Monday, March 21, 2011

Binge Running

This weekend I played host to some very good friends from Chicago. Fortunately for me, playing host means that I get to ignore all of the “to do” lists my wife has created for me throughout the year. ”Sorry hon, I can’t mow the lawn this weekend – we have company!” Luckily, our company enjoys all of the finer things in life: beer, wine, and poop humor running. In fact, he is the one who basically got me into running – so he is to blame for the innuendo and off color humor on this blog…..or at least some of the running updates. Of course, we did kegstands on the front lawn had a few drinks, went for a hike, and nerded out about all things running.

Rocking the baby biorn.  Cool with a capital K.

But then, I realized that I have a race in 5 weeks – and proceeded to panic like I had overslept for a flight….to Hawaii….to be the lead photographer on a swimsuit calendar….where the swimsuits were invisible.

Enter so much binge running that even Snookie could keep up. So, in short order I had registered for the Oklahoma City Marathon, booked hotels, and even checked out the course map a bit. You see, when you visit my house for the weekend, not only do you get to help me mow the lawn but you also get to watch me mess around on my laptop registering for races. I’m an excellent host.

As I was thinking about how I was going to get to where I am now to a race in 5 weeks, I got to thinking about how I was going to have to break some rules. I can’t think that it was just coincidence that Shut up and Run recently went from just a normal blogger with a rather active colon to an interwebs super star with her internet meme of “Top 10 list of rules that she breaks”. I have to be honest, I really wanted to participate in this one. I thought to myself “I’m a badass, I have to break all sorts of rules!!"Chicks dig a bad boy. But unfortunately, while SUAR may be the Fonz, squealing tires in the parking lot, I am just a simple Alfalfa with a nerdy spike of hair in the back.  I don't break any rules that are fun.

So, I decided to list of the things that I’m currently doing wrong for this marathon training plan.  The list is larger than I thought.....

  • 10% rule: That simple rule that says that you’re not supposed to increase your week over week mileage by more than 10%. Last week I ran 42.5 miles. I increased by 100% two weeks ago and 25% last week.  So, either my legs are going to fall off, or I'm going to start racking up some huge mileage.  Which brings me to.......
  • Not ‘enough’ miles: I’m going to target a 3:15 marathon in Oklahoma city. Conventional wisdom says that I should really be running around 50 miles per week and drinking glasses full of raw eggs and kicking baby puppies to get myself conditioned to perform. I’m doing none of those.  I need to buy more eggs.
  • Testing out a new pair of shoes: I recently received a pair of sweet Pearl Izumi shoes from Outside PR. While I like them a lot, the experts say that you’re supposed to have your training shoes pretty locked down by now to avoid injury.
  • Beer? Oh yes, I do that too: Jill is a certified coach and says that it does everything bad (dehydration, poor sleep patterns, illegitimate children).  Fortunately, she hasn't made any mention to how it makes your baby makers small (since obviously – beer makes them bigger).
  • I don’t mow the lawn: Still haven’t done that. There will be hell to pay.


Anyone else break the rules and know that they are doing it? I know that it isn’t ideal, but it’ll get me as ready as I can be for the race in the Midwest!

30 comments:

SupermomE12 said...

I am just jealous you have a lawn that needs to be mowed... ours is still buried under a couple of feet of snow...

BrianFlash said...

A flat race in the midwest? You don't have to do crap to get ready for that.

Here's how to break rules:

First ever trail marathon on Sunday. First ever trail run (in my new trail shoes) last Saturday.

Marathon at altitude on Sunday. All training at 300 feet above sea level and lower.

Arriving at race in time to get acclimated. Nope - flying in Saturday for the Sunday run.

Should be a massacre...

Adrienne said...

You are such a rebel....but I'm guessing you can handle it. You are just cool like that!

Luke said...

Mowing is no fun.

Molly @ The Elusive F-spot said...

I am in the biggest workout rut of my life. My first race of the season -- Wildflower Triathlon -- is in six weeks and I am denial. I haven't been on my bike in a week. The last time I was on my bike, my average speed was 14 mph. WTF?!

Sure, I'll finish the race... but the humiliation will be palpable. Good luck to you!

Kate said...

I'm training for a marathon and only running 3 days a week...when I get in all of my runs. If there's not a rule against that, there probably should be. Granted, I'm not looking to BQ or anything, being as that blog name's so over.

BTW, you totally missed out on commenting on my most favorite race post ever. I'll forgive you since you had company in town, but it's got ADAM written all over it...it was even called "The Deuce", and the pre-race blog by the guys who put it on was called "The Deuce is dropping soon". They could definitely match you on poop humor.

Allie said...

I see how it is, now that I leave Oklahoma you decide to come visit!

C2Iowa said...

Outstanding work. To hell with the 10% rule - and as for beer -- the more the better.

Jamoosh said...

You are listening to "Jill" about beer?

Quix said...

Everytime I am ill prepared for a race, I PR. I did 3 weeks of training for the RnRSA half, PR'd by 8 minutes, earlier last year hadn't run in 3 weeks, PR'd my 5k by about 1.5 mins.

I'm figuring if I stop training altogether, I'll probably become a freaking olympic medalist or something. :)

Seriously, I think you're ok. It's not your first marathon, you'll either get lucky on that day and get a good time, or you won't. And it probably won't be your last race...

Emily said...

I am the worst person to ask this question of. I do everything wrong. Last Boston I bought my race outfit at the expo. The salesperson tried to teach me the "dont wear anything untested" rule. I was like bitch puh-leaze, this ain't my first marathon.

To my credit, I was perfectly fine and chafed nada.

SO exciting you have a marathon so soon!

Laura said...

I don't follow ANY of those rules (in fact, I break them repeatedly), and I seem to be doing jussssssst fine.

Dr. TriRunner said...

Those are the best kinds of guests :D

But Oklahoma City...? Really? You could have picked more fun "midwest" marathon than that. And by 'more fun,' I mean one more convenient to a Twin Cities blogger meet up. Thanks for being so considerate Adam. :P

JessiePants said...

Beer is an important part of the food pyramid for runners, bollox to the nay-sayers.
Glad you had a good weekend with pals : )

funderson said...

Dude...go mow the lawn...

Fair Weather Runner said...

i'm still torn that i'm not doing OKC, now i really wish i were so i could meet the great boring runner! i hope you kick that race's ass, and if you do i'm going to pretend it was me that did it. so good luck. no pressure.

ShutUpandRun said...

Love your take on the list. And for calling me a superstar. I love beer. And if you read my post from my ten miler you know how it punishes me. Love the picture of you with your boy. Priceless.

Anne said...

Love the rockin' Baby Bjorn!

Now about me...here's the thing. I like to delude myself that you sometimes come by and check out my fascinating blog :) THing is, there have been serious issues with my blog and I've had to change the link. SO, if you care to find me, do come follow the new blog and delete the old one. Here's the new link :)

http://www.anne-asthmaandthegiftofrunning.blogspot.com/

Her Name Is Rio said...

I ran a race in new shoes. I cussed them out the first 5 miles or so, but I got it done. You'll get your marathon done too. Aim high!

Chris K said...

Jill? Don't listen to Jill. Listen to Jamoosh when it comes to beer.

Nicole said...

I don't believe in the 10% rule! And it seems that I don't believe in actually training for races either, which is a rule that I might consider following sometime in the near future.
The baby's hiking hat is so cute, he looks tough.

Tim Wilson said...

I usually follow that 10% rule and will continue to in the future. Not following it for this last marathon training meant I ran the half this past Sunday on an injured thigh instead of the full :(

Andrew Opala said...

"illegitimate children" ... dang she never told me that one.

kilax said...

We ordered the Baby Bjorn for our friend that we visited in NYC! I can't wait until they get it.

Ha ha, I like your list! Knowing you, you will do well! I am a bit worried that I am breaking the cardinal "too much, too soon, too fast" rule. I am paranoid another stress fracture is in my future.

Spike said...

The lawn will mow itself.

Tri-James said...

Throw in some back to backs on the weekend - maybe 2 fifteens or a 10 and a 20. Then recover for 2 days.

Build your endurance.

chris mcpeake said...

That 10% rule is for wimps anyway. I ignore it every chance I get.

Al's CL Reviews said...

You could show up to the race drunk. I did that. Heaved in miles 2 and 3 of the race. Most people thought it was my awesome fast pace of 14 min/mile.

Jill said...

That's it, I'm not following Jamoosh or Chris K any more!!!

Actually, I personally think you need to get your mileage WAY up there, well beyond 50. Even if you have to break the 10% rule (slightly!).

SquirrelHead said...

I know that I am ignoring rules all over the place but I am not sure what they are. I am learning as I go. So far I have only done sprint triathlons but this year I am expanding into international triathlons, century rides, and just added is the 1/2 and full marathon. In order to train for all of this I am sure I am mowing down rules like an Irish man knocking down patrons when heading for the bar. Oh well.