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BANGLE

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Hello. I'm still at it. This running thing.

marathon

I don't want to complain, because I'm still running pretty well for an old guy. I haven't had any real downtime like many of my injured friends. But hey, that's what blogs are for, right?

marathon

Four weeks out from NYC, my goal was to race this one, not for a 110% effort PR, but for a solid hard effort. I decided to go for 7:30 pace and hope I could finish stronger and break 1:38. Real goal was to keep it under 1:40, because, well, see above. Confidence lacking.

My friend and track buddy, D was on hand. We are close in pace, although she is a little faster on the track, but lacks experience in the longer races. So we planned to run together at least for a while. I couldn't find her before the start in the large crowd (7,300). But I managed to spot her after about 1/4 mile, just ahead. So I had to pick it up a little to catch her. So much for my planned 7:50 first mile to ease into it... Hit mile one at 7:22.

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I got through nine in 7:59. By now I didn't care about time. I had decided to walk through the next water stop and then just cruise it in and save my energy for marathon training. So I took a short break and then headed toward the finish. I wasn't completely dead, I was just tired and once I slowed I was comfortable. 10-12 were 8:19, 8:37 and 8:07. Most of the people around me must have been fading too because not many people passed me. The 1:40 group passed me (although they were down to three people) and I didn't have the will to stay with them. By mile 12 I could smell the finish and I pushed the pace up a bit, so at least it was an honest effort. Mile 13 was 7:38, and I "kicked it in" at 6:59 pace.

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So I'm not feeling real confident about running a fast 26 in four weeks. I just hope to not die too bad and not have to walk Central Park. So my goals are out the window. My NYC goal is to have fun, and practice restraint; Try to run the first half at over 8 minute pace, maybe 8:15+, and enjoy the experience. Sub-4 would be good. Then I'm taking a month off to rest the knee and the mojo.

 

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Ugh, races like that are so disappointing. 

Sorry training hasn't gone as planned, but I like those goals!

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Even if training hasn't felt great, at least you've been able to plug away at the miles. Finger crossed for a little race day magic! 

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Classic Bangle pics, but I see a lot of sweat, telling me that was a warm (probably humid?) race morning. Since we know what that'll do to a body, I think a good time through the boroughs is still possible, if you have some good fall weather that day.

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Still only 4 minutes off of goal, which doesn't look insurmountable. Don't get too discouraged.

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4 hours ago, Dave said:

Classic Bangle pics, but I see a lot of sweat, telling me that was a warm (probably humid?) race morning. Since we know what that'll do to a body, I think a good time through the boroughs is still possible, if you have some good fall weather that day.

It was a little warm, but probably not much of a factor. I always sweat a lot. However I am looking forward to 40's and 50's (hopefully!) in NYC.

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Maybe your damn mojo took a road trip with my mojo....LOL. See you in NYC...I will be undertrained and slow too.

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What Carissa said! Good job for getting those consistent miles in. I don't know if I'll ever know what that feels like. Still amazing for an "old" guy!

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Seems like a lot of us are having similar running years. Sorry it wasn't what you wanted, but have a frickin' blast at NYC. One of my slowest marathons (intentionally) and far and away my favorite. Enjoy the run!

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So I've got several different responses:

1) I'm so f'n jealous that you are healthy enough to get through a whole training cycle.

2) maybe the cycle was tough because you ran more days than you are used to? 4 vs 5? And 50 mile weeks.

3) sandbagging and you are going to BLOW it up!

4) if the goal is just to get sub 4 that's a 9:09 pace. Don't go out at 7s and that goal should be NBD.

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On 10/11/2018 at 7:49 PM, DrWhiskers said:

I think you need the Beast Mode shirt like the guy behind you.

was going to say.. I hope you at least beat the showy dude in Beast Mode shirt..  ha. 

 

 

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