Sunday, February 13, 2011

Going Through the Motions

After 30 minutes of coffee drinking, an hour of baby playing, and 15 minutes of 'special personal time' getting ready, I ran my long run of 16 miles this morning.  It was actually a solid run.  No pain, no cramping, no poop.  WIN!  That is all it really takes for me to consider it a successful run.

Over the years that I've been running, my criteria of a successful run has changed slightly.  It has slowly gone from "don't die, just get in the miles" to "don't poop your pants and run on pace.....and don't die".  By that criteria, today's run went great!  However, I can't help but feel that I'm just sort of going through the motions - my own personal Groundhog Day.

What do I do when I am bored with my running?  I point myself to the closest straight road and run on it until it is time to turn around.   Check out the Garmin picture below. That is from todays run - 8 miles of straight line running in each direction.

To be clear, I'm not mailing in my runs.  The 16 miles this morning were still right on pace at 7:45/mile and I cranked out 12x400 at 5:27 on Friday.  I'm just feeling a bit uninspired. Fortunately, I'm just like any other guy - I just need to sleep on it and everything will be fine.  Because, even though I'm feeling a bit blah, there is an easy enough cure for that!  Google pictures of Kara Goucher in shortie shorts Sign up for some marathons!

I've decided that I'm going to at LEAST run the Oklahoma City Marathon, the Marathon to Marathon (30 miles from where I grew up), and the Rock and Roll Savannah marathon. (and possibly the Twin Cities Marathon)  Let me know if you're going to be running any of them. We'll hang out!  I promise that I won't poop my pants in front of you......but no promises that I won't constantly mutter "thats what she said" under my breath the entire time.

Anyone else feeling like they can't wait for spring race season to start?

28 comments:

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

I'm ready for race season. I haven't raced since a 5k on New Years Day. I won't have to wait too long, I've got a marathon next weekend.

It would be cool to meet you at a marathon one of these days. I'm not doing any of the ones you listed, but I did do OKC 2 years ago.

Kate said...

I'm sooo ready for my first race this year!

My runs take me a lot longer than yours take you, but taking to the trails has given me a break from the same ol boring route rut. I guess our true four seasons climate helps things feel fresh, too. From mud and rain to insane heat and humidity to leaf-covered obstacles to snow and ice, each season brings fresh challenges. The biggest one, for me, still being "don't die".

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

You should have run Mardi Gras today. I just discovered that you ran last year (because I googled the race trying to find some info and your blog post came up!) and this year was way, way better. They took out the wandering-into-no-man's land that occurred at miles 21-23.

Lisa said...

Maybe you need to mix it up to have fun. Run somewhere that's not a straight line if you want to be inspired. :-)

Kristin @NyceLife said...

I am a pretty new follower- but wanted to say I am doing the Savannah 1/2! It will be my first race longer than a 5k I am pretty excited! Savannah is going to be AMAZING for a marathon, you'll love it here! Oh and your rut is my dream day, ha ha!

Amanda@runninghood said...

I'm so ready for some races! Excited to see my hard work pay off! Oh, and I strongly dislike out and back courses when I'm training...makes it seem so much longer to me.

Emily said...

I always need a race/goal to keep me on track. I fully support you signing up for at least 4 marathons!

Chris K said...

Fortunately for me, I started my race season last week and got that itch scratched. And, my next race will be in April - 50K. The best part is that it will be my first PR faster than yours. I'll be faster than Adam, I'll be faster than Adam. Nah, Nah, Nuh, Nah, Nah.

Cynthia O'H said...

I think we all go through periods when running is just "there" for us and we need to find some inner drive. I went through this last week - one "good" race but a personally disappointing time set me off. Stay focussed, keep calm and carry on. Planned races is a good way to do that.

Adrienne said...

Well I'm feeling quite busy with my race schedule. No I don't have any marathons coming up (nor will I any time soon) but you'll be proud to know I've got 1 race scheduled and registered for every month through April. Saturday's 5k will be race #3 which will be 3X the normal amount of races I run per year. Ya, I'm on a roll.
I'm not running any of those races you mentioned but feel free to come run the ones I've signed up for with me if you like :)

destinationathlete said...

I hear ya on needing some motivational mojo lately.

But I still think you should have chosen the WI marathon.

Jus' sayin'.

;)

Her Name Is Rio said...

Glad to hear you decided on your spring races!

Jamoosh said...

15 minutes of "special personal time?"

Show off!

C2Iowa said...

Looking forward to M2M; I will most likely set the record for slowest 1/2 ever recorded.

Runners Fuel said...

Straight lines aren't for me, but I'm happy you were able to do this without any poop!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I thought about the Savannah one, but the Chili Romp and Stomp 5K is that day (no I'm not kidding). I love that race course.

Shana said...

You know what you sound like???. . .

a new dad.

But yes - I too am looking forward to getting in a race soon.

Nicole said...

Running in a straight line for inspiration? I don't think I could do that without going crazy first. I really want to do a May or June marathon but I'm not sure which one yet. I really need to figure that out.

GeorgiaSnail said...

YES! Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner! I'm gonna ride the Adam Train all the way to the finish line at R&R Savannah...at least someone will be BQing that day....

Jess said...

In the past, I too have felt vidicated with a simple "I didn't poop myself." thankfully, GI distress hasn't plagued me much in recent years.

The Sean said...

well, now I am going to HAVE to run Savannah!!

funderson said...

Holey smokes! THAT is your boredom remedy? You should go find some dirt to run on! :)

Andrew Opala said...

Hang in there buddy, you are still an awesome inspiration even though it seems like your not making mighty progress. You're a dad and that takes a lot. Plus you work overtime to be clever on your blog!

kilax said...

I love how fast you are.

Hmm, Twin Cities. Maybe I could swing that. I was going to see which marathon my friend Erin decides to do.

I have a lot of races lined up and am excited for the spring season!

Spike said...

I feel like pooping of pants would be an essential part of the experience?

Also, I have days like that all the time. Today's 12 400s were less than inspiring. You know, just get through it.

Katie said...

Ughhh in the words of Sponge Bob, " I'mm Readddyy"

The FYTO 5k was my last race ahaha. I've got a 3k in a week but it is still indoors. I CANNOT wait for my next road race.

BrianFlash said...

At some point I'll run the Oklahoma City but I'm going to Fargo this year.

But Marathon to Marathon - that's in June. I don't have a run scheduled for June. Maybe...

Laura said...

If I come run Marathon to Marathon, can you introduce me to The Girls From Ames? I just assume all 100 of you Iowa people know each other...