Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Two-Faced Running

This blog post is a tale of two runs.  One good, one bad.  It seems, my running as of the last week or so has taken on the persona of "Two-Face" a la Batman.  Unfortunately, it hasn't turned into the wiz-bang 2008 The Dark Knight Two-Face, it has instead turned into the decidedly 90s Batman Forever Two Face where the people from DC Comics were in the mood of bilking the moving going public for every Jim Carrey minute they could get.

Tommy Lee Jones US Marshals good, Tommy Lee Jones Two-Face bad.

Weekend Long run good, Tuesday tempo run very bad.

The Good: Weekend Long Run
This weekend, I set out for 13 miles at my new long run pace of 7:45.  What I managed was a half marathon run (why not add the addl 0.1 miles?) in 1:39:50 - 7:37 pace.  Success!  The run felt effortless.  It was one of those runs where I maintained the obnoxious grin on my face the ENTIRE time.  I was totally that guy that said "Hi, how are you?  Good morning!" to every.single.person. I saw.  Sorry for everyone who was having a bad day.  I normally hate people like me when I am trudging along at mile 19.

The Bad: Tempo Tuesday
Keeping with the movie theme.....For me, Tempo Tuesday is always a lot like a Star Wars movie.  Either it is ground breaking and incredible (1970s Star Wars) or it is a bumbling shit show (Jar Jar Binks).  Unfortunately, this week's run was "mee-sa-crappy".  I had targeted a 6 mile run with 4 miles at 6:35 tempo.  What I managed was miles in 6:46, 6:41, 7:00, and 7:08.  Admittedly, I gave up with the REAL tempo pace about half way through because I didn't feel like had it in me.

Now, I haven't been sleeping the best, but the ups and downs of my running has me really frustrated....which makes me psych myself out, playing head games WHILE I run. How often does your mind mess with your running?  Mine does a lot, so based on a recommendation from Sean, I bought this book.  Hopefully it will help.

Cold weather have you flicking frozen nose boogs (or maybe just wiping them on your running partner)?  Several feet of snow collapse your house/football stadium?  Do I have the solution for you!  Move to Arizona Run the 1st annual Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race!  January 8th 2011!

To answer some of the questions: Yes, this race can be ran as part of a longer run, yes I will continue to remind you, yes you can run it naked, and YES you must sign up or risk being called names.

Prizes so far for just finishing are (all self funded): 1 box of PowerGels and 1 stick of BodyGlide.  More to come!  Sign up here!

Oh, and for those of you that are aching for more baby pictures....Redhead.  Here you go! :) Quack quack.


Runners Fuel said...

Love the ducky towel!

Jess said...

I'm a sucker for those baby towels with the hoods. And who doesn't love a little baby all burritoed up?!

What? Did you post something about running as well?

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Wil Travel said...

I don't think - I think if I had to choose a two-face for a run, I'd go with Tommy Lee Jones... Because man, I'd hate to see the run that resembles Aaron Eckhart's sinewy mug!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

So my mind messes with my running constantly!!! Sucks. I'll be interested to hear that book serves you!

P.S. That baby really resembles you....very strange! No denying who Daddy is! I can see your nose!

Chad said...

More baby pics, and less Jar Jar.

I can't wait for the 5k of doom!

destinationathlete said...

Does my mind mess with my running?? Uhhh....I think you know the answer to that one. ;)

That's awesome about the long run feeling effortless though - sometimes that can make up for the sh*ttastic ones....though usually not. For some reason we all want every run to be a great run (or maybe it's just me!).

And HOW FREAKING ADORABLE is that kid....LOVE it!

shana said...

the bottles behind the babies head reminded me of how much things have changed since college - I've always had bottles on the counter-top, though the type has varied.

RunningLaur said...

Quite adequate connection to Star Wars. Oh, and I love the legs on the logo!!

Jill said...

Is baby sitting on your kitchen counter??? Adam, first babies don't do that - only babies down the road when parents really don't care anymore how clean they are or if they are in a car seat...or left on the kitchen counter! But he sure is a cutie!

Andrew Opala said...

nice counter top ... and that looks like an awesome paper towel stand ... HEY ... wait a second ... there's a baby there in the middle ... WHOW!

what was I going to say ... sheesh!

Kathy said...

LOL sheesh! Running Bi-polar ness is the worst!

My mind, especially lately, has been my worst enemy, may just have to pick up that book.

speaking of mental issues....what is this 5k all about?

What a little sweet potatoe that thur baby is! Love it :) More of those more of those!

Cynthia O'H said...

Cute, cute picture!

My outer layer always needs washing after a run - not because of the sweat but from wiping my nose.

And there is balance in the world of running - good and bad runs go foot in foot.

Her Name is Rio said...

Hayden is adorable!!!
That book cover with the runner in front of the setting sun...it struck me funny- reminds me of those SNL self-help skits back in the day. Hope it helps!

Chris K said...

Not cool to type "super cute baby" into Google images and insert it into your Blog. Phew, good thing Hayden got Mama's good looks.

Amanda@runninghood said...

Love love love that book. I loaned it to someone years ago and never got it back but I read it before my first marathon and it was really awesome! Good to see it again. You're baby is adorable...my husband won't like that I saw it because really, it just makes me want another when I know I definitely should be done. How are you sleeping these days?

Jamoosh said...

Is Hayden getting in on this 5K?

C2Iowa said...

It is perfectly fine to set the lil man on the counter. Just remember that the chicken gets the gravy and the baby gets the formula. Great pic!

kilax said...

Hayden! You are so cute as a duck!!!

Tommy Lee Jones Fugitive also = good.

I love that you ran that 13.1 at that pace and it felt effortless. You're my hero.

Glenn Jones said...

He's a cutie Adam!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

Karen said...

Hmm... I will be running race #2 of the Dopey Challenge that day so the virtual 5k will be part of a half marathon @ Disney. A race within a race, I'm in!