Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Race day is almost here

There are only a few days till the Victoria Marathon on 10-10-10, and I am definitely ready. My training is done; only a few more short taper runs and I will be ready to go on Sunday. I am nervous and excited to do this and to see what race day brings me. I am not fretting about the weather or the conditions, and I am not even worried about my pace. I know I can do this.

My plan is to stick to the 5:30-5:35/km pace as closely as possible for my sub-4:00 goal time, which I know I can do for at least the first 30K as I did in my last marathon. If my training has worked, I will be able to keep going without hitting the wall. Simple, isn't it? Yes, but I am not so delusional to think the last 12K will be easy.

You can actually follow my splits in real time on the raceheadquarters.com website. This is a first for Victoria Marathon; they will be updating from timing mats on the course at the 10K, 21.1K, 30K, and finish line marks. My bib number is 2577 if you care to follow me. Or watch this space for a quick update and full race report later on.

6 comments:

  1. I will certainly follow you Jen. What a great date for a race... 10-10-10 can only be a good omen!

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  2. 5:30? That's a 3:50 pace. A 3:59 pace is closer to 5:40.

    That could be a big issue, unless of course, you feel like you're in shape for a 3:50-3:55.

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  3. Way to go Jennifer! You're on track. I'm so excited to see how all of your work pays off. You can do this!

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  4. Adeel-- you're right. 5:40/km is the average pace I'm aiming for, but I do need to account for water stops, etc. I do have to be careful not to go out too fast. I will be.

    Thanks to Sylvie and Chad, too. :)

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  5. Best of luck to you chasing the unicorn.

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  6. Thanks, but I hope my goal is not as elusive as the unicorn. ;)

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