After many false selections, I believe have my Spring target race for 2012. Having the Low Carb Cruise May 6-13 and Tasha’s high school graduation at the end of May pretty much eliminated any thoughts of a May race. Combine this with committing to run Ragnar Relays, a 200-mile relay race between Madison and Chicago on June 8-9 pretty well eliminated the other closer races. That left Grandma’s Marathon in late June and finding an April race. I have targeted Olathe’s Garmin Marathon on April 21st, which is my lovely bride’s birthday, as my Spring marathon. It’s roughly 500 marathoners, which is much smaller than say Green Bay or Des Moines, but significantly more than the River Rat Marathon (40-50 runners) I was also looking at running.
It is somewhat difficult to run when you are honestly the only within sight for miles and miles. Plus the prospect of spectators running the back roads near Yankton, SD has to be near zilch. So as much as I would like to have ran by my former employer, First Dakota National Bank, it was not worth 26 miles. I have already completed 2 17+ mile training runs with the Striders, and I am on track to complete 2 20-mile training runs before the 21st. I have already had two 39-mile training weeks, which is as much as I did before Green Bay as well. The loss of the weight regain has helped my running I believe too. One thing I will have to work on is perhaps more speed work or race pace workouts though in the next 8 weeks.
In other news, I got accepted to the Dr. Su’s LCFoods – blood glucose study. They didn’t tell us what we had to eat before signing up, and I was sent low carb brownies to eat. To a guy who doesn’t eat a whole lot of chocolate and have never eaten a brownie in my life, this was one of my least favorite things I could have been sent. I have three things to test my blood glucose impact: LC Brownies, LC Multigrain bread, and LC Pancakes. I have used LC Foods items in the past, and they use a lot of chia seeds and wheat protein isolates. I’ll have to actually bake bread for the first time in 28 years too.
If I wasn’t already at maintenance, I probably wouldn’t have participated, but being there, I thought I’d offer my body or at least my blood for science.