After Ironman Lake Tahoe was cancelled, I shifted my focus from triathlon to running ahead of my last big race of the season – North Face 50 Mile in December.
My approach to my last 50 miler worked well – I ran as much as I could without overdoing it, and listened to my body. Instead of logging massive 30+ mile runs, I’ve opted for big back-to-back days that consist of 10+ miles at a time. I’m pleased to say that I’ve been running very well lately, and tested my fitness and recovery by running 40 miles with 7500′ of climbing over a 4-day span last week.
I was on the fence about this weekend – I’ve been flip flopping between racing the Marin Triathlon (50% discount for IMLT registrants – sweet!) or running long both days, and opted for something different: the Morgan Hill Marathon.
Basking in 13.1 PR glory at The Town’s Half.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – races are the new long run
. Instead of carrying fuel and water for a 3+ hour run, Morgan Hill Marathon will allow me to run long with plenty of aid along the way – there are 14 aid stations.
While I’m not focused on a PR this weekend, there is a high likelihood that I’ll beat my 3:49 PR. I’m planning to run around 75% effort – the course consists of rolling hills, gradual climbs, and a flat finish – but ultimately pales in comparison to the SF Marathon. My plan is to start with either the 3:30 or 3:25 pace group – roughly 40 seconds slower than my half marathon PR. I’m going to run with the group for as long as I can and take a positive split if I’m not feeling good on the back half.
The key to this run will be listening to my body – running a PR road marathon is not the goal right now, and I will need to run a pace that will allow me to recover in time for Mt Tam 50k on 11/15 and North Face on 12/6. Wish me luck!