206.6 Miles For August 2012 And Last Minute Preparation For The Great Scottish Run 2012
I managed to run the 7 miles today that I’d set out to do without many problems and I celebrated with a trip to Belfast where I bought myself some new clothes and dinner.
That means that for August I’ve ran a total of 206 miles over 30 runs.
I have to be up at 5am tomorrow to catch the ferry across to Scotland. The plan is to just enjoy tomorrow and not think that much about the race.
I’ve been thinking about strategies for the Great Scottish Run and really the aim is to try to hit a sub 10:30 first mile and to gradually take it from there. I’ll throw in some of the speed work that I’ve been practising recently too (mainly short bursts before settling back into my race pace).
My biggest weakness with racing is my conservative approach. I try to finish strong by starting slow. This doesn’t work over the half marathon distance as by the time I’ve ran 10 miles I’ll feel exhausted whether I’ve raced it or just plodded along. It’ll take some courage to try to break through my mindset and push a little earlier on.
I don’t have to race full on from the beginning. I just have to push as early as possible to keep my race pace below a 10 minute mile. If I can be at 9:55 min/mile by the half way stage then I can push onwards and aim for a better time.
Above all though, the weekend ahead is about fun and I intend to have a lot of that!