It’s Friday… more importantly, it’s the Friday before a race. That means it is time to lay down the details of how I am approaching this attempt at a 1:3X for Sunday’s Half Marathon. I’m thrilled with any finish that has a 1 and a 3 in the front. The last number could be a 9 or a 2 and I’m doing flips and jazz hands.
To finish at 1:38, I must average 7:30/mile pace for all 13.1 miles… let’s start there.
7:40 pace. For these first few miles, that is likely going to be around 7:30-7:40, but the goal is to try to keep the first few miles comfortable. I’ll need to settle into my pace and avoid a quick start.
7:30 pace. Here I should be settling into a nice average and consistent pace. If I keep this pace, it brings me right in at the 1:3X point.
7:20 pace. This pace is based on how good I am feeling. If I feel great, then I’m going to shift gears and pick up the pace just a bit. If I’m feeling tired or think the last 5 miles are going to be tough, then I’ll stick with the 7:30 pace and aim for 1:38… but you know I want faster.
7:00 pace. If I am feeling fantastically-wonderful with a side of great: it’s throw down the hammer time. 2 miles to go, on pace for 1:3X and time to see how low that last number can get.
Of course, from mile 9 on is all going to be by feel. I’m fairly confident that I can hold the 7:30 pace for up until that point and it’s just a matter of if I am feeling really good or close to the wheels falling off. It’s all about listening to your body. If I’m starting to feel fatigue, then it’s sit back on the 7:30 until the last 2 miles. Heck, if I cruise at 7:30 for 11 miles, then increase a bit on the last 2, I’ve got sub-1:38 all day.
What I’ll be listening to:
It wouldn’t be a race without a new playlist. I made one special for this race called “Mission 1:3X” and it’s 24 songs, or 1 hour and 37 minutes… see what I did there?
I’m actually getting really, really excited about this race. I know the course, I kicked September in the butt and am ready to fly.
TWEET UP AT THE EXPO (details here) on Saturday at noon.
Also, Friday is The First Lady’s 2nd birthday. I know, right? They DO grow up so fast. Part of the reason that I didn’t race RnRSJ the past couple years is because it falls around her birthday. This year, I got special permission and plan on making sure that I come in fast and give her the biggest, sweaty hug ever.
Alright, time for last-minute tips and mantras.