5:30 Club

I am now the leader of the 5:30 Club. This is not to be confused with 5:00 Club which are those people inspired by the World renowned entrepreneur, Mary Kay Ash, who would get up at 5am EVERYDAY and get her day started. Could be one reason that her company is now a 2.5 Billion dollar company.

No, this is the “I run my marathon in 5hr and 30min Club”. that’s right! Some how I passed their quality control requirements and get to lead some poor unfortunate souls to their watery death into the Tennessee River during the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Oh, sorry, not a Disney movie. No, I get to lead (or act like I can lead) some other runners making their way to the finish line by either running, walking, skipping or crawling in 5 hours 30 minutes and 00 seconds. Okay, maybe I don’t have to have NASA precision on the whole timing, but I would like to be really close and BEFORE the 5:30 mark.

See, I was all whiny about not hearing and how I was being inconvenienced about my training and not knowing what I was going to do. Or maybe that was just in my head… but I emailed the person who sent me the application and inquired about my status as a Rock Star Marathon Pacer. Apparently, she wasn’t slacking off at all… it’s just that she lost her job earlier that month and well, has been preoccupied since then. Yeah, I felt like a total asshole to be soooooo whiny because it wasn’t about me me ME and making MY schedule work… [THIS JUST IN: THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND TERRY, REPEAT, THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND ME. THAT IS ALL]

So, now I have a time to think of in my head… 5-3-0 when I am training. It’s a tad bit slower than what I would like for a long run for my goal of 3:55 minutes for my Flying Pig Marathon (hint, hint… for winning Crap!) but the “experts” or some of them say, slower is better because it builds bigger muscles. We’ll see though.

Now, leading up to the marathon, I get to do the training by myself… although I may try to hop on with some of the sanctioned Training Runs so that I will be disciplined to run at the right pace. On Saturday the 28th (which is going to be a BUSY day) I will have to Meet and Greet at the Expo… I’m certain that there will be picture taking and I bet some of the runners will want me to sign their shoes for posterity and to sell on eBay after the race. Oh sorry, more Delusions of Grandeur…

And on Sunday (Race Day) I am told that I will have to get there not “Ha-Ha” early, just ridiculously early, like 5:15am. So, by being The 5:30 Club… I will have to be part of the 4:00am Club! Oi!

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Marathoner, A Terry of all trades
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5 Responses to 5:30 Club

  1. ShirleyPerly says:

    Congrats on getting the pacing position!

    Man, 5:30 hours is a LONG time to be on one’s feet running. For someone who usually runs much faster, I think it may actually require some serious time-on-feet training. Are you planning to do a Galloway run-walk interval like I know many slower runners do? That would also certainly add some time to your race.

  2. darrell says:

    Congrats and good luck with your pacing duties.

  3. Susan says:

    Wow wow! I agree with your theory; being out there for 5 hrs 30 min DOES make one stronger… ha ha

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  5. Petra says:

    Shirley’s suggestion is a good one I think – congrats on getting the job and also on the challenge – it’s hard but so worthwhile. In my first Chicago marathon the CARA pacers really helped me to work out what I could do – they were fantastic!

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