I relay want to go fast

We’re getting closer to race day and all I can think about is getting through this week. Between budgets and industry presentations I’m very oversubscribed. At least running provides a good channel for dissipating stress. My work colleague, whom I’d mentioned in Saturday’s post, ran the Baltimore half marathon in an impressive time despite her leg injury. I’ll need to ask her how close she kept to her race strategy. I’d be thrilled to come anywhere near her pace in the relay.

AG gave me race info today (she’s the team captain). We got our race number and lots of other info about race day. I’m thinking about going out fast (for me) for my first leg since it’s only three miles. I’ll have 90+ minutes to recover before my second leg. AG is planning to pace me on the six miler and that will help because at that point I may have trouble motivating myself. She will be running about 11.5 miles in total. Almost half a marathon and I’m worried about doing nine! Of course AG has previously completed three half’s and is a far more experienced runner than her teammates. That’s why she’s the captain!

My plan tomorrow morning is to get out and run some tempo paces. I read in Runner’s World that decreasing distance (during tapering) while increasing speed/pace is an effective way of improving performance on race day. With the early morning cold temperature a little fast running will be a great way to keep warm.

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