Monday, May 31, 2010

Sweaty Long Run and Versatile Blogger

On Saturday I went for my last long run before the Rock and Roll San Diego Marathon. (8 miles at 8:05 pace) The last long run before a long race is always fun and humbling at the same time. On the one hand I don't have to kill 2.5 hours of a perfectly good Saturday morning, but on the other hand I couldn't help but remind myself that in a week I will have to run 3x that far.

Of course, since I had my first stepback week in 7 weeks, I am now hungrier than a pot head who is all out of Doritos. I'm not sure what it is, but for some reason, whenever I pull back the miles I am even more hungry than I was when I was actually running enough to support those calories. I assume that my body is just acting like a bear before hibernation and needs to take in as much food before the race. So, for the most part I'm strapping on the feedbag and going with what seems right.

What are your taper tips?

If you follow any number of blogs, you’ve noticed the Versatile Blogger awards going around. Barbie, Aron, EricaH, and Rio all tagged me to fess up and spill 7 random things about myself. I’m a TOTAL sucker for these lists so I was more than happy to oblige:

  1. The first time that I ever safety pined a race bib to my chest (belly) was the Kansas City Marathon in 2007. If I do something, I like to dive in head first. I’ve been pretty addicted to the whole marathon thing ever since.
  2. I’m a VERY outgoing guy. (Voted most outgoing HS senior year!) If you don’t believe me, you will the next time you see me. I’ll be the guy with his pants around his ankles dancing on the bar singing “It’s Raining Men”.
  3. However, even though I'm outgoing, I’m just as content being alone with my thoughts – which is probably why I like running as much as I do. In fact, as I am sitting here, I’m watching one of my favorite movies: Cast Away. The movie has 45 min or so with no speaking at all.
  4. I’m a hair guy. The first thing I notice about someone is their hair. I’m also a smell guy. I remember when I lived in Kansas City I always looked forward to stepping off of the plane (and out of the germ filled terminal) and into the fresh Midwestern air. Of course, I could do without the smells of cow shit (when the wind was just so) but that is the price you pay I suppose.
  5. I’m a pretty emotional guy – usually at the most embarrassing times. I’ve shed tears after 3 (maybe 4) of my 7 marathon finishes.
  6. The only time that I have been outside of the country was walking across the Mexico border. (and I didn’t even catch Montezuma's revenge!) I THOUGHT I would break this streak last summer when I went to the Virgin Islands. Turns out I went to the US Virgin Islands. FAIL!!!! However, as irony would have it, as a traveling consultant during 2008 I worked in 14 states. My taxes were a nightmare.
  7. The previous post, where I announced my wife was pregnant, was my 700th blog post. I’ve been doing this for over 2.5 years and honestly I don’t think anyone can shut me up that I’ll stop any time soon. What started as a way to collect my thoughts and random observations of the world has become my own personal journal. I hope everyone has enjoyed the ride – I know I have.

Always one to share the love with all things viral (e.g. herps), part of the "rules" of the versatile blogger award state that I share the love with either 13 or 7 other bloggers. Since 7 and 7 seems to make more sense, here are the 7 that I've tagged (for no particular reason):

Jeff @ Running Through Phoenix
Meredith @ inspiREDtorun13
Pam @ Thirty Shmirty
Cynthia @ Balls in the Air
Kim @ iLaxStudio
Glenn Jones @ The Running Fat Guy
Georgia Snail


RunningLaur said...

Wow, 700 - that's a lot!

and I can't imagine your tax nightmare, sheesh. At least this year you should be able to get some sort of huge baby tax break, right? I mean, why else are people having these sleep deprivation devices you have to feed and clean all the time?

GeorgiaSnail said...

Congrats on you 700th(actaully 701st) post.

Angie Bishop said...

Glad to get to know you better! The Midwestern air is pretty nice :)

Garden Runner said...

Whoa! I missed the pregnancy announcement. Congrats!! Since you cry while crossing the finish line of marathons, you will definately shed a tear or 567574839327 after the birth of your child. Tapering is no fun, I suffered from horrible insomnia. I don't really have any tips, but all the hard "work" is over now. Just enjoy the marathon:o)

Jamie said...

700! Wow! Awesome. It's good you cry after crossing the finish line. It's a big accomplishment! I'll prolly cry too when I finish my first one! :)

ShutUpandRun said...

Hmmmm a hair and a smell guy. Never knew. Congrats to you and your wife. So so exciting! said...

Outgoing, you? I would never believe it : ) Glad to hear you are going to continue writing the old blog!

Taper tip: follow your gut, it knows what it is doing.
You might want to try some beer and tomato juice, lol!

Cynthia O'H said...

I think the hunger thing that we go through before a marathon is (1) because we are use to eating more and (2) our gut knows that we need to stockpile a few extra calories for marathon day.

Thanks for passing on the award. Now I have to figure out what to say....

destinationathlete said...

Wow - your first race was a marathon?

Way to dive in head first! You rock!

Colin Hayes said...

I had a similar eating experience during my taper, but it might have been because I had trouble eating enough calories when my mileage was high during the buildup.
And, dude, if you want to experience emotions, wait until your little one arrives (and, even better, after you're in your 40's). I never used to be very emotional, but now it's like someone injected me with 4500cc's of estrogen. There are several movies and TV shows I can't watch with other people in the room without embarrassment. Although for some reason, I didn't cry after my first marathon. Probably because I was too dehydrated for tears.
Good luck w/your taper!

Johann said...

I'm with you on that eating part. Taper always includes lots of eating. I try to run short runs instead of not running at all during taper. Helps to keep my sanity in place.
I'm a smell guy too but unfortunately pick up on the bad smells first.

Julie said...

What? You were voted most outgoing!?! I could of figured comes through in your blog! Congrats on the big 700...very impressive:)

Whitney said...

I like Doritos.

Tricia said...

I'm super surprised by outgoing thing. Judging by all the crazy pics you post on here I wouldve gone with shy.

MCM Mama said...

Love that your 700th post announced the baby on the way. Awesome!

I'd probably join you on that bar LOL.

Jamoosh said...

You wrote "thoughts" as in plural. Really?

kilax said...

Thanks for the tag!

This list makes me think even more that we would totally get along in person. It sounds like your version of outgoing is the same as mine - like to have fun and aren't afraid to embarrass yourself ;)

Although, after meeting a way too talkative blogger this weekend, I do think that you can be outgoing and still have manners.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

*Meredith ;)

My name gets mispelled all the time. I like to think that it has "red" in it is a helpful hint, but who knows.Wow, I got behind on blogs over the holiday weekend. Thanks for tagging me. (Just now saw that!)

And one of my favorite quotes of all time:
"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."
...-Jimmy V