Jan 25, 2010

Marathon Medal

The Little Rock marathon unveiled their medal today. See here. I'll save you some reading though. This medal is 7.75 inches by 6 inches and weighs 1.67 pounds. Compare that to normal medals which average 2.5 inches and 3 ounces. Little Rock prides itself on having a large medal, could you tell. Also, the medal reflects its focus on going green for the marathon. Not sure what steps they'll take to do so but I for one wholeheartedly support that.

I have to say that a few days ago I realized I have another marathon in just about 3 weeks and kind of got excited about that. No burnout yet anyway.

My weight seems to be creeping back up but slowly. I'm back up 2 of the 6 or so that I lost. Not that it matters, just interesting.

Today I was on the treadmill for my 20 miler. I used a pack of sport beans for energy which is nutritionally the same as a pack of gu. I like the flavors and spread the beans out from mile 10 to mile 19 but for some reason they didn't seem to give me the boost that a gel pack (what I usually use) does. The last three miles were kind of a grind. Maybe that was because I kicked it down to 8:30 miles instead of 8:40's. I'll go back to the gels in the future.

All in: 20 miles at 8:41

9 comments:

Jill said...

You just realized you have a marathon in 3 weeks??? hahaha, I'm such a mess in the many weeks before a marathon, it'd never escape my mind. Good miles and pace there and that's very cool about the medal. Be sure not to wear it too long or you'll end up with a very stiff neck!

Beth said...

The medal is very important. When Mike did a half Ironman and didn't get a medal, he was very disappointed. Sounds like you are ready for the next one. That was good that you practiced with the beans before you tried them in a race.

Meg said...

Your weight is truly interesting to me, it will be interesting to watch that as the next marathon comes and goes!! I can't believe the next one is three weeks away! 20 miles on the treadmill seems grueling and I think you're pretty tough if you only struggled on the last three miles!

Glenn Jones said...

*That* is a piece of bling! After going 26.2 I'm not sure I'd be able to hoist that puppy. I think I'd shoot myself before I would put in 20 miles on a treadmill. Way to get it done!

Thank you for your little saying - I love it! It will be part of my mantra when I start getting long in the tooth about mile 16 or so....

Tony said...

Nice treadmill run. That is strange about your weight. That little rock marathon looks amazing. What do you do for 20 miles to keep yourself from going insane?

AZ said...

Tony, I listen to music, podcasts and watch tv. That and watch the tenths of a mile slowly tick by.

lindsay said...

i would totally run this race for that enormo medal! :)

in regards to interstate driving... it was a nice change to not be run off the road by people going 20+ over. made the trip longer... but it was just nice to not feel so, rushed! i am on the road entirely too much though, so i'm afraid i've fallen into the "i just want to get off the interstate" mode a lot.

San said...

I know I repeat myself but: whoa, 20 miles for training. Amazing

Jean said...

You are a trooper for putting in 20 miles on a treadmill. That takes dedication and commitment. I wish we would get some nicer weather soon. I am so ready for spring!

All the best as you prepare for your next race!