Doughnut Run Results

Bike Name Unvail

What does the future hold

Doughnut Run Results
Last Sunday was an epic journey with Steve down to Iowa to run a 5k and eat some doughnuts. Sorry this took this long to post but I finally had a chance to look up my 'official' results. It took me 45 mins to run the course and eat the doughnuts. My final 'doughnut adjusted' time was 27 min. It took me so long to eat that doughnuts that I don't think they helped my time at all. I really have to learn to eat faster.

Bike Name Unveil
A while ago I went on a Sunday bike ride with Pharmie and we started talking about bike names, and how I should name my bike. I finally have chosen a name for my bike. When I was thinking about it I tried to think about what describes my bike...

  • Sleek
  • Strong
  • Quick
  • Classy
I tried thinking about the names that embody those characteristics and couldn't come up with much. After a few names searches later I settled on STACY. I'm not sure why I settled on that, but I think it works. world meet Stacy...

What does the future hold?
I took a step back this week and really contemplated what I wanted to get out of this summer. I really started thinking about this because I was really being tempted to sign up for the Twin Cities Marathon. I know that a few post prior I said I was going to do it, but this week was the actual sign up. My big worries about running 26.2 miles are my knees. Towards the end of the fall last year I had increased my mileage training for my first half marathon and had some knee pain. For the most part I think that was due to shoes and have since purchased new shoes. Since the new shoes came into the pictures I haven't had any problems but I also haven’t ran that many miles because I bought the new shoes during my taper. Even though I haven't had any problems I've just been worried because I'm not the smallest runner, tipping the scale at 240 pounds. The main questions rolling through my head were...Do I want to commit that much time to training? Will my body hold up? Can I get faster while training for distance?

When Friday morning rolled around I was wide awake at 7:30 am and way excited that it was TC Marathon sign-up day. So, there I was, sitting in my boxers with my credit card in hand punching my personal information into my computer and committing myself to 26.2 miles. Right now I'm 168 days away from getting the answers to some of those questions. Stay tuned and I'll let you know in 168 days.

Side Note
On a side note I had a really good run this afternoon. Today I had an 8 miler on the schedule. I went out at an easy pace. I looked down and saw I was carrying a 10:00 min/mile pace. Hmmm....that's what I want to be doing. Great! But will I die later? Sometimes I’m a little pessimistic on my runs. 4 miles later and some good hills and I was still going strong. I looked at the watch and I was sitting at 9:50ish min pace. Mile 6 was there and gone in a flash and I was ahead of my pace. Hmmm....still feeling good and going strong. Why not pick it up? About 1 second later I was picking it up. I took my next split at mile 7 and I was running 9:15. Mile 8 slowed some due to a large hill but that was still at 9:37. All in all I ran this same route 7 min faster than I ran it last weekend. WTF! 7 min! If you can't tell last week’s run was really bad, I hurt, it was windy and my mental fortitude was horrible. But 7 min! Anyway I finished the day with about a 9:45 min pace...15 seconds a mile faster than I was hoping for. I hope I have runs like today's all summer long!

P.S. Lets go WILD!

Danielle in Iowa  – (April 20, 2008 at 9:31 AM)  

Nice run! I hope some of that mojo rubs off on me for my "long" run of 7 miles today - not running into 30 mph winds has got to help, right?

Molly  – (April 20, 2008 at 10:00 AM)  

Great run!
Totally understand the knee thing...after 3 knee surgeries I decided I am going to be a 5K specialist. The 10K I ran last summer almost led to surgery #4! Glad to know that your knees are holding up!
I like Stacy!
Take Care!

Meg  – (April 20, 2008 at 12:08 PM)  

Congrats on signing up! Good luck with your training!

Colleen  – (April 20, 2008 at 7:40 PM)  

Great 8 mile time! And congrats on signing up for the TC Marathon - the first step of committing is always the hardest. I'll be anxious to follow your journey there. BTW - every bike definitely needs a name, although only a bike owner would understand that. :)

tracie  – (April 21, 2008 at 7:28 AM)  

good luck with the training! i've never had any knee issues, but have you been stretching enough??? sometimes a tight IT can make everything feel tight and sore. keep up all the hard work and stay positive on those long runs! :)

Pharmie  – (April 21, 2008 at 5:49 PM)  

Sorry 'bout the wild. I signed up for TCM too, now we just need to get Steph to complete the trio. I really like the plan we're following for Grandma's. Maybe we can go over it sometime? It allows for plenty of bike time, which will be good if you and Stacy want to keep getting to know each other :)

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