Quick update, y’all! First off, I’ve got to apologize for the lack of regular updates. I’ve been crazy busy lately. For a few days, I’ve been wanting to write about my upcoming weekend which just so happens to be Grandma’s Marathon. On Friday afternoon, I’m going to be bouncing out of work a little early in order to head up to Duluth where I’ll do the normal expo/pig out on pasta thing that has become somewhat of a prerace tradition. For the first time in my brief marathoning career, someone outside of the family (how Godfather-y does that sound) is going to be watching me race. I asked Sara (girlfriend) if she wanted to come over a month ago, so I’m excited to share this with her. I’ve put in a lot of training with pretty much one event in mind, so to have someone care enough to want to come and cheer me on is cool by me. Since I’ve been tapering, I’ve been running with her a lot and what she has done has been very impressive. She reminds me a lot of myself when I first started running. I have her on a bit of a training schedule for a 10-mile race in Detroit Lakes in July. She’s going to do just awesome. Even when I finish tapering and reverse tapering, I’m planning on running with her just because I can run at her pace (slightly slower than me, but not so slow that I don’t get a workout) as my easy/recovery days in addition to all the mileage I normally would do. It’ll probably work out to be two to three days a week. I’ve always loved running with a partner, but sometimes it’s been hard. My first real running partners (Shan and Becky) only run in DL which is 25 minutes away plus they run at like 6 AM (which means my alarm clock is going off a little after 5 in order to make it). The next real partner I had was the cross country head coach from Perham. Running with him was going well until he suffered a hernia. Once he was better, it was close to cross country season where he got very busy. When he was out after his surgery, I ran with his wife Kay until she got pregnant. I also ran with my former youth director Erin most of last summer, but we never really did get hooked up this summer. Running with a partner is tough because I’m on a different schedule as everyone else. Plus, we all have our respective lives that we obviously need to live. Plus, unless you find someone who runs very close to your pace, you are running a tad slower than you are used to or you are maybe overextending yourself a little more than you are used to.

My training has been going well, but unfortunately I don’t think I trained as well as I did for Twin Cities last year. I’m probably in better shape than I was for Twin Cities just because I trained very well in the winter, but knee problems and foot problems prevented me from running much more than 60 miles a week. For Twin Cities last year, I was pretty consistently hitting 70 miles a week. I did drop my half-marathon time by about three minutes, though, so I feel pretty confident that if the weather is right, I’ll be able to lower my marathon PR of 3:26:39. I am very shaky about whether or not I’ll be able to run 3:10:59 or better which will qualify me for Boston. It works out to an average of 7:17 a mile. Running consistent 7:17’s doesn’t sound too tough – in fact, I honestly think I can run 7:17’s for 20-22 miles. It’s the last 10k or so that really worries me. My race plan is to try to run a 3:10, so I’m planning on running 7:05 to 7:10 for as long as I can. I’d like to go through the first half in around 1:30 to 1:33. I know that probably sounds fast to those of you who take a look and see my half-marathon PR is only around 1:31, but I’m counting on the fact that the weather is going to be perfect and I’m not going to have to buck the wind like I did during the half-marathon. If the wind is in my face or if the temperature is warmer than normally, I’m obviously going to adjust my goal. Basically, I’m hoping to go out aggressive without burning myself out.

The weekend itself is going to be fun. My whole family is going to be up there along with Sara (as I mentioned earlier). I don’t have a whole lot planned. I’m leaving work at noon to do the expo thing and obviously I’m going to carboload primarily on unsauced expo pasta (probably). I’m thinking Friday night we just might do a movie and then head back to the hotel. I’ve been told that my hotel is either great or a dive, so I’m guessing it’s somewhere in between. The race starts at 7:30 and I’d like to get to the start probably around 6:00 AM, so it’s going to be an early day. I’m hoping to hook up with my friends Chris and Paula as well as my youth director Erin who will all be running the race. I have no clue what I’m doing after the race, but if all goes well and I’m not too upset (doubt I will be), I’d like to hang out in Duluth and possibly even hit up the street dance.

Okay, quickly before I go… I’ve got huge site news for y’all. Brentnet television episode duece is virtually complete. All I need to do is add the credits at the end and throw some background music. I seriously have 15 minutes (at most) left to do before it goes live. So, come back to brentnet tonight, June 14th, at approximately 7:00 PM central time to check it out!

If you’re out on your bike tonight, do wear white,