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Feelin’ Antsy

Feelin’ Antsy

by macdaddy on April 27, 2010 · 11 comments

This week, I’m only running 36.2 miles. Ha! only 36.2 miles. My highest mileage ever in a week was 40 so this is pretty close. But here’s the kicker–only 10 of those miles won’t be in a race and that’s the lowest weekly total I’ve run since I’ve been running races.

I’ve got runs of 3,4, and 3 miles scheduled for today, Thursday, and Friday. I can remember days when I dreaded distances that long, but these days I feel like I should combine them into one run.

But I won’t do that. I’ve been following my plan for 15 weeks and I’m not about to change now. The plan says I’m going to run 3:48 and I would be thrilled if that were the case.

I’m nervous but excited; my legs want to move. It’s hard for me to reign them in,to keep them in check. But I’m going to harness that physical energy. Turn it in to mental energy and come up with a great game plan. Every little detail is going to be planned out. For example, I’ve already been talking with Pam and reading about different strategies. I’ve already got my race split wrist band printed out and ready to go.

The plan is to run two warm up miles slightly slower than my race pace and then pick it up to my race pace of 8:40 miles for the rest of the day. That pace seems crazy to me, but the training program hasn’t let me down yet. Here’s to hoping that it will continue to get me to my goals.

The only details I need to figure out still is how often I’m going to eat and what I’m going to drink. I think these are minor details to figure out, but don’t want to leave anything to chance.

I’ve put in the time and the time is coming. The time to leave it all behind and see what the day brings. I hope everything works out all right because I don’t want to HAVE to run another one. Wanting to run another one is a different story, however.

Sorry about all the running posts, but that’s what’s on my mind.

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1 Scott April 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Funny, how distances, food, etc. are all relative. Compare 3 miles to 10 miles, etc…

I’m sure you’ve thought of this, but just in case. When deciding what to eat and drink, from what I’ve read, don’t eat or drink something brand new. So, if you’ve never tried a peach gel, an organic bark nut bar, or a vodka infused gatorade while training, then you’ll probably want to stay away. Eat and Drink what you’ve used during the past 16 weeks or at least something similar. This way your body will know how it feels and you don’t have to worry about an upset tummy.

If I don’t chat sooner, good luck. –Scott

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2 macdaddy April 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Totally agree Scott…my 26.2 miles may be someone else’s .2 miles and that’s ok. Everyone is at a different place.

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3 ShutupandRun April 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Have you watched the movie, the “Spirit of the Marathon?” I watched it before my first marathon and it got me in a really good place mentally. I will watch it again next week. It was on TV a few days ago and I Tivoed it, but you can get it at Netflix or maybe Blockbuster.
.-= ShutupandRun´s last blog ..Soap Box – Where Is the Line? =-.

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4 macdaddy April 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Maybe I’ll go check it out, Beth. I’m sure Pam will want to watch it too.

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5 Pam April 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

You’ve seen it!
.-= Pam´s last blog ..Capitol Peak Mileage ("It’s NOT A Race" Report) =-.

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6 macdaddy April 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm

can’t you tell it had a lasting impression?

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7 Rita April 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Gosh, know that feeling, all that nervous energy! feels like you could go for days. Look forward to seeing how it goes and with all that dedicated preparation it will be awesome.
.-= Rita´s last blog ..Show Some Respect =-.

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8 fit36.com April 28, 2010 at 4:57 am

I’m guessing that many readers would love to be able to run a single 8:40 mile, much less a whole marathon worth of them. You’re doing great.

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9 Kim April 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

You’ll do great! I totally know how you feel.
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Running Challenge Question: My Other Hobby =-.

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10 Joe April 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

3:48 is a great goal. Isn’t it great when you feel you have to reign in your legs. Really looking forward to hearing about your marathon. Best of luck!
.-= Joe´s last blog ..Running Troubles =-.

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11 AndrewENZ April 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I’m so looking forward to reading your race report. I’m sure you’re going to achieve your goals and have a blast doing it too!
.-= AndrewENZ´s last blog ..Who’s worried about cholesterol? =-.

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