Tuesday, June 30, 2009

No Thanks...I Have Enough Race Shirts

Well, folks, as of today, my little blog is two years old. Two years ago I wrote my first posts...and...well, the rest is history. According to various etiquette-savvy Web sites, the traditional gift for a second anniversary is cotton, but as we runners know, cotton is bad for running. So why are most race T-shirts cotton? Who knows. I have about 30 of them. I'm wearing one right now (Dexter-Ann Arbor Run 2009). However, the modern equivalent is china. Therefore, I will take one piece at a time of this. So get cracking, people.

Monday marked the official launch of my 18-week Summer-Fall '09 New York Marathon Training Plan. For this, my third tour of 26.2 miles, I have chosen a training plan which is completely different from any I have done before: a FIRST plan. After some consideration I decided to use the plan for first-time marathoners. I'm not a first-timer, but I don't think I'm ready for the intensity of the "FIRST to the Finish" plan (unlike certain crazy people who shall remain nameless. but still crazy. you know who you are). The FIRST Marathon plan has enough speed work to keep me happy, and only requires me to run three days a week. I slipped in a fourth day of running, which will be my Thursday workouts with the Running Fit 501 gang; this leaves me two days of cross-training (hel-LO weightlifting!) and one day of rest, which will be my traditional rest day of Friday. Yesterday my workout called for six intervals of one minute at a fast pace followed by three minutes at an easy pace. For these Monday workouts, my "Key Workout #1," my fast pace will always be my 10K race pace (7:30) minus 45 seconds = 6:45. I handled this workout without a huge amount of difficulty and it left me with a satisfied tired feeling. This training plan packs on a lot more speed work than any I have done before, and I am truly hoping that as a side effect I can bring down my 5K personal best a little further. I would love to crack 22:00 before the end of the year.

Tomorrow I have to run six miles, broken into two-mile chunks of easy-tempo-easy. For my Wednesday workouts, "Key Workout #2," my "tempo" pace will be my 10K race pace (7:30) plus 15-30 seconds. Therefore, I have to run my two tempo miles between 7:45 and 8:00. Yeesh. Well, I can't complain...I signed on for this madness. I am a crazy obsessed runner chick, after all. I have to live up to my reputation.

So what happened to "oh, I'm just going to take it easy this time, my hard work of the year is done." I qualified for Boston in May, so what's the big deal? Well...I love a challenge, and this is going to take my running in a totally different direction. I still think of myself as little more than an ongoing physiological experiment, and I treat my body as a laboratory of one. I guess I'm just curious to see what happens. Sort of like "hey guys, watch this!" but without the possibility of flames or explosions or people crashing into things. No blood will be spilled nor runners harmed in the making of this marathon experience. Maybe.

Speaking of races of all shapes and sizes, here are a few pictures of me racing which I dug up on the Internets:

At the Fit 5K in Novi, where I set my current PR of 22:13. Test-driving my Michigan Alumni shirt for chafing in preparation for the Cleveland Marathon.

Dexter-Ann Arbor 10K, where I set my current PR of 47:13. Test-driving my Summer Stealth Bomber outfit. It's fab.

Flirt with Dirt 5K trail race, just before the finish. I'm in the process of totally chicking that guy who held me up for half of the race. See ya later, dude.

And on that note, I'm off to bed...I'm trying to make myself go to sleep earlier. 5:45 am arrives awfully early. I've been staying up too late reading, a longstanding habit which stretches back into elementary school.


Sara said...

Happy Anniversary, chica! This is one to be super-proud of...

Anonymous said...

2 years! Congratulations. There have been several bloggers who have used the FIRST plan a really liked it. Good luck with training.

Girl on Top said...

Congrats on the 2 year mark.

You are really fast!

Spike said...

nope, you get cotton--and more specifically a free XL race t-shirt, learn to love it.

Heather said...

Congratulations on your blog-iversary!

I've been following bits of FIRST programs since early April and I've been happy with it so far. I run three times a week and spin or ride a stationary bike two or three times.

I'm also using the program to train for the NYC marathon this fall. I decided to use the "FIRST to the Finish" plan, which was perhaps a bit insane since this is indeed my first marathon. But my fear of bonking during the race has convinced me that I will be better off if I run 20 miles multiple times, rather than just once as in the first-time marathoner plan.

I'm looking forward to reading about your progress!

Mike Fox said...

Happy blogging anniversary!

That china pattern is missing something...Oh yeah - a big block M in the middle of the plate - that should do it ;-)

I will also be running in NY for Team Run To Remember. It's my second marathon and my first one where I'm fundraising for a charity. Hard to believe it is already 18 weeks away...I better start training!!!

Betsy said...

I love FIRST. You'll have to let us know what you think.

raulgonemobile said...

Congrats on the 2 years! You're a hell of a runner, and I like your beer thoughts too. :)

MCM Mama said...

Congrats on 2 years of blogging! I guess I'm lucky 'cause most of the races I do give out technical tees. I'm almost to the point of having too many of those!

Carolina John said...

2 years? good deal. i noticed the other day that all i have in the t-shirt drawer are appalachian state t-shirts and race shirts. it's very strange.

you're going to love the first plan. i just did the same plan for my marathon. it does indeed rock.

Nitmos said...

Well, happy anniversary (I think). I'm coming up on post #300 and I'm feeling....lame.

mr loser said...

Happy anniversary! Good to see you "totally chicking" other guys besides me, lol.

Anne said...

Furman University. Right in my backyard. Good for you!

I just cooked up a new half-marathon training approach that's a lot like the FIRST plan, but also slightly different. I'll officially start next week, 16 weeks out from race day. Like you said, I'm curious to see what happens.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Yikes! I'm kinda late to the party, here ... anything at all left in the keg? ... but, uh, ... happy anniversary!

O, there's the keg!


WTF, Sarah!