|20 miles done!!! Enjoying my post-run chocolate milk.|
|It tasted just as good five hours later.|
|Sunday Runday crew with new friends Sarah and Renee!|
To hit sub-5, I would need an 11:26 pace or better. To get a PR, I'd have to beat 4:55, 11:15 pace. My 14 to 20 mi long runs had an average pace ranging from 10:50 to 11:10 so I seem to be in good shape. Plus this year is the first time since 2007 that I've followed a real training plan for a marathon so surely I should be able to hit sub-5 and maybe even beat my previous time, right???
Well, I don't know... and I'm not trying to be a Pessimistic Peggy or anything, I'm just trying to be honest about what I should expect.
Last night, I started reading Akron race reports, reviewing the course map, and checking out the elevation charts. Oh, the elevation charts! The thing is that I knew my two upcoming marathons were hilly. That's one of the reasons I liked Akron was because I knew it would be a good preparation for NYC. But I'm not gonna lie - I would also love to get a new PR and normally people pick fast and flat courses for PRs, right??? Every race report I've read about Akron included the word "challenging". Not that I couldn't PR on a "challenging" course, it's just not an ideal scenario.
So let's check out some elevation charts, shall we?
CIM (Ran in December 2009 in 4:54:49, 11:15 pace for a PR)
Akron Marathon (Running on September 24th)
I will be harassing Roadbunner to give me the honest scoop on this course since she's the one that sold me on this race. (But in all fairness, the race is located less than an hour from my family so I'm sure I would have run it anyway. Maybe. She did push it pretty hard - if you read her race report, you'd think she was on the Akron Marathon payroll.)
NYC Marathon (Running on November 6th)
Nike Women's Marathon (Ran in October 2007 in 5:33:58, 12:44 pace)
Anyway, feel free to chime in with your thoughts. Meanwhile, I'll still be here staring at elevation charts and weather forecasts.