Four weeks out from my major fall marathon, so I’m at the point where I’ve been doing lots of heavy training at marathon pace. This weekend was an in-between weekend — sandwiched between my two longest pace runs of the season. Since my mileage was supposed to be low, I thought I would go out to run in a local half-marathon, called the HulaMan Half-Marathon, and run the race at my marathon goal pace.
I wasn’t going to try to run this race for a fast time — I was just hoping to run my marathon goal pace, and I felt it was OK to avoid getting sucked in to a duel with someone to run my planned pace. I’ve been running this goal pace over and over again for months, so I’d hoped that this would be a confidence builder — an easy cruise, so to speak, since it was only 13.1 miles.
I should also mention that I had the flu earlier in the week and was still not quite myself. I think I was well enough to run, but not feeling great; not sharp and focused like I normally would be going into a race. In fact, the thought of running longer than 13 really sounded unappealing on Sunday morning when I got up.
Lesson 1: give it a shot. Even if you feel bad, you won’t know until you try.
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