Friday Free-For-All – 07/15/16

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Are any of you playing Pokemon Go? I am, and I’m a little ashamed of how into it I am. There was a time when I collected Pokemon cards and played the games on my Gameboy non-stop, but that time was quite a while ago. And yet, when I saw this new Pokemon game that I could play on my phone, it was like I was immediately 10 years old again, and I couldn’t wait to catch ’em all. I don’t feel¬†that bad about playing, because it actually requires you to get up off your butt and walk around, so it’s been great for my lunchtime walks… But still. I’m thirty years old and playing Pokemon.

Roller Coaster Race tomorrow! In case you missed my goals post yesterday, I’ll just reiterate here that while a 10k PR would be super sweet, I have ZERO expectations due to this shoddy training cycle. I’m mostly in it for the roller coasters and the water park at this point.

I’m working my longest Athleta shift so far on Sunday. 1pm – 7pm. I confess, I’m a little nervous. I haven’t worked a weekend shift yet, so I have no idea what to expect, and it’s been a loooong time since I worked a full day retail shift. I’m just trying to remind myself that this is supposed to be my fun job, and focus on the paycheck.

Do you have a favorite Pokemon? Which one(s)? I love Eevee ūüôā

Roller Coaster Race Goals

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Roller Coaster Race Lake George as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

When I first registered for this race way back when, I had big dreams of a nice 10k PR. My official 10k race PR is just over 1:06, though I’ve run faster than that during virtual races or training runs. The problem is, I didn’t run for three weeks due to my tailbone injury, and I haven’t run more than 5 miles in one go since marathon training.

At this point, all I can hope for is that I am able to finish the race without killing myself. Aside from the lack of training, I have to wake up at 3 am to drive the 2 hours to Lake George on Saturday morning because I can’t afford a hotel stay. I will most likely be exhausted and grumpy, so I can’t really see myself running a snappy 10k.

Still though, I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t lay out some official goals, even though some of them are pretty unlikely at this point. The A goal is my “Holy crap, everything is going perfectly and I can’t believe this is happening right now” goal. The B goal is my “I am super duper stoked about this” goal, and the C goal is my realistic, “unless something goes horribly wrong I can do this”¬†goal.

  • A Goal:¬†Sub-60 finish. I know I can do this. I’ve done it before, just not in a while.
  • B Goal:¬†PR, which is anything under 1:06. This isn’t totally out of the question, but it is nowhere near a given, considering my training lately.
  • C Goal: Finish healthy and uninjured. I’ve been through a lot lately with my running, and I’m just starting to get back to the point where it’s pain-free and enjoyable. I don’t want to throw it away chasing PR dreams.

What I end up doing¬†on race day will be a totally in-the-moment decision based on how I feel at the start line, and I will be constantly re-evaluating throughout the race to make sure that I achieve my most important¬†goal–finishing still able to run. And regardless of how the race goes, I’m very excited to spend some time in the park, riding roller coasters, and hitting some water slides in Splashwater Kingdom. One of my fellow BibRave Pros will be there, and I think a few of my friends have also registered, so I’m hoping to hook up with some people, otherwise I’ll be on my own all day.

Do you set goals for races even if training hasn’t been great?

 

So What Now?

You might have noticed that I’ve been taking this whole marathon DNF thing pretty hard. I honestly feel like I’m grieving. Like I’ve lost something that I can never get back. I’m still sorting through my feelings and trying to decide if another marathon is a) in the books at all, and b) if I want to do it sooner rather than later. It’s hard to figure out, and I’m taking¬†my time. Of course, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already looking at fall marathons (it’s part of the decision-making process), but NOTHING has been decided yet.

In the meantime, though, I’m trying to find something else to focus on, and THANK GOODNESS I’m already signed up for a 10k race in July.

Coaster Swag

On July 16, I’ll be running the Run or Ride 10k at the Great Escape theme park in Lake George, NY through my association with the BibRave Pro program. There are MANY reasons I’m excited for this race. Here are just a few reasons:

  1. The Great Escape is my favorite theme park
  2. My favorite rollercoaster, the Comet, is there
  3. I’m¬†thinking a 10k PR is a distinct possibility
  4. I get TWO medals–one for running, and another for riding rollercoasters

This week is week one of my 10k training plan, and I’m VERY excited to get back to speed work and running shorter, faster distances.

I also need to re-learn how to eat like a normal person, and not a person who is training for a marathon. For the last several months, I have literally been eating whatever I want, whenever I want, with very few restrictions. For a short while after my chat with Coach Suz, things were better, and then they weren’t. I sort of mentally threw my hands up in the air and said “Fuck it! I’m marathon training. I’ll deal with this shit later.” And now it’s later and it’s time to deal with this shit. Time to back away from the sweets and the booze, dial in portion sizes, and eat a lot more fruits and veggies. Thankfully, summer is pretty much here, so it’s a lot easier to access tasty, fresh produce.

I’ll still being going to hot yoga once a week, which I’m very excited about, and I’ll be trying to incorporate even just a tiny bit of strength training into my workouts, because I know I can only benefit from it. I’m also excited to get back to running with various running clubs again. The Terrible Turtles are all¬†WAY¬†faster than me, but they’re fun and welcoming, so I hope to join them at least once a week for a long run, and maybe a few trail races too, which would be totally new to me.

Do you like to ride rollercoasters?