Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lucky 13.1 Race Goals

First race of 2014!  Should be an interesting one because this race historically has had a small participant list.  The last three years it's been about 120 to 130 participants, about 2/3 of which are men.

Since this is a tune-up for Louisville, I debated between treating this as a half marathon race or the first half of a marathon.  Talking with Coach Ken, the plan will be a little of both.  Just like one of my favorite quotes:
"First half of the race, don't be an idiot.  Second half of the race, don't be a wimp." 
Scott Douglas
I'm going to treat the first 3 to 4 miles just like I would my marathon, smart.  With the few number of participants, it will be extremely easy to get sucked into the speedy Ray-Pec High School Cross Country kids that this race supports.

From 4 to 9, fast but steady.

9 to finish, leave it all out on the road!

In this past weekend's 10 miler, I was able to keep sub-7s for most of the run and I want to do the same on Saturday.

My half marathon PR is 1:37:08.  Going sub-1:35 is a definite.  Can I go sub-1:30?  We'll know about 10:30am on Saturday!

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