Friday, October 21, 2011

Goals (Schmoles)


If you're looking for a feel good, motivational post on my goals for Sunday's half marathon, you're probably not going to find it here.

You will find a little bit of low-brow humor, however. Shocking, I know!

So here we go.

In case you just jumped into my blog, here's the deal. I was on track to run a fantastic half marathon in September: the Heartbreak Ridge Half. 5 weeks before the race, I injured my leg. Boo. I then spend the next 6-8 weeks (can't remember the specifics) rehabbing my leg and getting healthy. While injured, I decided to sign up for a half marathon in October (Temecula Half Marathon), thinking that I'd be healthy by then.

I'm healthy! YAY!

But... being healthy doesn't mean that I can go out there and run myself into the ground.

My coach e-mailed me yesterday and wrote "we are running this race because we can." He also told me that I need to exercise caution because I'm going into it having run a mileage deficit. Or something to that effect. In other words, the longest run I've done in over 2 months is the 10-miler that I did last Sunday. It went well, but that doesn't mean I can go out there and try to bust out 8 minute miles for the entirety of this race. That would be DUMB, and I'm finished being a DUMB runner.

So Sunday is simply a solid training run. If I have to put a number on it (to it?), I'd have to say that I'm shooting for a 9 minute mile pace.

After checking out the course, I think this is a solid plan. Good morning, hills.


1) No pooping in my shorties


2) No pooping during the race

I feel pretty confident that I will be able to achieve Goals #1 and #2. It's only a half, and my bowels do ok during that distance. I just have to watch what I eat the night before.

3) Wear a cute outfit.

Check. This goal is already accomplished. I am wearing my new Run to Honor visor (more on Run to Honor in a later post...) and a red Team Sparkle skirt.

Team Sparkle skirts have become all the rage within the past few months. Many popular running bloggers are doing/have done give-aways recently. My outfit for Sunday is actually a rerun from the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon (sans the Minnie Mouse ears that have gone flat in the below photo). In fact, the Sparkly Girls Paparazzi ambushed me after the race for a photo that they could put on their Team Sparkle Facebook page.

How rude that I didn't even get off the phone. What was I thinking? Oh well. I really wanted to talk to my Mommy. What can I say?

 Wow. I look like complete SHIT here. But at least I was a running fashion trendsetter, right? I wore a sparkly skirt way before its time.

4) Run that 9 minute mile pace we discussed earlier. Or that I discussed. Or that I typed. Whatever. 

So that's that!!! Off to the race, I go!


  1. OMG I can't stop laughing... I'm also a little immature and won't stop giggling at the fact that #2 had to do with poop. :)

    On a serious note - I'm ecstatic that you're healthy! Yay! Isn't is crazy how much we take it for granted? I don't know about you, but whenever I feel the slightest twinge I'm all "DEAR GOD, I will adopt babies from [insert a 3rd world country here] if you just take the nuisance in my hip away".

    PS - read about Run to Honor. very, very cool.

  2. OH poop!!...(not in your shorts)...I wrote up a long comment and blogger erased it!!! Yay for being healthy. I admire you for attacking this race with a smart race pace/goal. Go get'em, Allison. Can't wait to hear how it goes. Enjoy racing!! it's deserve it!!

  3. first of all, you crack me up.
    seriously though i love your goals and think you are being smart. i hope you enjoy the race!

  4. I hear ya...I am done being a DUMB runner too. Let's just be thankful we are back out there running. Thanks for the reminder about being healthy not meaning we can run our hardest, I always need reminders:)

  5. ha ha, nice goals! Good luck on this training run/race. Way to not be dumb! :) I think this is a smart plan.

  6. Hope you reach all of those goals! And you look cute.

  7. My problem with pooping is that sometimes I'm too nervous before a race to go and then the need hits me right around mile 7. So annoying. Good luck with your goals!

  8. I'm the pathetic reader who never comments on any blogs as of late although I MUCH appreciate the laughs I got from the penis situation!!

    Love the goals. I did not poop in my shorties today but I did have to make a stop on the side of the road during my run in a big ditch (aka-Minnesota bathroom) The road was like completely desolate but somehow about 10 minutes after I started running again, a police car pulls up and proceeds to pull me over. Apparently, there were reports from a farm house of a scary man hunched over in a ditch spying in windows. Seriously.....

    Have a great race tomorrow! Virtually cheering for you:)