done with the last hard workout in my chicago marathon training cycle: 9m – with 3 x 1,600m (1 mile) at punahou track.  ran each of the 3 intervals at: 5:08, 5:20, and 5:16 (average of 5:16/mile pace).  legs felt tired on that last one, but the new adios shoes i just started wearing yesterday (9/26) felt really good and gave me an extra little push which was warmly appreciated.  last week i did 6 of these intervals at around a 5:35/mile pace.  i clearly went out too fast/hard on the first interval, guess i was a little too pumped and anxious.  lungs were burning by the end of that first set, but it felt good to hurt a little.  while running hard i spent some time visualizing how i will feel during the marathon and felt in that sense this workout was super important.  i forget how important your mind is (and how it can be trained as well) in marathon racing.

now the name of the game is rest, rest, and a little more rest.  mileage is dropping dramatically and i need to stay confident about my training and the fitness i’ve achieved.

 

chicago couldn’t come soon enough. this (tapering) is always difficult for me. i guess i just don’t like waiting. i think i’d prefer to be completely immobile or logging in high mileage rather than being told that everything i did and could do at this point is done…now i just need to not un-do that. very difficult (poor me, i know…cry me a river).

some progress: i think i’ve finally made up my mind on goal time (maybe) – weather permitted, of course:

A. Sub-2:52:00

B. Sub-2:55:00

C. PR (2:58:14)

the itinerary, carbo load schedule, and gear check list are coming along fine.  not gonna let myself get stressed out (yet) about all of the race day outfits i might need to pack depending on what weather we get.  really hoping for cool, even cold, weather. better than a hot one. if that happens, forget above goals — might hang them up early or run it as a training run and re-focus my efforts to the honolulu marathon.

looking forward to a fresh new pair of my running shoes (shoko bringing back for me from nyc this afternoon) — hopefully it’ll give me a little more pep in my step! and, man – i can’t wait for my massage next wednesday! fernando, sports massage therapist, works wonders…and it’s so relaxing.

i’ve been trying very hard to reduce the amount of food i’ve been consuming since my mileage is going down dramatically (around 50 mpw this week — compared to 70 to 80 mpw range previous several months).  always hard…i found particularly after the marathon is over it’s danger time.  i’ve cut out the morning and lunch snacks, so things are ok so far.  body definitely feels good and fresher than normal.

all in all, i’m trying to stay positive and excited about the upcoming race!  hopefully good things to report soon!

 

just stumbled across this post and found it extremely helpful for all of us out there looking to create a marathon pace band with our goal marathon time.  check it out…i’m going with the marathon guide version, because i like the bold treatment (every other mile) and i like that it lists the half marathon time (surprising that many do not).

i do have to note the “my marathon pace” band is amazing, and i used it for 2011 CIM it worked perfectly (and extremely accurately).  if they had one for chicago, even though the course is very flat i would’ve purchased it.

http://complicatedday.blogspot.com/2011/03/best-marathon-pace-bands-online-print.html

 

 

great day and start to my week…got the following email this morning confirming my acceptance into the 2013 Boston Marathon. it’s been a 4 year journey up until this point…6 marathons, countless number of tune up races, long runs, carbs etc. all leading up until this point.  still feels like only a couple months ago that i was dreaming (very enviously) of boston qualifying and running the boston marathon.  quite a humbling and surreal feeling at the moment.  over the past 4 years i’ve turned into a serious runner and things in my life have really fallen into place (largely because of it).  i’m so happy to be given this special opportunity. and hope i can stay injury-free to race the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the country.  is it terrible of me to already be thinking of going sub-2:50 in 2013 boston??

***

117th Boston Marathon

Dear Yoichiro D Basso,

This is to notify you that your entry into the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013 has been accepted, provided that the information you submitted is accurate.

A Confirmation of Acceptance card will soon be mailed to you via US Postal Service mail.

In early April 2013, an official Number Pick-up Card and Welcome Booklet regarding the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and related race week activities will be mailed to you via US Postal Service first class mail. If you do not receive your Number Pick-up Card (required to claim number) and brochure by April 9, please contact our Registration Office at registration@baa.org. Registration related inquiries may also be directed to 508-435-6905.

Note that bib numbers will not be distributed on Race Day. Your travel arrangements should take into account picking up your number at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, on Friday, April 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 13 or Sunday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Get the best hotel rates by using the Official Lodging form from Marathon Tours and Travel. For more information, email info@marathontours.com or call 617-242-7845.

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We look forward to seeing you in April! Best of luck in your training!

Sincerely,

Boston Athletic Association

2013 Boston Marathon Sponsors

thoughts:

1) excited! can wait to race this thing already and bringing back nice memories of this time during CIM…

2) anxious – here we go again. but definitely less so this time…think the experience helps, also being busy all the time with work, uma, etc.

3) the sunday long run crew has definitely help cut up the training schedule to make it more manageable. very grateful to my running buddies and wish them only good things in their respective upcoming races as well (kim burnett racing maui HM today – go kim!!)

4) looking forward to declining mileage. but also cautious of increase potential in gaining some extra #s because of it.
need to be mindful of what i put in my body.

5) weather on race day? ahh don’t get me started (yet).

more to come; 22m then i’m officially tapering (madly)!

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