Did I mention it might snow? Yeah, it might snow...
So my goal A:
1:56 + 2:03 = 3:59 = 9:08 pace
Charlie says that it is very hard to run a negative split for the marathon so I want to bank a little bit of time the first half, but not too much that it will cost me in the second. Then I plan to slow down at the half mark which will be HARD considering the runner's high has a way of causing massive delusional thoughts of being able to carry that amazing feeling foreverrr. But "the wall comes fast," so I must be smart.
Miles 1-13.1: 8:50 average pace = 1:56
Miles 13.1-26.2: 9:23 average pace max = 2:03
Finish time: 3:59
I took lap pace off my watch screens last summer when I started training with a coach and I have focused on my current pace + average pace, but my watch still beeped and flashed my mile splits. This race I won't be using my 1.00 mile lap distances at all but I'll set it to 13.1 so I can focus on each specific half of the race. I think it'll bug me a little not having my mile splits afterwards, but in the grand scheme of things those splits don't even matter... so... I'm learning...
PR with a <4:11 or a <9:36 pace average.
This is non-existent because anything slower than a PR means things went severely wrong and I will probably cry. My fitness is much higher than it was six months ago when I ran a 4:11 on a little slower course.
A salted caramel gu every 4 miles, basically every other aid station starting at 2.5 = 6 total.
If you have interest in tracking me you can either receive texts or I think my splits will be posted directly on this page:
My goal A has me hitting the first quarter mat at 58:00, 13.1 @ 1:56, 19.65 @ 2:57.
So I have raced in all things weather with the exception of snow, so this might be my first. I bought a giant coat for $4.99 at Goodwill that I will sport at the start. It's cute...a Liz Claiborne! haha But I have no plans to run with it actually on and will be sad to depart it!! I am worried about the snow creating slippery/slow conditions causing me to toss my goal, but I'll be okay if it's just rainy. I wasn't planning on wearing a hat but it might be necessary, and I think I'm going to buy some sweat pants to discard too. It's going to be just as cold as the SLC 1/2 was, but with precipitation, and SL was SO COLD. I also might invest in some waterproof gloves since mine are not and last time I rainy raced in them they were drenched and my hands frozen. I sure hope it's just a sprinkle, but it will take a LOT to top SLC 2013 in the weather department so I am feeling optimistic even if the conditions aren't ideal. The second half of the race should have better weather with great conditions for the finish. Knock on wood.
I do better when I'm not under pressure, so here's to no pressure. HAHA