Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's almost 2010. Time for a post about running.

Looks like I'm going to keep at this running thing for at least another year. After all, I now have a separate basket next to my dresser for running clothes only, I have a cool new Nike watch (thanks, Liesel!), a bunch of cold-weather running gear, a fat pile of race t-shirts, and a rainbow array of those cute Nike running shorts.

Look how much I learned in 2009, you know, besides determination and perseverance, blah blah blah:

I know the best running shoes for my feet (Asics Kayanos) and the best socks for my feet (North Face lightweight quarter socks).

I have figured out, through much trial and error, that Luna Moons, blueberry flavor, are my mid-run fuel of choice, and that I can't actually get down any more Gu's without gagging, but if I had to in a pinch, I know to choose the chocolatey flavors over the fruity (gag) ones. Pre-run food I've got figured out: peanut butter and jelly and a banana, small coffee. Post-run food of choice: Larabar, lemon: A perfect food (got some in my stocking!).

I learned not to set out on a long run without my Camelbak, and that the best formula is 4:1 water to Gatorade. I wear a Road ID on my wrist. I read my Runner's Worlds as soon as they come, from cover to cover, at least twice. I'm pretty sure I'm hooked on this sport.


I think I have my 2010 race plan figured out, a plan that pretty much allows me to have a training calendar on my fridge from February to November. Phew. I am so ready for Feb. 1st so I can feel like I have a purpose again. Looks like I'm going to race several of the same events again, specifically three half marathons in Maine because they are just so darn pretty. If you are sharp like my husband, you've probably figured out that I like to register for races only if they are scenic and vacationay and include an overnight in a hotel.

Here is the tentative plan, which does not include 5Ks or Turkey Trots, etc.

Feb. 7: 10-mile Mid-Winter Classic in Cape Elizabeth, ME {registered}
May 30: Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT {registered}
August 7: Beach to Beacon 10k in Cape Elizabeth, ME {if I can get in... fills up super fast}
September 18: MDI Half Marathon in Bar Harbor, ME
October 3: Maine Marathon (or Half) in Portland, ME
November 7: Maine Coast Half Marathon in York, ME

I'm itching to get going here, but I also love all the anticipation.
Lastly, there was a great article in the last Runner's World called "A Few Rules to Run By" and some of the tidbits (that I'll paraphrase and/or expand upon) rang especially true for me:

- Running means expanding your sense of fun (to include waking up at 5:30 a.m. to run 10 miles. Wee!)

- Running with someone faster than you? Time to employ the open-ended question! Say: "Tell me about your new job" (and then let your running partner talk and talk while you work to keep up.)

- It's fine to lie and say "Lookin' good!" to a runner at the end of a hard race. (Even if they look like death. And when you are that runner, you won't think that they might be lying, you will believe that you are indeed lookin' good.)

- Learn and love the farmer's blow. (No thanks (ew), but I would like to learn to spit like a man. I am a terrible spitter.)

- Black toenails are a badge of honor. (Lots of talk of toenails, and losing them, among runners, and I've never had any weird toenail discoloration, let alone lost one. Maybe I'm not working hard enough.)

- 1 glazed doughnut = 2 miles. (or worse: one bagel with cream cheese = 5.5 miles)

- Running any given route in the rain makes you feel 50% more hard-core than running the same route on a sunny day. (True true.)

- If you care even a little bit about being called a jogger versus a runner, you're a runner. (I guess I'm a runner).


Carver Fam said...

I guess I'm a runner too.

I can't stand it when someone says, "How was your jog?"

As I was eating (more than my fair share) Christmas chocolate, I was deeply comforted by the upcoming marathon training and the pre-training prep that will be the month of January.

Bring it on Manhart.

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