Friday, October 23, 2009

The Last Race

Sunday marks the last race of the season for me. I will be running in the WMU Campus Classic 5K.* I have always heard good things about this race. It should have some fast college kids to help drag my 32 year-old body through the finish line.

So let’s talk about goals for this 5K. I want to run a 17:58. And scheduling a 5K two weeks after my marathon seemed like a good idea. I’d be in good physical shape, I wouldn’t have any additional long runs to fret about, I can retool and focus on speed for a few weeks, and I’ll be well rested.

But I never went so far as to write down a training plan. Which has lead to this; its two days away from the 5K and, since Chicago, I’ve done three runs: an easy 3M, and to 5M at 6:30/M (read no speed work at all). Oh, and one yoga class. I’ve also had what can only amount to an intervention about my post-marathon eating habits. Look, lots of people would eat leftover cake from an office party at 7:15am the following day; and by lots of people I mean me. Those concerned will not be happy to hear that I’ll be heading to Taco Bell for lunch today (ummm…black taco).

But it’s Taco Bell Friday, and rules are rules.
Lastly, I’ll be shutting my running down for the next 8 or 10 weeks. During that time I plan on taking a swimming class, reading more books, taking a vacation somewhere warm (even cold runners enjoy the sun and sand sometimes), and attempting to negotiate a much needed peace between the star bellied llamas of East Lansing and the non-star bellied llamas of Okemos. I myself prefer alpacas.
tensions are running high
*Please note that Taco Bell is a sponsor of this race!!!

12 comments:

Sun Runner said...

I think you need to change those llamas to deer. I'm just sayin'.

Also, if the snacks are there, it is one's duty to eat them. That's the rule: if there will be snacks, the snacks WILL be eaten!

X-Country2 said...

My husband always gets excited when I leave town becasue it means he gets to have Taco Bell for dinner.

Good luck this weekend!

B.o.B. said...

Black taco is delish. Or so I have heard. Ok fine, I had one. It was tasty!

I am very proud of your peace keeping work. If only the llamas could all just get along.

Morgan said...

AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA that pic is hilarious!

You and your Taco Bell... BLAH! Go figure B.o.B's had the black taco's... she is a "sista" after all...

Good luck on your race this weekend! Looking forward to the recap. Kill it!!! And by kill it I mean the Llama's. Alpacas are much softer I hear...

Chic Runner said...

Me and you are ment to be together. I posted about Taco bell today too..... <3 ha ha ha

Nitmos said...

There can be no peace amongst the llamas. You think the middle East is a never ending war? Llamas laugh at the middle East and their constant sissy fighting.

Running and living said...

OK, I am probably the only person in the US who has never had Taco Bell. From all the responses, looks like I am missing out!!!
Good luck with the 5K, you are going to rock it. So 8-10 weeks off of running..wow...are you sure you'll make it this long??? Good luck with the swimming. I am curious how it goes for you. AM

Viper said...

Good luck at the 5K. You really chose a tough distance for the big finale ...

chicagorunner said...

From a former Spartan, the traffic circle pic slays me

The Laminator said...

What's up with all the Taco talk...It must be post-marathon munchies talking...Maybe I'll experience it after next week...

Enjoy your 5K!

Adam said...

Dang, after reading this, I'm hungry!

Since it is already Tuesday, I hope to waddle through my reader and find that you crushed your goal with some Taco Bell fuel.

Irish Cream said...

Um, can somebody please explain to me what the hell a black taco is? And also, why I always seem to have that "black . . . mail. black . . . taco" radio ad constantly running through my mind? I feel like there is some kind of subliminal message mind-f*cking going on, and frankly, I'm scared.