Hi all! Linkup Friday!! Thanks to our amazing hostesses: the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!). I will be writing this week about my 5 goals for the Long Beach Marathon
So the Santa Ana winds are back which really blows. Basically they come in and blow hot air making it really warm. I've already done the ridic hot marathon at the LAM and crashed and burned once the temps hit 90. To be honest, that race still haunts me and when I saw the forecast I thought of DNSing. But I still need the miles for NYCM training so I might as well do it on a race course with ample water, supplies, and support.
But in the last few days I've calmed down. I was watching the weather last night and the forecast looks like it'll be high 80s and they said it won't be humid and won't last long meaning Fall is on its way!
A few things have been added though. With the high temps they are increasing water tables, supplies and even misting stations. However they are giving half marathoners the option to start at 6 with the marathons. Well there are usually 4000 marathons and 14000 half marathoners so this could be a cluster for real. I am staying positive they will give marathoners priority as the first 10 miles are the same and hopefully it won't be too crowded.
My training plan/coaching is going well so I'm going try those intervals- 60 sec/30 sec and see if it helps with the heat. However if the pace is too slow, I will pick it up or shorten the walk interval. I decided to run a tempo mile yesterday and with 60/30 I was able to run a 9:47 mile at the track without feeling tired. That may be my fastest training mile ever!
So on to my goals:
A- sub 5:00-11:27 pace
I've had this goal for awhile and I really want to crush it but it will depend how the weather cooperates.
B- sub 5:15 -12 min pace
C- sub 5:30 12:30 min pace
D- sub 5:46- 13 min pace
I would love a new PR!
E-finish with a smile :)
The weather is currently 100 outside and humid so anything can happen. I plan on starting slow and trying to keep hydrated and not have an epic bonk that happened during the LAM. Hopefully being close to the ocean will have a bit of a breeze.
But that's it! I am trying to stay positive and hope for the best so we will see!
When is your next race? Do you usually set race goals?