Yesterday shaped up to be a really good day. I took my new shoes for a run on the treadmill last night and it went so well! Suze and I had a gym date and it was exactly what I needed to get over Saturday’s absolutely terrible-awful-no good-bad run. I’ve been straight up terrified to run for the last few days even though I knew I needed to get back out there. But last night I finally braved it and faced my enemy, the treadmill, and had a great run. I went for just over 3 miles and my legs felt amazing the whole time. I used a walk-run strategy because the shoes were new and I haven’t run all week but I really just felt so good. I wish I could have run the Baltimore Half last night!
My plan for the Baltimore Half is completely different than my plan for Virginia Beach. Probably because I actually have a plan for Baltimore that isn’t “start the race, finish 13.1 miles later”.
Since the elevation at Baltimore is kind of
like hell challenging, I’m planning a run-walk system. I think the first mile will be fueled by adrenaline, even with that stupid hill right at the start. But from mile 2 on I’ll be on a 4 minutes run:1 minute walk schedule. I definitely plan to adjust as necessary to make sure that I’m taking the 1 minute walk breaks only during uphills but I think knowing that there’s a reprieve from the hills coming will be big for me. I actually used this system for my first 10K, the Rockville 10K which is also very hilly, and that race is still my PR – which I find amazing since I’d never run more than 3.1 miles before that race!
My other big plan for Baltimore is that I won’t be obsessing over my Garmin. I’m setting it to display the interval timer only. That’s it. No time, no pace, nothing that is going to cause me to freak the heck out during mile 6 when I’m running up hill for a mile. Unlike Virginia Beach, Baltimore doesn’t have a time clock at every mile. They’re at mile 1, 5, 10, 13, 15, 20, 25 of the full marathon – which means I’ll only see them at miles 7 and 12 of the half. I’m pretty sure this is going to be good for me. After Saturday’s freak out and my obsessive math during my 5K a few weeks ago, I think some racing without constant time awareness will be good for me. If it turns out I really hate it, I can always switch the Garmin display but I really hope I don’t.
I’m not going to set a finish time goal even though I have a few ideas in my mind of how I’d like it to end up. I’d rather just run a race that feels better than Virginia Beach – which shouldn’t be hard since it won’t be a million degrees (though it will be far warmer than I’d like. Apparently it will be 61 at 9:00 and 67 by the time I’m done running. Where is fall?!).
How do you feel about racing without a Garmin?