Monday, June 21, 2010

Looking Forward

On Saturday, I ran my longest run before Rock and Roll Seattle. 9 miles at 8:05ish pace. Probably a little faster than I wanted to go, but it was hot and being done felt like a much better idea than running 30 seconds slower per mile.

Speaking of wanting to be done, I am officially ready for this Seattle race to be over. I feel like I'm setting myself up for a either a triumphant success or a rather spectacular failure and I'd just rather have it over and done with. Anyone else ever have that feeling?

For me, this is the race where I know that I'm setting a goal just a weeee bit too high but I'm going great guns to get it come hell, high water, or poopy pants. I have to think that all of the great accomplishments in life are usually coupled with the risk of poopy pants - and I've never let that risk slow me down before.

So, what is next? I've found that the usual cure of a slightly bitchy post of mine is to sign up for more races!

If you remember from my 2010 goals post, not only did I want to break 3:20 for the marathon, but I also wanted to break 19 minutes for the 5k. So, I am going to put my quest for Rock and Roll medals on the back burner and focus on SPEED. I've asked on twitter and via email and received a few great responses on 5K training plans. Anyone else have any suggestions? I'm very close to putting together a plan and think that I have finalized my race schedule in the right hand bar.


Finally, a heartfelt belated "happy dad's day" to all of the dads out there. I felt a little strange knowing that this is the last fathers day where I won't get my hands on a little Hallmark created holiday loot. While mom's are under appreciated day in and day out, I think that Chris Rock said it best when he described the special way that dad gets no love:

Nobody ever says, ''Hey, Daddy, thanks for knocking out this rent.''
''Hey, Daddy, l sure love this hot water.''
''Hey, Daddy, this is easy to read with all this light.''

Nobody gives a F about Daddy.

Hopefully all of the dads had the day of their dreams yesterday....and hopefully all of the moms were able to get dad out of the house so that they could get some piece and quiet too.

21 comments:

Jamoosh said...

5K training - go that way really fast!

Jill said...

So no Denver RnR??? Awwww. I suck up a lung every time I run a 5K, I am the worst speed runner, which is ironic since that's what I did in college (UNI). Have you ever read: Brain Training for Runners? Some excellent speed work stuff in there.

Pam said...

Oh to have the wisdom of Jamoosh. LOL

Tricia said...

Yesterday my two year old randomly told my husband, "You're a good daddy. I want to keep you."

Pretty sure that trumped all the presents he received yesterday.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Had my day of dreams twice!

Rad Runner said...

Holy fastness! That is awesome! Focusing is not easy, but when you get there, you will WANT to do it. (Am I making sense? I am in my head...)

Travel to LA in 2011 for their 5 k :)

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

I am looking forward to your 5k plan, that is one of my goals, too! Race you : )

Heather said...

I tried to run hills to gain speed last week, but instead couldn't move at all. If you find something that works let me know!!

I love that Chris Rock bit. Too funny.

(Nice to meet you. This is my first time to stop by.)

Morgan said...

LOL @ Jamoosh. That pretty much sums it up except he left out hitting the puke threshold for 3 miles.

Good Luck this weekend!

I was thinking of you yesterday and thinking how excited you must be getting!

Ed said...

Love the Bigger and Blacker shout out. I've got my first 5K coming up on the 4th of July. My only plan is to make it to the finish line. Haha! Good luck with yours!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

my 5k plan is to stick with longer distances :) I'm working on speed, but seem to be built for distance ...slower

EZEthan said...

I'm hoping to go under 19 myself this year but I'm hoping that a marathon training cycle will be enough to get me there... I'm looking forward to hearing what kind of plan you settle on!

64 CLASSIC said...

It can sometimes be hard to train for both long distance events and speed events and be equally succesful at both.

A big key to any event--Its probably not your first and won't be your last... relax and do your best.

Good luck this weekend!!

kilax said...

There was an interesting 6 week training plan for a 5K in the April (I think?) issue of RW. Did you see it?

Her Name is Rio said...

I've never used a 5K training plan other than: warm up, run really fast, drink after done. Look forward to hearing about yours. Maybe if I did one, I could be as fast as lightening!

Glenn Jones said...

Since I've gotten so good at falling behind these days, good luck this weekend. Just don't forget to have fun! I hear the tunnel is a killer.....

RunnuRMark said...

A plan? You want a PLAN? How about this: PLAN to run a lot of intervals :)

In all seriousness, I think that's what has helped my 5k time the most. I worked up to 3 one-mile intervals at 5k goal pace. If speed is your goal, just focus on speed and you'll get there. I have no doubt.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Ohhh Chris Rock :)

And Happy Father's Day! I'm pretty sure this is your unofficial first since you and your wife have a bun in the oven.

Cynthia O'H said...

I have similar goals - sub 3:30 and sub 21, both doable.

The reason it is always sunny on Father's Day is so the dads can get out of the house. Somehow, it works this way every year.

EricaH said...

Lol, I love Chris Rock. Good luck with your goal of bringing your 5k time down, I am also working on my 5k time, not looking for anything crazy fast like 19 mins. :)

Also good luck with your RnR race this weekend. :)

RunningLaur said...

I could help you out with a 45 minute 5k plan. That seems to be more my style. All this speedy running you do? Nah.