[Drunkard's note: There has been a lot of bovine talk around the innernets, but, as you can see, our cows are much more mellow in Ohio. Not like those terrorist insurgent calves they have up there in Michigan.]
After deciding to run the Towpath Marathon and exposing my goals, I have finally settled on a strategy for race day. I will attempt a negative split by running the first two-thirds of the race comfortably and then pushing my pace to the finish -- the way I planned at the Buckeye Half Marathon last month.
As Nitmos pointed out in yesterday's comments and as the Runner's World article linked above suggests, you have to practice negative splits to run them well in races. It's hard to ignore
But ignore them I will.
Because that's just like their opinion, man, and there are a lot of ins and a lot of outs to this whole marathon running thing, and just because someone thinks one thing will work, you know, it doesn't necessarily mean it will for like every single person who runs a marathon, and stuff, and anyways, I mean, negative splits are totally just a state of mind, and so like basically what I'm saying is, I do what I want.
So last night, what I did was employ the two-thirds strategy on my final marathon trainer, a three-mile tempo run to get my mind right. I ran easy for the first two miles and then picked up the pace and increased my arm swing and just let it go for that last mile with the intention of finishing at my marathon pace goal of 9:10 per mile. The result: 27:20 (9:07 per mile). All right.
Breathe IN ... hold it ... ahhhh ... mmm ... huh-hnng ... duuuuude ... I'm totally feeling high and confident right now.