|Me on the left, a faster runner on the right. Photo from ktc.org|
Another crisp and sunny day. It was hard to get out of bed for this one, but turned out to be worth it. Managed a pretty even pace in the 7:50 minute mile range, although the last half mile up hill slowed me down considerably. I wasn’t the only one who was hobbling up that hill in the end. A 2:27:22 for 18.6 miles puts me within a 3:30:00 for the marathon in about a month. The even effort and pacing seemed to help. The last race my pace was all over the map and I payed for it in the end with a sub par result. If I can keep my pace at just under 8:00 minute miles for the marathon I should be in good shape.
Topped the week off at 40 miles, the slow easy base training is still paying off. I’m using races to give my system a little taste of speed every other weekend. No other speed work or interval training. Times are improving well. I think I’ll continue with this base building strategy over the summer, average 50 mile weeks all at a slow pace. It will be interesting to see how fast I’ll be by the end of the summer. Hopefully injuries will stay away.
The next race is in a couple of weeks, the Dirty South Double, doing a full trail marathon. Should just do the half, but can’t resist long trail races. My strategy there will be to run the first half at as slow a pace as possible, then gradually pick up the pace over the next half. So a progression run of sorts. Don’t want to tax the system before the main event.