Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tune up Race

Tomorrow I am racing.  With four weeks to go until the marathon, this race will give me a good idea of my current fitness and training. 

I love running races during training, it gives a mini goal to reach for while still training for the goal race at the end.  Last year I ran this race as my goal race - what a difference a year makes.

I went back into my garmin archives from last year and took a peak at my paces for the race.  Having the records is nice so I can go back and see how I did - where I went too fast or too slow, where I pushed and where I held back.

There are some hills in this race - between miles 6 and 9 but unlike last year I know they are coming and I have run them before.  The goal is to not over exert myself up the hills and then recover quickly on the downhills. 

My goal for this race is to not go out too fast because it is flat and fast for the first 6 miles.  Then the hills come but once I reach the 15k point it is all flat to the finish.  I want to run smart for the first 6 miles, tackle the hills and not go too far off pace, then just hold on until the finish.  Sounds so easy when I type it out but I know that it wont be that easy.

Half a mile to the finish at last years' race
This year I also want to try and smile when I pass Brian near the finish.  No one wants to see my pain stricken face.

Now all that is left to do is hydrate today and decide what I am going to wear!

6 comments:

Marlene said...

Good luck J! Your training has been stellar, I can't wait to see how you do!

Rebecca said...

Ahhhhhhhh!

Okay so I am not freaking out too much because I am not planning to race as hard as you but still....

Ahhhhhhhh!

It will be fun! :-) You will be awesome!

dreambigrunner.com said...

I always have a tune up race 4 weeks prior to the marathon. It's a great mental boost! I hope you had a great race today!!!!

Benjamin Tollestrup said...

Best of luck! Have you ever gone for a long walk the night before a tune up race? I love doing that. It makes the race feel so short and fast.

kilax said...

I hope you had a fun race and were able to stick to your strategy! And that you remembered to smile, lol :)

Jamie said...

I can't wait to read your recap!!