December 11, 2007
there is nothing left to prove
Today's schedule said 5 miles w/3@7:00 (coach's dream end-race pace for me, I guess). Didn't happen. I warmed up a mile, then went
7:06, 6:49 (damn), 6:48 (damn. ok, you're gonna do it again until you get it right), 6:46 (damn it all to hell)
cooled down a mile.
This didn't feel terribly taxing. Of course, I was wearing flats, which is a little like cheating.
There are no more workouts. The remaining miles this week are just to keep myself from going crazy. Besides getting decent food and rest, there's nothing else I can do to prepare my body for the race.
What I need to do is remember that I can drop to around 7min pace or faster after running for a fairly long time. I've done this a few times in the last several weeks, so I know I can. There is no reason to go out at goal pace; I don't need to prove I can. I am not strong enough mentally to run even all the way, so a negative split is the best I can hope for.
A very fast woman in my club (the one I ran with on the bridge last month) is running this race Sunday too. I know she's shooting for at least 5min faster than my goal time, but she told me she's going to start behind me because she knows I start out fast. I told her I intend to start so slow she won't want to stay behind me for long :)
Posted by joe positive at December 11, 2007 10:32 AM
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This run confirms that you have done all the right things leading up your peak date. You are spot on about having nothing to prove about your level of fitness in the next few days. Now all you have to do is believe and trust in your fitness. Great job!
Posted by: ray at December 11, 2007 4:31 PM