Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rock and Roll San Antonio Race Preview

It’s official. I’m sick. It doesn’t seem to be a horribly bad cold which is nice. (read: Charlie Sheen on a good day (hotel trashing) but not on a bad day (getting caught with a hooker).) I have NO idea how this will play out over the coming days (starting to write this on Thursday Friday Saturday) so I’m going to plan like it won’t affect me. Yep, I’m sticking my head in the sand. What I don’t think about can’t hurt me!

I’m on enough meds to kill a small horse, though. When I was chatting online with RunningLaur she offered a suggestion that I never even thought of! KT Tape. Genius.

Actual picture of me
Not a model
Adam: I'm taking so much Vit C and echinatia that it is bothering my stomach
Adam: so, that is probably good
Adam: :)

RunningLaur: haha, yeah, kill it good
RunningLaur: and take everything that they hand you at the expo
RunningLaur: that has to help too
RunningLaur: can you kt tape your lungs?

Adam: LOL hahahahaha

What are friends for if not to give quality advice? I would have done the same thing.

In spite of my cold, I’ve put in the miles (1307 year to date), rested when I need to, penguin ran to the toilet after eating too much fiber, and heaven-forbid even tapered for this marathon. I’ve done everything right which has got to count for something.

The Rock and Roll San Antonio course is actually a bit like the Boston Marathon course – hills at the end. It is mostly downhill for miles 1-21 with the last 5 miles a gradual uphill (only 200 feet or so) towards the finish. There are a few out and back sections which I don’t mind and a few loop sections that will keep things interesting.

My strategy for the race is a bit of a dangerous one. Have an elite runner pull me in a rickshaw I’m going to go out at a 3:15ish pace (7:25 miles) or a bit slower and take advantage of the ever so slight downhill. Then, I will have a bit of cushion to try to tackle the uphill final miles.

As always, here are my three levels of goals. In case you have forgotten since my Rock and Roll Denver race preview here was my graphical representation of each level:  My A goal is if everything works right, unicorns and rainbows collide into an orgasm inducing run. Something like this:

My C goal is the time that, if I don’t beat, I’ll be very disappointed in myself.  Something like this lady:

My B goal is a goal that is somewhere between rainbow orgasms and total failure. Something like this:

Here they are. No sand-bagging this time. I’ll need EVERY bit of moxy and grit that I have to hit that A goal – and I really will be disappointed if I don’t hit the C goal (and quite honestly the B goal).
A: Sub 3:18
B: Sub 3:23 (Current PR)
C: Sub 3:27

So, there it is!  Good luck to all of the runners this weekend.  The race season is winding down, but there are still a few of you out there!!


Vincent said...

good luck!

Cynthia O'H said...

Good luck with the run. You have good goals - each of them achievable.

Watch the slight downhill; it can be easy to get carried away.

And, feel better.

Lisa said...

Sorry you're not feeling well! I hope you're able to get a good night's rest tonight. Good luck tomorrow!

One Crazy Penguin said...

Good luck! Sending positive. non sick vibes your way :)

Jill said...

Oh man, I hope that icky cold has vacated and you're ready to roll!! Good luck, I know you can get an A!!!

Adrienne said...

Dang, sorry you are sick....wait, don't think of that. Good luck you will do awesome. That is a lot of miles for one year and you still have a month and a half to go.

Chris K said...

Adam, I am sure you won't read this until after the race since you don't seem to be a fan of getting up early and take care of your BM needs BEFORE the race.

So, I really hope you killed it. Now that I am not in China and can access Blogger I'll check back.

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Good luck!!

Chelsea said...

Good luck!

Kathy said...

good luck! I have a tri today but since it is FREEEZING (19C) ain't no way I'm getting in the water, plus I tore my calf muscle again so there is that. Have a GREAT run!

Pam said...

That unicorn picture just never gets old.


Chad said...

Nice nipples. Go kill.

Her Name is Rio said...

Good luck, good luck, good luck!
Drink more fluids than you think you need and sleep as much as you can.

Runners Fuel said...

Good luck! Hope you feel better soon!

RunnuRMark said...

If you ended up with some unicorn rainbow piss, I hope you bottled some of it up. I could use some before my ride on Saturday.

Jeri said...

Is it bad that I'm solely hoping for Goal B because I like the photo representation the most? didn't think so. :)

RunningLaur said...

Should have used more KT Tape... ;)