Twin Cities Marathon, Week 8 Day 7: 6 Miles Easy
Target Pace: 12:05-12:55
Actual Pace: 12:15
First, let’s talk about how much of a dunce I am. Brooke kindly pointed out that I’ve been running my easy days at the wrong pace. Not just like… sort of the wrong pace, but off by almost a whole minute.
I was targeting 11:35-11:55, but I SHOULD have been at 12:05-12:55.
The short version of “how the hell have you read the strategy book three times and still managed to get it completely wrong” is this: I adjusted the speed goals for easy runs when I was practicing pacing in March/April when I was training for my 5k. The book says that strategically, your easy days should reflect a certain percent of your target race pace. Well, I’ve been so worried about splits for tempo, speed, strength, and long runs that I never thought to re-check my easy pace range.
Brooke posts, archiving her training for the same race with the same pace goal, may have also been a clue… but I’ve been actively NOT obsessing over her training. She’s been an awesome example of exactly how to crush a marathon, but I’ve been trying to not compare my pacing to hers. Primarily because I’m one competitive son-of-a-bitch and not rocking as hard as her is hard on my ego.
Onward and upward… This was a glorious morning. Our sleep was cut short (alarms at 5 AM on a Saturday are really not my thing…) but we zombie-crawled to the car, got to my Uncle’s and headed to Taylor’s Falls. While the boys headed to set up the routes, I took off for my 6 relaxed miles.
Once I successfully soaked an entire outfit in sweat, I used the campsite showers (shhh… technically that’s totally against the rules, but no one seemed to mind…) made a pit stop for cold gatorade for me and the kids and chilled coffee for the big boys, and found my way to the two routes they’d set up.
It took a little coaxing and hand holding to get my wobbly legs down to the river where they were climbing from, but it was totally worth the terrifying decent. Cam had a miniature bouquet waiting for me!
I actually made it 3/4 of the way up the face of one of the ascents! Photo proof coming. Promise!
All in all, a wonderful morning. Now? Time to soak in the bath, drink lots of water, and get mentally prepped for a dress rehearsal of the final 10 mile leg of the Twin Cities Marathon course. Ready or not, here I come…