Monday, December 26, 2011

3 Weeks to RnR Arizona! (And 5 weeks to FYTO5K!)

I'm sure that some of you are wondering..  "What the hell does FYTO5K stand for?" It stands for the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K!  Which, of course, is the virtual race that I am hosting on January 28th.  I can't think of a better new years resolution than to resolute to run some crazy, likely not real, online guy's "virtual" race.

If you've never ran a virtual race before, here is what you do (and what you get!):

  • Goto the race page here and sign up by leaving a comment.  
  • Then, on the 28th, you either run a stand alone 5K or dedicate 3.1 miles of your "normal" run to the race.  
  • Once you have ran, all you have to do is comment back that you did it (a blog race report is nice too) and you're entered into a drawing for some sweet sweet prizes!
  • Since I'm a pretty flexible guy, you can do it before or slightly after, do it naked in the shower, using the Wii fit, whatever!  I'll always link back to race reports and will include pictures of people that post them!

You can check out previous race summaries here, here, or here.

By the way, if you want to include the picture at the right on your blog, feel free! You can save it and bring it to your favorite tattoo artist post it or save it using the link here!  http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zo0Op4W44X4/TrfhYuPvTJI/AAAAAAAAKb4/rRitBw_ptto/s1600/FYTO5K.jpg

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As I sit here, there are THREE weeks until the Rock and Roll Arizona FULL marathon.  As in, 26 miles.  Ugh.

My training has been.....going. Not good, but not bad. I have to admit that I probably was a bit aggressive on setting another PR goal marathon within just a few short months of my Savannah marathon.  I don't recover all that well after marathons and usually spend most of the week afterwards gimping around like an old lady after a day of K-Mart blue light special shopping.  (I need a hover-round)

During this training cycle I've found that I've skipped a mile here, a mile there which has lead me to believe that I'm not pushing as hard as I should have been.  The reality is that I'm averaging 60+ miles per week and last week I did 67.  So, all told I'm actually in really good shape.  I'm negative splitting all of my runs and my "normal" run pace has been reduced by about 20 seconds a mile.  Based on that, I should be in for a killer marathon PR!

It seems that I've essentially ran about 10 minutes behind a time or two a week which caused me to drop 2 miles or so that I had previously planned on doing.  I'm getting the runs in, just not as long as I should.  (Not that I have excuses - I swore those off long ago.)

So, what I am saying, is that my fitness is where it needs to be, but my noggin is a bit unconvinced.  So, in the 3 weeks that I have left, I'm going to keep plugging away at my fitness and am going to try to get it through my head that I AM faster.  If that doesn't work, I'm just going to try dulling my brain with booze.  Has always worked before!



10 comments:

Missy said...

I predict you are gonna kill the marathon. I can't wait to hear the race report.
I'm down to freeze some thorns off even though I'm racing the Desert Classic half marathon on the 27th.

Kate said...

I'm a little concerned about FYTO. No one has really stepped up as a photoshop victim, so I may have to actually run this one.

With your run volume, I'd think a mile or two here and there wouldn't make a huge difference, and you have to feel good about your pace getting faster. That's pretty awesome. Maybe delayed benefit from the killer training you were doing up to Savannah.

TriMOEngr said...

You and all the other crazy fast runners of the blogosphere never cease to amaze me with your speed and volume of miles. Best wishes as you finish these last weeks of prep for the 26.2.

I've done a virtual 5K the last two weekends and plan to do another next weekend. I'm stoked to add FYTO to my list. :)

MotherRunner said...

You are going to kick ass in this marathon... Channel the little Engine... I think I can, I think I can....

Chicken said...

I'll be doing the half in Phoenix, so I'll be sure to cheer you on and look for you at the finish since I'm sure you'll finish before me! FYTO is already penciled into my calendar!

Penny said...

A few miles here and there as fit as you are probably will not affect you that much doing this marathon. Look forward tothe FYTO.

Michael said...

I've seen your blog name forever and never stopped by...so hello, I'm new to your blog.

It sounds to me like you are totally ready for that marathon. My first one is just under two weeks ago, and my weekly mileage is WAY lower than that - around 35-45 miles per week and I feel ready (I think). Of course I am seriously the worlds slowest runner.

I think I'll sign up for FYTO5K. Thanks for hosting!

Jen said...

i have full confidence that you'll conquer your next 26.2… Signing up for the 5K now...

Mark said...

I say there's no way you aren't going to kill it with that many quality miles behind you. I smell some Boston baked beans in your future...

run50states said...

i'm so excited about this! I'm definetly taking pics of my first virtual race (and 1st "race" in 2012)! I plan on making bibs for my mom and I! Do you mind if I do small medals like the ones you made?