Freakout Viper got me out the door Monday for my last hard run Monday. Ubermensch Viper told me how awesome I was during that run. Freakout Viper returned the next morning when I felt a bit sore from the effort. Ubermensch Viper took satisfaction in the pain. Today Evenkeel Viper is the calm before the storm. Here is where the strategy emerges.
Evenkeel Viper must be pragmatic, a cold and calculating runner who knows how to bring out his best performance on race day. Saturday's weather forecast appears to be favorable with a high of 63 degrees and mostly sunny skies. It's time to put together a plan for the race.
Freakout Viper knows how tough it has been to break four hours. My race tends to break down in the park sections of the race from the Towpath through Sand Run. Evenkeel Viper knows that strength comes in numbers. I will run with the four-hour pace group until I've cleared this hurdle and only then will I attempt to pull ahead with a negative split strategy, which is Ubermensch Viper's favorite path to awesomeness.
So there you have it. Nothing fancy. Just a straightahead plan to beat four hours. But Evenkeel Viper reminds me that the time isn't the ultimate goal. The No. 1 goal is to have fun. Having fun relaxes you. Being relaxed is integral to good running form. With good form comes speed. I'm ready to run my best no matter what the final score reads.