Run Like Someone’s Chasing You

The 2010 San Antonio Marathon took over the streets of, you guessed it, San Antonio on Sunday. Colin flew down to run the race with me, and it was the first marathon for both of us in quite awhile — Miami, Jan 2010 for me, Chicago, Oct 2009 for Colin. The worst part has been that Colin’s been holding the title of fastest marathon time between the two of us for 13 months. From my race preview, you know my goals were to beat Colin this time and beat his best time, so really I’m racing Colin twice.

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Logistical Changes

Quick logistical update! I didn’t mention it previously, but our original plan for San Antonio was to set sail from Austin to San Antonio bright dark and early on race morning. That would mean leaving my apartment no later than 4:30am, which would put us in downtown San Antonio by 6am, assuming no traffic. Seemed like a pretty sound plan, except for basically every review we’ve read about the race. The main theme is that the downtown area is a cluster. Some even mentioned leaving their cars on the side of the highway and walking/running 2 miles to the starting line. Night. Mare.

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Race Week – San Antonio

Well ladies and gents (and other), it’s race week!  This Sunday is the San Antonio Marathon where I will crush Colin and his Chicago PR and regain the title Colin and I will amicably run together.  It sure doesn’t feel like it’s this weekend though, and Colin agrees.  We’ve talked about the race to no end for the last 4 months, so it isn’t so much a matter of “out of sight, out of mind.”  We’ve also both been training like crazy and feeling very prepared to Rock ‘n’ Roll*.

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Textbook Tapering – Week 16 Review

Tapering.  The time in the typical marathon training plan that sucks the most requires a lot of discipline.  It’s the 2-3 weeks before race day, when all the strenuous training is behind you, and it’s time to scale things back to give your body the rest it needs.  The issue is, leading up to the taper time is some of the most intense and dedicated training.  Then, you’re expected to cut back by as much as 60%.  Ask any marathon runner out there and s/he’ll tell you about a few irrationalities that take over.  Fortunately for me, I don’t have that discipline to taper correctly, so the craziness / irrational feelings haven’t struck me (yet).

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BOOM! – Week 15 Review

Another week in the books, and one week closer to the race.  Actually, now that Week 15 has finished, we’re only three weeks (21 days!) until San Antonio!  As I type that I realize 21 is going to be a theme in this post.  I’ll stay away from cliches like black jack or alcohol and spare you the uncreative juices.  Instead I’ll stick to a more boring professional discussion about how a regular Saturday long run turned into a super fantastic epic trek totaling no less than 21 miles.  Continue reading for some exaggerated details about how it went.  Hint: BOOM!

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Sick in the Head – Week 14 Review

::sniff sniff:: Being sick ::cough cough:: when training for a marathon is pretty terrible. When the two primary tools are your legs and lungs, it’s tough going when you can barely breathe. ::achoo:: Ultimately, there’s a decision to make. It’s a fine line between continuing with the training plan, maintaining already-achieved fitness, and overexerting yourself right into an Armageddon-like situation, ending up worse than if you had just rested. Which way did I go?

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Put a Shirt On – Week 13 Review

Like I mentioned last week, the temps are starting to fall, which means running is getting more enjoyable.  When the thermometer says it’ll be in the upper 50s (!!!), you know things are going to be fabulous.  So fabulous in fact, I needed to put a shirt on.  I don’t remember if I mentioned it, but I haven’t worn a shirt while running in Texas since May.  I’ll allow you to absorb that sentence, react, and… compose yourself.  Ok, we good?  Good.

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Elevate Your Game

When training for, well, anything, the saying goes “Sweep the leg” “Practice makes perfect”. I take this

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in point, for the upcoming San Antonio Marathon, several of my recent long runs have serendipitously followed a similar elevation profile to the race elevation. Take a look at the comparison below. On top is the marathon elevation and the bottom is the elevation for my recent 20 mile run. I mean, come on. They’re nearly identical*! I’m so awesome.

So, in an effort to stir up some trash talk, I think Colin is going to be in some trouble to be as prepared as me for this race. Nevermind he’s coming off an injury, unsure how he’ll hold up over the entire race distance, and doing a

13-week training plan versus my 18-week plan. No mercy! Well, actually, we’ll probably run together the majority of the race**. I’m sure more accidental comparisons will present themselves as well as some professional trash talk, so stay tuned.

*For the skeptics and internet trolls out there, the vertical scale is the same for both graphs.


p style=”text-align:left;”>**At least until I see the opportunity to Tonya Harding him. Good luck, Nancy.