So. Here it is.
Countdown week until the Maine Coast Marathon on Sunday.
Hard to believe it's this weekend already. Time flies when it's winter for SIX STRAIGHT MONTHS. hashtag not.
Anyhoo--run down for the month of April.
128.12 Miles logged for April. The majority of those being outside and virtually none on the treadmill. Thank you sweet baby Jesus.
I've managed to log over 100 miles/month every month this year so far. Turns out long runs of 15-20 miles weekly will jump up your average quite a bit. huh.
Average pace for the majority of those runs has been in the 9:00-9:30 range, with the exception of the two 20 milers in which the wheels fell off the bus (so to speak) and the average of the last few miles dropped considerably to 10:30-11:00. not gonna BQ with a pace like that....
I will asterisk that by adding that both of those 20 milers were done in Boothbay Harbor and all its horrendous hills. Hills that blacken toes and chew up quads and blister feet and suck the will to live right out of you. So I would counter that even though the pace was slower, the effort given was similar to a flat 20 miler at a 9:00 pace. At least that is what I keep telling myself.
So here is what I'm hoping to accomplish this Sunday as far as finishing times:
A Race--the all things rainbows and unicorns race, the buy a lottery ticket cause this shit ain't ever gonna happen again race:
3:55 or below. Preferably, 3:53 if I'm anywhere close to this number so there won't be a chance of BQing and then not making the lottery. Cause that would totally suck balls.
Chances of this happening--.001%
B Race--this race that would be a really excellent first marathon for me and the one I should be super-duper proud of but won't be because it's kinda close to BQing but not really.
Chances of this happening--50%
C Race--the race that will most likely happen because _________________ (insert whatever variable here that can fuck you up on race day: rain, heat, wall hitting, barfing, cramping, not enough water, too much water, not enough fuel, too much fuel, chaffing, blisters, sun, whatever, You get the picture.)
4:25 and longer
Chances of this happening--50%
So there you have it. Now that I've said this I'll probably shit the bed and finish in 5 hours and I'll have to never blog again because I'll be so embarrassed about it.
And now begins the process of checking the weather every single second of every single day. Right now it's showing thunderstorms. Fan-freaking-tastic. And other than weather checking, this is what is on the agenda for this week:
Monday--rest. hmm maybe a 3 miler. We will see. work.
Tuesday--7 miles, work.
Wednesday--5 miles, work and daughter's lax game
Thursday--work, no running.
Friday--5 miler, work, packet pickup and expo
7:00 am--4 miles
9:00 am--son's baseball game
12:00 pm--daughter's hair appointment
2:00 pm--host 15+ people at my house for a pre-prom party with food and drinks while the girls get ready for prom. Stab forks into my eyes.
5:00 pm--if no rain, go to the waterfront for prom pictures. Cry.
6:00-11:00 pm--go home and wander aimlessly around the house trying to prepare for a marathon the next day all the while wondering how prom is going and if she's having fun and blah blah blah.
11:00 pm--daughter gets home and then I can try to go to sleep.
4:45 am--wake up
5:15 leave for MARATHON!!!!!
7:30 race begins
11:23 finish race and BQ baby! yah right.
Feel free to stalk me if you so desire. My bib number is 1395. If you download the Race Joy app, I believe you can follow me there.
See you on the other side!