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Whew! I’m Officially In Boston

November 18, 2009 4 comments

I was actually worried for 24 hours!  I kinda thought it was automatic.  If you run the time and register, you’re in.  I registered on Nov 2nd, the day after running a qualifying time of 3:15:53 at NYC.  And being the excited kid at heart that I am, I checked the Entry List on the Boston site everyday to see if my name was there yet.

So, Nov 16th comes and I see a Facebook post from a running friend that says he just got his email confirmation for Boston. What?!  I don’t have mine yet.

I go to the Boston site and check again…nothing, just a Melissa Tibbetts, who is not related, but seems to be taunting me.  I start checking other friends from my running club that I know qualified and registered. Nate…he’s in, Steve…he’s in…Elias…he’s in….C’mon!!  Is my time not fast enough?!  I know I registered before them, so I didn’t miss the registration cut off, and all those guys ran NYC.  OK, let me check the “fine print” maybe they take fast guys first, and if it fills up, sorry Charlie.

“The B.A.A. reserves the right to reject any entry, issue special invitations, cancel the race, expand or further limit the field, or adjust the entry procedures.”

Oh GREAT!  They might reject me!?  I immediately send an email, stating my time and my registration confirmation number.  To make matters worse I read another post on Facebook from a guy who also qualified and hasn’t received an email confirmation yet.

Tuesday Nov. 17th 3:45pm

email received…

Dear Chad W. Tibbetts,

This is to notify you that your entry into the 114th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 19, 2010 has been accepted, provided that the information you submitted is accurate.”

YES!!  (heart racing…smile beaming…relief…excitement…nervous)

Now I actually have to run it!

I was so worried about NOT getting in, I had decided on running the Flying Pig marathon in Cincinnati instead and crushing the qualify time to show those Boston people what’s up. 🙂

But I’m in. Let the training begin!

Tuesday Ran 4 miles easy, then later in day did 6×400 at 5k pace, with 2 1/2 minutes standing rest.  Felt good. Ran smooth, comfortable. Ran 87-90 seconds per.

Wednesday 5 miles easy recovery run

Thursday plan is 3x1mi at 10k pace about 6 min/mile with 3-5 min jogging rest.

This is from the Hal Higdon Advanced Marathon Recovery Plan Week 2

Also, got my official Brightroom Photo CD.  Will Post Pics soon

Next Race will be in 2 1/2 weeks, Dec 6th.  Joe Kleinerman 10K

Goal is 37:31 which is 56 VDOT (6:02 pace) on the Jack Daniel Chart and equivalent to a 2:53:20 marathon, and 1:23 1/2 marathon.  Most recent best 10k time is 37:50 in May 08 at the Healthy Kidney.

I think it is very do-able.  And I’m excited to have a race to look forward to again.

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Jack Daniels Training seems to be working!

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment

I bought this book 5 years ago,  Danels’ Running Formula, by Jack Daniels  http://www.amazon.com/Daniels-Running-Formula-Jack/dp/0880117354 .  NO! Not the whiskey, he is a famous running coach.  I use the book to formulate workout for specific races.  I ran my first marathon last year and referenced the book, but didn’t follow any of the training plans.  Oops.  This year my training partner Nate and I have been following Marathon A plan quite closely and results are great.

I can only say results are great by the way I feel when running the specified workouts.  The pace is getting easier and I can feel myself getting stronger.  A small test of fitness will occur this weekend in Central Park.  Our team, Brooklyn Road Runners has a 4 mile team race and it will be my first race in about 5 weeks.

We have been doing tempo runs right around 6 minute pace comfortably, so I am planning on being under 6 minutes/mile avearage, shooting for mid 23s

Our workout today was 8×5 min tempo with 30 seconds recovery.  Not as bad as I thought it would be going in.  The rest was harder mentally than the actual running.  I felt better just to get running again.  Held back on purpose due to race coming up,  tried to hold it at 6:30 pace, but usually ended up quicker, 6:10-6:20.

Still have sore quads and hams from our 18 miler on Sunday night, 2x10min tempo, 10 miles easy, 20 min tempo. Tough.

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