Today’s long run, for me, was about being disciplined. Not the “you’ve been bad” kind of discipline (although I DID look abused after my run today; another fall! The sidewalk just jumped out in front of me again. I swear I’m not running on sidewalks anymore. I’m gonna break the law and run on the street.)
Running is a dangerous sport!
The discipline that I’m talking about was with my pace. I wanted to run slow for the 1st 1/2 and a bit faster for the 2nd 1/2 (but all slower than marathon pace). The biggest challenge for me, I knew, would be not getting caught up in the group pressure to run fast. I know the group is good for challenging/pushing in a lot of workouts, but on the last long run this close to the marathon I didn’t see any point in going to fast. Today wasn’t the race. That’s in 3 weeks. SO – my goal was 8:30 pace for the first 1/2 and 8:00 pace for the 2nd 1/2. Ended up with 21 miles at 8:16 pace average, so I’d say it was a success! Although I will admit that some of the earlier miles were too fast because I did stay with the group to gab a bit. And then one of my later miles was slow because I didn’t stop garmin when I fell. Uggggg. Must stop falling.
It was SO fun to have my mom out on Summit cheering for us! She had the usual signs, as well as one saying “Cindi Matt is Chicago bound”. And she was ringing a cowbell. 🙂 All of that deserved a quick stop to give her a sweaty hug. So cute!
Oh – in other exciting news – I got moved up to Corral B in Chicago. So I’m in wave 1, corral B. Yipee! I figure that should put me behind/among about 4000 runners instead of back with 45,000. I’m sure the marathon must be following my blog and realize how speedy I am and that’s why I got moved up. 🙂