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Running at "race pace" [Mar. 23rd, 2008|04:42 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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My last big training run before the race was today; I did this twice. I was attempting to run at "race pace", the calculation of which involves a certain amount of voodoo. Let's review:

I ran a 4:53:17 marathon in 2004. It was my first marathon, so it was a personal record by definition. In 2005, I ran 5:14:39 -- much slower, but part of that was because the course was mismeasured and was a mile too long, so that race gets thrown out of the calculation. Then, in 2006, I PRed with 4:40:39 up at San Juan (a really fun race which I strongly recommend, by the way). In 2007, I didn't run a marathon at all because I'm lazy.

I'd love to run another 4:40 marathon. I'd love to PR again. But I weigh a good 20 or 25 pounds more than I did in June of 2006 (because, unlike in June of 2006, I haven't spent the last six months eating a 500-calorie deficit every day, because I'm not insane, but that's another story), so I'm not sure I'm even capable of that kind of speed anymore. Today I tested that theory by trying to do my twelve-mile training run at 4:40 race pace, which means 10:40 miles. I couldn't do it. I ran the 12.6-and-change distance in 140 minutes, which meant that I was running 11:06 miles or so. If I ran a whole marathon at this pace, I'd finish in 4:51 or so.

It was hard. I couldn't take any walking breaks. I had to be constantly vigilant about not slowing down. I wouldn't have had the breath to have a conversation with a running partner, if I'd had a running partner. I wasn't entirely dead by the time I got done -- I could have continued running -- but it would have been a great challenge to maintain that pace. I think I might have been able to do it for another loop around -- another six miles. I'm not sure I could have done it for the rest of a marathon.

What I'm saying is that I'm probably not going to PR next Sunday, which is fine. That I'm doing this race at all is a win. I've never done a marathon so early in the spring before. I've never done a marathon on only 13 weeks of training. (Although doing that NaRoRuMo thing a month before training started probably helped.) I guess that there's just a point in your racing career when you realize that you're not going to PR every race you run. I guess that that's supposed to be an exciting moment, and the point at which you can call yourself a seasoned runner or whatever, but it's making me feel old, decrepit, slow, and fat.

But! I'm done with another round of training, and dammit, I can run a marathon, which is something not everybody can do. And I'm going to Japan! With a pretty awesome boy! Holy moly.

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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-03-24 03:59 am (UTC)
Beautiful girl :)

We'll run what we run on Sunday. Maybe we'll feel all frisky (I hope it'll be warm-ish!) and kick out some quick miles! And if not, we get to spend a morning going through some nice Atlanta neighborhoods in the spring. The cherry trees are blooming all over the place!

There are more PRs in the future; if it's not this race, that's okay :) (and this is a tough course, pretty hilly) And we might start getting PRs in something that's not running, too! You mentioned distance cycling! Or we could do yoga! Or some other bizarre physical discipline that we haven't considered yet! Let's think about what we're going to do next :)
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2008-03-24 04:39 am (UTC)
some other bizarre physical discipline

Parkour! We should all learn parkour!
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-03-24 04:52 am (UTC)
Yes.

Lindsey :) Parkour for us.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2008-03-24 05:51 am (UTC)
want!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-03-24 09:11 pm (UTC)
Man. There's a reason I run, and it's that I'm uncoordinated. It's the only sport I can do!

oniugnip would be awesome at parkour, though. He's all with the pole-vault and capoeira and acrobatic gymnastics and stuff.
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2008-03-24 09:46 pm (UTC)
You're a freaking piano player and you call yourself uncoordinated?

Let's find us some martial arts and adult gymnastics courses. Seriously, once I have a salary, I'm in.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-03-24 11:50 pm (UTC)
That's a very specialized kind of coordination that I've been practicing for a long time! Also, I'm not that good at it!

But anyway, sure. I'll have to do it from Bloomington, though.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-03-24 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hm; how does one PR in yoga?

We have to learn how to tango!
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-03-25 04:03 am (UTC)
Carefully :)

And maybe doing yoga helps you PR when you tango?
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[User Picture]From: unya
2008-03-24 04:17 am (UTC)
girl, you are going on all sorts of ways. rock!!
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[User Picture]From: royhuggins
2008-03-24 08:03 am (UTC)
Damn, it's funny to read you complain about how quickly you can run 12 miles. I can barely run 4 blocks when I'm late for work in the morning!

I'm totally looking forward to you guys coming. 日曜日に頑張ってね!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-03-24 11:54 pm (UTC)
Soon you will be caffeinated and your armpits will smell nice!
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2008-03-26 03:21 am (UTC)
500-calorie deficit every day

Stupid dyslexic tendencies. I read that wrong. I thought it said "500-calorie diet every day." I worried!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-03-26 05:57 am (UTC)
Oof. No, thank God!
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