Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Marathon Game Plan

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.


4 comments:

  1. About a month out is a good time to test your fitness. A good race can provide a powerful mental lift, and it will give you a little rest period in the few days before and after as you taper and recover from it.” Aim to run the half-marathon slightly faster than your marathon goal pace. If you can’t find a tune-up race, recruit friends to accompany you on a long run, with the last several miles faster than marathon pace. Visit my site Custom essay writing service, for better academic writing help.

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  2. I know that too much praise makes someone proud, and I also know that not praising can hurt someone. After reading your post, I just want to congratulate to you and want to say that be focused on your goals. Assignment Writing Services

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  3. I just love to participate in marathons and this event looks interesting, can someone let me know when this is happening again. Although, I am participating in a marathon next week for which I have found the best coursework writers UK based to get rid of my academics. It will be fun running this marathon as it is also organized for fundraising for the poor, which excites me more.

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  4. Lol, that picture got my attention! On a serious note, I think there are many marathons one has to run - some by choice, others by compulsion. Actually, I was running a marathon as well – sitting hours in front of my screen, going over dozens of dissertation sample, and right now, I am not very different from that guy in the picture. By the way, I wish all the best to those running this top of Utah marathon.

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