Running by celebs and an impromptu 5K

It felt good to get out for a run this morning, after sitting around, celebrating, and drinking American Beer and eating red/white/blue snacks all night.

This mornings run was my midweek ‘long-ish’ type of run. 60 minutes. I say ‘long-ish’ because 60 mins isn’t all that long right now, but as soon as marathon training ramps up, those minutes will keep creeping up and up, till I hit ~1:30hr mid week long runs.

I’m not entirely positive how I want to roll with my Boston marathon training plan. 2 speed work sesh’s a week or 3? 2 2o milers or 3? Two-a-days? Train by minutes or miles? I dunno quite yet.

But what I do know is this: I’m going into this training cycle with zeal. After taking a break from marathons for all of 2012, I’m ready to jump into this training and get serious about it. I’m ready to push, and I know I might struggle; I hope to see progress but surely there’ll be setbacks. I’m ready to face it all. My mind and legs are rested.

Anyhoo, on my run this morning, I swear I ran by Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan. I mean, it’s entirely possible. I do live in the running meca of the United States, and both girls have roots in Boulder. Plus, CU’s XC regionals is in 2 days up in Ft. Collins… maybe they’re cheering/speaking?. The second I saw them, they looked familier. A brunette and a blond; both wearing fancy running clothes; crazy fit. The runners looked just like these two…

Image source: http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/track-and-xc/post/_/id/3019/olympian-kara-goucher-shares-her-journey

They were running at me and they made me and my 8 min miles look like a slug. And dang, if it wasn’t those girls, well whoever they were, they were crushin’ it.

Some friends are running in a small, local 5K hosted at CU’s cross country course this weekend, and I made the impromptu decision to join them. So I’ll be racing a 5K on Saturday morning here in Boulder! Fun! I’m not feeling too fit these days, but it’ll still be a ton of fun and the money is going to a good cause.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. misszippy1 says:

    In Boulder, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was them! I’ll be interested to see how you go about Boston. Maybe just take it week by week and see what mood you are in–this is kind of my approach every time and I like it!

    1. EfoRunner says:

      That’s what I’m thinking. I’ve never been one to really follow a dead set training plan. More of a loose-rules/try to get in X amount of runs per week kinda thing. Boston 2013! Woop woop!

  2. Lisa says:

    Looking forward to following your Boston training, whatever it ends up looking like. This is my first Spring in several years where Boston is not on my calendar, so I plan on living vicariously through you!

  3. Holly says:

    I’ll stick my big nose in and say that 3 speed workouts a week is a LOT…except maybe for Shalane & Kara. ;-) But enjoy…I can’t do anything without a really solid plan in place…that I’ll adapt if necessary, but I need a full-on plan before a start. I’m seriously Type A. :)Good luck – have fun – excited to see how your training evolves! :)

  4. hey lady! i know i’ve only “successfully” trained for one marathon. cou*LOVEYOUPORTLAND*gh. colorado was sheer luck. but i’m with holly and think that three speed workouts is a lot. excited to follow your training! best of luck to you this wknd! :) :)

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