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On Pace January 30, 2011

Posted by Merrilee in LMJS.
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Last week’s lethargy seems like a thing of the past. I have been waking up with a spring in my step, whizzing through my runs, and cruising through yoga class (in as much as I ever cruise through yoga class — there are certain ways my body is stubbornly inflexible, but the sun salutations were at least easier). This week I knew that the regular half marathon pacer would be out of town, so I stepped up to pace the half group running at the 10-10:30 pace. It was fun, though it’s tough to pace a group that keeps running ahead of pace — we were all frisky, I guess. And I was humbled yet again by my Garmin. I thought it was malfunctioning because it was displaying the pace but not the distance. It took me over a mile to realize that I had paused the timer and forgot to restart it. Fortunately, there were plenty of other people to tell me where the turn around point was on our out-and-back course.

I didn’t realize that the pacers are supposed to turn around at the shortest distance for the group, which made my run 7 miles instead of my planned 9 miles. I tacked on 2 extra miles at the end, taking them faster than normal, running between 8:30 and 9 (shh, don’t tell anyone). The highlight of the run was going over a beautiful new bridge near the Pleasant Hill BART station — I’m easy.

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I continue to struggle with how fast I should plan to run the half in March. I am fairly confident than a 9 minute pace will be good, but consistently get encouragement that I can do “better.”  Those people who are encouraging me are probably right, but I resist. I don’t know why I have a hard time committing to be ambitious about this. Maybe I don’t want to fail. Maybe I don’t want to work that hard. But I also don’t want to have regrets. In my usual way, I’ll struggle with this for a short period of time and make a decision.

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