I am going to do a nice ten miler and (after exchanging a few texts this morning confirmed), join my friend in her PR attempt! A respectably quick pace, that will still give me some speed work.  Perfect!
Any way that I do it, the fact is fifteen miles will be covered Sunday morning AND I can partake in the miles of wings, appetizers and sausage and peppers that will be laid out at the Superbowl Party!