Monday, October 29, 2007
OK, guys, just move along now because this post is for the girls.
I have a couple spots that my jogbras *always* chafe me in long events. I've tried all kinds of lubricants, etc., and they reduce it but never solved the problem.
This time I cleaned the areas (this probably only works for hairless flat skin areas cleaned free from oils, btw) and put a big 3"x2" piece of Tegaderm there.
I thought it would rub off during the race, but it didn't - it stayed put perfectly and worked like a charm!
Another tool in my long-distance arsenal!!! Not sure if it will stay on during a swim, though, but it's worth a test-swim. . . .
Here's the race satellite map:
Official weather for the day - temperatures close to perfect but strong winds!
Mean Temperature 53 °F / 11 °C
Max Temperature 61 °F / 16 °C
Min Temperature 45 °F / 7 °C
Dew Point 36 °F / 2 °C
Average Humidity 54%
Maximum Humidity 77%
Minimum Humidity 30%
Wind Speed 12 mph / 19 km/h (NW)
Max Wind Speed 26 mph / 42 km/h
Max Gust Speed 30 mph / 48 km/h
Here's my summary chart below. Take note of the distance measured by my Garmin. 26.7 miles is a full half mile long! I always try to run the tangents, but in a course that crowded (and it was crowded with walkers three and four abreast the whole entire freaking way, and in many places the course was squeezed down to only one lane by spectators or at water stops) I'm sure I ran an extra half mile to get around their roadblocks. Which is enough for me to resolve to stick with smaller races in the future if I'm running for time! Especially when Garmin tells me my time for 26.2 miles was 5:17:01, nowhere close to my official race finish time of 5:23:51.
Here are some of the gory pace and heart rate details for you data geeks (and for my personal reference in the future):
16577/20667 Total Finishers = 80.2%
5901/8057 Females = 73.2%
261/439 Women 50-54 = 59.4%
PR Reduction 27:47
Previous: 2004 Richmond Marathon, 5:51:38, 13:43 min/mile pace
Current: 2007 Marine Corps Marathon, 5:23:51, 12:21 min/mile pace
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Bib FName LName City State Country Age Sex ChipTime ClockTime Overall SexPl DivPl AgeGrade Start Split5M Split10M Half Split15M Split18M Split22M
22984 NANCY TOBY ST. MICHAELS MD 50 F 05:23:51 05:40:48 16577 5901 261 49.4% 00:16:57 0:57:39 1:54:31 2:30:38 2:53:36 3:29:41 4:25:51
So I hit #4 and #5 of my 6 goals (about a 29-minute marathon PR and about 54 minutes faster than my previous MCM). Not sure I was exactly smiling at the finish, I was beat! But I did finish upright.
Details to follow in a day or two, after sleep and of course, downloading my Garmin data! Thanks for checking in on me!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Yeah, he and I will be racing a 5K together.
I expect he might beat me, but you never know. (Actually I expect I'll be jogging and walking it very slowly, since I have Marine Corps Marathon the next day).
All the credit goes to Holly for setting up the gig.
I just have one question for him: "Lance, I know you're running the New York City Marathon again this year, but are you working hard on your swimming? Because you have a lot of people that would love to see you beat Jaja in Kona next year."
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My 4-year-old twins were on a time-out in their room for fighting when Catherine got a massive nosebleed (possibly from a kick in the nose by Elisabeth, but that allegation remains unproven). I thought all the screaming was just them continuing their usual carrying on. Nope, it was Catherine smearing blood on every available surface and Elisabeth getting horrified by it. It was utter carnage in there.
Had to go get out the carpet cleaner.... and wash the walls.... and all their clothes.... and the bedspread.... and the sheets..... and the bathroom and hall walls and floor....
Fortunately Catherine also discovered the way to take blood stains out of her new Ariel the Mermaid shirt. Dumping an entire 100-ounce bottle of concentrated liquid laundry detergent in the washing machine will do the trick, never fear.
Update: The bloodstains are murder to get out of the beige carpet. I used the upholstery cleaner machine when they were fresh, but they were still quite evident. This morning I scrubbed with a brush and dish detergent. They're faded but still visible. I hear club soda might help, that's the next step. Then I give up and live with bloodstains on the carpet. What exactly do the criminals use on CSI to get this stuff out? Bleach?
Monday, October 22, 2007
The median time for US marathon finishes is, as of 2005:
So fully half of all 382,000 US marathon finishes are slower than those times.
Sometimes I get the impression that faster runners have a very distorted idea of the pace and finishing times of the typical runner. (See many discussions rebuking slower runners for "poor pacing" or "lack of fitness" or "disrespecting the distance" in this year's Chicago Marathon, for example.)
I looked up the median time for finishers in my age group (50-54) on this course last year (2006) and it was 5:19.
So I have a huge set of tiered finishing goals for the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon, my 10th marathon:
- Dream Goal: Any chip time beginning with a "4" (under 11:27 min/mile pace)
- Under 5:06:00 (faster than the average USA female marathon) (under 11:40 min/mile pace)
- Under 5:19:00 (faster than the average finisher in my age group on the MCM course last year) (under 12:10 min/mile pace)
- Under 5:51:34 (PR - faster than my fastest previous marathon, Richmond in 2004) (under 13:25 min/mile pace)
- Beat my previous 2001 Marine Corps Marathon time (~6:17)
- Upright and smiling
If you would like to track my race position online next Sunday, the race goes off at 8:00 AM EDT and runner tracking is available here.
My MCM mantra: The race starts on the 14th Street Bridge. And oh yeah, BELIEVE!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I'm heading out in a few minutes for my last longer run before Marine Corps Marathon.
I'll probably have to return home going past the Bush entourage on his visit here today. Hopefully they won't scream through our little town with sirens blaring and lights flashing and block the entire street - that's just tacky, calling attention to yourself that way.
Updates later. . . .
The helicopters kept zooming overhead while I was running, in advance of the presidential visit. When I finished up and headed back through town to go home there were numerous state, county, and local cops hanging around along with plentiful and obvious Secret Service. Before 9 o'clock in the morning. I can't imagine how expensive a little trip across the Bay was, nor why he can't sit in the traffic at the toll plaza like everyone else. . . .
I don't take great photos while simultaneously driving, but here's one in front of the Inn at Perry Cabin with the ominous black Suburbans all lined up toward the rear:
Meanwhile, I had cleaned up and we escaped the traffic tangle in town on the ferry to the next peninsula and enjoyed the beautiful autumn afternoon next to the Tred Avon River in the quaint little town of Oxford, Maryland. Appropriately, the girls wore their "Little Oxford" shirts that grandpa brought back from England.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Two recent anecdotes:
Tonight they got into the pots and pans and were playing with them. Good fun, so I didn't pay much attention to the bashing and crashing noises. Then later when I came into the kitchen I discovered that Catherine had found the muffin tin and had the bright idea to make "cupcakes". So she filled two of the little round places for the muffins with butter and stuck the tin in the oven.
Fortunately she doesn't know how to turn the oven on.
Then the other day we were driving and looking at the trees that are changing colors here just now. I pointed out one vivid scarlet tree and said, "Look how bright that tree is! It looks like it's on fire!"
I hear Elisabeth's tiny little voice from the back seat: "Uh-oh!"
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Two other nice things - They used a new device that shoots it straight into your arm with no needle, kind of Star Trekkie. Well, new to me at least. It felt just the same as a shot, though. No anaphalaxis yet. So far.
And the lady that handled our check-in did some sleight-of-hand with the paperwork so that the shots for the girls were free. $20 for all three of us instead of $60 is good! (So now I can put part of that $40 the county funds paid for me back into the girls' school Halloween party as Class
So it will take another two weeks to build immunity, but then we're prepared once the flu starts making the rounds this winter.
I didn't tell the girls that we also have to go to the pediatrician tomorrow and get more shots for chicken pox and hepatitis. That little piece of information can just wait until tomorrow. They were super-good today, only one little *sob* out of Elisabeth during her shot, so I really hate to make them go through it all again tomorrow at the doctor's office.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Actually, I found out that the AG competition is much more fierce at Eagleman than I knew - the times are much faster and packed tighter together. Maybe has to do with that little Kona-qualifier cachet.
Top ten at Eagleman would require about a ~6:00 finish: roughly swim ~43:00, bike 3:11, run 1:57.
Dang those old hags are fast. That sounds like I might as well aim to be the first woman on the moon. At first. But then I start breaking it down and think that any one of the disciplines is within reach with hard work, so maybe....
Top ten at Columbia is much closer to me, about a 3:37 finish: swim ~37:00, bike 1:36, run 1:10. All well within reach in each discipline if I had a great day.
It's just that putting it all together on one day that's kind of tricky. But that's what keeps it interesting.
Just saving these numbers in my notes, so to speak, for future reference. . . .
Monday, October 15, 2007
I love this blog:
Defy the Food Nazis.
Eat what you want.
Life is short.
The long-term forecast isn't out for race day yet, but it's still looking pretty warm for at least the next 10 days: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Forecast.aspx?location=USDC0001
70*F to 82*F for the highs, lows only down to 50-53*F.
Here's the climatological data on race day, just in case you were wondering - yeah, if it's full sun and no wind and 65 degrees, that can feel pretty darned hot on those 4-lane concrete roads when you're trying to run:
Day: 28 Oct
Record High 83°F
Record Low 25°F
Normal High 65°F
Normal Low 40°F
Normal Precip 0.11in
Normal Snowfall 0in
I'm betting on a warm race day. I'm going minimalist again - my standard shorts and my sleeveless jersey that I wore for a couple other PRs this year. I'll wear a throwaway long-sleeve tshirt to the start, and then run with as little as I can after that. If I get cold, I'm not running hard enough. :-) I'll also have to wear a waist-pack too to hold all my tons of Clif Bloks (26-30, 1 per mile plus a few extra) and salt caps (~20 if I use Endurolytes) and my phone. I might leave a jacket and my phone with baggage check, though.
I do like several of the MCM clothing items that are being sold this year - I might spend a little money at the expo!! http://www.brooksrunning.com/cat.php?k=70546
Sunday, October 14, 2007
We're still negotiating about the coach, horses, and long white gloves which have been requested. But I tell you, it's hard to resist her when she starts twirling in her dress and quoting lines from the movie, "It's more than I'd ever hoped for! It's like a wonderful dream come true!"
We've got another Little Mermaid in our household too, but she's afraid of the red Ariel wig. Hmm. It might have to be a little Curly Top mermaid instead of a redhead.
I'm just saying.
Except if you're going to participate in some of the Big Triathlons, you are compelled to enter them up to a year in advance. Which sucks.
I've got some events in mind, some I've had to enter already if I wanted to get in, entered one marathon just for the early entry discount (and I'm not fully committed to it, I can always switch to the half marathon), and some I've already decided against (another Ironman attempt because of insufficient training time and insufficient desire, Big Sur marathon because of the excessive travel time for me).
I'm still mentally casting around for a major focal point to my training next year, though. I'd like some big event that I can get excited about. (Ideas for me??) Or maybe I should just get excited about doing better at the same old nearby events. Hmmm. Whatever it is, it's got to be FUN. (Which also precludes an ultramarathon for me, btw, and hitting both feet with a sledgehammer - same difference).
Hmm. I'd really like to try to finally run a sub-30 5K, but that may not be the time to attempt it!! But I'll probably go out just to support the new race and hobble around the course slowly.
With crutches. And an oxygen tank.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Hmm, where have my cotton running gloves gone?
Updates later. . . .
WOOOO HOOOOO!!! 15.5 miles done today at an 11:07 min/mile moving pace, in nearly perfect weather, finishing at 59*F and 44% humidity. If I could achieve that on race day, that would get me a 4:52 marathon! BUT I'm quite sure I can't hold that pace for another 10.7 miles, nor hit that pace if I count in some walking at the water stops. But on a perfect day, a sub-5:00 may still be within reach!!! And even on a not-so-perfect day, somewhere in the low 5:xxs is definitely probable. Details from Garmin to follow after a hot bath (nooooo no ice baths for me!)
And here are the charts and numbers that I know you've all been waiting for:
Starting before dawn:
The aid station:
A fine finish!!!!
My training buddy David completed a FULL marathon today in training in 4:37, including about 12 miles running under his usual pace with me. Well done!!! Too many miles for me to risk it two weeks out from the marathon - I'm nursing along a painful little toe and some plantar fascitis that I don't want to aggravate unless it's for the Big Race!!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I just got a new pair of shoes and I think they're a big improvement, and I plan to wear them for the marathon. I am a strictly Asics gal - the men's models come wide enough and sturdy enough for my crappy duck feet. But the last pair I got was a new model (Gel-1120) without much cushion and I started getting some new aches and pains in my feet. Now in this pair (Gel-Foundation 7), after only a couple of runs, they're feeling better. I just wish they'd stop "improving" the shoes and stop discontinuing models that work for me!!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
127 to 129 systolic
76 to 78 diastolic
(I had a couple lower readings, actually, but it was adjusted slightly wrong).
COOL!!! Not too bad for an overweight 50-year-old!
Now I wish I could do a blood lipid profile on myself and I wouldn't need to go in to the d*mn doc at all!!
So this triathlon stuff may be good for something after all, even if I'm not fast or competitive, eh??
BUT! It just needed to be rebooted.
Press the mode and the lap/reset button simultaneously for a few seconds and voila, it comes back to life!
It didn't even lose any data.
I don't know why it occurs, or what prompts it to go dead. This fix is listed in the manual, but it's not obvious to find.
It's become increasingly obvious that I've become addicted to my Garmin, too, since I really don't like to run without it any more and was even thinking of buying a new one when I thought this one was dead. I want to know my current pace, average pace, and distance run. All the time.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Last week I had an incident with my Chase Bank Visa credit card which was truly aggravating.
I'm in the line at our local grocery (that I've shopped at with this credit card probably an average of once per week for three years) and the checker tells me the bank refused the card.
WTF!? I knew it was paid up. Huh? The card is not due to expire until November!??
This prompted an annoying flailing about. I used my debit card to pay the $212 for the groceries, but that took money out of my checking account and I knew there were some big checks outstanding on that account so I had to run and get some cash and go to the bank and deposit it quickly.
It turns out (which took 2 phone calls to figure out) that Chase Bank was going to mail out a replacement that day. A replacement that hadn't even gotten in the mail yet. And since I was making a charge in a different state than the credit card was registered in (like I do all the time and have for years) the computer triggered a shut-down on the card.
So the moral of the story is don't use your credit card within 2 months of an expiration date or you're likely to be embarrassed at check-out.
Bah. Of course it's useless to complain to them, too. So I'm left to rant here.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Whew! I sure wouldn't want to be the race official to have to stand in the middle of the road and tell 5,000 runners they couldn't continue on course!
It's about 91*F with heat index there right now (3PM local).
Update: One fatality reported. Whew, a 35-year-old guy started the race at 8AM, and was pronounced dead at 12:50PM. Only 4000 of the 36,000 entrants finished the marathon, officially. 302 hospitalizations = nearly 1 percent of entrants. There were a total of 10,934 DNFs.
Update2: There was another runner fatality today at the Army Ten Miler in Washington, DC, where I heard they ran out of water on the course.