Marathon Training

Time to put up, or shut up.

I'm training for a BQ, a Boston Qualification.

There. I said it.

As a 35 year old male, that means I need to run a marathon in 3 hours 10 minutes (or better).

Which makes my GMP, or Goal Marathon Pace, 7:15/mile.

My coach, a 40+ time marathoner, 3x Olympic Trials Qualifier, extremely gifted runner (and certified coach), has been giving me specific workouts to get me there.

The biggest thing I'm needing to concentrate on is consistency, getting a feel for the 7:15 pace.

The race I'm targeting is the 36th Annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon, which is May 5, 2013.

Specific workouts I've done, thus far, include:

  • GMP 2x2
    • warm up, then 2 miles at GMP, jog 1 mile, 2 miles at GMP, cool down
  • GMP 2x3
    • warm up, 2 @ GMP, jog 1, 2 @ GMP, jog 1, 2 @ GMP, cool down
  • GMP 10k
    • warm up, 6.2 @ GMP, cool down
      • I did this one on my own, Coach was happy about the result, but "yelled" that it was too early to do this type of workout
  • 3-2-1 Repeats
    • warm up, (3 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy, 2 hard / easy, 1 hard / easy) repeat x 4, cool down
  • GMP 3x2
    • 2 up, 3 @ GMP, jog 1, 3 @ GMP, down
      • did this on my treadmill, which is quite a bit tougher than I thought
Lincoln National Guard Marathon

Movie Round Up!

A catch-up post? Yep. Sorry, I'm lazy.

I've been fortunate enough to take in a couple of the February releases:

Identity Thief: imdb | official site
A Good Day To Die Hard: imbd | official site
Safe Haven: imdb | official site

Identity Thief has two of my favorite comedic actors in it: Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. I was expecting wall-to-wall laughs, the non-stop kind. That didn't happen. There were stretches where I was... bored. When it was funny, though, it was VERY funny. I nearly choked from laughter during the scene with Eric Stonestreet

A Good Day To Die Hard in one word: awful. From Willis' phoning it in, to the laughably bad "action" scenes, and the forced inclusion of the "Yippie Kiyay..." line, this movie has nothing the previous entries had. I've wasted $5 on worse things before, but, this is Die Hard for cryin' out loud! At the core was a really cool story too, just, wasted.

Safe Haven sucked. Julianne Hough needs to find a different gig, because she cannot act. Her portrayal of an abuse victim rang false, in every way. From the douche factory that vomited The Notebook onto the world, I didn't have any expectations for this "movie", and even those weren't met. It's an insult to films to call this turd a "movie".

Identity Thief, 3 outta 4 whatevers.
A Good Day To Die Hard, 1 outta 4 whatevers.
Safe Haven, 1 outta 4 whatevers (because Cobie Smulders).