I'm ready for cute spring outfits and pedicures! Why oh WHY did that damn groundhog have to see his shadow? If I have to do another long run in the wind and the cold I may just crack!
I'm nervous I won't hit my goal of running a 4 hour marathon. 3:59:59, if I'm being technical!
Not because I haven't put in the training, but because it's really damn hard. Last weeks long run of 15 miles put it a bit into perspective for me. I had a nice pace throughout of 9:19/mile. 9:09 is my goal. But, the daunting task of running just a bit faster for 11 more miles really freaks me out! Can I do it? Maybe I'm not ready for that task?
The truth is, the Grandma's Marathon course ate me up last year. I walked the second 13.1 more than I ran. It was 87 degrees by mile 20. I was out 7 weeks in the middle of my training due to injury. I was undertrained. My mental game was weak. I finished. Barely.
I keep going back to what so many runners tell me. Running your long runs slower will make you faster! It's just so insanely hard to run slower. I should be running 1-2 minutes slower than my marathon pace. So, consequently, my long runs need to be 10:09-11:09 for pace. Marcia says, you need to be able to run 9's all day!
She's in my brain constantly..... Hi Marcia!
But, seriously, I do understand the concept, but I've yet to do it. I will try for my next long run. My plan calls for 16-18 miles. 12 of which should be marathon pace, with the rest easy. If you're also looking for advice on how to run slower to be faster, check out Rachel's latest post! It's great!
Thanks for reading! I'm linking up with Marcia for her Runfession Friday!