Hi friends! I'm done being cranky, I promise. HURRAH BIG PR FOR ME!
1. Big big giant running news yesterday that is unlikely to ever have anything to do with me: changes to the registration and qualification process for the Boston Marathon. For those of you that this directly affects, what do you think? Being on the outside, I actually feel like this is a pretty fair way to change things, but I'd love to hear from everyone else. The discussions I've seen in the past 12 hours have been fascinating. I'm also a giant nerd and would love to see the numbers behind the decision. As in, what percentage of the 2010 field would have been eliminated by the 2013 standards?
For the record, a 3:20 marathon (my get-in-right-away qualifier) is faster average pace than the 5K I ran on Sunday. Um. Right. YAY KATIE! Also, I'd probably have to stop getting injured every other day. But seriously, what do you guys think?
Along those lines, I'll be in Boston this year, cheering my fool head off. Side note: if you'll be there as well, join us for one of the many blogger meet-ups!
2. Blog shout-out time: Puppy pics, just for you :
and more ridiculous pictures of awesome here. Be my friend, I'll send you terrifying emails after dark. What?
3. It's been really interesting how my perspective has changed as I've gotten a bit faster these past few months. Before, when people would post their splits on dailymile or their blogs, anything faster than 9MM was, "Fast," anything with a 7 was, "Really Fast," and anything with a 6 was, "Have Fun Up There You Crazy Ridiculous People, I'll Be In The Back Drinking Wine." But now that I'm consistently running in the 9s, 8s, and even 7s for some of my workouts, my perspective has completely changed. I'm able to recognize the difference between running tempos at 7:50 and 7:10 - before, I would've considered it "the same," but now that I'm running my tempos at 7:50ish, I can see the gaping cavern between that and what a 7:10 average would look and feel like. It's made me a lot more self-aware - before I was just a "10ish" person most runs - but I think it's also made me better able to understand and appreciate the strides that my friends and teammates are making in their own training, and how awesome those steps are, these steps that may seem kind of tiny on paper. What do you think? Has anything in your training ever shifted your own perspective?
So, to sum up today's 3TT test:
1. What do you think of Boston?
2. Why don't you like puppies?
3. Faster = smarter? (Just kidding, please don't punch me in the teeth).