Thursday I ran 5 miles in the morning.  I got out when it was still dark out, and that was fun because I’ve just been running on the treadmill lately so I also got to sleep in a bit.  Then, get ready for work in just 20 mins.  Yep, that included washing my hair!  It was a “curly wash and go” hairstyle day 🙂  The other nice thing about running in the dark is that it’s a little harder to see the pace on my watch, so I like to just run by feel instead of obsessing about the pace!  Most times I’m actually happily surprised by my pace outside.

I also tried out my new Glass City Marathon race Ambassador shirt.  I’ll be wearing it a few races besides the GCM, so a test run was necessary.  It worked out well!  Not to mention I don’t have any other shirts that are gold, so hopefully I will be easy to spot in a sea of runners.

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Friday was my long run.  10 miles!  I decided I would just run for awhile and then see what pace I got.  It was right around 9:0x for most of my miles, so I figured I would go out 5 miles then pick up the pace on the way back.  At 4 miles I got to run some hills.  The Columbus half does have some inclines and declines, and since I have only been running on flat routes, I figured that was a good thing to train on.

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I has happy to see that my miles with “hills” didn’t affect my paces, but I wasn’t able to run faster than a 9 minute mile on the way back!  In fact, when I got to mile 8 I had to stop and stretch due to glute pain.  Ugh.  I considered just walking home, but 2 miles is a long slow walk, so it was best just to run it in.  Curses on you stupid glutes!!!

Given that, I’ve now decided I don’t think I’m in any shape to go for a PR at Columbus, so I’m just going to come up with a plan that will hopefully end with negative splits and a happy smile crossing that finish line!  I’ve got over a week to figure the paces out.

Hope you are having a great weekend!  I’m looking forward to having a less busy weekend around here!  If it actually gets less than the current 80 degrees outside during the day, I’ll put up some Halloween decorations.  I just didn’t feel like it when I had to turn on my air conditioner to cool the house down!!

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Q:  Have you put up any Fall or Halloween decorations at your house?  

I hear it is supposed to get cooler this weekend, but during the week it seemed like summer!!

Q: How long does it take you to get ready for work typically?  How long does it take when you are crunched for time??

Q: Do you like to just run by “feel” or do you check on your pace a lot?

2 thoughts on “Ambassador shirt and figuring out race pace”
  1. Love the GOLD color shirt! Definitely easy to spot!!! And, you know, I don;t have a shirt that color…. hmmmm, may need to add to my running gear now!

    No halloween decorations at my house…. I had BIG plans to do so, but unfortunately, not going to happen this year. Just WAY TOO MUCH going on! UGH!

    I have only do the run by how I feel one time….. and during a half marathon! Did so for the first 6 miles and was SHOCKED when I saw my time!!!! I ended up PRing!!!! I really think my watch makes me mentally analyze too much!!! I do pace my long runs because I tend to run slower since reading about the elite runners doing so…. so hard to slow down and stay controlled, but in the end, I know that long runs have to be slower in order to obtain any benefit…. and, with seeing benefit, I continue to slow myself down! It is way hard! Often, I look at my watch and I am like, OK…SLOW DOWN!

    1. I agree – I made it a point not to check my watch right away on my race. If it was fast, I would get nervous and feel too tired, and if it was slow, I’d feel sad.

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