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Archive for February, 2009
Mrs. Fitness Geek and I watch Biggest Loser. It’s not my favorite show, but she enjoys it and we get to spend time together so it’s win-win. Well this week a dude was eliminated and the cameras visited him at his home afterward to see how he was progressing. Well, he bragged about finishing a marathon with his wife and the video shows him crossing in 3:53. I gotta admit, I felt bad about myself seeing him do so well after a lifetime of not moving at all. Here he was with a sub-4 time.
Not so fast. Apparently, he didn’t run the whole thing. A TV van picked him and his wife up and drove them at least 3 miles (depends on who you ask) to the finish so they could cross the line for the cameras. They got their medals, but were later disqualified when the race director found out. One runner blogged about the marathon and said the couple was several miles behind her and she finished in 6:14. The BL contestant’s wife said they were only driven three miles, as if that’s OK. The BL contestant says he never knew the show was going to portray them on TV as if they finised the marathon.
Yet, in the video he says he completed a marathon with his wife. WTF? Look, I’m not a marathoner…yet. And this pisses me off. Why would heeven want the medal? And why the Hell would you cross the finish line? Sigh. Everybody’s lying. Read the story here and let me know what you think.
I did a nice four miles last night and I’ve got 12 this weekend before my 20 miler in a week. As for the personal stuff, I’ve got an exciting update tomorrow…
This week’s TIART asks, nay orders us to ask the question and give the answer. I’ll do a few but only charge you for one.
1. What are the winning lottery numbers?
14, 8, 27, 35, 42(the answer to life, the universe and everything), and 25.
2. When running long runs should I start slow or just go out at my full pace?
I find starting just under your goal pace is a good way to warm up. It’ll also conserve some energy for the end. Your time might even improve because you’ll have more kick at the end.
3. What was up with Lost last night? Did they answer any questions?
It was intense. And Weird. They gave plenty of answers, but I don’t know the questions they were answering.
4. How often should I take gels on long runs?
I use ‘em every 5-8 miles, depending on the length of the run and how I’m feeling.
5. Hydration – How much should I drink?
I’ve found I do best drinking every 15 minutes or so on long runs. Find whatever works for you.
6. How can I work “Too Legit To Quit” into a conversation?
That’s a tough one since MC Hammer hasn’t been relevant in 15 years. Try “I was having a tough time on this project, but I completed it because I’m too legit to quit.”
7. What should my goal pace be in the Rock Creek Marathon in May?
Slower than mine. It’s not nice to pass people who give you advice.
8. How long should I rest with an injury?
As long as necessary. Sometimes that means cutting your running completely, other times just cutting it down. Take it slow. Running less now means running more later.
9. Rock Creek? I thought you were doing the Atlanta ING in March? What gives? Are you scared? I bet you’re scared.
Shut up. I was planning on ING, but some issues in the ol’ personal life are better suited if I have the weeks leading up to ING free. Instead I’m doing the Rock Creek Trail Marathon, site of my first half marathon last year.
10. What’s the best advice you can give a new runner?
Greasy food before a run…not a good plan.
Yesterday was a light day for me, no running just lifting. It was a good workout with a twist: I did it while watching The Bachelor. Mrs. Fitness Geek loves the show and I told her I’d do my workout during it after 24 so we could spend time together.
I swear I don’t think that’s something I would say. The Bachelor? Sigh. But it’s great fun since Mrs. Fitness Geek is full of snarky comments.
24 was a bit ridiculous. Which I guess is like saying saying falling from a tall building is going to hurt just a bit. But it was also great fun. 24, not the falling part.
Thanks to everyone asking how we’re doing with the personal stuff going on right now. I’ll post more about it in the next day or so. But we’ll know specific dates on everything in the next week or so. We’re getting excited. And nervous. But mostly excited.
On the running front I did 18 miles yesterday morning. It wasn’t too bad, a 9:40 average that felt strong at the end. I ran with only one gel, and I think if I had had a few more I would’ve been done better. This week is an easy week for me before my 20-miler the following week.
Mrs. Fitness Geek and I saw Confessions of a Shopaholic on Saturday. Yeah, she picked it. Not me. But she enjoyed it and that’s good enough for me. It’s a good chick flick and a good weekend movie.
We’re both recovering from our colds so Kleenex is making a lot less money off of us now.
Finally, is Psych not one of the best shows on television? They just aired the season finale, but the Friday the 13th spoof, titled Tuesday the 17th, was spectacular. If you haven’t watched it yet, Netflix it or catch it online.
If you talk with people in our town, they always say the same thing when I explain where I live: Oh yeah the street on top of the hill. That should give you an idea on why I do targeted hill workouts right outside my front door.
I did it five times and had enough since tomorrow is my long run. I would have liked to have done more, and I’ll work on that in the coming weeks and months.
On non-running notes, Mrs. Fitness Geek and I are battling colds. It appears the colds have teamed up and combined their powers. Tylenol, Advil, Sudafed, all appear to be useless. We’re fighting back though with heavier drugs and more tissues.
It’s a war. A war we plan on winning. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go drug myself.
I learned something about myself today. I went running this morning, and it was miserable. Two miles and my shins and calves and ankles hurt the whole way. I was slow, achy and not efficient.
I chalked it up to not stretching enough, not warming up enough and just one of those days.
On the way to work I changed my mind. Instead of calling it a wash, I decided to run again tonight. To set things right. I went to the park tonight and did six miles. I finished strong in just 52:30.
I’m glad I went back out. The day feels like a success now. I’m still figuring out exactly how much I need to stretch and I’m learning that the really hilly courses require a much longer warmup than the flat runs.
Elsewhere, how great was this week’s Lost? The answer: pretty freaking great. Next week looks to be even more impressive.
I’ll run again tomorrow morning and do an easy long run Saturday of 10 miles. I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’ve got plenty to do around the house, but Mrs. Fitness Geek has her heart set on see “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”
I’m all over the place. I’ve got just a few things I try to do every day: run and/or workout, work, spend time with Mrs. Fitness Geek and blog. I usually get three out of four.
Monday was super busy with a long day at work followed by my Kiwanis meeting. By the time I got home, it was nearly 9 pm. I did my chest/back workout, watched 24 and crashed. Last night wasn’t much better. I didn’t get as much done as I should have at home and by the time I went to bed, I felt the day had been wasted.
I woke up this morning tired from several late nights in a row but ready to go running. Except it was pouring. Fantastic. Tonight I won’t be getting home before 7 or 8, and will have to settle with the bike and weights tonight.
Tomorrow I’ll get up early and go for a run.
Oh and our fridge is on the fritz.
I’ll post more about the weekend tomorrow, but for now I’ll just say I had a pretty good run this morning. It was supposed to be 16, but it turned out to be closer to 15 and change thanks to a wrong turn. I also got to put the headlamp to use, which worked like a charm.
I started off a bit slow, but sped up and finished with a negative split. The only downside was some IT tenderness. I’m hoping some stretching and rolling will sort it out.
Overall, it was a good run. I wish it had been faster, but that’ll get better. I’ll post a long weekend recap tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great weekend!