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I do intend, really - one of these days -, to get back on the "upload-the-day-you-take-it" bent for this project. I've told myself to stop using my iPhone, no Hipstamatic, photos for at least a week. Maybe that will help me get over this vague.. ennnuuiiiiii over the project.

Hello, my name is Creatively Bereft.

I've completely lost count. Again. Of the things I remember, the count of 365 photo is far from important, let me tell you; generally, I have a mind like a steel trap, especially for useless details regarding the environment from a conversation. It's a great skill.

I'm in a class today, a class I've been intending to take for 3 years. Good week I chose, too, with all the flaming wreckage pouring down from the ceiling. I should probably get that checked.

Short run tonight. I'm bumping my speed up 10% to see if I can make the scheduled 3 miles at a faster pace than last week. I want to do 4 at that pace as I'm seeing direct increases in my race pace when I sustain 60-75% heart rate during short runs already. It's fantastic so I want to push it and see the result. If I have to walk, I have to walk and I don't care. I'm just starting to feel like a greater than 6mph race pace is possible and I want to work for it.

But then I start thinking about finishing the race in under 2 hours. And then I try to calm down because that would be cool and just left of implausible.

Free tonight. No plans. nooo... plaaaaans.

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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 12th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tonight you should strap one of those water bladders to your back and a slab of bacon to the side of your head and run 10 times around that pond near you.

I think people overlook the sprint/walk strategy sometimes. Especially if you can run 90% of the distance and then need to walk/jog the other 10%. You'll still make your time.

Also, what's wrong with your life right now? I'm bored today and need a good dose of drama OMG! Though I think your post is also inspiring me to head to the gym right now, so you can wait a couple hours for the juicy postings.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing important is wring with my life. Work is just an absolute clusterfuck of projects.

Personally, it feels like a better accomplishment to "run" the full distance rather than needing to walk. It's more a mental thing, controlling pace and heart rate and the like. You're right that the results are essentially the same. So? Eh? Maybe it is just me?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 12th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, for me, the mental satisfaction is in eating that entire slab of bacon over the course of the run. You need to think of this less like running a bjillion miles, and more like eating X number of pork bellies.

Serious trainers run behind a van that has trainers popping crispy pork bits into their mouth occasionally separated by a shot of milk shake.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think im going to need any food during this half in August. I don't train with water and even occasionally run on an empty stomach - I did my last run four hours after getting up I hadn't eaten by that point. Ooops?

Thoug I will go nuts with water and such afterward.

The party after the run for all participants includes free beer vouchers!
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 12th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
<- Jealous

The best we've done was free pizza and ice cream post race.

I can't drink while working out or I'll throw up, but I notice significant differences in performance if I've eaten about an hour to two hours prior to working out.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it helps to be obese when running without food. Theoretically, I'm burning mostly fat in my race pace runs so I've got extra. Clearly the proper option is to eat like it's thanksgiving for a week straight prior to the run.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 12th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. The problem with that logic is that the metabolic conversion of fat stores into usable energy is horrible. It's why marathon runners talk about "hitting the wall" around 20 miles in. It's the point where all of your loose blood sugar has been converted and your body flips over to trying to milk fat.

One of the trainers at my gym remarked to me once that the best thing you can do for serious training is to eat high-sugar foods. He recommends eating a snickers and washing it down with a mt. dew right before walking into the gym.

I then contemplated how much further I could run if I was licking chocolate off my fingers.
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: May 12th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to do any races before the Half? And, what is the plan for a Full?

I am so excited. I have to wait until 1-June to start really training - my life just doesn't give me the time for it right now. But I'm so ready. Going to have some time to run this weekend - hoorah!

Breaking the 6mph barrier is very exciting.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a quarter marathon in June I'm kind of considering. But I'm cheap. :)

as for full marathons, I haven't started looking. My intention is to continue directly into full marathon training after august, essentially treating the half as a long run fir the full. I think there's a full marathon in October I could do. Maybe...

Have you found another race yet?
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: May 12th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a fun trail 5k in late June in a state park near me, I think I'm going to do. It's only $25 and looks like a fun time. But no - I'm going to jump straight into actual Marathon training which will run right into October.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh crap, this one looks like fun:
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: May 12th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does :D
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 12th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might want to look for something earlier. October can get pretty cold in the north for running and that sucks for distance unless you don't mind the cold. I basically don't run outside after mid/late Sept. unless it's unseasonably warm.
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: May 12th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
No plans are nice. You can sit around and read. Or sleep. Or make delicious foods.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll probably end up zoning to TNG. :)
I'm a bad reader. My tastes are so specific that I lose interest quickly. Or maybe I'm not smart enough.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 12th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, start training for this . I volunteer right now to be on your milkshake crew.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bikes are for losers.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 12th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your mom is for losers!
abmann From: abmann Date: May 12th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's obviously true.
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