Thursday, January 12, 2012

12athon: Month 1 (AA)

So! Twelve-a-thon! Started for real today! Twelve miles, woohoo!

Also, ouch.

For the 1 person who read yesterday's post, yeah, I've got a head cold. But I was running inside, so I figured, dose me up, and the worst thing that could happen is that I just wouldn't finish. No harm, no foul, and some good running.

Why wasn't I running outside? Well, because on Tuesdays and Thursdays from about Thanksgiving through Easter (ish), the Minnesota Distance Running Association (of which I am not a member, alas) hosts Dome Running. For the price of $1 (free parking!), you get the joy of pounding the concrete around the upper concourse of the infamous Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

(Infamous because of this. If you watched the news at all in December of 2010, you probably saw that video about 15 bazillion times.)

Anyway, unfortunately, my running took so long that I did not manage to get any pictures while I was there, so you'll have to imagine what it looks like. Which is a concourse. With large pictures of large men in strange poses.

I really wish I'd gotten a picture, but the strangest by far was Jared Allen.

Jared Allen normally looks like this:

(photo from Yahoo!)

This picture had him with his hands in the v-neck of his jersey and it sort of looked like he was biting his lower lip, jaw pushed forward. It's a pose normally held by Abercrombie & Fitch models, not that I can find any examples (damn you, Google) and looks a little odd on . . . well, on a defensive end.

But I digress. So I had a cold, and I thought I'd do the Galloway run-walk thing for extra points and also to hold myself back a bit. I've got a program on my phone (HTC Evo) called Time Runner that supposedly does intervals, so I thought it would be perfect. It would supposedly buzz in 10 minute/1 minute increments.

Except the stupid thing wouldn't buzz when the phone screen was blank, i.e., most of the time that runners would use an interval program. I figured that out after about 15 minutes. Oh well. I decided to do mile repeats instead.

Incidentally, I had the phone in a SPIbelt, a Christmas present from my sister-in-law (a marathoner).

Anyway, let's go to the numbers, because this is getting long:

Miles ran: 12.25
Laps around the Metrodome: 31
Time: 2:45 (oy)
Average speed: 13:28 (*sigh*)
Blisters: None!
Clothing worn: best bra ever, tank top, yoga pants, Brooks socks, NB shoes
Water consumed: About twenty million gallons (didn't measure; water fountains)
Food consumed: 11 (1 package) fruit-snack things (these; very tasty, no GI problems)
Shirtless men: 2
Shirtless women: 0

So my goals for next month are:

1.) Run more than once a week for the two weeks before the 12athon. (I'll be doing marathon training so this won't be a problem. I hope.)

2.) Galloway properly.

3.) Cut at least 15 minutes off 12-mile time.

4.) Take pictures!

Do you have any goals for your next 12athon?


  1. Ending a post with a question is very Ben Popken, formerly of Consumerist. I cannot resist answering it!

    My goal for the next 12athon is to make sure it's on a Sunday.

    This was a very fine run in the face of adversity! I'm pointsing you up over on the Book of the Face.

  2. After this month's 12athon run, my only goal is to be better prepared so that there is no bonking. Bonking sucks. :-) Great post by the way, but you are right, I would love to see pics of the concourse.

  3. @Iris, I'm fairly certain you'll make that goal. :)

    @Scott, I'll probably go running at the Dome again, just for the heck of it, and I'll get pictures then. Good luck not bonking!

  4. My goal is to not eat 13 cupcakes. I'm pretty sure I can swing it.

    1. I don't know, RWB. What if you get hungry while you run and only 13 cupcakes will assuage that hunger?!

  5. Awesome job completing your run! That's a hugs task when you're under the weather. My goal for next month is to try to combine a few more combos for maximum pointage before it's 100 degrees at 5:30am (summer) and I'll have no patience for anything else but the run.

    1. Yay combos! And ick for the weather. Of course, it's 13 degrees (F) here right now and who wants to run outside in that?