We arrived in Fargo at 11:30pm on Thursday, deciding to make the 4 hour drive two days before hand vs. on Friday. Great decision. The elite coordinator was SO nice about our arrival time. I called him to let him know how late it was going to be and he paused for a second (I'm sure thinking, "Oh.... 11:30???), but then said, "Oh, not a problem! I was going to be up anyway! Let me know if there's anything you need. Anything at all - you're our special guest!". Wow :). Red carpet treatment!!
Nate and I moved into our apartment room and promptly got to bed. I was wiped.
After sleeping in, we got out for our pre-race day run. He went a whole 13 minutes and I went about 3.5 miles. I've typically done about 10-15 minutes the day before, but am playing with my taper for this cycle. So far, I think it's been a little better for me - the legs felt a slight "push" today, not springy, but that "push" is almost more rare than springy-ness - but tomorrow will be the true test. Can't speak too soon!
We then ventured to the Expo. For a small expo, it was great! A lot of free samples and friendly vendors!
We were lucky enough to stop by the Swanson booth while Dick Beardsley was signing books. I was ACTUALLY just thinking how I needed to buy a copy of "Duel in the Sun" (the book that inspires me to hurt in a marathon), so I was pumped to be able to get a copy autographed. I was also able to spend a lot of time talking with him. There were a few questions I had that he had insightful answers for.
|Still looks like a marathoner, eh? :)|
So - I have yet to decide what I'm going to do tomorrow. I will still write 2:45 and 2:50 paces on my hands just so I can see where I'm at, but I think I might just run blind. Find a pack of guys and just
The second was how to break out of a rut. I've been stuck at 6:00 tempo pace for a while (although, last summer had a nice 4-6 week streak of 5:40-5:45 cruise interval workouts, so it can be done!). How do you propel yourself faster in workouts? Did he ever hit a sticking point with paces? He said he did, but that when he moved under Squires, he had him add 8-10x 100m stride-outs 3x per week. Not sprints, not all out, but just to get the legs firing quickly.
The other piece of advice was to take the 20+ mile runs hard. Fartleks, intervals, etc. Although I've done well with this in the last year, I can do better. Often when Jerry writes a 20+ mile workout with tempo and MP or other pace changes, I'll stop before and afterwards, sometimes for a while. The point is probably not to stop like that. Also, perhaps I can add in some shorter fartlek pace changes into the long runs? Will propose to Jerry, see what the genius thinks :)
Then, a great pasta feed, strategizing about the course, where people will be cheering, etc. It's fun to have so many family members up running the full with me, as well as a lot of family up cheering! That really does make an event that much more fun.
|Bottle creating! Went with cheap-o bottled water as my "bottles", basically just using them to get my gel out on the course.|