I’ve been told that the out and back course can be tough mentally, particularly when you turn around at mile 18. I’ve got music and podcasts to keep me going, and have been listening to Tina Muir’s podcast this week which has been focused on mental strength. In particular I found the episode with Justin Su’a.
People encouraged me about settling int o a pace with those around me (hopefully around a 7.50 min mile)
Water every 5K.I’ve been spoiled by Marathon Majors that have water nearly every single mile. With water only every 3 miles on the course, thankfully in bottles, I’ve had a chat with Tina Muir (an elite runner) and my coach, and decided to adjust my fueling strategy. Typically I take a gel every 5 miles, however I take gels that need water, so am now going to take 3/4 of a gel every 3 miles. My pockets will be bulging with gels at the start but it’s worth it to keep my energy levels topped up.
No electrolyte drinks on the course.During the Indy Mini I drank (and enjoyed!) Gatorade on the course. Although there are four aid stations with gels on route, there isn’t any information about electrolytes being available. So I’m giving a bottle with Nuun to my friends and one to my parents to hand over if necessary.
No Tracking.这是一个游手好闲的人。但也需要压力slightly, knowing that I don’t have people worrying at home about the finish time, where I am on the course or if I’m on pace. This was I can concentrate on staying in the moment, and share my finish time (whatever that may be) when I’m ready!
Someone messaged me to say that the 10K splits were available on the website if you searched for them… fingers crossed!
The goal…the goal is obviously to run sub 3.30 and earn a BQ. That’s what I’m going to the start line going for, knowing that it’s going to be hard, that it’s going to hurt, and that it’s going to be a fight from start to finish. But I also know that a lot can happen in 26.2 miles, and I don’t want to miss sub 3.30 and think that it was a waste if I don’t get my BQ. So with that in mind, I’ve set myself 4 goals for Sunday’s race:
C -> Sub 3.40 (and a Chicago qualifier)
D -> Sub 3.44 (a PB) At the very least I’d love to walk away with a PB and a London Good for Age time for 2020.
Thank you for all of your messages over the last few days/weeks. For once I’m not going to be filming or photographing my race at all. It’s going to be head down, game face on.