Friday, March 25, 2011

cupcakes and marlene

for some reason i've avoided virtual races in the past, but apparently if you put food in it i'm much more likely to participate.

i entered the popular cupcake marathon, even though i can't even eat the grand prize.

yeah i couldn't get the image to print larger. not winning.

so... i made my own logo (you know i can't resist ms paint). attention bakers, this image is copyrighted, but i'm willing to sell it in exchange for dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, bean-free cupcakes.


i wasn't a very good racer. i didn't head out for a run thinking 'ok, this is for the cupcakes'. it was more hindsight (/jason's prodding) that i even remembered to enter my data on the official spreadsheet. nevertheless, i logged my 26.2-miles and then some so i think i should definitely win a prize.

[non-existent attempt at a segue]

the marlene
aka how to make goal marathon pace (gmp) feel easy.

thursday evening i did the marlene. last week we did similar speed workouts and she started talking trash. when she posted this week's workout i first thought she was nuts, but then i decided to take on the challenge. i'm coming after you marlene.

the workout:
  • 800@5k, 1600@10k, 3200@gmp (no rest in between!)
  • 1000 recovery (i did 0.65? we'll call that even)
  • 3200@gmp, 1600@10k, 800@5k
my splits:
  • 3:17, 7:04, 15:49 (hmm that wasn't too bad, i'm glad i gave this a shot)
  • finally. i can stop for a second.
  • 15:54*, 7:07**, 3:17***
*still not too bad
**started to notice the wind a lot more. dug deep to hang on 'cause i knew marlene had posted strong mile splits.
***i hate you marlene. seriously, this one was rough!
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31 comments :

  1. Ok first of all I love that Marlene now has "The Marlene"!!! Perfect! Second of all you rocked this! I would have been yacking after this one!!

    Congrats on the cupcake finish....love the graphic!

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  2. Holy balls, that's a looooong track workout. Nice job!

    And cute cupcakes too!

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  3. Those are great splits and very consistent at that.

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  4. YAY on the Cupcake marathon!!! Woohoooo! I've been cross training. I want a cupcake

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  5. I'm just going to copy all your track workouts, then I'll be fast, too, m'kay?

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  6. Nice job on the Cupcake Marathon! I've been tempted to try Marlene's latest workout, too, although maybe I should wait until I actually have a GMP. I love that it's now called "The Marlene." Maybe it'll catch on like "Yasso 800s." Nice job on The Marlene. Your *** comment is great!

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  7. I am queasy after reading about your workout. Marlene will be so proud.

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  8. Good job on "The Marlene". You might need to publsh a book of all your drawings. Who can't resist happy running cupcakes?

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  9. You totally rocked that workout! Good job!

    About the AOMM... I think the race director is a local racer, but ther will be some pros. I think it's kind of funny, since the waiver stated that officially, it's a ride and not a race... Roads won't be closed, insurance reasons etc... But some people make a race out of a training ride on a Sunday afternoon. Oh well. I won't be so far away from the action... ;-)

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  10. These are some great splits and a hard workout LIndsay. I'm impressed! I have to say that I always love your comments and I'm sorry I don't comment here very often but I do enjoy your blog and reading about your awesome running! xo

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  11. i love long track workouts! yay!

    and i signed up for the cupcake marathon too. and ran the miles. but got injured. so i haven't had the heart to fill out the spreadsheet. that and i have no way of proving i ran the miles sans garmin or tm

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  12. I love the throwdown with you and Marlene! Fun stuff. Serious speedwork!

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  13. All of these cupcakes I'm seeing across the blogosphere is really not helping my race preparation.

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  14. jason sure does have a way to convince us to do things doesn't he. HOWEVER - cupcakes will make me run...... congrats on the run!

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  15. your ms paintings make my day. FANNNNNTASTIC! and that workout looked so killer, nice job on that sucker. wowza.

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  16. YEAHHHH! I was hating life for those three+ minutes on the last 800. OUCH!

    P.S. I think you only did this so you could prove that you are still faster than me. B*tch!

    P.P.S. just kidding, I love you.

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  17. Well, I can't run but I can eat the cupcake - we'd make a great relay!

    Congrat on a great finish, and a rocking bib. I think if I can't ever run again, I may take up MS Paint. :)

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  18. Maybe you could just print your pic and eat that?

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  19. uhhh yeaaa things I forgot to do...log my miles in the spreadsheet and print and take a picture with the logo.

    Cupcake marathon fail!

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  20. What a great idea for a virtual race.

    Should you enter some race revolving around tofu or M&Ms?

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  21. I saw that workout on Marlene's blog. I thought about doing it, then came to my senses.

    Awesome how you two rocked it!

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  22. HAHAHA! Awesome on all accounts!

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  23. Cutest cupcakes ever. I love their smiles! They just look so darn happy! How is the no-sugar, no-dairy, no-bean, no-nuts thing working for you? Any better?

    Well done on the Marlene! Your consistency is pretty amazing.

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  24. I'm not sure what your "day job" is, but you've definitely got a knack for computer graphics! Love the pic-I am totally counting on you to "animate" our race in May!!

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  25. Wow, that's some workout! I want a cupcake now, thanks.

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  26. I absolutely love that cupcake logo. It's awesome! Great workout - wow!

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  27. Great job on the running!
    Love the cupcakes drawings. So cutee :D

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  28. After reading your workouts, I've decided I'm a major slacker.

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  29. NO REST between those intervals?? AH! Seriously tough stuff!! THE MARLENE is pretty harsh!!
    You rocked it though, way to pull it off...you deserve the cupcakes(and other assorted goodies that you love!).

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  30. I like seeing workout details. Good job getting it done (even though my response is delayed, and you're probably well recovered from it and moving on to the next one by now)

    Are you missing M&Ms? ... I am. Did I ever tell you about the time I made headlines in the newspaper: "Clark leads team to victory with M&Ms" They quoted me saying I had eaten M&Ms for fuel the night before because I was so nervous I just kept eating and eating and eating them... I was a freshman in HS. Those were the days! Eat candy, make headlines. ;)

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