Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Boston, Fueling, and Humidity


Registration for the Boston Marathon started on Monday.  Sort of.  It started for people who beat their qualifying time by 20 minutes or more.  I beat mine by 59 seconds.  That means I curse those who ran faster and hope they trip on a curb have to wait a full week before I can sign up.....as long as there are spots available by then. The Boston Marathon has made it very clear that if the race fills up before we get through all of the various waves (people who beat their time by 10 minutes who I call bastards half as often as the 20 minute people sign up on Wednesday) then the later waves will not occur.  As you can imagine, I’m puckered like I just gave birth to a lemon with anticipation on if I will get in or not.

Did you notice how I completely side stepped the fact that 25 year old females have to run a slower time than 54 year old males to qualify?  That’s basically Mary Kate & Ashley Olson vs George Cloony or Sean Penn. Hmmmm.  But, like I always say.... Boston’s race, Boston’s rules, my obsession.  Have your fingers crossed (or body orifice puckered) for me on the 17th.

No cocaine here at ALL
(but seriously, they DO look like some of the Russian female marathoners)


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On Sunday, I went out for a 16 mile, 2 hour run.  It was actually a fairly cool day by Arizona standards so I had high hopes for a successful run.  That is, until I duck walked a quarter mile in the middle on the way to the bathroom at the McDonalds.  Have I mentioned how I really really love that McDonalds?

So, I’m a smart runner, I promise I am. I coach lots of people and tell them the dos and don’ts of pre run fueling.  And yet, there I was, recalling back to the 3 beers and 3 pieces of pizza I had the night before.  “Carbs” I told myself – this won’t be THAT bad. But, that morning “mass ejection” my body was telling me.  I have a pretty sensitive stomach, (obviously) and I don’t do well with the fatty foods before a long run.  Lesson learned.  (for the 12th time)

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It’s raining in Phoenix.  It never rains in Phoenix.  I piss and moan (a lot) about running in the heat here, but I seriously don’t know how you people run in the humidity.  I sweat a LOT with 10% humidity, to say that I look like a wet dog in 80% would be like saying running after 3 beers and 3 pieces of pizza “cleaned me out a little bit”.

22 comments:

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Humidity is a bitch. It makes you think that through marathon training all summer long you are simply getting slower. You question how exactly that is possible but then fall hits and you realize that you really aren't as slow as you thought.

Jen said...

OK - I am putting out "get into Boston" vibes like nobody's business for you. I can't believe you can actually run your g-damn qualifying time and still have to sweat it out… That's some BS Andy.

Micky D's. yum / gross / yum… I can't eat it anymore for a million reasons but I definitely get all schizophrenic when it comes to fast-food. It's disgusting yet… anyway.

Yeah. Humidity sucks. Welcome to Jersey. (tho not today - today was actually a glorious 73 no humidity.)

Nobel4Lit said...

I ran Boston... as in, I ran IN Boston, on a work trip. That's about as close as I can get. And even if I'm in that 25+ age bracket for females, it still hasn't happened. Hope you get your spot so at least one of us can enjoy the glory!

Kate said...

Humidity does suck. But we need something to smugly think when you're mentioning your hideous temperatures. :)

Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles said...

I just moved to Phoenix from NC and I have to say that the humidity is definitely NOT bothering me, but the air quality has. It took some time to adjust to the pollution here in the valley.

The Kidless Kronicles

Becka said...

I will neverbe fast enough so I'll live vicariously through everyone else. Good luck!!

Nelly said...

Seems like Boston should simply use age graded times for every age with 5 year age brackets of times. Then just adjust those approximate times to include the exact approximate number of finishers that they want in their race. But like you say, it is Boston's race, so they can set whatever they want to.

And you better be able to run the race, since you are in the most competitive age bracket of all.

And this is probably blasphemy to readers on here, but seems like they still need to tighten up the women's 18-34 time further. And leave the mens 18-34 time alone.

pensive pumpkin said...

The only comment I am qualified to make on Boston is "Wow! You qualified for Boston! I qualified for a BBQ eating contest with SuperKate! And I lost!"

But I am soooooo bad at run fueling that I've taken to doing unfueled runs almost exclusively. Yeah. We'll see how that works out.

Char said...

I win - I did a 14k run and had to pitstop FOUR times. No pizza. No beer. No real explanation. But I'm very grateful for conveniently located public toilets.

Pam said...

Man, I SOOOOO HOPE you get into Boston!!!

Running Moose said...

Best of luck, Adam. I hope you get in!
As for humidity? I'm from PA and we get quite a bit of it in the summer. I do usually run at night just because it's cooler then during the summer. A couple years ago, I just kept running at night all year around, except for weekends and if by chance I could get out during the day, but most of the time would wait until night anyway. I live by a lot of farms (and skunks) and get to see gorgeous sunsets over farm fields and amazingly bright night skies (but don't turn off your lamp, your running buddy may step on a dead skunk...).

Gracie said...

Good luck with Boston! I really hope you get in!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed (ok, doubly crossed) for you!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i bet they start locking that bathroom on saturday mornings

Greg said...

Humidity is just a soul crushing bitch and I hate every single day of summer in NC! However, what I love is that McDonald's Pick! Way beyond Awesome!

lizforaday.com said...

I will definitely only be able to see Boston through your eyes. Good luck. I truly wish you lots of luck. :)

Chris@OOMFrunning said...

I would kill for 10% humidity. That doesn't exist in Houston. You take a 3 block walk for lunch and your hot and sticky for the rest of the day. Good luck on Boston - I think you might make it, registrations are down this year from last.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Will crossing my fingers and toes help you get into Boston? I'm trying it but have to uncross the toes come Sunday. Sorry, gotta run then!

Stephanie K. said...

Bummer on the Boston wait, but I heard you can sign up and run for a charity! Just gotta find one and raise the $$$$.

Humidity - high in Ohio. You just deal I guess!!!!! :)

Jeff Irvin said...

We are in the same boat buddy!However, it is looking pretty good that we will be able to get in!

LifeisaRun said...

Kind of feel like your obsessed with that McDonald's! :) Hope you get into Boston!!!!

Shannon @I Survived and Now I Run said...

Sending you good vibes for Boston buddy! You had me laughing at the puckered line...and the wet dog...humidity...can't really commiserate with ya on that one...here in Oregon we don't get much humidity...just once in a great while..we have dry heat..but I love it! Blessings