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Going for Boston

October 11, 2009

Good morning!

It’s 4AM on Sunday morning and I am wide awake and ready to get this show on the road, the Long Beach marathon that is. I haven’t run a marathon since Los Angeles back in May, so I’m a little nervous. The part that I am the most nervous about is the fact that I will be running with the Clif Bar Pace Team with a goal of 3:40. That is the time I need to get in order to qualify for the Boston Marathon for 2010-11 (it is good for 1.5 years). What makes me more nervous is that I have never hit 3:40 before during any of my training runs or actual marathons. Aim high right? I have come pretty dang close at Surf City, but yet again, running a 3:40 is not an easy task, it averages about an 8:20 minute/mile. I do train with the lovely Leggers at a 8-8:30 pace every weekend, but since the season just started, we are only up to 12 miles so I’m kind of doing this marathon right at the beginning of the running season. Although, I have trained on my own, the most mileage I have done after the L.A. marathon was an 18 mile run 2 weeks ago. Hoping all my boxing, yoga, x-training, strength training will help push me through and finish strong. Also, this is really my last chance to qualify for 2010 as Long Beach is my last marathon for the year until the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge. There is no way I will be able to set a PR (personal record) at that marathon because I am doing the half marathon the previous day.

In other news, I finally completed the California Dreamin’ Racing Series!! I know, I am a sucker for memorabilias and medals. I collected my jacket yesterday at the expo and will get my finisher’s and racing series medal tomorrow after I’m done. The racing series consists of 3 races all along the coast of California throughout the year. It includes: Surf City Huntington Beach in February, San Francisco in July, and Long Beach in October. You can do a mix of half or full marathons within a 2 year span.

I started with the Surf City marathon last winter, then San Francisco Half this summer, and going to end with Long Beach marathon today. Brennan asked me a while ago why I am so obsessed with collecting medals, especially when I just put them all in a shoebox in my closet! Honestly, I think it’s a running thing. I just ran 13.1 or 26.2 miles, paid a good amount of money for it too, and have put my body through rigorous training for the past 6 months, dammit I deserve that medal. I’m hoping to get a special frame for the Racing Series and frame all the medals together. I have to admit, I’m a little peeved at the small key chain medal for completing the San Francisco half, thinking about doing the full next year just so I can get the big blingy medal. Yes, I sound crazy.

My strategy for this marathon today is just to keep pace with the group. I need them to help me slow down in the beginning half of the race because I always start off way too fast. I’ve been looking at my previous split times during my marathons and I would go out at under 8 minute/mile for a couple miles, then slow down to my actual goal pace, and then slow down even more towards the end. I rarely am able to achieve negative splits, which is where the last half of a run is slightly faster than the first. Hopefully the Clif Bar Pace Team will help push me through! I also have a pretty awesome running playlist to keep me going. Excited, caffeinated, and ready to set a PR today. It’s a good day for running

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever”-Lance Armstrong

Track me at the race! Just type in my bib number: 17836

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