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Thursday, October 27, 2011

good sleep + good comments= new perspective

well...not sure about the good sleep, but it was better than what I've been getting the last week!

Thank you so much for all your WISE comments on my last post......

I have thought about it, am over my tantrum and looking forward to following coaches protocol on Saturday for my Half Marathon!

To answer some questions...he has a few reasons for wanting me to run the race this way:
7:15 pace for first 10 miles
all out for last 5K.

1. I haven't been doing speed work and really preparing to race 13 miles all out
2. he doesn't want me to get injured
3. he said he would like to see how my body responds to this type of effort (maybe he is thinking ahead to Boston racing strategy, I don't know).
4. he said he would like me to save my "racing" effort for when i'm better prepared.

I totally get ALL these reasons and he's right. I don't want to get injured. I really have NO idea what the course is like...they say it's "mostly flat"...but Stephanie brought to my attention that lots of races SAY that but then that is all perspective...so who knows..maybe a 7:15 will feel easy , but maybe it will be tough for the course. I am going to go in this with my head in the space that I am going to run this strategically, holding back so that I am running COMFORTABLY uncomfortable and then see IF ...IF IF IF ...I am able to push those last 3 miles. I am more like a 'push the last half mile' kind of girl..so THIS will be challenging and I'm actually looking forward to it!!

Who else is racing this weekend????


  1. No time for a good comment here-boo! I just want to wish you luck! Have a great, strong, confidence building training RACE!!!! Excited to hear how it goes!!!

  2. Glad you got some good sleep! That always helps :).

    I like your coach's reasons. They make sense....and yes, I am curious to get your firsthand thoughts on a new course!

    Have a great weekend & race, Nicole!!

  3. The RRCA Coaching course pounds the "train slower to race faster" mantra into your head. There' plenty of scientific support for this, but it's still hard to accept.

    I'm with you, my personal mantra has always been "run as hard as you can, as long as you can". If I'm not gasping for air at the end of a run, well then it wasn't hard enough. I know this old, creaky body of mine certainly can't put up with it like it used to, and I'm trying to be more systematic about training too:)

    Good luck with your "experiment" this weekend. You're running smart here. I'm sure you'll still blow them away even if not running full throttle the entire time.

  4. Sounds like a good plan to me! I have my half tomorrow too so I have been going back and forth about my pacing strategy myself. Now, if I can just get some decent rest tonight... ;-)

    Good luck girl!! Can't wait to hear all about it!


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