Tomorrow is this year's Frostbite and the weather should be considerably better: around 30 degrees, cloudy and 20 percent chance of precipitation. Last year, I ran 36:08 (9:03 pace) after only one week of running, as I had taken the previous two months off with an injury and demotivation. This year I've been running throughout the winter and have a much stronger base. However, I've only cracked the 10-minute pace in my last two training runs. So the dilemma: What predicted time will put me in the winner's circle?
Looking back, my pace has only ever been over 9 minutes for this race last year and for the Akron Marathon (10:12 pace). Last year, I ran 8:54 pace for my better half marathon, 8:34 pace for 10-K and 7:50 pace for 5-K. And I predicted a time of 38:35 for the Frostbite.
Oh yeah, and it's also likely I'll be hungover.
So, dear readers, what will my finish time be? I'm a gut-feeling runner, so I won't decide until tomorrow morning at registration. But for fun, leave your predictions in the comments. Whoever is closest wins!
What do you win? You win a blog topic! Hurray! If your prediction is the closest to my actual time, you get to decide a topic for me to write about. And it can be any old thing you like--no matter how asinine! Just remember, you have have to suffer the results of your choice. Let the predictions begin!
Coming Next Week!
- Frostbitten race report
- A review of Strides:Running Through History with an Unlikely Athlete, by Benjamin Cheever
- You decide?
[Drunkard note: I've never used so many exclamation points in my life!]