Between tuition payments, my marathon training schedule, phone numbers and Amazon.com orders, I feel pretty bombarded by numbers lately.
…and yet, here I am, writing a post that features them.
See, today I ran 800’s on the treadmill – which, in treadmillese, means running a warm-up,followed by .5 mile at a fast speed, then recovering and repeating until I hit 4 miles. Wowza, that hurt so good this morning – it was a late night (for me) Wednesday since this semester’s courses meet from 8 to 10 PM. (SEE! MORE numbers!)
I thought I would talk a bit about some of the marathon thoughts currently occupying my mind…with my big goal, I have been reassessing (and reassessing…and reassessing some more) what my time goal for Shamrock is. I honestly am trying to figure out, realistically, what I am capable of at this point in my training.
Want some more numbers? Well, sure! I realized just now that I never shared my marathon splits:
Um, yes, that’s 28 miles. And no, it wasn’t a fill 28 because yeah, pretty sure I didn’t run a sub-8 last mile… also, I am pretty sure my Garmin went beserk somewhere, and believe me, it is pretty mentally tough to see the mileage go above 26 when you’ve been running for, oh, HOURS! But, I digress – it still measured my chip time (3:59)
So, with just this rough data, it’s illustrated pretty poignantly that I went out too fast. Not extraordinary too fast, but compared to the downturn around Mile 18, yes. The slowest mile was over 10; I had two miles over 10, but still came out with a 9-ish pace. Seeing as a 3:35 marathon would require a 8:12 average, I could feasibly clean up that zone of 9 and near-9 miles for a strong showing, especially with some of the recent speed-work and tempos I have been incorporating and shoot for something like a 3:45ish for this race.
The elevation for this race is pretty flat, which is good and bad (less uphills mean less downhills, after all) but I am pretty stoked about the course in general. I want to see what these legs can do!!
Have you run Shamrock before? Any words of wisdom??