Easy day to recover
Went to bed at 8pm and woke at 4am for a full night’s sleep. Then just an easy 3.1 miles or so, meeting up with Eric. Very cool out this morning. Just loving this new weather. The legs weren’t sore to speak of so I think I’m doing ok. Plan is to run easily tomorrow for a longer distance, then an easy 17 with Mike on Sunday. Thinking that my next hard run will be on Tuesday. Perhaps a 10 mile tempo.
I’ve been thinking about the simulation run and I am letting these workouts guide me toward a goal pace for the marathon. I feel pretty good around 6:15-6:20 per mile. This was the 2nd simulation run that averaged out at 6:16-6:17 per mile. The first one was a few weeks ago that was conducted with a large negative split. This one was pretty narrow. But both came in within 20 seconds of each other.
Do I start the marathon at goal or slower? That is the question. If I go slower I’ll have more room for picking up the pace later on. I think it may depend on how the packs group up. I’d rather not run by myself in the early miles.
And RG’s Mom: I’m not on Facebook but I’m on Twitter @downeastrunning. Catch me there.
And for all the bloggers I usually read and comment on: I’ve had internet trouble at the house for weeks now so I’m missing out (no home email either!). Mike’s been filling me in somewhat. I hope to have it all resolved in a few days.