Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three Things Thursday ...

Rest - I'm on day two of court-ordered rest and I am feeling much better. Like so much better that if I could find my running shoes, I would hit up the treadmill tonight. But, I won't because I know I need a break and I'll be back on schedule tomorrow anyway. I really think the key to my quick recovery was that two hour nap I got yesterday when G watched my kids for a few hours so I could rest.

It's so awesome to have ...

1. A best friend who has a kid that is your kid's best friend.

2. A best friend who realizes the importance of proper recovery during marathon training.

Pacing - My biggest trouble in any race is pacing. I feel good at the start and get caught up in the crowd, ultimately running too fast in the first few miles, then crashing hard at the end. The few times this hasn't happened, I've crushed my race goals.

Headed into NYC, I need to have an awesome pacing strategy in place. So, on the recommendation of Erin, I checked out the Greg Maclin calculator and put together a pace band to fit my need. I am in love. It's epic. And completely doable.

I am leaving NYC with a PR.

Bank - On Tuesday, when I was tucking Dilly into bed, I asked her about our day. She recounted it like this.

Dilly: We went to Doodle's school and the pumpkin patch and soccer.
Me: Yes, we did go to all of those places.
Dilly: Where did we go too? (answers herself) We went to the piggy bank and I got a lollipop.

Yup, Dilly, We went to the Piggy Bank ...

12 comments:

Laura said...

I tweeted you on this but love this pacing calculator. I struggle every.time with my pacing so this is a great site.

Running Ricig said...

rest up! Hope you're feeling better soon!

trifitmom said...

wait you are doing NYC - you need to tell me what you are wearing, i will be there watching and want to cheer for you !!!

Deb said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better. It can be so hard to take rest, but so necessary!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

NYC = PR. Got it!

Glad you are feeling better.

Jen said...

I love Dilly. Super cute... and NYC... Love it!

erindegroff said...

It has taken me over 11 half-marathons to finally find pacing that works for me. I ran 2 this fall that I am most proud of. My pacing stayed pretty even throughout both races, and I was able to clock the last mile of both races as my fastest. I walked away with a PR the first race by about a minute, and then I ran another half marathon two weeks later, and was able to PR again by another minute. It was awesome to pass dozens of people on that last mile! It feels great to run a race at a consistent pace and achieve your goals. The best of luck to you in NY!

Amanda@runninghood said...

YOur Dilly is so sweet. :) Sorry it has been so long since I've commented. I'm a horrible blogger these days. Pacing has always been tricky for me too. I'm just now starting to get more consistent. So excited for you and NY!

Tricia said...

SO excited for you!

Katie said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! You are going to ROCK NYC!!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Glad the rest worked it's magic!

Pacing? Whats pacing? Since I left the road I've forgotten how to do that (i.e., the terrible 10k where I crashed and burned against teeny-boppers!) I am eager to check out the calculator.

I love kids!

Marlene said...

Glad you were able to rest up (yay G!) and feel better. Play it smart, my friend! Race day is almost here and HECK YES you are bringing home a PR.