After my half marathon last week, I figured I might as well sign up for another one. I even agreed to be a pacer. Pacemakers are experienced runners tasked to complete the course in a given time (I volunteered for the 2:00 hr pace). Now mind you I wouldn’t consider myself to be an experienced runner…I’m just someone whom likes to run. I do however feel as though I can lead runners to the finish line in the allotted time. My main focus over the next few weeks is to really concentrate on my pacing and not go out to fast or to slow (wish me luck on that one). I guess I will also read up on how to be a great pacer (not only for myself but for the runners willing to follow me).
Week 1/7 Training:
Well I started this week training off with a 7 mile run on Tuesday (day one of my training). I kept the run consistent and finished with an average pace of 8:43 (not bad). The rest of the week were my five mile runs. Now this was a bit tricky because I wasn’t feeling well at all on Thursday and Friday but still managed to keep my pace under 9:00 (8:56 and 8:26 respectively). The real test of my training was my long run on Saturday (still not feeling 100%) which didn’t turn out to be so bad. My goal was to try to stick to a 9:00 pace (that’s harder that it seems). Looking at my splits I started out in the 9:30 pace and then began to pick up speed around the four mile mark and stayed consistent with a 8:30 pace over the next four miles. I finished my twelve mile run with an average pace of 9:04 (not bad).
My total mileage for my first week was only 29 miles, week 2 increases the mileage to 45 (so looking forward to that….not really but I know it must be done!!!)