Happy Monday! Hope yours is going well. Mine is going pretty good so far. I got up this morning and ran 7 miles. I ran some hills in the neighborhood and then ran Phillipe Park which is the oldest park in the County that I live in. It was named after Count Odet Phillipe who settled here 1842 and introduced citrus farming and cigar making to the area. He is buried in the park. It’s located on the shore of Tampa Bay and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. So beautiful in fact, that I thought I would randomly insert a lot of the pictures that I took today throughout this post.
Anyway, while I was running today I was thinking a lot about my upcoming races. I’ve got another half marathon in less than 2 weeks and I’m really focused on having a good race, well, that and not eating too much fiber, because we certainly don’t want this to happen again.
Although on a related note, I noticed that the faster I ran today, the more volatile my stomach became. I almost felt sorry for anyone running behind me today as I crop dusted the entire park, but hey, if that happens on race day it may not be a bad thing. *evil laugh*
In this next race, I’m going to follow the same plan I’ve been following all year and it’s the best strategy I’ve ever used. I’m going to run my own race. It may sound simple, but in reality it isn’t. It’s hard to listen to your body and do what it tells you, especially in a long race, but if you want to do well, that’s what you have to do.
I’m going to use the other runners to help guide me and push me a bit harder while maintaining a pace that is within my range, (running my own race). What I mean is, I’m going to race against those who run similar times as I do and let them push me. I’m not going to try and pace with the 7 minute mile runner because I know I won’t be able to keep up. Don’t get me wrong, I can run a 7 minute mile. In fact, I’ve run a 7 minute mile on many occasions, but after 1 mile, I am spent. Done. Finito! Call me a cab, the race is over. I’ll be needing a nap now.
No, my plan is to stay with the 8:30 pacer and use them to push me harder, because I know my competitive nature will kick in and I can hold that pace for a longer distance and that’s how I plan on getting to the finish faster.
Now all I have to do is figure out the right balance of fiber, protein and carbs….because while crop dusting is okay, shitting your pants is not.
What’s your race strategy and when is your next race?