Saturday I hit the streets again

Okay, I’m psyched for tomorrow. I’m planning to get 8+ hours sleep and then go for a 2 mile neighborhood run that I’ve mapped out on Gmaps. I know that I need to mitigate my speed from the beginning and not fall into the “This feels great, I can push harder” mindset. I made that mistake on Monday when I slid the speed control far enough over that I ran in the low to mid 9’s for the first mile. I dialed it back after that but the damage had been done and I was fully spent after 15 minutes. I was so tired from the run that I fell asleep 30 seconds after I finished. I’m sure that if I had started with a more modest pace I would have felt much stronger by the end. I probably would have been able to go a full 20 minutes as planned. My plan for tomorrow is use a modified version of my race strategy – start at a moderate pace and reserve enough energy to push hard at the end. In the case of tomorrow it will be: start slow, stay slow and have enough left to finish my planned route.

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