Winging It

That’s right. I have no race plan for Sunday. It feels weird and liberating at the same time.

Any other training cycle would have found me printing off pace bands and stressing about where I would be when. This time I’m just winging it. I don’t mean that I’m coming into the race totally un(der) prepared running wise. It’s just that my training has been kind of unorthodox and I have no idea what to expect. After my heart-rate test I completely changed the way I was training. The vast majority of my runs have been on a treadmill. Most of my runs have been zone 1 with only a small amount of zone 3. I haven’t done hill training – although I know spinning has made my legs stronger. I did a lot of runs in my Vibrams and now my Asics feel so different (and I will be running the marathon in them). BMO Vancouver marathon is no longer my A race for the year. To be honest if I hadn’t already paid for the entry I probably would have sat this one out.

So here I find myself, three sleeps away from race day, with no clear idea of how I’m going to tackle the route. For once I don’t have a time goal. Yes, part of me wants to PR. But I don’t think I’ll have the same huge letdown that I did last year if it doesn’t happen. In the past I’ve done run/walk of 20:1. I know I’m not up for that this year. So do I do 10:1s? 5:30s? Walk at the aid stations that are every mile? Walk when I feel like it? It’s a quandary.

It sounds blasé, but I really think that I’ll be making it up as I go along. And, oddly, that seems to suit me just fine.


4 responses

  1. I think sometimes we can plan too much, so winging it sounds good to me! I usually have a time goal and pace band, but I try not to look at it too much because if I’m not going to hit it then I don’t wanna be upset the whole race. ha ha.

    May 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

  2. I think going into a race with the only goal of having a good time and to enjoy it, is a very good strategy. Life is so stressful on a daily basis it’s nice to just lay back. I do my marathons with 1 mile run, 1 min walk and this works well with the water stations. Good luck and HAVE FUN!

    May 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

  3. katherine

    Good for you. You should ENJOY your run….sometimes it’s good to get back to the reasons we run in the first place.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  4. Best wishes on the race! I can’t wait to run Ragnar with you in July!

    May 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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