I think I'm finally getting a grasp on what this statement means for me.
See, I can tell other people all day long what it means for them. Trust your training. Pay attention to your body. Focus on yourself. Don't get sucked into a pace that is faster, or slower, than what is "comfortable" for you. Adrenaline can carry you away at the start line and have you speeding away from your intended pace faster than you can look at your Garmin. You feel great so you start convincing yourself you can hold this pace the whole time...only to putter out half way through (or faster as was the case for me in the Huntsville Half).
So with this in mind...I am beginning to work through a race strategy for the marathon. My first marathon. The marathon I will run in just SIX days from now. The marathon which has been in my cross hairs for almost two years. The marathon I've been training for ...how long has this training group been meeting? (Feels like six months!)
Okay...for all the talk, I am not feeling confident about a 4 hour goal. I was confident...but not anymore. Everything hurts and I haven't had a really great run (except my PR 5K last week) in a long while. I'm not ruling it out completely, because I keep hearing how the taper will make me feel GREAT come race day. At the same time, I'm not going to hold onto it at the expense of reality. Because I don't feel super confident about it, I don't plan (right now) to start out with the 4:00 pace group.
So...the million dollar question is, what will I do? Will I "run my own race" and just start the race and run what feels right at the time? Will I come up with a set race strategy (even splits, negative splits, X pace for this many miles, then X pace for so many more...)? Will I find another pace group to hang with? If so, which one.
Maybe I'll start by naming my fears and then planning my strategy to overcome those hurdles. After all...I think a HUGE aspect of running a marathon is mental. (You know, since I'm an expert at it!)
For now I'll just say I don't know what I don't know and all the planning in the world won't give me what I'll have this time next week...experience.
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