Noticed this morning that my Corolla was right at 160,000 miles.
Some things that I’ve set up on my MBP:
- Terminal Settings
- Changed prompt
- Default is ‘h:W u$ ‘ [ Computer-Name: current-directory username$ ]
- Changed to ‘[w] ‘
- man bash, find “PROMPTING” for escape codes
- TextEdit – for simple text files, quick code tweaks
- XCode [default code editor] – for longer code edit sessions and code viewing
- macvim – for text file batch editing, power code substitution
Something about this morning’s race just wasn’t right. There were just other priorities going on this week, starting with the night of Thunder Over Louisville and every night up until last night, I had been up late with kids who had stomach bugs, or just going to bed late and waking up late.
Packet pickup for this race was an afterthought, and with all the changes, a nuisance. I told my wife last night that I really wasn’t excited about this race. This morning, I told my team member that if I hadn’t put money toward registration, I probably would have bailed on the race.
I never got the same symptoms that everyone else in the family got this week, but I did feel pretty lethargic, and every meal I ate produced mild nausea. Because of all of this, I may have not eaten enough for the days leading up to the race.
My goal time: 3:25. Unfortunately, I had erratic training, despite averaging about 50 miles per week over the last 12 weeks. Business trips and the Louisville Triple Crown of running worked against me this time.
It was nice and rainy prior to the race. Normally, I’d at least have a 20 ounce coffee before any race [for various reasons], but my stomach issues prevented me from taking more than a couple of sips.
I lined up behind the 3:30 marathon pace group. My plan was to track 3:30 through the hills of Iroquois Park and then push toward 3:25 as I made my way out of the park.
I took my first gel at mile 1. I was already feeling hunger pains, and was worried about running low on energy. Unfortunately, I’ve had those pains all this past week, probably associated with the kids’ stomach bug. That first gel hit my stomach like a ton of bricks. These are gels that I always use…
With the course change, the hills for Iroquois Park started a little past mile 1, instead of being after mile 4. While I prefer early hills, having them hit after only a mile of running is brutal. I kept my eyes on the 3:30 pace group until the first hill, and never saw them again.
I lost 90 seconds off the 3:30 marathon pace by mile 4, exiting the park. The downhill made me think that I had more legs than I had, but I quickly slowed down beyond 8’30” pace. I took a gel at mile 6, which went ok.
The trek through Churchill Downs’ tunnels took quite a bit out of me as well. I took a gel at mile 11, but then proceeded to sit down to let my stomach settle.
At this point, I could have followed the half-marathoners in, but decided to follow the marathon course. Incidentally, the construction signage giving instructions alternated between “<— MINI MARATHON” and “MAXI MARATHON –>”. The only “Maxi Marathon” I know of is the Maxi Marathon Killarney, which is 15 miles.
I managed to plug along at a decent pace [sub-9s] through the first half to cross the halfway point at about 1:55. While a 3:50 was not my original plan, the 1:55 halfway point gave me a solid shot at staying under 4 hours.
Here’s where the major course change really hit me. I was having mild stomach issues again after the first big hill of the Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park at mile 15-16. On the old course, this would have been mile 17, and would have exited the park at that point. The new course completed the Scenic Loop with “Dog Hill”, which is a long, switchback hill which wears on you both physically and mentally. I walked it. As long as I walked, my stomach was ok. If I ran, I started getting intestinal and stomach discomfort, which limited my ability to push through any fatigue.
From that point on, I could no longer bargain with myself to finish. At mile 17, I was finished for the day, and was focusing on where to go to be picked up.
Life After DNF
I was upset with myself at the time, but there was nothing to be gained for me to stick it out for another 4:30+ marathon. If I stopped, I could continue training without an extended recovery period. Throughout the day, I still had thoughts of at least running the remaining distance on the treadmill tonight. However, I’ve noticed that my stomach is still not in the mood for any abuse, and my joints could use a day off.
What’s next? I think this week becomes a “cut-back” week for me, and I continue base-building beginning with 50-ish miles per week.
Some things I need to focus on from now until October 10 [my next marathon]:
- One hard workout per week [tempo or interval].
- Build my tempo runs to at least 7 miles.
- I need 60% of my mileage at 1:45 slower than my 5k time.
- Leftover mileage needs to be at 2:30-3:30 slower than my 5k time.
- Race shorter distances on more tired legs.
- WiFi is VERY tempermental. [TUAW post on it]
- Typing is almost as fast as a physical keyboard
- Really would have liked leaving the protective wrap on it. Touch was very responsive with it on. Speakers were covered, though.
- The internal speaker is pretty weak.
- Running iPhone apps on the iPad is often worse than running Win 3.1 applications on more recent versions of Windows.
- Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access works very nicely.
- The USA TODAY free app is a nice quick view of the news.
- TWC MAX+ [The Weather Channel app]
- iBooks has a wonderful free selection of children’s books.
- Netflix app streaming is good, minus the whole weak speaker thing.
- Tweetdeck runs pretty slowly.
- Tweetdeck has search functionality on a per-column basis.
- The Amazon Kindle app is beautiful on the iPad
- GoToMeeting app makes excellent use of pinch-and-zoom and panning. It’s also to nice to have such a meeting session up on an external device and using separate computing resources. [Like having meeting TV].
- Epicurious app – I can really see the Epicurious app on the iPad being what all those internet connected kitchen devices were always meant to be.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed in a race where I actually hit a personal record. This race was only 40 seconds than my 10 mile PR 2 years ago.
In the meantime, my 10 km race time has went from 46:26 to 43:01 [3:25], and my 5k time has went from 21:54 to 20:36 [1:28].
I completely expected more, based on a treadmill workout of 20 miles with 15 miles at 7’30” pace, but that was over three months ago at this point.
I think I’ve just not been willing or able to put in the miles or the speedwork necessary to push my pace any further than it has gone.
Another factor: No sleep. 2 out of 3 nights I didn’t get more than 2 hours of sleep in any one stretch. You know you’re not in good racing condition when you’re ready to throw up before the race even starts.
The wind was a little bit of a challenge in this race, especially coming out of Iroquois Park, where the trash boxes were getting blown onto the race course, making the race a virtual steeplechase for some runners. I recall yelling “look out!” to some runners who were about to get blindsided or tripped up by those boxes.
The rain managed to hold off for me until I was just about to turn into the stadium for the finish–then it unleashed.
However, my minimum goal was to break 75 minutes, and I managed to beat that–even the clock time showed 1:14:59 as I crossed.
I’ll have to take it.
3 weeks until the marathon.
Time 1:14:40 (7’28” pace)
Half split: 37:19
Overall Place: 347 / 6925
Gender Place: 298 / 3213
Division (30-34 male) Place: 45 / 482
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