- FINISH! Yup, that's my #1 goal. Just get out there and finish the race. Regardless of time, it will be a PR ;-)
- Under 5 hours. This is my realistic goal. I think I can do this.
- 4:37. This is my 'The Gods are shining on me & my running shoes & the planets have all aligned to give me perfect weather, strong legs & all the energy needed for a strong finish' goal.
Here's how it broke down:
Plan: 5 mile tempo run: 1 mile warmup, 3 miles @ 10:19 pace, 1 mile cool down
Mile 1: 10:53 Not bad. There's a crappy uphill portion right at the beginning so feeling ok so far.
Mile 2: 10:12 Ok, pretty good. Sweating pretty good but keeping hydrated.
Mile 3: 9:55 I hit the flat. I can see the waves of heat radiating from the pavement. I stick to the gravel shoulder and drink alot.
Mile 4: 10:28 I'm starting to hit the wall here. I'm on the pavement. I know I only have this mile of tempo pace left but I can't sustain it. I feel like I'm breathing a hot wet blanket.
Mile 5: 10:46 I'm almost dead. I'm doing the "I can make it to the next lamppost" game. There's a guy out for his lunch hour walk that I barely pass. I'm out of water. I hit 5 miles & shut it down. I'm walking. I'm tingly. Thank you to the inventor of A/C....you are my hero.
Next run....8 miles friday....lesson learned....will be out before 10 am!
Congrats on first day training. YOU ROCK!
This is so exciting! There is nothing like your very first marathon!
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