Saturday, April 26, 2008

Just about ready.

The Ogden Marathon is 3 weeks from today. Those whose training plans call for a 3-week taper period will run their last long run today. My training plan is calling for a 2-week taper, so I've got one more long run next week and then a nice taper period. Can't hardly wait.

Mere minutes ago I finished my second 20-mile training run for this session. Total running time was 3:39:21, or an average pace of 10:59, a full 29 seconds faster than marathon goal pace. I am so looking forward to this race! My splits were pretty nice too (except mile 19... don't know what happened there... could have been the tree cover in Liberty Park and its effect on my poor Garmin Forerunner 101)

11:07
11:02
10:57
10:56
11:03
10:50
10:36
10:39
10:39
10:53 -- 1st half split: 1:48:47, took 1st Gu here
10:47
11:00
11:03
10:46 - 2nd Gu
10:55
10:32
11:07
10:54 - 3rd Gu. I was getting pretty hungry at this point.
12:01 !!??
11:23 -- total time 3:39:21 -- 2nd half split of 1:50:44

It's not quite a negative split, but it's close. Only off by 1:57. I'll take it. Sub-5, here I come!

1 comment:

Julia Wade said...

best of luck, zach! you are so prepared. can't wait to hear how it goes.