Since I completely dropped the ball this marathon cycle with blog updates on my training, I figured I could do a sum of the process to bring you up to speed on how I’m looking going in to this tomorrow’s marathon.
First and foremost, I think my training could’ve gone a little better. I’m not feeling super confident going into this, especially since I skimped on my last few long runs. Looking back, I realize that I just had too many half marathons and special events that pulled my focus away from the training plan. I can only hope it doesn’t come back to bite me in the butt – or anywhere else- this weekend.
The other factor that has been weighing heavy on my mind is the elevation change. I’ve done my research and have consulted with many of my fellow endurance athletes on this, and the consensus stands that I should not expect my body to perform at, or anywhere near, the level I’m used to. In other words, I should expect my pace to be slowed quite a bit more than normal and my breathing to be labored further than a typical training run. Actually, everything I have experienced in my running and racing history is thrown out the window with this one. And if I’m being completely honest with myself, this terrifies me. Running a marathon is daunting enough for me. Adding in the O2 factor and the inevitable fatigue and the perceived rate of exertion, I’m thinking this is going to be a pretty dang tough race for me. So there’s that.
I did run a little two mile shake out this morning and felt pretty good. However, the weather is much colder here in Denver, so that may play to my advantage.
With all this being said, you can imagine the trepidation I am experiencing. Obviously, I cannot control the way my body is going to react to the change in altitude, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any specific goals for this race. So just what are my goals????
Have fun! Period. Run when I can, and walk when I need to. I’m not running for time here people. It’s all about seeing the city and soaking it all in. I just really want to be there to run with my bestie. It is her first, after all.
Stay safe and listen to my body. I’m not planning to push for a time goal, so there’s no shame in taking a couple minutes to walk or reason to feel like I need to push myself if I’m not feeling good. If I experience any discomfort or tightness, I’m going to step back and stretch it out. There’s no reason why I need to put myself in a compromising position to finish this within a time range. Fun. Remember that.
Okay, so that’s a little redundant, but you get the jist of it. No set plans. Run my own race. Enjoy the sights and company. Take pictures. And take it one mile at a time. We’re just in it for the fun of it.
I’m keeping my eyes on the prize and that finish line party. Post race beer is already calling my name.
What type of strategy do you put in play when you run a race merely for fun?
Have you ever ran with an altitude change?