Okay, so I thought…well, I’ve done one marathon.  I did a great Half Marathon.  I’m sure I can ease right back into training for my next cycle.  I’ve decided.  I’m doing the LA Marathon on March 21, 2010.

I haven’t blogged this week because I am exhausted.  I didn’t think I would be so tired, but there’s a new sheriff in town, and you’ll notice him on my blogroll:  Speedy Sasquatch.  I talked with him on and off this summer when I was training my 9 year old for a 5K.  He was supportive, friendly, helpful.  I chatted on Twitter with him.  I started noticing that this guy was serious.  I sauntered on over to his blog, and was very impressed. 

I wanted to do something different for this training, not because the TNT plan didn’t work.  It did work.  But, I have realized a goal, and I cannot believe I am saying this…again…but, I want a BQ before I die… maybe in ten years or less.  And, I want to run Boston.  Now, do go all *elite* on me.  Like, how could YOU, a 50 year old Mom of 2, and basically lazy person want to do this?  It’s not a bucket list goal.  It’s something I started toying with as a serious goal.

Which means:  serious plans.

I started working with him this week.  He sent me the plan.  Monday was off.  It started Tuesday with 6×3 minute intervals.  A total of 4.84 miles in all.  I felt great.  Kim and I were laughing.  We thought we were fast.  We had fun.  Nothing hurt, nothing sore.

Then, I woke up.

Wednesday called for 4 slow miles.  Which felt like lead.  Part of my body that I didn’t even know I had were starting to ache.  We had done plyos the day before, and you have seen nothing until you’ve seen two Moms doing the Running Man down the street.  I’m sure the drivers were laughing their heads off.  We were.

The 4 miles was done in 45:40 or something, kinda slow, but felt good.

Then, the bottom dropped out.  He innocently asked if I liked coffee.  Of course.  Anyone who knows me, knows that Starbucks French Roast is a staple.  I mean, I buy it when I go out of town.  I also happened to mention that I like Diet Coke.

The hammer came down.

No more.  STOP. IT. NOW.

I can’t repeat what I said to myself or outload at my desk when I got that email.  I believe I even sent him an email begging for this ONE little thing.  The answer was no.

I’m on Day 2.  I’m hungover and cranky.  My tongue feels like cotton, and nothing tastes right.  I have 5 cases at home, and 2 I brought for my students. 

I’m willing.  I’m not happy about it, but I’m willing.  It will take some time, but I want the BQ.  I want to listen.  Meanwhile, I really really want a Diet Coke.

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7 thoughts on “There’s A New Sheriff In Town

  1. Okay. I’m watching you. You’re the guinea pig. You BQ next year and I’ll buy in to the whole program.

    You are smart pitching the TNT plan though. It is designed to get beginners through their first marathon. Now that you are officially no longer a marathon virgin, you can get serious. You know better what works and what doesn’t. Too many first timers bite off more than they can chew with their first plan and end up injured.

    See you Thursday! (I’m excited!)

  2. How about a real coke? That’s funny, there are so many other bad things you could eat or drink but I’d think diet coke would be way down the list. Good on you trying the new program.

  3. So does this mean no caffeine or not diet coke! You are stronger than me! It will be worth it when you BQ!!

  4. Hey LInda – NICE goal! I have that on my ‘someday’ list too, although for now, I’m just trying to get a second 1/2 marathon under my feet. I can’t wait to follow you along though!

    Any chance you have a specific ‘training plan’ that you used for your son? My 10.5 year old daughter wants to run. She is running a 5K with me this week, but it’s going to be more of a walk-run thing with lots of family. But she has the drive to run ‘with me’, so I would like to be smart about it.

    I don’t get the no coffee thing? I MUST have 2 cups of coffee when I run in early mornings. That would KILL.ME. LOL.

  5. Hey there – saw your comment “come run LA” after my comment over on Viper’s blog, so I came to visit yours. I have another blogger buddy who is always encouraging me to come run the LA marathon (I know you were talking to Viper)… Perhaps someday I will… but next year’s it’s Boston! 🙂

    So I’m confused… have you run a half or whole marathon?

    anywho… good luck with the training and the decaf. I drink decaf myself after reading Matt Fitzgerald’s training books. If you drink caffeinated coffee all the time you become habituated to it and then it doesn’t do you any good on race day when you need it… so I save the leaded for races and it works like a charm.

    good luck!

  6. That’s awesome…I’d love to do that too but I don’t think I have the energy to put forth the effort. I’m better and running mindlessly!

    Some of the “gang” are running Saturday’s at Mr. Ts…come on out. We are meeting at 7 this week…people are doing anything between 4 and 10…depending.

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