It’s been an active weekend with a variety of activities, but my own running was not largely one of them. Seeing Brett run his first real race — Capital Striders’ Loop the Lake, made me extremely proud. (He beat the goal time we set for him, and ran strong all the way to the end.) I am in taper mode, and as much as I would like to go out for a run tonight, I shouldn’t. I am supposed to be resting for the most part. I ran ~16 miles total this week, which is about 30 less than the previous weeks.
As a result, I am going a bit stir crazy. Part of me just wants Garmin Marathon race day to get here, so I can move on from this challenge. Part of me wants another couple months to run 18 and 20 mile training runs, and maybe get better trained. With less than a week to go and probably maybe 2 runs between now and then, the fate for the marathon is already sealed. I can probably make it worse or slow my results, but I can’t improve them. The current weather report for Saturday morning 7am in Olathe, KS: 43F, Sunny, and little wind. By 11 am, it still only tops 54F. Yes, it is still over 5 days away, but that sounds like almost ideal running weather.
My goal for this race:
- <4:05:00 or less — Gold (pace 9:20min/mi — I would love to say less than 4:00:00, but I don’t think it is doable)
- <4:09:00 (aka Marathon PR) — Silver (pace 9:29min/mi — any race PR is always a good thing)
- <4:15:00 — Bronze medal aka the point where I will be upset if I can’t meet
My race strategy will be to go out with the 4:00 pacers. With Green Bay, I ran with the 4:15 pacer and sped up at mile 19 to pick up some positive splits at the end. I think the opposite strategy may serve me this time — go out slightly faster and then adjust as needed on the course – possible slow to negative splits at mile 20-26. I have done 9:10 race pace tempo runs as recently last weekend, and they were doable even running alone. The alternative is setting a 9:20 pace by myself and relying on internal timing to maintain it.