Week In Review – 11/28/2010

We are officially less than one week (albeit barely) from the Dallas White Rock Marathon and I am very very excited and prepared.

Today I had a 13 mile EZ run scheduled.  I had originally asked my coach if I could run 8:10-8:20/mile pace for the 13 since the 3:29:00 goal is a pace of 7:58/mile and she just laughed at me.  Told me I was in taper and needed to run 8:25-8:30/mile pace.  So with that in mind I set out to run my 13 at White Rock which is 9 miles and is actually part of the marathon on Sunday.  Plus it is essentially my home course.  I have no idea how many miles I have logged there but it is too pretty to not run at.
 
I got out there and started running.  First mile was at 8:21 pace and then the pooh-pooh police showed up and had me stop.  The porta-potty’s at WR are not great to say the least but you gotta do what you gotta do.  I did not stop my Garmin since if this were the marathon the clock doesn’t stop.  Well my ‘pace’ for mile 2 was 9:52.  Figure a 1:30 potty break.

Got going again and my legs felt like cinder blocks but I dug down deep.  I finished the 13 miles at an avg pace of 8:38/mile and went back to an old mantra while I was out there:

I AM A MACHINE
I used this mantra while living in New York and always told Karen that she could never beat me b/c of this.  If she would get close I would just turn on the machine and go harder and longer.  It worked and I broke it out today and here it will stay with me through the marathon.
Weekly Stats:
Swim – 5,550 yards in 2h11m8s.  Pace of 2:11/100y which always includes rest so the pace is getting faster.
Bike – 35.84 miles in 1h58m55s.  Speed of 18.08 mph
Run – 30.82 miles in 4h42m36s.  Pace of 9:10/mile
Strength/Core – 2 hours.  This included 2 attempts at the Bridges of Kenya from Kristin White’s interview.  Let’s just say barely paid the toll to cross this bridge, but I can already feel the benefits of this core workout.  If you are successful at crossing this bridge let me know.  It’s tough.
Family Fun:
Besides that holiday of Thanksgiving we had a great week.  We went to the square in McKinney, Texas which is truly an old town that you would see in a movie.  Historic homes.  Historic Buildings.  They were having a Christmas Tree lighting and doing all sorts of kid friendly things.  Pics are below.
And today we are going to go and cut down our Christmas Tree.  I will post pics of that event tomorrow or later today in this post.

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Comments

  1. Jen says:

    You are a machine! What a week of training – I can't wait to hear about next week's marathon!! With a holiday in the mix and everything. Holy cow.

  2. ONEHOURIRONMAN says:

    Was that Rudolph??

  3. Aimee says:

    Nice run and training week! You are going to do awesome in the marathon!

  4. Jon says:

    Good luck over this last week!

    Never expected a picture of a reindeer coming from Texas! Crazy!

  5. Colleen says:

    Great training week… and good for you for listening to your coach! :)

    Love the pictures!

  6. Jeff - DangleTheCarrot says:

    I am very impressed with the 1.5 minute poop break – that is some efficiency my man!

  7. Lesley @ racingitoff.com says:

    Definitely a machine. I'll be cheering you across the finish line from mile 19 (just wait, I bet you I remember at mile 19… Jason better be finishing…). And the potties at White Rock might not be the best, but I am so thankful that there are bathrooms all around that course (and a couple of clean indoor ones as well).

  8. Quinton J says:

    A good mantra…I use that myself sometimes.
    And your little guys got a cute smile.
    Good Times.

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