You know what's great about Wednesday? It's semi-long run day! :) I always look forward to the Wednesday run. There's no pressure to go crazy fast or climb hills, etc. You just go at a steady pace.
For today's run, I was aiming to maintain Marathon pace for the scheduled 8 miles. When I'm done the first mile, I always think, 'Pfft, this is going to be cake.' Naïve girl. It gets a lot harder to maintain once the sun has been blaring down on you for good bit of time....as was the case again today. Not complaining! We've had a spectacular summer here in Nova Scotia so far. It just doesn't make for excellent running conditions that's all. But it does make for nice photos! ;)
Another glorious day...................
For the PEI Marathon on October 20th, I would ideally like to break the 3:30 barrier. It's not that easy to do. You need to run <8:00 min/miles for 26.2 miles!!! And no, you cannot pause your Garmin. ;)
I did have to work at keeping my numbers below 8 today. I decided that the 8 miles would be at pace and the last half mile a recovery jog. Here is a break down of my mile splits:
2. 8:07 oops
4. 8:01 oops
5. 8:15 ***drink break
0.5 mile recovery jog: 8:31
So as you can see, I have some work to do. I'm hoping that once the temperature cools and Summer ends, sticking to pace will become much easier.
If you are wondering about pacing for a goal time in a race check out Cool Running or Custom Pace Bands. I print these off to wear at a 1/2 or Full Marathon so that I don't have to memorize my splits. If you do this, make sure that the font is large enough for you to read during the race. My first pace band that I made had the numbers way too little. I couldn't read them clearly as I was moving. Lesson learned!
Well, I have some news regarding this weekend's running plans. As it turns out Matt is going to be running in his 11th Full Marathon! :0 I know. I am not doing the full, don't worry. Although I did get slightly excited when he sprung it on me and for a millisecond in time I considered it......:)
I took a look at my training plan and this weekend is a scheduled 17 mile run. Next Sunday is a scheduled 1/2 Marathon. Therefore, I am juggling my weeks and doing the 1/2 this Sunday and I'll complete my 17 miler next Sunday. Did you catch all that? I have no hopes of beating my current PR of 1:37...I am still wondering where that came from....lol. I will try my best at the run, but now that my focus is on the PEI Marathon in October I will not run my butt off and risk injury. :)
The race we're doing is the Marathon by the Sea. It is in Saint John, New Brunswick which means....Road Trip! Don't worry, I'll do a big blog about our races on Sunday evening. :D
Thanks so much for checking out GGR. Have an awesome day!