Things I did and didn’t do to get ready for my 10 miler on New Year’s Day
And I shall call this post: Things I did and didn’t do to get ready for my 10 miler on New Year’s Day. The format is simple. I will tell you what I did and did not do to prepare for this race.
Things I did:
- Read a horrible two year old article on how slow runners are ruining marathons (I’m slow. Bite me.)
- Selected other races to run this year
- Caught and fought the black death, aka some form of 14 day cold/flu/sinus infection thingy
- Plotted the death of various co-workers and friends who may in any way be responsible for the black death
- Played Zelda on the Wii
- Ate a lot of chocolate
- Selected my race day gels and sport beans by type and flavor
- Organized my gels, shot blocks and sport beans by color and flavor
- Slept in my running clothes without actually running in them
- Coerced my girlfriends into a 10K in February
- Drank a lot of whipped cream vodka
- Drank a lot of water
Things I did not do:
Um, yeah. Anyone else see a problem with that?
Okay, okay. I can’t say I didn’t run. I did. Kind of. I had been running consistently prior to the black death and despite having to take SEVEN days off from any form of physical activity other than reaching for another tissue/decongestant/antibiotic/piece of chocolate I did pick up right where I left off as soon as I could marginally breath.
The good news is, the running I have managed to squirrel away during the dark days of the black death has in fact been good. Case in point: Tuesday’s run with Roland where my insistence that I was clearly going to be slow (like 13:30 slow) turned into a nice quick and consistent 11:09 pace with a small negative split. And Thursday, where I promised Nikki an easy four miles that I’m pretty sure weren’t that easy. And today? Today, Dianne and I are heading out on a nice hilly five mile trail run. But I feel better. Not great, but stronger.
Now, while I have absolutely no expectation of setting a land speed record or even a personal best on 10 miles (which btw is 1:50), I still have a goal: 2:05. Do the math. That is a nice “plodding” 12:30 pace. And the last runner to come in for 2011? 2:08 There is a really good chance I am coming in last. I think I am okay with that. I think.
I will tell you what I am absolutely okay with: the hills. I never thought I would hear myself say that, but I am. Yes, they slow me down because I am still a hill whimp but after the Battle of Cardiac Hill I am feeling surprisingly comfortable with hills. Especially hills out there because let’s face it, I’ve already run a bunch of them and they are tiny compared to Cardiac. Not easy, mind you. But easier.
See: I don’t mind these hills at all:
So Happy New Birthmas, er Happy New Year. I’ll see you on the other side.