Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Tune, vol 79 - I've Got The Runs!

I wanna talk about running.  Wanna talk about running?  I could talk about running for endless amounts of time, on many occasions.  In most social circles, however, I try to refrain myself.  Like, who wants to hear me yak-it-up over the practice of one-foot-in-front-of-the-other?

Today... I cannot refrain from the talk of running.  You might even say that I've Got The Runs!  And I can't control myself!

First up, what about the 115th Boston Marathon?  Did you catch that action?  If you didn't here's a summation:  Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever with a 2:03:02.  This is not just the fastest Boston marathon, it's the fastest marathon, like ever recorded.  So, you'd think this is the new world record, right?  Wrong!  There was a tail wind of 15 mph, and the course has been determined "un-world-record-able," so, sorry Geoffrey, no world record for you.

This year's Boston brought forth all sorts of noteworthy happenings.  For example, the number two guy, a feller by the name of Moses Mosup (also Kenyan) ran a 2:03:06.  Our USA darling Ryan Hall placed fourth with a 2:04:58.  This 2:04:58 is a PR for Mr. Hall, and interestingly enough, that time shattered the previous Boston Marathon course record.  Good on you Hall!  But can you imagine?  Taking fourth with a freaking 2:04:58?  Good grief.

Also, another USA darling by the name of Desiree Davilla missed winning by just two seconds!  Caroline Kilel (Kenya, again) ran a 2:22:36 while Desiree ran a 2:22:38 (check out my wicked math skills!)  Here's one of those picture's-worth-a-thousand-words moments:


As usual, I had some friends running the BM.  Tebbie and my little brother (who's not really my little brother, but I sure wish he was!)  Here's a photo that I stole from Tebbie's facebook:

Isn't she cute! Fast too!


Here's one of the little brother at this finish.  I stole these two photos from his facebook too.

Now that the big BM has been covered, let's move on to The Spring Runoff, which is also called The Ogden Marathon.  This grand race is Saturday, next, and the Rabid is registered and running.  Registered and running!  (I'm super excited, can you tell?)

My Ogden training has gone well.  I've tweaked a few things and I'm ridiculously excited about the results.  For example, I switched my hill run (usually Suncrest) to Wednesdays.  You'd think moving a hill run to another day is a silly little adjustment, but it's not.  No-sir-ee.  Before, I was running hills on Thursday.  This gave only Friday to rest up for the long run on Saturday.  Now, with the hill run being on Wednesday, I had TWO WHOLE DAYS to rest for the Saturday long run.  I found this little course-correction made my Saturday long runs stronger.  Marathoning is all about the long run, folks.  Don't let anyone tell you different... or at least you can let whoever ramble on about whatever being more important than the long run, but inside your sweet little heart, know that it's all about the long run.

In addition to the change in my hill routine, I changed my speed routine too.  In years past, I've tried to follow (the best I can) the speed workouts from Advanced Marathoning.  Trouble is, the workouts can be a bit complicated.  And overwelming.  And weren't necessarily making me faster.  They were helping with endurance, but not speed.  I decided to simplify my speed workouts and do one three to four mile tempo each week, on a treadmill.  Honestly, the dreadmill isn't so bad.  You set the speed, and you stay there.  You cannot cheat, you cannot slow down – else you'll just fall off.  For six consecutive weeks, I set the speed for my three-mile tempo and kept it there.  Each week I upped the speed a notch and was able to stretch my aerobic threshold a bit, just liked you'd stretch a rubber band.

I've found that dreadmill training has many bonuses.  First, it's warm.  As in, not freezing and you don't have to worry about yanking those cold 'n tight hamstrings in the process.  Another bonus?  You don't have to think.  This is a critical element during the tax season.  I do a log of thinking and problem solving with my job.  When I run, I want to just turn it off.  Speedwork on a treadmill facilitates this nicely.

While we're on the topic of nice facilitations, did you know that you can judge a running shoe by its color?  


It's true.  I bought the orange Saucony Kinvara based solely on the color, and wouldn't you know that it's so awesome I had to buy another.  'Cept in turquoise.


This summer, I decided to shake up the half marathon ritual.  Normally, I do the Hobble Creek Half.  This Hobble Creek half is a great race.  However, it never starts on time.  Never.  In the 10 or so times I've run it, it has never started on time.  It's not fun to wake up at 4:00, drive to get on a bus, then sit at the top of a frigid canyon.  Freezing for hours.  Not to mention, when you run a race, you add fuel to the gut based on the time the race starts.  If the start time is unknown, the fueling situation is chaos.

So this year, I've decided to do two half marathons that end just 400 meters from my house!  Isn't that cool?  Like, I'm going to wake up, and walk 400 meters to catch the bus.  Like, two different times!  I'm running the American Fork Canyon Half on June 25, and the Timpanogos Half on July 30.  It looks like the routes for both will be the same.  It'll be a gas!  Times two!

I'm also thinking about the Prestige Half.  Well.  I'm not thinking about it, I'm going to run it if my friend Tina runs it.  This "Prestige" race is a weird one because you must "qualify" to run it.  Which, if you ask me, is kind of strange – this year's race will be it's first one ever.  Shouldn't one (or a race) be required to earn their prestige?  Just sayin'.  (Can you say, pretentious prestige?)

Finally, I'm pleased to report that I made it into the St George Marathon.  I had to do the lottery this year, so it was truly a matter of chance.  Holy smokes that was drama.  I cannot believe how stupidly emotional I get over this race.  I live in a state called Utah.  When I pulled up the results for the lottery, I typed my name, city and state.  I typed Rabid from "Utah."  When the web site searched for Rabid from "Utah" it did not find me.  I was ever sa' despondent!  Even a bit angry.  Jumped in the shower with complaining thoughts of: Why doesn't St George have a qualifying standard?!  They should have a qualifying standard!  Every race who's any race has a qualifying standard!  Then I got ticked at people who put their names in the pot, knowing full-well that they might drop out, or even worse NOT TRAIN!

Something happened in the shower, however.  A light bulb or something went out, and I thought, What if I use "UT" instead of "Utah"?  Will it find me then?  I ran over to the web site and searched for Rabid from "UT."  Guess what?  IT FOUND ME!

Now I've got the runs for sure.

(Check back later... will add links to the tunes as time permits.)

Run - Collective Soul
Steady, As She Goes - The Raconteurs
Ready to Run - Dixie Chicks
Hit And Run Holiday - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Run Back to Your Side - Eric Clapton
Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
Fox On the Run - 1RKO FirstRoundKnockOut
On The Run - Pink Floyd
Green: Run / Smiles / Step Into The Breeze / Symphony Space - Spiritualized
Always On The Run - Lenny Kravitz
Run For Our Lives - The Morning After Girls
Runnin' Wild - Airbourne
Running On Faith - Eric Clapton
Time Is Running Out - Muse
Runaway Lover - Madonna
Run Honey Run - Morcheeba Feat. Bradley
Runaround - Van Halen
You Better Run - Junior Kimbrough
Sex And ReRUNs (Album) - Matt Duke
Runnin Down A Dream - Tom Petty
Running To Stand Still - U2
Runaway  - Linkin Park
Running On A Treadmill - Oingo Boingo
SupeRUNknown - Soundgarden
Where You Gonna Run - Peter Tosh
Run Eyed Blues - Ben Harper
Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon
Easier To Run - Linkin Park
Run To You - Bryan Adams
Dogs On The Run - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Runnin' Shoes - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Free To Run - Gomez
Fox On The Run - Sweet
Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden
Running Out Of Turbo - The Sounds
Running Wild - Roxy Music
Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd
All The Roadrunning - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Hardin Wouldn't Run - Johnny Cash
Run On - Moby
No One To Run With - The Allman Brothers Band
Run Through The Jungle - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Running Free - Iron Maiden
When The Road Runs Out - Blonde Redhead + Devastations
I'm Not Running Anymore - John Mellencamp
Run, Run, Run (Stereo) - The Velvet Underground & Nico


Lynnie said...

This post just got me so excited! I will implement your genius training strategies when I can have the runs again (June 20th to be exact). Love these Tuesday Tunes too! Good luck on all of your races, I can't wait for the reports!

keri and taylor said...

I loved reading your post!!!! So I'm assuming you are doing Ogden? I'll be there too! I haven't run much since the Salt Lake marathon and I'm not running under my own name so I'm not going to be up there with you at all but I'll be there! Hope to see you at the top! Best of luck!

keri and taylor said...

I loved reading your post!!!! So I'm assuming you are doing Ogden? I'll be there too! I haven't run much since the Salt Lake marathon and I'm not running under my own name so I'm not going to be up there with you at all but I'll be there! Hope to see you at the top! Best of luck!

Tia said...

I'm pretty sure that Tina will be registering for that Prestige Half Marathon thing -- how could she resist such a prestigious event? I'll go halves on the registration with her and help her get her butt in gear, too.

Oh, and I hope our paths cross at Saturday's race. I will be there with a team for the relay and then waiting at the finish line for fast friends like YOU. :)

lifein360 said...

That running friend of yours has crazy legs. Wow. Even I am jealous. Your post, as a non runner makes me want to jump on the treadmill.

The petulant ninny said...

"The runs"
"a log of thinking"

Ya, message received

Ski Bike Junkie said...

What petulant ninny said.