Fifteen miles under a nice morning sun and gentle breeze! That was my Saturday morning. I hope it's just like that on May 26th! What are the chances the weather is absolutely perfect? Does that ever happen?
I approached this LR as a chance to test where I am at time-wise. Like a few weeks ago, I ran these 15 miles exactly how I envision myself running at the Bayshore Marathon. I had a tough start though. For some reason, my legs were tight...breathing was heavy...mentally I just wasn't in it. As always, though, once I stopped and took some water and let my breathe "catch-up", I was able to get right into my planned pace and all the previous impediments melted away. There is something odd about the system reset that takes place whenever I stop for a minute.
I felt strong through-out but particularly in the last 3 miles. I was attempting to average around 7:20/mile for the duration of the run. Each of my last 3 miles were around 7:08/mile and I felt really strong. All in all, I was pleased with the latest time trail. I feel pretty confident I'll still be below a Boston Qualifying pace through 20 miles. After that, all bets are off. I may be able to gut it through...or I may drop off quickly and realize you can't BQ without at least a couple 40-50 mpw in the training bank!
Four more weeks to go. Well, less than that now. This week is my last real tough week of training. I'll still go hard on my two remaining mid-week medium runs but no more time trials on the LR's.
Looking forward to 21 miles on Saturday...hope everyone else is starting to get psyched.
Next week: My revised goals for the 2007 Bayshore Marathon.