Five days out and I'm looking towards the future. As a coping mechanism for dealing with my apprehension of the marathon, I've been giving a lot of thought towards my post marathon running. My eyes are set on a two week post marathon 5K right now. There are a few in the area that weekend, one of which was the first race I ran last year. It'd be great to repeat the race and kick my previous times butt.
Speaking of time, I've been pushing the envelope during some of my short runs. Getting into sub 10 min miles while maintaining the run/walk method. I've been considering changing back to full running for shorter distance while maintaining the run/walk for my long runs. Most likely, I'll gradually extend out the running segment and phase out the walking for anything 5K or shorter. One thing that I do not get with the run/walks is getting into the "zone". Constantly listening for the beep to stop or start keeps my mind focused on the run.
My strategic planning for this running season is to run a race about monthly. Primarily I want to stick with shorter races throughout the summer with possibly a mid summer half marathon, then for the fall another half.
So yeah, my mind is moving forward this week, but I've also been thinking of my plan of attack on the marathon. Given that I'm prone to start too fast in races, and this would be a horrible mistake with a marathon, I'm looking to start it dead slow and ease into it. Building up to my target pace (which I haven't determined yet). Apparently the course is nearly flat with only a small bridge that we cross twice ( 2 mile, and 10 mile marks). Thankfully I did a ton of my running on the NCR Trail which is flat!