Monday, September 09, 2013
The early morning run was great. I ran near the front of the group. And, yes, I was the oldest person in the group by far, but it didn't matter. The streets were well lit and I only needed my flashlight for a small part of the run. We ran along part of the course of the inaugural Lakeland half marathon which will be Saturday, November 9th.
I heard the 2:30 and the 2:37 pace group leaders talking to each other, concerned that if the heat doesn't let up, they won't make their pace. The 2:30 leader has run a half recently in 2:18 and she said today's workout should have seemed easy, but it didn't. We need to run at 11:24 minutes per mile to make the 2:30. Today we ran about 11:30 pace and only went 5 miles, so I understand why she is concerned. On the positive side, I felt like I had more to give. I guess I'm glad I don't have the pressure of being a pace group leader.
Really, I shouldn't talk about PR. Don't need that pressure. As ONEKIDSMOM taught me, although I think she got it from Galloway, any race is a success if you end in an upright position with a smile on your face wanting to do it again! Well, it won't hurt for me to aim for 2:30, and train as well as I know how for the next 8 weeks, but I'll be happy as long as I meet Barb's definition of success.
And I must say by that definition my 4:40 am run was a success for sure!!