Yes, thank you, I can hear your applause and I appreciate it. But wait just a gosh-darned minute! Only 500?
This is almost the exact time I cracked 500 as last year. And here I thought I was running more. In 2007, I ran 817 miles. In addition to my time goals for this year's races, I also wanted to break 1,000 miles for 2008. (Those round numbers again.) The handy-dandy tracker on my running log tells me that my current mileage trends will leave me short by 68 miles.
So let's look at my goal progress again. (Thanks to the Laminator, this topic has been on my mind. Thanks a lot!)
- Break 50:00 in a 10K: FAIL!
- Break 1:50:00 in a half marathon: FAIL!
- Break 4:00:00 in a marathon: No attempt yet, but ...
- Break 1,000 miles for the year: Incomplete, but ...
Now let us look a little deeper, because in truth I don't view my failures as failures. (Unlike your failures, which are abject failures.)
10K in 50
Yes, I totally biffed the last mile of my last 10K attempt. However, if I had not, the running community would not have learned about the Puke Threshold. My failure at hitting 50 minutes in that race turned into a win for all of you. And ... I'll be trying again in about two weeks with significantly more speedwork under my ass.
HM in 1:50
An early season injury and mid-race blister derailed this race, but I proved to myself that I can create my own training plan that suits my needs. Now Coach Viper has upped the challenge to create a plan for the Akron Marathon and so far so good. My failure at hitting 1 hour, 50 minutes in the half marathon won me more confidence. And ... I'll be trying again at my nemesis race in about six weeks.
Akron is just nine weeks away, so we'll see how this goes. The "but ..." above is that I have a predictor on my running log that says I'm only capable of a 4:46:34 marathon based on my training right now, so I still have lots of work to do. But ... I don't know how accurate this predictor is. And ... did I mention my confidence?
Halfway there, but more than halfway through the year. Drat! Though the tool on my log that keeps track of my yearly progress says I'm on pace for failure by a margin of 68.1 miles, that deficit was more than 100 miles just last month. To reach 1,000, I need to average 19.3 miles per week. As my mileage peaks during the next two months, perhaps I can get back to even or bank a few miles for the home stretch.
So, here's to 500 miles ... and 500 more ...
[Drunkard's note: I'm going to regret that aren't I?]
UPDATE JULY 31, 2008: Welcome unfamiliar Loungers, I'm totally capitalizing on the coincidence that the Take It and Run Thursday topic and this post were similar. Thank you for falling into my trap!