Race day is similar to test day. I'm ready. I've run the miles. I'm relaxed and ready to go. And then I toe the line and something happens, or to be correct - something doesn't happen.
Almost every distance I've run a race there has been a time prior to the race that I have had a faster and much better training run. Not on purpose, but it happens for almost every distance. The marathon is the exception because my longest run was definitely NOT 26.2 miles long.
So, with this weekend's race in a few short days I want to put this out there. I am running 4 miles on Saturday morning. It will be wonderful. I've done the miles and I'm ready. But, at some point on Saturday I will step up to the start line of the race and it will all go away. It is me and I'm fine with it (this time). Knowing what I do about me and racing I am hoping to hit 40 minutes for the race (10 min/mile). It is a relatively small race (capped at ~750 people). 40 minutes. 40 minutes.
Last weekend I went out and ran 4 miles by feel. I didn't look at my watch, though I did listen for the mile chimes so that I could stop it at the four mile mark. I had an amazing run. I only felt like I was working for the last 1/2 mile or so, and that 1/2 mile was right after an uphill I really don't like.
|4 miles...most of it on a bike path|
|yeah, it's small but you can click on it for the deets|
Here's the part that really surprised me: