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