6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

It went like this

Stats for 1/22:
Time- 51:46
6.2- Miles
8:20(BQ)- Pace
Nice day, no wind, testing new gloves and running past many many men.

Internal dialogue included...

-Set out trying to find a good 6.2 mile route. "Think I will just run comfortable and not worry about my pace."

-Pass guy with floppy hair sprinting across the 3 lane road. "I think that hair would be annoying. Reminds me I want to rent Prefontaine and buy books related to Eugene running."

-Dude wearing sunglasses and over sized knee brace smiles, waves and scoots on his way "Ouch I remember those days, so uncomfortable to run with a knee brace, poor guy." (FYI I tore my ACL senior year in college and have 2 surgeries to repair).

-Redhead sporting the Capital City Half race long sleeve shirt ZOOMS by "I keep meaning to talk to that guy. I see him all the time. I wonder what his pace is? Doubt I could keep up. I love that shirt need to wear mine, funny that guy was using the thumb holes." (FYI shirt is green-layer (HERE), the green-layer folks are AWESOME, more on them soon).

-Stride past Jack in the Box, Wendy's and Taco Bell "I would much rather be in my car in the drive through line than running right now." FAIL!!

-Older gentle man with heavyset trainer (?) jog by "That pair always confuse me, I think the older guy may have hired the younger as a running coach? Hmmm.. The trainer(?) sort of looks like a heavier version of John Gosselin. Lordy why did I think that name? It has been at least a week since I have heard that name on the radio."

-Two SHORT guys dart by without even a look my direction "Those are the DORKS who ran me off the sidewalk when I was just starting to run and 210lbs. No time for even a courtesy wave, still dorks I see."

-Look at watch 8:35 pace "How in the heck am I going to run over 26 miles at 8:20 pace? I really am not sure it is possible. Maybe if I lose 10 pounds or get bionic shoes. This is hard." FAIL!!! (Negative self-talk more than likely due to PMS)

-Starting to lose speed I look ahead, just under the overpass is a SHADY looking guy wearing a backpack, squatting against the fence. "Maybe I should turn round. No I am OK, I really want to go that way. It is my favorite route along the river and I have 2 miles to go." Guy stands up and takes a swig of a 40 ounce blue can. "Melanie turn around now!! You do not want to know what he is up to!!" SPRINT away and do no look back, heart pounding. UGH!!

-Out and back past the Taco Bell, Wendy's and Jack in the Box "This was not how this run was supposed to go!!"


****And that is how it went… Gosh I hope my running partners Alex or Zen Runner will be ready to run next week. If not I am going to latch on to one of the non-shady guys and make him my buddy.

-This morning LONG run with Fleet Feet Training group, my RBF (Running bandit friend) Zoe and hopefully Sam the Eagle.


HAPPY SATURDAY!

30 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Quite the eventful run! Great job getting it done.

I'm going to have to do mine this afternoon as the boys woke me up 6! times last night, which meant I slept in.

Lorian said...

I can't believe you can remember all that! Great recap! Good luck on the run today with the group!

Teamarcia said...

Nice run! Glad you turned around rather than put yourself in possible danger. I'd much rather hear about you running with Sam the eagle!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

That was one crazy run! How do you ever remember everything going on in your head?

And just a side note, I'm 100% positive you are going to BQ and you do not need bionic shoes to do so.

April said...

Ha! Great memory! Sounds like a very interesting running route you have!
Have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a good run. I love "getting to know" the regulars of a running route.

I think it is great that you are going for a BQ. It is a tough road. If it were easy, everyone would do it ;-) I can't wait to follow your journey. Myself, I am not going to make such a big leap. Sub-four first... THEN BQ (maybe in a year when I can qualify with a slower time).

I went to college in Eugene and would LOVE to run the Eugene Marathon. I wished I ran when I lived there, so I could appreciate the running spirits that are everywhere. That marathon has a different running legend listed at every mile marker. Very cool.

Kerrie T. said...

The dork thing cracked me up!

sideofsneakers.com said...

Sounds like a great run! I love the internal dialog :)

Suzy said...

Wow, what a run!

FWIW, if you have Netflix Prefontaine is available to watch instantly.

Velma said...

We all have negative self talk - the key is to keep moving and that you did. Nice work. Thanks for the GU!!! I may try it tomorrow.

Libby said...

I love internal dialouge! Mostly because I think I have a extremely large amount going on in my own head haha. But yay for getting out there and doing the 10K :)

ajh said...

Love the shared internal thoughts! Very entertaining. I had a very cold run this a.m. Coldest yet! Glad to be by my warm woodstove now!

runninaround said...

Just watched Prefontaine for the first time the other night...I loved it!

unathleticrunner said...

I hear ya on the shaddy characters! Bionic Shoes--count me in! I always wonder too if I lose more weight will I run faster??? hmmm thoughts to ponder!

Oz Runner said...

love the internal dialogue...nice self control not darting into wendys for a frosty....

Jenn said...

Have you seen Jon Gosselin lately? He is the heavier version..lol! I hate Taco Bell but the place smells SOOOO Good! I don't think I could handle running by it! Let me know if you find those bionic shoes! Nice run!

ESH said...

You definitely CAN do an 8:20 pace for 26.2 miles. I used to fail at pace runs too...but something magic happens on race days, I swear!

LOVE Prefontaine. I need to rent it again too!

Anne said...

It's reassuring to know that even more experienced runners have these thoughts sometimes...
8:35 pace! I can only dream. But, best of luck on the 8:20 pace, as ESH says, I'm sure the adrenaline of race day will give you the boost you need.

Anna said...

Glad you decided to turn away from the creepy guy. Better safe than sorry!

And I don't know what I would do if I had to run past Wendy's and Taco Bell, yum :)

Melissa said...

Love the recap. Kept me giggling the whole time.

Bethany + Ryan said...

An 8:20 pace will feel SOOOOO much easier during your race then it does in training! Thats what i always tell myself! its true!!!

Tricia said...

LOVED the recap!

Linda said...

Good idea to turn around and run the other direction - thus avoiding shady guy with backpack.

Love that you run into so many different characters during your runs.

Run long and far.

Michelle said...

Love your post! Dad Wonder thinks I'm nuts all the chatter that goes on in my head while I am running. Glad I'm not the only one!

Great job today!

Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader said...

Great job on your run!

Wow! How do you remember people you see? I think I totally black out when I run because I remember NOTHING!

gene said...

hiya! nice internal dialog. mine usually isn't fit to print...
just before Christmas I finished a biography of Bill Bowerman, and would be happy to send it your way if you'd like. ya know, reuse, recycle and all that. drop me a line.....

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Hey - I just saw Casey's 10K results and I was so psyched to see that I finished just behind you! And that you didn't run that much faster than me (yes, I am aware you weren't going all out like I was). Kind of made me feel speedy for once!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I wish I could remember my runs/races like you do!!

Great recap. Glad you avoided scary backpack guy!

ChristieisaRunner said...

I love that you just recorded everything going on in your head. I get crazy stuff going on in my head, sometimes. Sometime it can be so random. Might need to up those Buddy miles so that you can pass the shady guy a little more easily.

Marlene said...

I'm loving the "run down". Your 10K sounds like it was a lot more interesting than mine.

Nice job on the run ... and for not hitting the drive thrus! Smelling fast food while running is BRUTAL.