Okay, it is simply perfect outside today! Sunny, 51 degrees, nice breeze from the North. I got out early and drove to the track. Had to stop by the church and let some of my fine young leaders into the church. They are putting on a "Neewalloh" party on the parking lot this afternoon. That's backwards for Halloween.
I hit the track with an "Oh, No!" Bunches of people there? What's up? It was the regional Punt pass and kick competition preparing to start. I saw one runner on the track, going the wrong way....so I said "what the hay!" I'll just weave through the folks....?
So it's my last track workout before the race. It is only for maintaining conditioning. Don't kill yourself! I wanted to experiment with going out faster. So I did. I didn't really experience problems with the folks. Some gave way to me, others didn't see me...I could of not run but I wanted this one. Finally the folks moved to the stands as their kids went onto the field. It was odd feeling like a hundred people were watching me every time I came around?!
The other runner and I began to converse every time we passed each other. She is training for the Bass Pro HM. She looked real strong. I asked her if she had a time goal. She said " I ran 12 miles in 1:50 so I want to break two hours." I said, "You'll do that easy!!" I also invited her to the 6:00am worship service where I'm the speaker.
I decided on a short effort today. Just keeping the cobwebs out! I did kick it in on the last mile for fun...and to show off! Lots of fat Dads in the stands! Yes, I have a mean streak!
Totals-8.01 miles/1:09:57/ 8:44's-the splits- 8:58, 8:45, 8:40, 8:51, 8:44, 8:50, 8:51, 8:06-
I did note that starting faster put me in a feeling of deficit for a while. If I could just find that happy median?
I am getting very excited about the race. It is a big deal to me. I have to take vacation time to run marathons so I can't run but around two a year. I am so ready to do it! The young lady running the wrong way ( maybe I was:)) asked me my time goal, I said I want to break four hours. I said it out loud! I have to be realistic about my goal. This will require me to break a barrier in me. My racing and training all point to the potential of beating the clock but what about me? Can I break the barrier in me?
As to what next, after Bass Pro. Depends on the result. Peace!