I have had a goal to blog more this year, but so far I have not been successful at that. In fact, I may be blogging less. I really do hope that starts to change. I have several ideas rattling around in my head, one of which is currently in progress; it’s going to be about where Texans climb. There are a lot more locations than people might think.
Anyway, I have already mentioned I am registered to run the Cowtown at the end of the month, and this time I have a pretty lofty time goal. I want to run the race in 1:45 – 1:50, but after calculating the pace I would need to meet that goal I am skeptical I can meet the 1:45 goal, but 1:50 will definitely be attainable. For the 1:45 I would need to run 8 minute miles, but for a time of 1:50, I only need to run 8:23 minute miles. Seeing how my race pace is faster than my training pace I think this will be attainable.
Lately my training runs have been in the 8:19 – 8:50 minute mile range. Granted these runs are way shorter than 13.1 miles. When I ran the 8 mile Turkey Trot I was averaging over 9 minute miles and ran an 8:45 minute mile. The same was true for the White Rock Half Marathon; during training I was running no faster than 9:15 (except for a hand full of shorter runs) and finished with a 9 minute mile.
Once the adrenaline kicks on during the race you are able to perform at a much higher level. My raw food intake is also a lot higher on the days leading up to the race. I think this plays a huge factor in the better performance. So, it should be interesting to see how well I do this time around.
This weekend I will be climbing in Enchanted Rock, but still plan on getting a long run in. Last year when training for the White Rock I ran 9 miles one morning before heading out to teach a beginners climbing clinic and do a bit of climbing myself. So, I will either get my run in this evening when I arrive at the Park or tomorrow morning before heading out to the rock. I think I will most likely run this evening so I don’t have to wake up super early. Just hoping I have some daylight left when I arrive and clear skies so I can enjoy the scenic landscape.