February 24th, 2014
Hey! Hey! Hey! How’s it going?
It’s good here. I had that 15 mile race on Saturday and I feel pretty blah about it.
It was sunny and “warm” (around 45 at the start), but brutally windy; I think somewhere around 22mph winds. I had the goal to run it under a 9:00 min/mile pace. According to my Garmin, I met that goal (8:54)…but according to my chip time, I ran it at 9:01. The discrepancy has to do with the GPS, because my Garmin read it around 15.3 miles, while the course is officially 15 miles. The race is 3 laps of a 5 mile lake loop north of Pittsburgh. I’ve run it a number of times and both my Garmins consistently have the same readings, sooo I think the course needs to be officially checked.
My chip time and my Garmin are about the same: 2:15:06. Which is a big PR, because in 2011 I ran this race in 2:24:20.
It’s not really a big deal. In fact I don’t really know why I feel so unsettled about it because I did fine. This was a training run and I ran it comfortably. My goal was conservative because I wanted to run conservatively. I was hoping to have some energy on the last lap to push, but the wind was exhausting. That is probably where my disappointment stems from. But I felt completely fine and recovered within minutes of finishing. I went for a run today (in new shoes! hallelujah!) and felt amazing. I ran 7 miles in 57:55. I intended an easy run, but I felt so good that I just let my legs take over. I’ll try hard to take it easy the rest of the week because it’s technically a setback week. I might squeeze a hill workout in, but other than that I’ll be sloooowwwwww.
I did learn one HUGE thing that should save my butt in the marathon: watch the *time* not the average pace. I had my Garmin set to show me distance and average pace, but I really should have been more concerned with time. So now I know that I’ll get a pace tat for a 4 hr marathon and watch my Garmin closely to make sure my splits match.
That night, Lucy didn’t sleep well, which means I didn’t sleep well, so I still feel like I’m catching up on rest….so I think I’m going to go to bed. Probably not, but it’s a nice thought. Dave is encouraging me to do core exercises with him, and I can’t just let him think he’s more hardcore than me, so I guess I’ll go embarrass him now.
What’s your bedtime? We usually go to bed between 9:30 and 10:00. Dave gets up around 6 and I get up around 7 (although I may lay in bed for awhile). Dave always brings me coffee in bed before he leaves for work. He is so cool.
How do you set your race goals? I just try to think of my long term goals and take into consideration how I’m feeling close to the race.