Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ten Days ...

In a mere TEN days Kevin and I will be running the Woodlands Marathon and attempting to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Right now I am in full taper and am actually going a little batty. This is good as the garage has been meticulously cleaned and the office is next in line!

The training has gone smooth and I am 100% healthy (knock on wood) despite what the taper madness gods are trying to tell me about my right ankle - get out of my head bitches!

In a weird way this is officially my first stand alone marathon. Now it is not the first time I have done the distance as I have run two 50K's, an Ironman marathon, and paced Annie at the Houston Marathon last month. I ripped off my timing chip at the Houston Marathon so I would not be tempted to run faster, as it was Annie's day to PR, so I did not get an official marathon time.

So really it is my first official marathon but not the first time I will be doing the distance which makes the BQ attempt not all that crazy.

- BQ Time for Jeff is sub-3:10
- BQ Time for Kevin is sub-3:05

Next week I will lay out my pacing plan, finishing time goal, and the training numbers that have gone into the race.

Thanks for Reading,

Jeff

33 comments:

  1. Ripped off your timing chip?! That's like climbing to the top of your towns water tower and not taking a can of spray paint. Why even do it?!

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    1. Because I am that type of husband ... major points earned for the upcoming Ironman training - poor Annie ain't going to see me for 6months!

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  2. Correction - Jeff's BQ time is sub-3:05. Only old farts BQ at sub-3:10.

    And here I am stuck catching up on actual work. How about you come clean my garage next?

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    1. It would be too cold in your garage. I would need the world's largest bubble jacket and then I'd be too puffy to even do any cleaning. Be walking around like the Stay Puff Marshmellow man from Ghostbusters!

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  3. 26.2 in <10! love it
    at least your taper in this plan is more mileage than a normal taper?

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    1. Yeah, it is 42mi this week and only like 22ish race week.

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  4. Go for broke, sub 3:00. I wish you the best for weather and the perfect race. I consider this your first marathon from the road racing angle, a 50k just doesn't count.

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  5. Its just crazy that you have raced marathon+ distances and this is the "official" one. Um... back @sswards, but hey, what ever works right!

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    1. back asswards seems to be the norm for me with most things!!

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  6. Good luck Jeff!!! You are going to have a great marathon!!!

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  7. I am so excited at the prospect of reading the race recap! Tell those 'ankle bitches' to take a friggin' hike. You will do this BQ thing. You will.

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  8. All the best Jeff! You can certainly do it.

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  9. You BOTH have freaking got this! I'm so stoked for you guys, and I can't wait to hear how it goes. You are totally ready and are gonna smoke this!

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  10. Wow its time to actually do this. Been such a long buildup. Id say ur ready!

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    1. Seriously, feels like years ago you, Kevin and me were emailing the training plans back and forth.

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  11. I can't imagine too many people have had such perfect prep heading into their first "official" marathon!! Good luck to you!! It'll be great to have that "taper-clean" house AND the BQ!!

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  12. ENjoy your reward for all your hard work

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  13. yes jeff - i have a great feeling about this - and that i will be seeing you next year up here in boston! go get em champ!

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  14. Your my new inspiration.
    I'm new sorta to the running world. I work out twice a day. Lifting and cardio. Just recently signed up for a simple 5k.
    I have 8 wks to go. Training now.
    Just don't know how you do it.

    Thekittycat1969@gmail.com

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  15. Go get'm Jeff, you're going to crush it!

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  16. I suggest drafting off Kevin and getting sub 3:05 yourself.

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    1. That is my plan Kovas. Kevin doesn't know it yet. By mile 6 he will be zigzagging trying to get me off his shoulder -- I am gonna be like stink on shit!

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  17. you guys are going to kill this. DUH.
    Go freaking get it!

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  18. "attempting" lets get rid of this bull shit and call a spade a spade! Make it through the hardest week of your life this week and you are golden!

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  19. It is going to be awesome. I cannot wait to get down there and see the execution of the race plan and successful sub-3:05 and sub-3:10 times.....LET' GET READY TO RUMBLE!

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    1. What time you planning on coming in? we will probably head over to the Woodlands midmorning to packet pickup and then grab some lunch. then for dinner I know this crappy little pasta place in the parking lot of the Home Depot that has been my go to pre-race restaurant. Going to be a fun weekend!

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    2. I am going to leave here around 10am to avoid the Dallas traffic and that should put me there mid-afternoon. I'll have packed a cooler for lunch on the drive so no worries there.

      Just shoot me your address again so I can map it out properly. If I am running later than mid-afternoon I will text you and meet you at the Home Depot (send phone # with address too then.....)

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  20. Enjoy the taper. I know you will not enjoy it but it will help!

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  21. I think you will get the BQ time, really wouldn't surprise me if you finish in 2:59 exactly. Good luck!

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  22. I am so excited for you! You are going to do AWESOME!!!!

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  23. I can't wait to see what the two of you do... :) You are primed and ready... just get through taper tantrums! :)

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  24. Of course, good luck. And you've worked hard for this so I am rooting for you.

    That said, wouldn't the taper gods be "bastards"?

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