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“We run because it makes us feel like winners, no matter how slow or how fast we go.” – Florence Griffith Joyner and John Hanc, Running for Dummies

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Last run before the Cow

Today's run (street): 5 miles

Training is over and now it's time to rest. Everyone has their own way of finishing a taper and mine is to put two full days between my last workout and race day. Some people I know don't even take a rest day before a 5K. I learned my lesson a few years ago that running close to race day doesn't yield a benefit. But pushing too much will definitely hurt you.

Today's run was an easy semi-base run done a minute slower than targeted race pace. I had a deadline to meet in the morning and didn't get outside until after 10:00, so I had more warming sun than usual. At that pace, it didn't matter. Aside from running face first into an overhanging branch that looked like it should have easily given way, it was a pleasurable experience. I felt a little guilty for not pushing my speed, but there was no upside to doing that.

I didn't use GPS to track my performance because I didn't want to be conscious of my pace while I ran. I didn't Gmap the route until an hour later and was hard pressed to remember all the streets I covered on my route. I did finally figure it out, and it was interesting to see the distance. I checked my time and saw that I'd met my targeted pace to the exact second.

I got a note that Cow Harbor online registration ends tonight and the site shows that over 5,000 people have already signed up. Participation is capped at 5,600 runners. Between now and 8:30 AM on Saturday, I'll be thinking about this race and its unique challenges, along with the experience of being joined by thousands of runners and tens of thousands of spectators in Northport. I look forward to seeing my friends and I can't wait to cross that finish line once again.

4 comments:

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    1. Thanks RC. Cow Harbor is always an experience!

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  2. You've put in a lot of effort.
    Good luck.
    I'll be in the back of the crowd looking for you.
    Red shirt.

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  3. You may be starting in back, but you usually manage to finish in front of me. I'll find you.

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