Monday, October 26, 2009

Going to Eleven

From Spinal Tap:
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Last weekend I continued piling on the long slow miles with the hope of building a base for the Disney Full in January. I had 10 miles on the plan but I decided to stretch it out a bit and go to eleven miles.

It has been a long time since I ran double digit miles. While the pace was slow (yes, even for me let alone "real" athletes), I got it done. A future step in the eleven theme, but not necessarily the next step, is to run at the 11 minute/mile pace that I hope to maintain during the whole Disney marathon. A dream? Perhaps, but so is actually rocking the mouse house with a sub 5:00 finish.

Perhaps a more relevant quote from Spinal Tap for this rock star would be "It's such a fine line between stupid, and clever."


Unknown said...

My running partner, the one who got me through all of my long runs this season just did MCM and finished 5:04 or something. He was aiming for 11s also. Which sounds awesome to me. My half marathon was 11s (and change).

Yeah, 11s are good.

Diane said...

Nice job. How did it feel? No pain or trouble with your ribs? Still feeling ok the day after? You are really making terrific progress!

Oh, and gotta love runnin' with the Doobies

Mike said...

The last quote is one of the best. :-)
Keep on rocking... and remember... "60% of the time, it works every time"

Carolina John said...

i'm ready to get back to double digits too. ready for marathon training again, and long long runs. ready for this stupid hip to feel better. take it all in stride brother. one stride at a time.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

sounds like you're making some great progress! Keep up the momentum! :)

NY Wolve said...

Mime is money!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Double digits are great. Considering I've never seen below a 12.