Posts Tagged ‘NYC marathon’

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.


Easy Tempo, Weather Forecast, Next Weeks Dress Rehearsal, and Pictures!

October 21, 2009 2 comments

New York weather is officially crazy.  Supposed to be 76 today, it was 43 a few days ago, back down to 55 by Tuesday.  Who knows what Nov 1st will be… says Hi 48 Lo 39, possible morning shower. Hi 60, Lo 51 and sunny.  Thats doable, would like it a little warmer, but I’d definitely prefer a little chilly to a little warm.  Big change from yesterday’s prediction…Sun I like, any warmer could be an issue.  Still hoping for 55 and sunny!

Today’s workout was just a tune up, 3x10min tempo with 2 min rest.  Ran with Nate and managed a brisk but comfortable 620-630 per mile pace.

Next week on Wednesday I plan to do a marathon “dress rehearsal” which basically is dressing exactly how I plan to dress on marathon day.  I’m doing this because 1. I’m excited.  Even at age 35, I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  2.  It will be good for my peace of mind to know I am not missing anything in my outfit.  3.  I will visualize a great race

I wanted to share some exciting pics from my facebook friend Dee of marathon prep around the city…

Banners are going up all over city!

Banners are going up all over city!

Bleachers at the Finish Line in Central Park

Bleachers at the Finish Line in Central Park

Signs for Marathon are EVERYWHERE!

Signs for Marathon are EVERYWHERE!

More Signs!

More Signs!

NYRR Headquarters Decked out

NYRR Headquarters Decked out

Im TOTALLY getting this shirt.

Im TOTALLY getting this shirt.

Another Chilly Day in NYC, Another Solid Workout

October 18, 2009 2 comments

Total miles on Saturday, 12.  Ran 3 miles on the warm up, then 2×2 miles at tempo with a 2 min rest.  Splits were, 6:24 (uphill), 5:58 downhill, rest, 6:19 uphill, 6:01 downhill.  Felt healthy and fast.  Weight before 188, after 183.  Had a little inner left knee pain for last few days, but hip and foot felt great today.  Ultrasound machine really helping.

Talked with John Shostrom and Scott McCraw about marathon pacing and goals.  They seem to think 3:15 should be a piece of cake for me.  I hope they are right…I think I am ready.  My only concern is, with only 1 marathon under my belt and such a drastic “hit of the wall”, I am cautious rather than cocky.

Running these tempos plus the 1:25 half marathon gives me good confidence.  Speed is not the issue.  Endurance is the issue.  My plan is to be conservative for the first half.  I would be happy to be around 1:35 and try to hold even or maybe run a negative split.

Ended up with 36 miles for the week.  Will drop it down more next week, 28-31 miles with a 3×10 min tempo on Wed or Thurs.  No more weight lifting.

The 10 day weather forecast still only goes up to Monday October 26, and says that day will be Sunny Hi 57, Lo 46.  I can live with that for the marathon, lets hope that weather holds, even a little cooler would be perfect.

Great Tempo Today, CHILLY!…What to Wear On Race Day

October 14, 2009 1 comment

The tempo workout went better than I expected today. It was Hindy, Nate and I, the Michigan trifecta (we are all originally from MI)  I am always positive and optimistic but these aches and pains are lingering and I didn’t know how much I would be able to push. I woke up at 6am to get some heating pad action on my groin/hip and hamstrings.   I was excited to do the workout despite the cold weather and tight muscles.  –SIDE NOTE–I bought a new pair of shoes yesterday.  I don’t keep as good of track as I should about how many miles my shoes have on them.  Thinking back, I have about 400 miles on my current shoes.  I am fairly hard on shoes so, 400 is more than I like to go in a pair.  I am reminded to get new shoes when I start to get sore in weird places.  The trainers I’m currently using  are Brooks Adrenaline.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9

But those aren’t the shoes I wore today.  I wanted to test out my marathon gear in cold weather. This morning at 6am the temp was 42F/39F wind chill.   Chances are marathon day won’t be in the 30s but it’s possible.  I wore my flats that I will be running the marathon in.  Brooks Racer ST 4 and as Brooks states “has enough substance to conquer the marathon but light enough for the 5K”…perfect

Brooks Racer ST 4

Brooks Racer ST 4

I also wore everything else I plan to wear in marathon if temperature is 38-45.  Here is the list.  Hat by Under Armour (over the ear) most heat is lost through the head, if it’s in the 50s I’ll probably switch it out for a rimmed hat.

Under Armour beanie hat

Under Armour beanie hat

I wore a nike short sleeved technical shirt, very lightweight, I think its polyester, loose fitting, and my team tank top over it.  Trek arm sleeves.  Which are nice because they allow free movement and can also be rolled down if you become too hot.  I wore them last year and they worked great. Basically they keep your arms warm without having to wear the shirt part, since your core should be fairly warm.

Trek Arm Warmers

Trek Arm Warmers

On the bottom, I wore 2XU compression shorts and regular running shorts over them, and 2XU calf compression sleeves.  Why not just wear the full tights?  1.  I think the calf sleeves look cool 🙂  2.  Full tights sag and bunch…maybe compression ones wouldn’t, I haven’t tried them yet.

My combo is more versatile in more weather scenarios.  Finally on my feet, a new pair of socks, dual layer to prevent blisters.  I have been using Injinji toe socks, but socks are irritating my foot tendon, so I found a great pair of coolmax socks that have a looser elastic.  I would like to use the toe socks in the marathon if my foot feels better, they almost ensure no blisters on your toes.

Injinji Toe Socks

Injinji Toe Socks

The workout itself was great.  4x10min tempo with 2 min jogging rest.  Warmed up 2 miles, then went into the workout.  Averaged about 620-630 pace and #1 and #2, then for some reason we hammered the 2nd half of the 3rd repeat, and it was uphill, must’ve been about 6:15 pace.  #4 started out around 6:20 pace, but was quickly dropped down to 6:10ish.  No one was visibly pushing the pace, it just kind of spiraled into FAST.  Oh well, it builds confidence for the marathon.  All the gear felt good.

My weight is down to 187 lbs pre workout, finished at 185lbs with 16oz water consumption.  So about 3lbs of water loss during 1hr run in cold weather.  Also had 6 Shot Bloks and a salt tablet before heading out.  Nothing was consumed during run.  After I had 2 scoops of R4 in

Black Cherry Shot Bloks w/ Caffine

12oz of water when I got home, then 20 minutes later, a USANA shake with frozen peaches and flax oil added.

Oh, one more thing that I love to use are the BreatheRight strips that go on your nose and let you get more air in your nostrils.  I have been using them for the last couple races and hard workouts.  I used them years ago, but forgot about them.  I think they make a difference, even if it slight, over the course of the marathon

BreatheRight Strip

it may shave some seconds.  (And Ryan Hall uses them).

Here is a good article about what to wear on Race Day from NYRR

What Will You Wear On Race Day?

10/12/09 Easy 4miles…marathon weather already!

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

I took Sunday off, to rest aches. Today, 4 miles easy around the Park. Felt decent. Groin and foot a little sore, knee felt great. It was chilly today 49 and breezy. Thats good though, I need to get used to the cooler weather. I’m hoping marathon is in the mid 50’s. But after this weekend’s performance by the winners in Chicago marathon, maybe I want it colder. Wanjiru set the Chicago record with 2:05:41 in 33 degree weather. Fastest marathon on US soil.

Plan to run 6-7 tomorrow, easy. Will continue ice treatment, light stretching on groin, and ice on foot. Ibuprofen in now a staple, trying to keep the inflammation down and help the healing process

Today–Rest; Tomorrow–Running Last 11.2 miles of NYC course!

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Today I am resting after a tough workout on Thursday. Doing a lot of treatment on my aches and pains. Icing, ultrasound, compression, massage, and icing, and oh yeah, did I mention icing 🙂

Depending on how I feel tomorrow, I may go extra once in Central Park, maybe 15-16 total. Starting at the base of the Queensboro Bridge at Mile 15. I did this same workout last year, but started at mile 16.5, on the Manhattan side of the bridge. I’ll give a report tomorrow, stay tuned.

Queensboro Bridge NYC Marathon

Queensboro Bridge NYC Marathon

10/7/09 Rest today, Lifted Yesterday, Core Training

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I had an afternoon gym session after my post yesterday. Felt great. I haven’t been in the gym since last Monday. I’m a true believer in the benefits of a well designed strength training program. I’m currently reading a great book that I will start implementing immediately. But since I am almost to taper time it will be used fully in the Boston Build up.
The book is Brain Training for Runners. It has a great section on specific strength training exercises for runners and exactly how to implement it into your program.

Today is a full rest day. It is hard for me to accept a full rest day, but I know it is for the best, especially for the healing of my strained groin and foot tendon.

Tomorrow’s plan is the last long tempo workout. 35 min easy, 15 tempo, 35 easy, 15 tempo, should be about 14-15 miles with the cool down
I am loving the cool weather. Low 60s in the morning perfect.

24 days to go!

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