Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Welcome to CRAZYTOWN

Hey runners! Thanks again for all the amazing feedback on the race reports!

Recovery has been going just fine . . . or well, maybe a little too good? While I KNOW I should have been running at recovery pace (10:44-11:14 according to the McMillan Calculator) over the last couple weeks, it hasn't quite happened. For some silly reason, my legs are actually UNABLE to run at recovery pace--like it's physically impossible. The first run I attempted was last Thursday. I covered 4 miles at a 10:03 pace. Slow-ish, but not quite as slow as "recovery pace" obviously. Then, on Sunday, I attempted a quasi-long run of 7 miles. I ended up running this at a 9:24 pace. Oops. THEN, yesterday, I ran 3.64 miles at a 9:02 pace. WTF?! Apparently running the Chicago Marathon was not only awesome, but it made me magically faster too. Or perhaps it's all of the resistance training I've been doing over the past month? Whatever the case, I think it's safe to say that I am recovering quite nicely! I'm planning to run 6 tomorrow and 10-12 this weekend . . . so I guess we'll just have to see what happens.

Then? Guess who starts Goofy training on Monday? THIS GIRL! I am kind of excited-slash-terrified. I guess I'm just a little nervous about how to approach the training considering I already work out like a crazy person 5 days a week at school. I think I'm going to end up running back-to-back long runs on Fridays and Saturdays so that I can have my Sundays off as a rest day. I mean, call me crazy, but I just don't think I can survive the next 12 weeks without a single day off (which would be the case were I to run the long runs on Sat/Sun). At any rate, I'm excited to see how this crazy little idea pans out . . .

Speaking of crazy, I've been contemplating adding ANOTHER marathon in (on top of Chicago and Goofy) at some point in the next 3 months. Basically, I am dying to be one of the cool kids . . . I want to qualify for the Marathon Maniacs! The way I see it, if I'm already doing something crazy, why not run for mayor of Crazytown? Soooo. Originally I was sold on the idea of the X-Country Marathon in Tampa on November 22. I was picturing myself frolicking with bambi and thumper and all kinds of friendly, furry animals. But then I got nosy and found the TWO race reports that exist for this marathon on the interwebs. And one of them mentioned that the dude ALMOST STEPPED ON A SNAKE. Game over. I spent the next four hours obsessively googling in an attempt to figure out what kind of wildlife I could expect to encounter. It appears that there are many animals that could maul and/or maim me in the Tampa area including alligators, bobcats and various snakes. Um, no thank you. It's a wrap. Turns out I DON'T actually like nature all that much.

On to plan B. Now, I should mention my original inspiration for this silly plan was the discovery that one of the criteria for qualifying for maniacs is 3 marathons in 90 days. It just so happens that Chicago and Disney are spaced perfectly apart for me to accomplish just that should I throw another marathon in the middle somewhere. So my next idea was to run either the Atlanta Marathon or the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach, FL. Problem is . . . both of these marathons fall during Thanksgiving weekend, which totally goes against my belief that Thanksgiving is a time for being gluttonous and lazy. And for spending time with family, of course ;)

Finally, I decided to think outside of the box. What if I didn't run 3 marathons in 3 months . . . but instead ran 2 marathons in 3 weekends? I took a look at the race calendar and realized that the Clearwater Marathon just so happens to fall 2 weeks after Disney! Not only that, but it's two days after my graduation from NPTI . . . what better way to celebrate making it through my school program than by running a marathon and qualifying for the Marathon Maniacs! Right? Right?! Anyway, this is the plan as of right now. I, of course, reserve the right to change my mind as I have yet to officially commit myself via registration. I have to say, though, I'm liking this idea a lot. For starters, I think training for Goofy is enough craziness in and of itself. No need to throw another marathon in the mix when I've only got 12 weeks to train in the first place! By choosing to run Clearwater, I can basically slog my way through on my Goofy-butchered legs with my goal being simply to finish (I believe the cut-off is 6:30 hours--SURELY I can do that). And hey, I promise to take it NICE and easy for a while after I get through this next string of races.

So has anyone out there run Clearwater before? Any thoughts/advice/etc. to share?

Have I officially lost my mind? Comments welcome (I think)! :)


Marlene said...

So happy recovering is going well.

Did I know you were doing Goofy? SO AM I! Exciting. Not quite ready to kick off those back to backs yet. Eeek!

Good luck with the "Maniac" decision. ;)

Morgan said...

I can't believe how smooth recovery went for me either!

Ok so after reading your "crazy" post I've decided I don't know if we should run together... you might be a bad influence on me... ;)

Your nutters for sure with all that Maniac talk but something tells me you'll kick @ss and do it! Get it girl!

I'm down for the Nov 13th weekend run... just remind me! :)

Paige said...

Oooooh, it's so rare you actually encounter wildlife on trail runs...the most 'wild' it's gotten on alllll my trail runs is a porcupine during VT100. That's it! No bears, no snakes, no moose (not that I'm complaining), so don't let that be a deciding factor! Trails = heaven (and less injury) :) Congrats and welcome to Crazytown; ain't it great!?

Fair Weather Runner said...

well i think that sounds like a FUN plan! you can totally rock it. SWEET!! at least you will have nice warm training weather, take advantage of that.

also, i have to tell you that we went to Gino's too, but on monday night, and i don't know if it was 'east' or not. i can't remember, but it was super small. and VERYYYYYYY tasty. sausage, sauce, crust... oh my.

Running and living said...

glad recovery is going so well. i think i like the idea of doing the marathon after goofy. sounds like too much craziness right now, and too much working out. you need to stay healthy. whatever you do, have fun girl!

Anonymous said...

Well, I've obviously never run either of them :) ha, but I completely "get" your Maniac goal! I mean....why not...right? haha

Go for it!!! From my perspective (non-marathoner)...I think it might be easier on the bod if you did the 3rd somewhere between Chicago and Disney (legs might be just a "little" tired after 39.3!), but either way I think you'll make it work!

lindsay said...

woo hoo the goofy!! i loooovedddd it. the whole weekend is just AMAZINGGGGG.

i ran the atl marathon last thanksgiving. it is hilly! BUT, you definitely earn a couple pounds of turkey and dressing :) that was worth it to me. two thanksgiving dinners and a bajillion desserts. yum yum. anyway, i like the post-graduation idea too! whatever you choose, you'll do great!

DelDean said...

what's this? It's gonna fall to me to sound like the voice of reason?
As long as you are feeling good, keep going. Keep listening (just in case the bod starts to complain), and be ready to modify plan as needed. I had plantar fasciitis (spell?) last winter. It sucks when ur forced to stop running.

B.o.B. said...

You are Goofy. (hey you asked!) ;)

I only ran a race in Clearwater one time. But running on the beach was really nice.

Glad the legs are rested. You and Morgan are going to have a blast!!!

The Laminator said...

Geez...we're shooting for Maniac status now? Where does it end with you? I think the marathon PR is causing a chemical imbalance in your head...haha!

But yes, yes, I get it! I thought about 3 in 2 months too, with NYC, Philly, and then Hawaii, but I didn't want to press my luck so I bailed on Philly and changed it to a half...

You have to let me know what you decide and if it's manageable!

Oh, and have fun running with the all can light up the town with your post marathon glow =)

X-Country2 said...

I'd becoming a maniac just for the yellow singlet. :o) Go for it!!

NY Wolve said...

Recovery runs never manage to go so slow for me either...always find MacMillan just didn't work well for me.
Good luck with the plan!

Anonymous said...

You have lost your mind... in a completely sane way! Okay, to most people that wouldn't make any sense but I think it sounds awesome. I would love to do the Goofy Challenge someday and I think as long as you run smart and don't try to push to an extreme, you should be able to do the miles! I'll be cheering for you!