Happy Friday morning! Since I usually post at night, I thought I’d show you what the AM hours typically look like around here.
SPF CATS? All that’s missing is the gym and laundry.
I’ve been running around all morning getting ready for this marathon thing. Coffee, a hearty breakfast, an easy 3-mile run and a long packing list!
Race day outfit – check!
Duffel bag packed – check!
In-flight entertainment – check!
I’ve also been thinking about my “race plan” over the last few days. I’ve decided on a simple two-pronged approach:
Goal #1: To borrow from AR – don’t f*ck up. I’m sure there are many ways I could shoot myself in the foot, so to speak, on Sunday, but by far the biggest danger is going out too fast. I always go out too fast. ALWAYS. You could almost call it my signature running move: hit it hard, then crash and burn. It works pretty well for a 5K. Not so much for a marathon.
So I’m being strict with myself this time around. Start out slow. I’m so glad I’ll have a Garmin during the race, because if I look down and see 7:XX during those first few miles, I know I need to back off. Non-negotiable.
Goal #2: Follow the 10-10-10 plan. Coach TR is a big fan of this plan, and he’s taken many a runner down to PR town, so who am I to argue?
The idea is this: break the race in to three pieces: 10 miles, 10 miles and 10K. Run the first ten pretty mellow. Run the second ten harder. Race the last 10K.
Sounds easy enough, right? I guess I’ll find out! Goal is 8:05-8:10 for the first ten, 7:55-8:00 for the second ten, and whatever I’ve got left (7:45-7:50?) for the final 10K.
So there ya go, that’s what I’ll be doing on Sunday morning. If you want to follow along while you lounge in your pajamas drinking a bloody mary, my bib is #4824.
And if you’re hanging around the marathon happenings and see me, feel free to say hi! I don’t bite. Usually.
(This is also exactly how I plan on looking at mile 22, BTW.)
Alright, kids. Airport time for me. In case I don’t get to check in before the race, GOOD LUCK to everyone who’s racing, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who will be out cheering, tracking online, twittering and otherwise offering support and encouragement to 44,000 of us on Sunday, and I’ll see ya on the other side of #CM10!