Guess what? Yesterday was the best run I have ever had. I ran 4 miles at a 7:54 pace and 3 of those miles averaged 7:48. I wasn’t tired. I wasn’t pushing it. It was just great.
Now to my question. Why was yesterday so easy when Monday was one of the worst days I’ve had running in a long time? I don’t know. I was using the same shoes. It was a similar day, other than no rain. The only thing I did do differently was eat a piece of plain bread right before I left (something I remember my dad doing before his runs). Surely a few carbs couldn’t have made that much of a difference.
Well I guess I won’t question it. It was supposed to be an easy run for 4 miles since we are tapering for the big day. It was so easy I thought my phone might be wrong. I know some days are better than others and TJ said he has had similar days, but this was about a minute faster than my normal pace about a month ago.
On to training for Sunday. TJ said today I should run a minute at half marathon pace and a minute jog and alternate back and forth. That is what he is going to do. It sounds good and I can make my phone tell me when to switch so that won’t be too hard.
3 more days to the half marathon. I was talking with a sales rep the other day who has run this race for 4 years now and he said it is very well done. Being my first I didn’t know what to expect. He said they have pacers who will run the half marathon (and the whole) at different paces so, for example, if you want to finish in an hour and 30 minutes, someone is setting that pace. Or if you want to finish in 2 hours, someone is setting that pace, and so on. I guess I’ll start in the two hour group and then try to pull ahead in the last few miles. He also said there is lots of food, beer (9:00 in the morning?) and massages given to runners. I am hoping my lovely wife comes to cheer us on, but I understand it might be a bit difficult for her to sit for 3 hours with a bad back. I’ll understand if she doesn’t go, but it would really be special if she did.
That is it for now. This is so exciting, it is like Christmas is 3 days away and I’m an 8 year old kid.
I love running.