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“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”

Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon Champion

Tonight I finally ran the entire workout. Well, did a 5:1 run for 25 minutes with 4×1 minute pickups. And the pace reflected the running and the picking up. My legs did cramp a little, but it wasn’t bad enough to make me stop.

I definitely felt the pace. I did briefly feel that I was going to throw up. I still have never puked because of running. But what doesn’t kill you make you puke only makes you stronger. Tonight’s total average pace was 13:22. More than one full minute faster than previous average paces. Average running pace was 12:44. I love my Garmin (rockin’ it old school with the 201) and all the little breakdowns it can do. I still don’t take advantage of all the features, but I’m learning.

“Hunker down, keep your eyes fixed ahead, and run like hell.”
Paul Spangler, runner who set 85 national age-group records

Yesterday I developed a killer headache after lunch. I felt slightly sick, so I came home to lay down for a bit before I went to my running class. I didn’t end up making it to my running class. Even after my nap I felt a little pukey. But I didn’t feel too bad because I knew I could go to another Run On store to make up my run. But I didn’t make it there either. I did, however go to the gym and complete my run on the dreadmill.

And I’m glad I went to the gym, because it’s been about a month since I’ve been there. And, they’ve reworked the group class schedule and have added two early-morning classes, 5:30-6:30 on Tuesday & Thursday. One is a strength training class and the other is a pilates/yoga class. Strength AND flexibility. Perfect. That is until it conflicts with marathon class training in June. But then I can switch back to the PM classes.

On Friday I submitted my guaranteed entry to NYC. I guess they make guaranteed entry commit earlier so they know how many lottery positions they can open. Anyone wanna join me? C’mon. It’ll be fun!


May 2007