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Friday, November 4, 2011

National Race to End Women's Cancer 8k goals


On Sunday I'll be racing an 8k.  I'm using this as a final tune up race before the Philadelphia marathon.  I've never really done tune up races before so I'm not sure how the results of this race should translate to marathon pacing.  I'll let someone smarter than me figure that out!

I've only ever run one other 8k and that was several years ago.  I don't remember a whole lot about the race, other than the fact that my goal was to finish with a sub 10:00 pace. I did manage to achieve that, just barely, with a time of 49 something.  I'm gunning for a rather large PR in Sunday's race.

In recent tempo runs I've been able to start around 7:50 pace and get slightly faster each mile.  I've only done four mile tempos on the track, but I think I should be able to follow this same strategy for the (almost) five miles of this race.  My plan is to stay controlled for the first three miles and see how fast I can go in the last two.

I have no specific time goals in mind.  I'm just looking to run a smart, strong race and see how much I can push myself at the end.  It will be fun to get out and race a shorter distance!

8 comments:

Katie said...

I've only run one 8K and it was with a giant hangover. Not recommended.

Have fun on Sunday!

Sarah said...

starting with a 7:50 pace ... you are getting fast!!

Good luck on Sunday.

I ran this race a few years ago when it was a half marathon. (it was a looped course that we had to run 3 times. my worst half marathon to date).

amy said...

So excited for you! There's nothing better than a good shorter race to boost your confidence going into a marathon. I'm guess it's too short to track you? :)

AKA Darkwave, AKA Anarcha, AKA Cris. said...

I think of a 8K race as a 10K that you get to stop early :)

Dash said...

I can't wait to see how you do!! Your going to run amazing! :)

Elizabeth said...

Yay for the 8K! You are going to kill this one for sure.

Rachel said...

you've become SO speedy! you're gonna nail this one! good luck!

Heather said...

Have a great time, Allison! I guess you could read that phrase two different ways and I mean both - have fun and run fast! :)