3 miles easy / 28:04 / 9:21 avg pace
*And with that, training cycle #9 is complete!
My college chemistry professor always used to say K.I.S.S. or Keep It Simple Stupid. When answering a test question, he told us the answer (or the way to go about solving it) is usually simple but we often make it more difficult than it needs to be. The first time he said this in class, I thought he was speaking directly to me since I have a tendency to make things harder than they need to be.
So how does K.I.S.S. apply to my marathon? It actually applies to my strategy and goal for the race.
Keep my average pace between 8:30 and 8:35. This is exactly what I did during my 22-miler and it worked out well. Keeping a more consistent effort throughout is the way to go. That also means no speeding up and doing 8:20s during the middle miles! I’ll have a pace band, a usual, but will only use it to compare my total time against a 3:45 marathon time.
I have no A, B, or C goals. My goal is run a 3:45 and qualify for Boston. Plain and simple.
Mother Nature is being a bitch again and is bring historic (weather.com’s words) flooding to Philly and also the Lehigh Valley area. To say that I’ve been freaking out about maintaining MP on 12 miles of flooded towpath is an understatement. The LVM has been great about updating us on course changes. The latest and greatest:
The LVHN Marathon is scheduled to go as planned. Due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, our region has received more than 10 inches of rain in the last 10 days.
*The first five miles of the marathon and relay course have been redesigned to place runners on hard surface roads….
*The race surface will be damp, wet and possibly muddy in some areas.
My guess is about half the marathon runners are attempting to qualify for Boston. At least I’ll be in good company.
So that’s it my friends. I’ll post a quick update on Sunday (you can also follow me on Twitter). Thank you for all the well wishes this week. I will recall many of them during the race for motivation!
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