Bleg for 1st race advice/strategy
Monday, September 05, 2011
My very first race is next Sunday, 6-k. I know I can do it, because i preran the course Sunday, in 55 min at a rousing pace of 15 min/mile. same as my usual pace, according to google maps. I blame my age and short legs, but it could also be laziness (though my HRM, which sets low levels for old people, says i'm running at 92 to 98% of capacity). OTOH, i can (and do) run for 55 minutes and I just started C25K in May.
I started at a faster pace than usual, because i was running (ok, call it jogging) with Lizalot, who's a lot faster than I am (also taller). by the end of 2 km i was pretty zonked, and by the end of 3, just kept saying to myself, it's mental, you know you can do it. i felt like i had nothing left.
so i was considering trying a run/walk strategy, which i keep hearing/reading about. Maybe that would allow me to up my pace (yeah, i do walk at about the same pace i run...). but it seems kind of a bad idea to change strategy the very last week. maybe i should start working on that after the race, when i start training for the trick or treat trot virtual 10k?? should i consciously start slow and try to save energy for the last km, or hope that adrenaline will kick in so that i do better than fall over the finish line. if i do plan to speed up a bit at the end, where?
also, how much should i run this week? the usual 40-50 min on Tuesday and Thursday.
hoping for advice from my much more experienced Spark friends and colleagues ...