Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sport Hook Giveaway, Fall Races, and Updated Paces!

I’ve had a pretty busy week at work so I haven’t had a chance to write a full post on a number of smaller items (read: haven’t filled out a thought fragment with blurbs of “that’s what she said” and poop jokes).  So, in true Adult Runner Attention Deficit Disorder (AR-ADD) form, here are a few....I love coffee. I love how it warms my insides........ Wait, what were we talking about?

Sport Hooks Giveaway/Contest:
Recently, I’ve been talking with a friend who is helping out with Sport Hooks. You know, the company that makes the wall hangers to hang your race bling on?  Long story short, right now there is a Facebook contest going where the winner gets a FREE sport hook.  All you have to do is submit a picture here (just post it to the wall) of how you store/display your race medals and get people to “like” it. (You have to like Sport Hooks first to vote)  The person with the most likes will win a free Sport Hook.  SIMPLE!  Entries are due by the 22nd and the winner will be annced on the 28th.  Next week I’ll pick out my favs and do a post on them – if you have a blog let me know and I'll link you up, pull some embarrassing pictures of you, and make jokes so we can all laugh WITH you.

If I were going to submit one, here is what I would submit.  I usually hang them on Michael Phelps body with my head attached.
How else would you display your race medals?

Actually, I hang a lot of them on my own Sport Hook!! (All of my Rock and Roll medals below)

Fall Races:
Remember when I posted about 2012 being the year of the marathon lottery and then subsequently gave the middle finger to the NYC Marathon?  Well, the St George marathon didn’t let me down. I’m in!!  So, I now have a primary race for which to base my fall race schedule around.  I’m a planner by nature so I love when I know when everything is supposed to happen.  To say that it was bothering me that I didn’t know if I was going to run the race would be like saying that the reality show Toddlers and Tiaras is “sort of creepy”. HUGE understatement.  So now, I’m formulating my race schedule!  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Other than St. George, I’m actually hoping on running a handful of Rock and Roll half marathons.  I need to see which dates fit into my schedule, but I’d love to see how I do in Denver and might consider a California or east coast race as well!  Who is doing some of the rock and roll races?? I’d love to meet up if you are!!

Where there are PRs, there are pace increases:
I always hesitate to list out paces in great detail on this blog because I recognize that it is slightly boastful, it is hard to make poop jokes about numbers, and frankly numbers are about as fun to read about as...a book about numbers (See?? Numbers and jokes don’t mix).  Of course, I keep VERY close track of them and log my miles in no fewer than 4 places. So, while I don't mention them, I'm paying very close attention.

So, as SHOULD be the case with any major PR race, after my marathon PR, my training paces got faster. Essentially, I sped up everything by 15 seconds per mile. Why 15 seconds? Because 30 would make me shat myself?  15 seconds isn’t a ton of time, but JUST enough to get me to the next level.  So, right now I’m targeting the following:

  • Long run: 7:25-30
  • Marathon: 6:52 (3:00 marathon pace)
  • Tempo / Half Marathon: 6:30 (Current PR is 6:49 pace, I think I should probably move this down to 6:20 but it scares me)
  • 400s/800s: 5:30 (which is what I am targeting as my 5K pace)

Basically just fast enough to taste barf in my mouth, but not fast enough to poop my pants. Yet.


Laura is Undeterrable said...

I run my best with the taste of puke in my mouth. It's just added motivation to finish so I can get to a bathroom.

Gracie said...

Yay for a fall race! I only have a January marathon lined up. I also might take it easier this year - I went overboard on marathons this season.

Those paces are FAST man!

Yo Momma Runs said...

If you don't poop (or pee if you're a mom) your pants, you didn't try hard enough.

I'm running Savannah RNR and Rocket City (Huntsville, AL). You should come to AL. We have lots of four wheeling, chicken fights, and couches as front porch furniture. Who wouldn't want to come here?

Running Through Phoenix said...

Got any interest in Lost Dutchman full?

SupermomE12 said...

Everyone out here loves St. George! The course is great and can be fast. Just pray for cool temps. Those paces are awesome. You are rocking! :)

Scallywag said...

I hope you know how much that picture deeply upset me. Sports Illustrated is ruined forevermore...

Nah, more seriously you rock dude, great times and pace times on your most recent runs (I may or may not be a dailymile silent stalker) and youll definitely get your St george PB. Good luck!

Scallywag x

Meredith said...

I think you're in my head, man. :) I just did a post about paces and how they'll affect my training etc.

Love the picture. Crack me up!

Meghan said...

Its all fun and games until someone sharts their shorts.

Chicken said...

When I first saw that Sports Illustrated cover I thought, "Adams body and Michael Phelps head...interesting"

I'm doing RnR San Diego, Denver and Vegas so far...possibly LA too. Maybe one day I'll run into you and you'll be just as boring as your blog!

Colin Hayes said...

I can only dream of running those paces. I'll just have to enjoy embarrassing bodily functions vicariously through you.

Katie said...

your photoshop skills are amazing.