Uh…I’m not really sure what I’m doing with this half marathon on Saturday.
Way back when, when I registered, it seemed like a good idea to focus on Brooklyn as a spring-season-culmination race. It was almost exactly two months out from Shamrock, which was on March 20, and I figured I’d have time to build on that and improve my fitness more with some good speed workouts.
*twiddles thumbs and whistles*
Yeah. My speedwork has been rather absent in the last couple of months. I’ve kept my mileage about the same, but I really can’t point to a single quality workout where I’ve looked back at the numbers and been like: okay, that’s what I’m capable of.
Mostly, it’s just been maintenance mileage. And…maybe that’s okay? I honestly think it’s possible that I haven’t lost any meaningful fitness over the last two months. While the course in Brooklyn is, technically, harder and hillier than Shamrock’s pancake-flat route…it’s a walk in the freakin’ park compared to the hills I’ve been training on here in Raleigh. And also, I should have more company in Brooklyn than I did in Virginia Beach. So there’s that.
That is the long answer, I guess. The short answer is: I’m not really sure what my goal is on Saturday. I do have some rough parameters, though:
For one: I’ll be pretty darn pissed if I don’t at least run faster than I did at Brooklyn Half 2010, considering all of the work I’ve put in between then and now. That means breaking 1:43. I feel pretty confident about that one.
For two: It would be great if I could finish under 1:40. I’ve been fighting the 1:40 barrier for a couple of years now and I broke it with two minutes to spare at Shamrock. I think for me, for this Saturday, this is probably my tipping point between feeling happy or unhappy about my race. I need to break 1:40.
For three: When I raced Shamrock in June, my one regret was that there was a time, sometime around mile 11, when I was running hard and feeling good and pussed out because I looked down at my Garmin and saw a sub-7 pace and it scared me. I felt like I lost some time because of my mental state. And I think, for me, racing this distance is all about the last 3-4 miles. I know I can go out and hold 7:30 pace for 10 miles. It’s whether I can take it down in the last three that matters. I’d like to see if I can do it, and the course at Brooklyn, which totally flattens out at seven miles, it a great place to do it.
If everything else stays the same, and I do that, I should be able to break 1:38.
I’m going to think of this blog post at mile 10 when I’m feeling miserable. And seriously, I expect all of you to harp on me if I bag out for emotional, rather than physical, reasons.
Today’s EAT: Awesome grocery pick-up of the day: lemongrass in a tube.
I love lemongrass, but I don’t love buying an (expensive) bundle of stalks for a single recipe. Also, mincing things sucks. This tubed paste is a godsend and I barely made a dent in it with tonight’s dinner.
Packed with veggies, lean beef and noodles. Yum.
Recipe: Lemongrass Beef Lo Mein
Today’s DRINK: Yay, I am feeling well enough to consume something other than Ny-Quil!
But tonight’s wine is under wraps for a little while. Look for a special post in a couple of weeks, featuring a *real* tasting of this wine! I can’t wait to share it with y’all!
Today’s RUN: Yeah, it’s probably too late to do any meaningful fitness-gaining work before Brooklyn. But I’m following Megan’s lead and hoping that a slightly-swift workout a few days before race day will build confidence!
GHMP is actually around 7:25, and obviously this was a little faster, but the idea was there. Faster than comfortable, but still…sort of comfortable.
I guess we’ll see how that feels on Saturday.
TODAY’S QUESTION: Do you use squeeze-tube herbs? I probably won’t buy the Italian one, because I have all of those things (basil, oregano, thyme) in abundance in my herb garden, but the ginger, lemon-grass and garlic versions are highly intriguing….