Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weekend 15 miles and 5 questions

Somehow, I "off-season base mileaged" my way to a 35 mile week last week.  Opps!!  Sort of like how I can open a bag of caramel pop corn, slip, and the entire thing falls in my mouth.

My weekend long run was a 2 hour-ish 15 mile long run at a 7:43 pace overall.  I was RIGHT on pace but I got really tired towards the end.  My hamstrings and butt muscles were really getting tight and sore after 12 or 13 miles - something that normally doesn't happen until mile 22 or so of a marathon.  Just like an itch "down there", it is probably not anything to get horribly worried about but something to address sooner rather than later.


A few days back, Jamoosh over at the Last Mile Lounge tagged me to answer 5 questions about myself and my running. Since I LOVE these lists I of course had to oblige.  So, sit back, relax.  Grab a beverage of choice, spike that beverage of choice with booze, and bask in my own weirdness.

1. What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2010?
While I wish that I could say that my proudest moment came on some random 5 mile run where I simultaneously helped an old lady across the street, pushed a baby out of the way of oncoming traffic and solved the budget shortfall....but I'm going to be a bit egotistical and say that my proudest moment was when I won my first ever race and got a massive sub 19min 5K PR at the same time.  If there was one thing that I made sure to text my parents about afterwards it was this - so I suppose that qualifies.  Nothing says proud like bragging to your parents.

The 9/11 memorial 5K race director and myself, post win

2. What are your running goals for 2011?
At some point in 2011, I will try for a Boston Qualifying, 3:10 marathon. I may not get it, but I will go out at a 7:15 pace and probably poop myself blow up trying.  Simple.

3. What is your favorite race?
This is a tricky question.  It is sort of like asking "What is your favorite movie?" or "Which is your favorite kid?" or "Which Power Ranger to do you most  identify with?".  You can't choose!! I love all my races for different reasons.  (And, for the record, I'm totally a Green Power Ranger - duh)

If I had to choose, I'd pick two.  First, I'd pick the Fargo Marathon.  When I ran it in 2009, the Red River was out of it's banks, so the race was changed to be a double loop figure 8.  Horrible for racing (boring) super fun for suspecting.  My family got to see me 4 times and never had to move.  That and the race finished in the Fargo-Dome which was just sweet.
I have no idea what the look on my face is for

The most fun race to run is my hometown Rock and Roll Arizona marathon.  The Rock and Roll group puts on such a good race, I get to poop in my own toilet before the race, and it was my first marathon after my stress fracture.  I wish I were running it this year, but I will be either hanging out at the expo or volunteering at the expo!  Stay tuned.
Can't you see the fear in Ryan Hall's eyes?  Thankfully for him he was only running the half

4. What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure?
I'd like to think that I have just enough self control to bend to each and every one of my guilty pleasures year-round.  So, for me the holidays are no different.  But, I think I do drink a bit more of the vino during the holidays.
Don't worry, this has since been filled - and is in the process of being emptied

5. What was your most embarrassing running moment?
Well, as much as I would love to have a story similar to this guy I really don't have too many embarrassing running stories.  I've had my share of "change your pants" runs (pun intended) but nothing that I've ever had to share with others.  So, I suppose I'd have to nominate my Rock and Roll Seattle Marathon race - where I started walking at the TWELVE mile mark.  Ugg.

This picture says it all

As I've said in EVERY one of these that I've ever filled out, I get very stressed when I have to choose who to tag. Since I was always the last one to be picked for every sport imaginable ("Oh, right...Adam...You can be right field / water boy / safety / 2nd goalie") I never want to leave anyone out.  But, in order to whore out my virtual race a little bit more be fair, I decided to actually pick a few of the more recent sign-ups to my virtual race!  Therefore, I tag:


Detroit Runner said...

I really like the pictures with the band aids on! Hilarious! Thanks for the tags and I'll get to work on my post! Can't wait for the virtual race. I even one a virtual race last year and I'm slow! LOL.

Christina said...

I'm planning on going to the expo on Friday. Let me know where you'll be and we can meet up and take wild and crazy pictures for the blog.

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Thanks for the tag! :) And I love that last picture...ouch!!

Nicole said...

Great post, funny as always. I was wondering how you figure out you tempo run pace/marathon pace/5k pace etc.? Do you base your base from the McMillan calculator or from somewhere else?

Jen said...

Nice 5k PR! Damn - that's awesome.

Adrienne said...

You accidentally ran a 35 week? Ya, I hate when I do that :)

Jill said...

Excellent way to tag people - this always stessed me out, too!

Enjoyed your answers, and I didn't even have any alcohol while reading. Hum.

Chris K said...

3:10 to BQ! Sucks to be young.

Kathy said...

bandaid nipples! Everyone's fave!!!! :D

Jamoosh said...

If my beverage of choice is booze, do I still spike it with other booze?

bobbi said...

Thanks for the tag! LOVE the pic of you and Ryan Hall....

3:10 to BQ?!? Damn. I might BQ when I'm 70...

Luke said...

Thansk to you I just spiked my gin with more gin

Laura said...

When you were talking about what the changed Fargo course was good for, did you really mean "suspecting," or perhaps the more sensical, "spectating?" Just wondering if I missed a new consulting word.

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
You know how much I love the random posts with questions from tags:) Fun to read...great pictures too!

BTW, thank you for the Christmas gift! I love it:) I totally made Jill tell me who had my name so that I would know who to thank! Best gift ever:) I will eventually do a post...when I get off of my lazy butt. It might be a few days.

Take care Adam!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Carmel popcorn or any snck for that matter, always falls in my outh before I even know it!

Lovin' the band-aids!

Anonymous said...

congratulations on your achievements and posting your efforts to inspire us all… you are doing such great things for yourself and others! hopefully I can start running marathons soon because my elliptical trainer has not only allowed me to running longer distances, I have lost 30 pounds!!!!!

Anonymous said...

congratulations on your achievements and posting your efforts to inspire us all… you are doing such great things for yourself and others! hopefully I can start running marathons soon because my elliptical trainer has not only allowed me to running longer distances, I have lost 30 pounds!!!!!

kilax said...

Adam, I think it is so awesome that you are able to keep the mileage up with a newborn. It makes me ask - what the hell is my excuse? I can barely keep up to 15 miles a week. And that is a high mileage week right now :(

I love your 3:10 to yuma change. Ha ha. And I am still excited about that 5K you won. I feel faster just knowing you!