Posted: 07/10/2015 at 22:58
Carter - maybe I should get you to do my research on new running routes then !!
Good that you have got a run in and I'm sure the next one will be business as usual.
And as you say there are other priorities in life and sometimes running has to take a back seat. Not often now, but sometimes.
Will - how am I feeling. Not sure is the answer. I hate tapering as the lack of running really plays with my head and I feel sluggish as I am not doing enough. Even though I have resigned I am mad busy getting rid of things at work so have not had much time to think about the weekend. I am really looking forward to it and think when I hit Heathrow on Friday morning the reality that I am flying to the other side of the world to run 26.2 miles will hit home and I will begin to enjoy the experience.
Good strong run from you and sounds like you are in good nick for the GWR.
Robert - you are right. The new job will bring its challenges on many fronts but knowing me I will throw myself into it, focus on running in my spare time and work out how to get enough family time in. Having spoken to a few people I know who do the work away from home stuff, they all say that overall it gives them a better work life balance as when they are at home with the family over the weekend they are truly at home and work does not interfere as it tends to do otherwise.
Have got a massive set of instructions from the Chicago marathon people and getting daily emails with all sorts of updates. Am super impressed with them. Am sure there is something in there about live tracking but need to read it first. Will probably do this on the plane going over and if there is will let you know.
So my race strategy as Carter cannot wait any longer.
I have a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C.
My A plan is to get a BQ. A BQ in 2017 means a sub 3:25 qualifying time and from what I can work out to guarantee a place I need to be 3:23 or under.
So I intend setting out at a steady 7:45 m/m pace which is why I ran this in my run last night. Should I be feeling strong as I get to mile 16, I will step it up and see where it takes me. While a 3:15 time would be nice I do not want to set out with this as a target in case I force it and blow up and then get my Plan D time. Would be criminal travelling so far and being shit !!
My B plan is to get a sub 3:30 time. If for whatever reason I am not able to keep the 7:45 m/m pace going I will drop back to 8 min miling and work to get the sub 3:30 as this is a milestone to achieve and is a good result.
My C plan is a sub 3:45 and is there in case I have a crap day and cannot run as strong as my training suggests I should do for whatever reason.
As I am in the 7:30 start, I should be finished before it gets too warm so heat should not be a major issue.
My D plan if i need a D plan is to finish as this is an achievement of a kind even if it is not what I would want today nor imagine I could be satisfied with but sometimes shit happens and all that.
So there you are. Feel free to pick the bones out of that.