Today was Saturday track day!! Flatland! The weather is nasty. Cool, 45ish, dark clouds, North winds around 10-15mph. I dressed in my shortest shorts, I like them because when they get soaked with sweat they won't catch (drag) on my thighs, if you know what I mean?
Long sleeve shirt (Adidas tech, my fav), gloves and hat. A little cool to start but after a while I felt comfortable. Dressing for a cold marathon can be tricky so I want to test specific wear.
So, since I've decided to lay it all on the line in 15 days I need a strategy. Today as I started my MP run I wanted to simulate how I would start. But the first mile was a 9:50. That is too slow! It takes a bunch of miles to make that up if you want to avg 9:09's! If you start too fast your dead later? This is a tricky balancing act!? Today I wanted 10 miles at MP. I had one bad patch but that is good to experience and learn to work through. Two observations today. Have a couple of different strides in your arsenal. I noticed that when I shifted to a shuffle for a while I regrouped. Imagine yourself as a Steam Locomotive. You must feed the engine with fuel!
Here are the splits-9:50, 8:49, 8:44, 8:58, 8:48, 8:41, 8:41, 8:40, 8:45, 8:32, 8:15
Totals-11.01 miles/ 1:36:55/ 8:48's.
Next week Taper- looks like a max of only 30 miles-Wow! That seems like such a small amount of miles! Peace!