Registration for the 2015 Country Music Marathon in Nashville Tennessee on April 25 is now open! Click on the bold faced underlined link and use Code ROCKCMM15 to save $15. That code is good until 11:50 p.m. on July 25th so, not much time. The regular price is currently $90 for the half marathon and $95 for the full marathon. The Rock n Roll series runs are not cheap but this one was a blast in 2014 and I have nothing else planned in April of next year so I’ll probably sign up.
I’ve been having some fun with my Running Log tab and added pictures of both of my previous Full Marathon runs from 1994 and 2004. I don’t think internet browsers came out until 1995 and I have yet to find any proof that I ran that full marathon back in 1994 other than that medal. I also posted my first VP Fair 10k run medal from that same year back in ’94. A few years later I finally realized that we got the same medal regardless of whether we did the 10K or 3K so, I became economical and did the 3K from then on out …. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize it was a 3K and always thought it was a 5K but, the medal says 3K so … who am I to argue 😉 🙂
I’ve also updated my Monthly Average Statistics also found on that same Running Log tab. I’ve started to realize that whether I run 3, 5 or 10 miles that at least one of those miles needs to be a decent time in order to keep my “Fastest Mile Average” metric improving. Which, I suppose is another way of saying that I’m learning to play my own game. 😉
The Fastest Mile column is new and kind of cool. The statistics shown are from my Sports Tracker app. The averages from May to June actually went down slightly which can be mildly annoying but, with the addition of that new column I’m able to see a ray of sunshine with an improvement in my fastest mile of over 2 minutes. That time had two things going for it – 1) it was a race and 2) the race was only 1 mile long (The Macklind Mile)
I’ll have to get to a track by the end of this month to see if I can improve upon that time.
July has been a bit different. My average distance is over 2 miles more than the previous month and Average Duration has also increased by over 1/2 hour. So far, the average of my fastest miles for each training run is under 14 minutes as well, coming in at 13:41 per mile.
I almost feel a little desperate to see those numbers drop faster because of the impending Marathon on November 1st. I often do calculations throughout the day and, for easy figuring, I look at this last 10K and to make the numbers nice think about 6 miles in 1:15 or 12 in 2:30, which means 24 miles in 5 hours. That’s a heck of a long time and I scarcely have any runs beyond the 6 mile range right now. The 35 mile bike ride took the place of an 8 mile run but, I do have 11 miles scheduled for this coming Saturday and I’ll have some help from the Rambling Walkers – whoever they are 🙂 It’s at Babler State Park in Missouri so I’m sure some hills will be involved. At least I’ll get it done early. I do want to have a bit of a strategy in place and might brush up on the Gallaway strategy of walk/run to help me get through it.
I want to be better than I was 20 years ago and I think that’s possible in terms of running.
That reminds me again of that quote by Bill Gates that most of us overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in 10 years. I need to get through this upcoming Marathon, it’s not something I take lightly. Even with that 2015 Nashville run I mentioned earlier, I’m only looking at the half marathon.
I do think maybe if I keep up my efforts that sometime next year – 2015, I’ll really be able to run some races and do them better than I’ve ever done before 🙂