Thursday, April 29, 2010

What it's about

Only a couple more days until the Eugene marathon! I’m very excited. I’ll make this a quick post since I poured my heart out in the previous one and don’t have much left to say!

Quick recap of the week so far:

Monday: Power Vinyasa class – 90 minutes. Very challenging!

2.5 ish miles/23:00 or so
The universe kind of conspired against this run, but that was fine. To sum it up quickly: I was pretty sore from yoga the night before, Deana couldn’t make it over so I was going to be on my own, it was really pouring rain and I didn’t even feel like going out, I was messing with my computer and really wanted to get that taken care of, and when I finally did go out for a short run, there was a train coming through so I had to just circle around and just ran home. Whatevs! Got the computer fixed and that was the big win for the night.

7.0 miles/58:46/8:24 average pace
Muddy and cold run with Zach in Forest Park. It was great! We kept it pretty easy and chatted the whole time. Then we went over to Deana and Dana’s for a pasta dinner and they gave me a big bunch of lilacs and a nice good luck card. They are such wonderful friends.

I also did Skype yoga with my mom for the first time in a couple weeks! (webcam was one of the problems on the computer)

Today I am getting a pedicure, going to yoga, soaking in the hot tub, and watching hockey. Go sharks!

Tomorrow I am getting off work early, meeting Emily for a 5 mile run, going to yoga, and then packing my stuff and relaxing.

We leave Saturday morning!

They are claiming to have tracking on the Eugene Marathon website… I hope it works for anyone who is interested! My number is 834. I will update facebook after the race and will update the blog asap too.

So, a quick “Goals” section:

Time/pace: I think you all know the story here. I’d like to run a fast race. I think a PR is out of the question, and I don’t plan on going out at that pace. But I think a BQ time/pace is reasonable if everything goes well.

Strategy: I really want to go out at a conservative pace. I re-read through some old race reports and watched myself blow up after going out super fast (first half of the marathon at 8:04 pace? Seriously??) and I also watched myself control my pace and cruise to a BQ with a smile on my face. I want to have that smile on my face. I am prepared to push and to work for it, but I don’t want to be miserable. I want to run strong to the finish.

Goal: I want to run a smart race. I want to have fun! Let me rephrase that. I am going to run a smart race. I am going to have fun. I am going to be proud of myself no matter what the time on the clock says. Because I love running. I love running marathons! I am doing this because of the joy it brings me and for nothing else. I am doing this for me. And it’s going to be great.

Thank you all so much for your support!!


Lisa Eirene said...

GOOD LUCK!! I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures. :)

Cindy said...

have a great time in eugene and best of luck!

Alisa said...

I think the universe was against us all on Tuesday =).

Smart racing and pacing is key and you totally know how to do that!

Can't wait to see you smiling at the end.

Susan said...

Good luck and have fun!! I'll be tracking you so just imagine me screaming for you when you cross any checkpoints. :)

Cate said...

Good luck and have fun in Eugene - you'll do AMAZING I'm sure!

Marya said...

Good luck and have fun! Can't wait to see pictures of you smiling through the finish! :)

aron said...

you are soooo ready for this jen, now go out there and have a blast! cannot wait to hear all about it and will be thinking about you all sunday morning!

Sarah Woulfin said...

Have a great time racing Eugene! You'll do great & i love your mantra to finish strong w/ a smile.

Also- such a great idea to do skype yoga :)

Amy said...

Good luck Jen (not that you need it)!

Ewen said...

Love your attitude Jen. Conservative start and work for it in the last 10k sounds perfect. All the best for a smart, fun race.

kristen said...

I know you wont get this in time, but I'm still putting it out there. Good Luck girl! Have a great race and BQ time.