Monday, April 18, 2011

McMillan Running Calculator - Boston Marathon Edition

My new mantra
If you are not aware or could give a flip, today was the running of the Boston marathon. First, congrats to each of the runners who qualified to run - and even those who didn't qualify and are running based on a provisional entry. Like the kids say "I'm no hater", if you raised money to be there or even if you just ‘knew someone’ more power to you. Don’t hate the player (runner), hate the game (race).  Saying that made me feel OLD.

As my inbox was exploding with runner tracking announcements and twitter was orgasming over the close race, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the hype of running’s equivalent of the Masters in golf or the Triple Crown in horse racing. Quite frankly, I couldn't help but feel jealous.  It isn’t quite the same as the World Cup or the Superbowl, but it is still a pretty big deal. That is, if you are into that sort of thing….. I realize that there are people who could care less about the Boston Marathon. I’ve found that people seem to fall into a few categories:

  • Boston is just another 26.2, nothing more, nothing less
  • Patriots day? What the hell kind of fake holiday is that?
  • I would rather die than not run the Boston Marathon (What I like to call the http://bqordie.blogspot.com/ effect)
  • I only run if a cougar is chasing me to a Neiman Marcus sale


Unfortunately, I belong to the group that longs to run Boston with every slow twitch muscle fiber in my body. I would love nothing more than to break my germ-phobia induced rule against slapping people’s hands along the course and slap me some Wellesley college girl butt hand. I would love to feel the excitement of knowing that I was amongst the Secretariats and Tiger Woods of the running world. God damn it, I want my ugly ass Boston jacket. (Seriously, these things are hideous - and I want one)


But why don’t I just qualify and get it over with then!? Goooooood question.

If I am actually being true to myself, there are many reasons why I haven’t yet qualified for Boston. In fact, according to the McMillan Running Calculator I am severely under performing at the marathon distance. The McMillan Running Calculator takes a previous race time and spits out estimated times for most other race distances – AND also includes training paces that you should run. So, plugging in my current 5K PR of 18:50, I get a 3:03 marathon. Oyy. I am 100% CERTAIN if I tried to run that fast that far the over/under on me crapping my pants would be 17 miles.

When I shake my magic 8 ball (the source for all of life’s answers) and ask does Suzy “LIKE” me like me what I am doing wrong, it comes up with the following:

  • Lack of consistency in long runs
  • Lack of overall volume of miles
  • Not enough horse steroids
  • Too few animal sacrifices
Easy peasy: This summer, I will run more miles and work to build focus and concentration during my long runs.  No more coasting by on 35 miles per week like I have in the past:


It is time to put on my big-boy britches and play game with the big boys.  This is going to mean 65+ miles per week, progression long runs, and likely more than a few mid-run cheek clenching bathroom breaks than I would like to admit.  So, while last summer was the summer of speed - this summer is the summer of Boston. The summer where I DO put in the miles and the time to finally reach my potential.  What are YOUR race plans this summer?

37 comments:

Tricia said...

You've

got

this!

Seriously, we ALL know you can do it. Its about time YOU realize you can do it.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

To make it to redemption AKA Chicago Marathon uninjured!!

finishingfirsts.com said...

I think the horse steroids might be a good idea :) I'm doing the same thing this summer and building volume before Chicago. Which fall marathon are you running?

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

Putting down for everyone to read is the first step. Good luck. You've got this!

Nobel4Lit said...

My boyfriend's PR is 3:20, but he's a little more of a consistent runner. I want him to BQ so I can travel to Boston with him. He doesn't seem that optimistic he will qualify, and I don't know how to convince him to find some kind of training that would help in that department.

You boys have it tough... I should try to get closer to BQ. ;)

Run with Jess said...

You GO with your bad self!!
I plan on training for my first full this summer... but my only goal is to cross the finish line. I'll never be fast enough to BQ, so I'll be happy to just live vicariously through those of you who do! :)

Run Jess Run said...

You are a Speedy McSpeederson! You've totally got this!

Chris K said...

I'm with Tricia. Big time. With more milage, not a ton mind you, and sprinkle in some speed work, I seriously think you can. I'm not blowing smoke either. Maybe you could hire a coach for a 20 week training cycle?!

Laura said...

I think the Boston race itself is just like any other 26.2... however, all the bloggers hyped it up so much this year that it made me sad not to run it! Hopefully we can both do it next year :)

Pam said...

two words:

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLL YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Average A said...

I think you totally have it, and it sounds like you need to know what to do to get it, as well. ...aside from the animal sacrifices, that is.

Hilarious post, as usual. You got this! :)

Kate said...

Oh, yeah...I definitely think you could do it if you set out to. And I'll look forward to watching it happen. Seriously, I'm not sure I'm up to following the process from the beginning, as emotionally invested as I was in Chris K's BQ attempt after following his blog for about a week beforehand...but your blog is hilarious and you stop by and post entertaining comments on mine (though your non-follower status demonstrates a serious lack of judgement :D), so I guess I'll stick with you. Just don't let me down (no pressure).

For me, it's just another race. I don't have any BQ aspirations (my blog would have to be BQ AND Die, and I'm just not that committed), but the qualification requirements definitely build excitement and interest. My plans for the summer? Get this marathon out of the way, work towards a new 5K PR, and mostly build my mountain biking skills bc I have two definite and one likely (assuming I can convince my husband it's a good idea) races involving mountain biking.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

My plan is to continue my mediocrity. It's worked this long...

Running Through Phoenix said...

Boston is NOT your potential. Hayden is! And that trick shot you do with the cue ball and the tennis ball.

tahoegirl said...

I have no doubt you will be running Boston soon!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

That is fast Adam. Gotta drop a 1:27 half - that should be doable. Good plan brotha, will be fun to follow you this summer. I signed up for my first stand alone marathon for March '12 - Might try a BQ run myself?

Got IMTX in 32 days, after that it will be the summer of getting fat - that should be fun to follow too!

Laurie said...

According to McMillan (based on my 10k, 10m and 13.1 times) I should be able to run a marathon 15 minutes faster than my PR. So the two possibilities are that I suck at running marathons or the calculator is wrong.I am going with the later because that makes me feel like less of a loser.

The Turtle said...

My goal for the summer is to run hard in the Texas heat so I will be well conditioned for the weather on any given race day.

I truly hope you get that ugly jacket next year.

Blaine said...

I came to that same conclusion the other day too...more miles. If that doesn't work then I'm hitting up my step-son's father who works for Jet Blue who mentioned the other day off the cuff that he could get free entries into the Boston Marathon because of the sponsor level.

Forward Foot Strides said...

You'll get it!

MikeMilzz said...

I'm right there with you and being from the Boston area I feel a little extra pressure. One of my issues is, how the heck am I supposed to train in Phx during the Summer? Still working on next race plans and TeamInTraining event. Doing Chang's in Jan which is a good BQ race, but right now I'll need to add about 15yrs to hit the time requirement so not sure that's going to happen.

danny said...

You live in Arizona! You just missed the best time of the year to pick up the volume/pace. What do you think Ryan Hall is doing in Flagstaff? Training for a winter marathon?

C2Iowa said...

You will absolutely succeed at this. Me however, I fall into a similar cat. with McMillan...

Plans for the summer? This year is a wash due to surgery. Plan on mtg this wicked fast runner in June. He is from out west - you may know him??? haha

Peace and Godspeed to you on you BAA quest.

Jamoosh said...

There's a sale at Neiman Marcus?

Summer plans? I would love to tell you, but that is a post wiating to happen. I'll give you a hint, I am going to add something to my training regimen that I have not read about anywhere. That's right, Jamoosh = cutting edge!

The Banter said...

Quality over quantity. Hit your medium runs strongly and your long runs steadily and the pace will take care of itself. Either that or give the animal sacrifice a try.

http://tri-banter.blogspot.com/

Jill said...

Hum....is that what someone told you a couple months ago? :)

Luke said...

I feel the same way you do about Bost, but I am not ready to go all in yet. I have already had two marathon fails, and that just fuels the fire more.

ShutUpandRun said...

For some reason I just KNOW you can reach that goal. No doubt in my mind.

Penny said...

I plan on doing the Dam to Dam it is a 20k in june.

Would love to do my 2nd marathon in Oct the IMT Des Moines Marathon.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I have no race plans yet this summer. Every time I think about it, all I think about is that it is too damn hot and humid.

Adrienne said...

I have no doubt you can reach that goal although I think we have different thoughts of how to. 65+ miles per week is a lot of mileage. I would recommend a coach even if only to help you lay out a plan. I know an excellent in the Phoenix area if your interested. He has a running club too that is by you.

I found myself feeling the same jealousy watching my phone updates of all the runners except the question I was asking was.

Is there anything I could do short of an act of God to allow me to qualify for Boston. Right now I'm thinking not likely! (Insert deep sigh here)

Ace said...

What are you doing sitting around reading inane comments? You are supposed to be out running 15 mile tempo runs, GET GOING!

pwn this Boston noob!

Dash said...

Nice. I like it.

BrianFlash said...

I am extremely happy that I have no obsession with Boston. Because I will likely never be able to come anywhere close to qualifying to run.

So give me the races where I can get in (even if by lottery) and I'll be happy. Plus, the Boston course doesn't qualify for a world record so if I did set a PR it wouldn't count so why bother going to the race?

Anonymous said...

Lurker here... but longtime reader. Just want to point out that you should not let McMillan tell you what you can or cannot do. I myself have never cracked 19 minutes in a 5k, and yet my half marathon PR is about 1:24 and my marathon PR is 3:02:30.

For me, getting the BQ was all I really wanted. I'm from the Boston area so I'd love to run it one day so my extended family could actually see me race, but I have no specific plans to do so this year. My new goal is automatic entry to NYC. It's even harder than a BQ!

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

You can do it! (In my best voice from Waterboy)

Summer running plans--oh, the Summer in Georgia sucks balls... HUMID.

JessiePants said...

You can so do it, you are a rock star!