Okay, there are decisions that need to be made. I ran 5 miles on Sunday at a comfortable pace (7:30ish). I had slight discomfort for the first 2 miles. Today I ran 6.5 miles at an even easier pace (8:30ish). There was absolutely zero pain. I also pushed the pace for half a mile towards the end of the run. All was well.
However, I am still taking it very easy. I need to test the legs with a marathon pace run (6:50). I need to see if my race goals are achievable.
When it comes to race day I believe you either execute or you don’t. I really don’t care what the reasons are for not achieving. When it is all said and done it doesn’t matter. It can be the conditions, it can be your condition but it doesn’t really matter.
Matty-O sent me the following:
The big question in your head is this: Do I pull the trigger on race day to hit my goal, or do I back off at the first sign of pain so that I don't throw my season in the trash can?
So here is the decision that needs to be made. This marathon is important to me. But I need to be smart about this. This race is not so important that I will risk the rest of the season (or more). So I need to take a look at my options –
- I race the marathon at my projected pace (6:50)
- I run the marathon with one of my buddies – kiss sub-3 good bye for now
- I run the half marathon – much slower than current half PR
- I skip the whole dang race
The next week will let me know where I will fall. Since I am in taper mode I do not think I will lose any of my fitness but I still need to test the legs at race pace. I think this run will occur on Thursday. That will be the deciding day – a day of reckoning if you will.
Don’t forget the 2011 Wannabe Burpee Challenge.