Saturday, October 07, 2006

Letting Loose

Ran 5.7 miles @ 7:15/mile pace.

I needed a confidence booster with today's run, and I got what I was looking for. I did the right thing the past week by playing it safe and easy with my running to allow myself to recover, but at the same time, I was beginning to fear that a sluggish mindset was creeping in. Not good, so I thought I'd open the throttle a bit today and see how it felt.

I did my first warm up mile and then picked up the pace once the uphills really started going (first half of this route is all uphill). All systems were go throughout the run and I felt great both mentally and physically. Some of my mile splits didn't record correctly because of a few GPS outages, but I know I did the first mile in 7:53 and the last mile in 6:44.

Andrew suggested that I should be okay to run everyday so long as I take it easy, and I was thinking that as well. So, that's the plan. The MDI marathon is next week, and though my legs likely won't be 100%, I still think I can set a new PR (currently it's 3:28:48).


Andrew said...

What's your PR race strategy? Some unsolicited advice: Considering that 50 miler (I'm hung up on it) run (almost) the entire race at a 7:56 pace and no faster until the final 6 miles or less.

Unless, of course, I am underestimating your speed since I don't know how your training has gone throughout the summer.

I'll be looking forward to the race report!

Jamie said...

That's good advice and is similiar to what I was thinking, which was basically aiming for a negative split. I'm trying to view the MDI as a fun run, since the bulk of my previous training was aimed directly at the Vermont 50. This marathon will just be something to enjoy (for the most part). However, I'm going to take the Hyannis Marathon (late Feburary) veeeeery seriously.

Andrew said...

Easy said then done I'm afraid. My friend Marc can run faster than his PR pace so easily for any other distance than the marathon. It's like 8:00 / mile is the no-man's land of paces. Too easy to be overly fun in a race but any faster and the final 6 miles is shot until training brings the pace down. So be careful to follow your own plan and don't be caught up with how easy easy easy the pace feels in the first 20 miles.

Hyannis in February huh? I'll have to give that a shot sometime.