Has it really been a week? Went by very very fast!!
Yep, it was exactly a week ago when I was partying it up at Fado and continuing my consumption of celebratory Blue Moons. Now instead i’m just lounging on the couch and watching some postseason baseball. (There is beer consumption tho-in the form of Blue Point Blueberry Ale…)
So rest assured, I was really in recovery mode this past week 🙂 No running til today-though that was a bit of a slog (4.5 miles around 9:30 pace.) So I guess it’s gonna take some time to get my legs back…(didn’t remember it feeling this hard before!) Was originally considering making a return to speed next week, but may even put that off another week…don’t feel ready to tackle hard workouts just yet.
Which I guess sorta addresses the burning question-am I going to attempt another marathon soon to knock off those 2 minutes and 7 seconds and get the under 35 BQ time? No. For one thing-given that Boston registration starts tomorrow and I’m willing to bet it’s gonna fill up in less than a week, if I were to run another marathon, it certainly would be too late for 2011…and I have my time for 2012. I’ll be honest, I did write the B.A.A. and ask them…
…to just confirm that my time in Chi-town will indeed be good for 2012 😛 (as I’ve heard tons of rumors about the standards getting changed for 2012.) And yes, it was confirmed. That email is definitely getting saved 😉
On the topic of Boston, this article from the WSJ that recently came out…not too happy with. It feels like a little bit of a slap in the face to me. After I FINALLY qualified (and let me tell you-it is not as easy to qualify as some people like to say it is), now I’m still having to defend myself, that I do indeed belong there (or will belong there in 2012.) Now is the problem really the percentage of qualifiers going up, or the raw number going up? Meaning, there are much more people running now than there were years ago in general, so even if the qualifying percentage stayed the same, would still equal more qualifiers. Why none of these articles address that, I wonder…
Changing the topic. Next year? Well, I just need to get in one more race (most likely the Kleinerman 10k) and I’ll have my guaranteed entry for NYCM 2011, but I’m still not 100% sure if I want to run it in 2011. Tenatively, the plan is to focus on shorter distances next year so that when it comes time to train for Boston 2012, I won’t feel burned out. I’d like to see if I can get a sub-1:37 half, and hopefully better my 10K time, as I feel that distance I really feel that I come up short in, moreso than the 5K. Nothing set in stone just yet though.
And as for this one? Did I do the best I could? I really think I did. I do wonder what could have been if the conditions were more favorable, but nothing I can do about it now, just glad that a “bad day” was still a 3:43. Say what you want to say, but I felt the inferno that was this summer was making it tough for me to get in harder efforts than just an easy run, especially in the long runs. I think the fact I didn’t cut any of my long runs short was a victory in itself. Only thing I would have liked to have changed was that I didn’t cross-train as much as I wanted to in the last coupla months-which was indirectly tied to me moving (which I didn’t know was gonna happen before I started training.) When I needed to put aside nights to pack and/or deal with other apartment stuff, something had to give, and it obviously couldn’t have been running…
One more comment about last Sunday and I will get off my soapbox. It seems that I have been seeing comments about the weather during the race, and how it “wasn’t that bad” or was “perfect” and that “we should just all stop complaining.” And it seems that a majority of those comments come from people who ran 3 hours or faster. So of course, wouldn’t have been still on the course during the hotter parts of the day (let alone the later miles which were unshaded.) My marathon is almost an hour slower and when the temps were rising rapidly, that hour makes a difference. (and those who were out there for 5 hours, 6 hours or more would have had it even worse!) And yes, I trained in the heat of the summer, but did I race 26.2 miles in the summer heat? No. Apples and oranges, if you ask me. Considering the event alert went up to red by the time I finished, and I heard that it even went up to black at one point…I don’t consider those perfect conditions, would you? If you’re not affected by the heat when you race…consider yourself very, very lucky. But please don’t judge the rest of us who do get physically affected by it.
That said-hope all you NYCMers have a perfect day…I’ll be more than happy to wear a jacket and pants while spectating (will be handing out PowerGels at mile 18 again! 🙂 ) so you can have a good race 🙂