I was determined to succeed today because I really needed the mental confidence going into the Maui Marathon on September 18th. The way my training/racing calendar is stacked, today was my last day to do a 20+ mile. Ironically, church last night helped set my mind in the right direction as we pondered the meaning of perseverance. Oh yes, those sermons can apply to all aspects of life, trust me.
I woke at 5:00 am and went through my checklist.
To make things really cool, I was running today to my new Marathon play list I made last night to give it a test. I purposely started the list with slower beat songs to help me start slow. I then incorporated the higher beat and more motivational songs as well as my spiritual, relaxing and empowering songs where I felt applicable. I can get bored listening to the same play list so I won't use this one again until the Maui Marathon. And by the way, it passed the test of appropriateness for my running.
My running plan was simple. Take it easy. My goal was to finish with the feeling that I could run more. I wasn't focused on pace and even resisted the urge to check in on it. I didn't want to get competitive with myself and increase the pace. I really wanted to try to incorporate negative splits at about 13 miles but thought that could hinder me reaching my first goal: to finish feeling I could run more. I needed that mental boost more than I needed to prove to myself that I could incorporate negative splits.
I was carrying my sports bottle (which is really a 20 oz, not a 32 oz) with nuun. I had an extra nuun tablet stashed for my refilling. I was carrying 5 GU gels but I only took four....one every four miles and I did the final 6+ miles without another GU.
I felt great! Not once did I feel I couldn't continue. As I review my splits there are areas where I slowed but some of that was me purposely slowing down to allow dear hubby to catch up after grabbing his water bottle from the car, after his emergency potty break, and when I found out he was hurting. I felt it was right to stay by his side and not push him.
I even veered off towards the end to say HI to a good friend I haven't seen in months! And you always know who your true friends are when they hug you even after you warn them you are all sweaty.
My dear hubby ended his run before me (he was really hurting) and I wrapped up the end of my run at 22.07 miles with an average pace of 9'34".
Not my fastest pace but I am really happy with my run today. And you know what, I would be happy if I maintained that same pace throughout the marathon! I will get more competitive when I do my second!