Friday, February 8, 2013

Waiting for Nemo...

Got up early this morning so I could drive Thing 1 to school early so he could play in some badminton tournament before school...didn't see that one coming, but we'll roll with it.  Please explain to me how it makes sense that we leave AFTER the bus comes by & arrive at the school BEFORE...Like almost 30 minutes before...the schoolbus arrives???? And we live 2 miles from the school.  No wonder they hate the bus.

We have been hearing all about the impending arrival of Nemo, so I knew if I wanted to get my 12 mile long run in today I'd have to be out early.  You KNOW you've married the right person when he doesn't even blink when you ask to ride into town with him so you can run home.  He thinks I'm weird, but he's used to it!

Anyway, I did get my 12 miles in.  It felt pretty good, though the pace was a bit slower than I would have liked over the last few miles.  My goal pace was 11:34/mile.  I ran 11:12/mile.  Sounds good, right? Wrong. Here's my problem: I am using the smartcoach plan to train for my spring marathon & it plots out a 4:35 marathon for me.  However, NONE of my long runs are scheduled anywhere near that pace (which is a 10:30 pace).  In fact, according to Thing 1, the 'speedwork' times I'm supposed to hit are too slow too?!? I'm not quite sure what to do...scrap this plan? It's the only one that has a 4 day a week plan that works with my work schedule & cross-training for triathlon.  I'll take any suggestions I can get!

Anyway, I got my run in, did my shopping, have some soup in the slowcooker & my book at the ready....go ahead, bring on the snow. (Clearly, you've deduced it's my weekend off! LOL!). Even Bad Kitty is racked out by the fire.

Happy Running!




7 comments:

Jamie said...

Nemo is here in Rochester, but not as bad as everywhere else. It will still be an interesting drive home after the gym!

TriMOEngr said...

Have enjoyed a pretty quiet winter here. What kind of soup? Not sure what to tell you on the speed thing. I only have one speed = slow.

Paul Rodman said...

Ur pace is good. As u get closer u shd do some miles at the end of long runs at marathon pace. E.g. last 20 miler wd have 4-6 at MP

Hope memo is not too nasty!
Paul

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

It was insane here. Can't wait to see everyone's pictures from the Northeast!

hiker mom said...

Way to get your run in! I love that you asked your hubby to drive you there so you could run home! Only a runner:)

XLMIC said...

I hope the storm hasn't affected you all too badly. So nice you got that run in :). And thanks for all your advice. I'm heading to the Bikram studio this week. Hold me to that!

dreambigrunner.com said...

You can also use the mcmillan calculator. You enter your recent race results and based on that it calculates your race time prediction, but also your training paces. For a marathon, only enter your race results from half to full marathon.