Before I get into racing strategies (and try to convince you that I am really smart), I wanted to share a few pins from Pinterest that I have put on my “Things That Make Me Incredibly Happy” pinboard.
I cross that line daily…..thanks a lot, selff tanner.
This makes me happy because my sis actually really hates of opening those packages….she leaves the room if someone else is opening one…..I might be in trouble for sharing this with you all but I feel like we are all family so she can’t be too mad:)
We are currently 4 days away from RNR Las Vegas and you know that I am getting pumped. Here’s the thing…..of course I have a time goal that I want to reach but it is kind of scaring me. This whole running for fun thing is kind of making me crazy and I want to have a goal that I push myself so hard to reach that I feel like puking at the end of the race. On the other hand, I have to be smart blah blah blah and not re-injure myself because my brain is crazy and wants to go faster than my legs can handle right now. Plus, I have to come to terms with the fact that I am no where near in the physical condition I was in previous years. I will get there, it just takes some time and some sweat.
Here is the course map for you just in case you wanted to picture where I will be on Sunday and cheer me on from your head. If you eat swedish fish while cheering for me in your head, it will make me go faster and smile bigger.
What I can do fantastically on Sunday is pace correctly and run a smart race.
From my running bible (The Runner’s Body):
“Your pacing strategy is nothing more than the way you attempt to distribute your energy reserves over the course of a race. There is not a runner alive who has not made the error of going out too hard, only to pay back doubly in the second half of the race. And we have all run conservatively, often reaping the benefits of our restraint later in the race, when we glide past tired runners who seem to have reached their physiological limits. Most runners speed up in the final stretch of most races, even though lactate levels are at their highest then.”
How do I plan (key word…it all depends on how many Serendipity frozen hot chocolates I drink before the race) to distribute my energy reserves over LV RNR half-marathon……
Start fast, run fast in the middle, and then finish very fast;)
Okay, really I do want to push myself and see where I am in terms of speed but my number one goal (just like with NYCM) is to have negative splits and enjoy the experience. My first mile BETTER NOT BE MY FASTEST….or else you are in big trouble Janae.
What race did you do your WORST pacing? What race did you do your BEST pacing? What are some of your future pacing goals?
-I was looking over my garmin stats from the 2010 UV marathon last year….mile 1: 5:55…… Mile 25: 8:20…..oops.
What is something that is making you Incredibly Happy today?
-Besides funny things I find on Pinterest…….my seat warmer in my car…….how can you not be happy with toasty buns?
What do you think about out and back courses? Love ’em, hate ’em?
-To be honest, point to point races are my favorite but I am sure there will be plenty of things to look out on the Vegas course that I won’t get bored on an out and back course.
Are you having any treats today?
-Yep, I have some Swedish Fish in my back pack waiting to be opened and eaten!