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
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