I am really excited about the Top Of Utah Marathon coming up in a few days. I'm taking a completely different approach with this race. I'm going to do something I've never done before: I'm going to treat the race as a big science experiment.
I've decided that I am going to do this whole race based on how I feel rather than based on a certain goal pace. With the St. George Marathon coming up in two weeks I have nothing to lose, no expectations, and my purpose is to finish feeling good enough to do another marathon 14 days later.
My method for the science experiment is to not look at my pace for the whole race. I plan to do the regular walk breaks and start off slower and then hopefully pick up speed later. I have perfected the art of starting out too fast and then crumbling toward the middle of the race so I will focus on taking it easy for the first 5-6 miles.
I heard a quote saying something like "You get three really good days of running each year. You just pray that the marathon is on one those days." I know what those really good running days feel like. But I've already had two this year (#1: Hurricane Half Marathon and #2: This 12-miler in SLC), so if by chance my third awesome day happens during the marathon, I'm going to kick and push. But otherwise I'm going to enjoy the journey, take some pictures, and figure out some cool dance to do as I cross the finish line.