Lately, my running has been focused on my clients. I’ve made sure to get in my long runs for my half marathon, but other than that, my runs have been a jumble of paces, based on what my small group and individual clients need. I rarely push myself at *my* level. Generally speaking, I’m ok with that.
My goal for this spring (before I got sucked in by my friends and signed up for National) was just to get my mileage back up and not hurt myself. Running with clients has been wonderful for that. A lot of my runs are actually done at the speed that McMillan suggests, which means I’m actually running at recovery pace for my recovery runs. This is all good. In addition, I’ve been able to get up in the 30s for mileage each week without feeling like I’m wearing myself down as I used to during marathon training.
The problem? I have no idea what pace I’m *capable* of holding for 13.1 miles. And apparently I gave them a really conservative estimate ’cause I’m way the hell back in the corrals. I expect my first two miles to be REALLY slow as I try to work my way forward and out of the crowd. I know the combination of the crowds and my current speed mean I won’t PR. I would, however, like to avoid a personal worst.
The plan? Run easy for the first half and then start picking it up for the second half and see what I can crank out. If you’ve got other suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!