The Buckeye Half Marathon used to be two weeks before Akron. Now it's four weeks prior. That puts the race right smack in the middle of my peak mileage for marathon training, between two 50-mile weeks. That doesn't diminish my determination to set a new PR.
I've always used the Buckeye Half as a tuneup for the marathon. Last year, I went a step further and sacrificed a PR by testing my marathon pacing strategy. At the end of 2009, I had set new best marks at every distance but the half marathon. Things will be different this year.
Personal Records to beat:
I'm through with trying for anything less than my best. Go big or go home.
Wherein the readers' comments include the word "wherein."
Nitmos won't be influenced to barefoot: "Nope, don't see the fascination with this fad. You'll enjoy my upcoming post wherein I compare the barefoot boom to disco."
Answer: It seems platform shoes are one of the main arguments of the barefoot vs. shod running debate.
Speaking of influences, Running Through Phoenix thinks my hydration choices could play a part in my poorly adhered-to schedule: "Long run completion is critical. Weekly mileage is third. Holding second in order of importance is quality of and variety in shorter runs. It might be possible that your energy beverage of choice is a negative influence.
Answer: Blasphemy! Off with your soles!
Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates. Have a finely brewed weekend. The Enthusiast and I are celebrating two years of [censored activities]. Run well and drink well. Cheers!