Tuesday, November 14, 2006

High/Low

Low Pressure: I haven't signed up yet for White Rock. Early registration goes all the way to Nov 24. For a Dec 10 race, that's pretty generous. I figure I'll see how my training goes, and if it seems on track, I'll sign up. If it's not in the cards, no problem, no pressure.

High Pressure: Found out last weekend that S.'s cousin's house is directly on the route. Family and friends are already planning a show of force. Two volunteers on tap to help run me in, one of whom is a sub-4 marathoner. Why the pressure? Because abovementioned house is at mile 21, right after this monster Mt Kilimanjaro-of-a-hill:



Maybe the desire to show up at mile 21 in one coherent piece will be enough to temper me to stay on pace in the first 21 miles. If I don't, the family units will get an up close and personal view of a body at the limits of physical exhaustion and on the verge of total collapse. That's a performance that doesn't need to be repeated!

So I'm still training. Arrived in Atlanta last night, and I'm in Alpharetta now. Ran 5 EZ outside this morning; it's a bit of a concrete jungle out there, and it was cold at 6:00 am. Got to do 8 EZ tomorrow. 20 miler LSD this Sunday, then it's taper time from here on out already!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's one impressive hill. Are you sure you want friends and family to see you in that state? :)

I'm quite impressed that you're really thinking about another race so soon after MCM. You're either very fit, very determined, or just nuts.

Bex said...

Mile 21 is a good place for a show of support. And having that sub-4:00 friend run you in the last 5.2 miles is a great idea. I'll be rooting for you out here in D.C.!

David said...

Just nuts.

Deene said...

WAH!! that's just plain mean esp. at mile 21. but it looks like you are ready to tackle the sucker.

Anonymous said...

Go for it. White Rock owned me last year (calf cramps at mile 17), but after my first sub-4 hour marathon last month at the Marine Corps, I'm feeling like tackling that beast again. We'd be on the same marathon crash course--2 26.2 milers in 6 weeks.

susie said...

I'll bet it's enough to get you up and over and onward!! Wahoo!!

jeanne said...

that hill? you'll take it like it's ... buttah.

hopefully, not melted buttah.

Rae said...

I bet they shrunk the graph to make the hill look worse!! You will do great!!

Yvonne said...

belated congrats on your marathon PR - awesome!

Black Knight said...

That mile 21 is crazy! I think that in your mind that must be your target.

Susan said...

I remember that hill. And you are crazy to think of climbing it so soon after MCM . . . it's running uphill for 3 miles.