4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

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Not much going on in August in terms of races, so in looking ahead to September, I’ve signed up for the following:

9/6 – fitness Mind, Body, Spirit Games – 4 miles – I normally skip the short races, but now that NYRR stages runners based on their finishing times (faster runners get to start towards the front), I’m going to try to use this race to lower my benchmark.  Currently, my pace used is 8:16.  It will be very tough to lower that, but I’m gonna try!  This is where the speed workouts are key.

9/14 – Queens Half Marathon – last year they pushed the start time to 7am, which is just plain cruel.  You need to get up pretty early in the morning to get to the far reaches of Queens in time for the start of this race.  Last year I ran a disappointing 2:07 or so.  Looking to get back down to under 2 hours.

Not running 9/28 – Marathon Tune Up – unfortunately, it coincides with the last regular season home game at Shea stadium before the Mets move to Citi Field, so I’m gonna skip the race.  I did run this race last year and then also went to the Mets game and it was very painful – physically and mentally (this was the game where the Mets got crushed by the Marlins and kicked out of the playoffs) .  Not looking forward to repeating that performance.  I’ll need to run my own long run on another day.

I was hoping to do good long bike ride or race in Sept as well, but I’ve got conflicts for both the NYC Century Bike Tour and the Twin Lights Ride in Monmouth County.  Oh well, there’s always next year.


Written by SCL

August 5, 2008 at 6:37 am

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