OK. I’m ready. Let’s go.

I woke up with an excess of energy despite a bad night (must have been something in the herbal tea I drank last night). But who needs sleep? I had a great run. The sun had just risen. It was cool and clear. Did a 10k hilly route – at a good clip the whole way. I chewed up those hills like I never have before. I’m ready for the Half (10 days).

Best part of the run – 3 minutes from home on the way back. The sun was full in my face. Given the cool Autumn air, clouds of steam were rising from the water and the fountain, visible against the glorious light. My instinct was to sprint home, grab a camera and return to capture the image but when I turned around for one last look, with the sun beside or behind me I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a good photo. So it’s captured in my heart and in my soul.

Thank you, Joe, for pointing me to Jeff Galloway’s books on distance running. That really helped.

And yes, I’d like to do that long, quarterly maintenance run, Judy. I wasn’t ignoring your email; I just couldn’t answer the question two weeks ago.

In piano-related news, I’m attending the sessions at the APTA Conference tomorrow (not the whole conference). Looking forward to hearing Marvin Blickenstaff, and looking forward to seeing some of you :)

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2 Responses to OK. I’m ready. Let’s go.

  1. Joe Head says:

    LaDona, I’m glad you checked out Jeff Galloway. He’s been a breath of fresh air amidst all the writing on how to run the long races. From my years of doing marathons, if there is one piece of advice that I would pass along it would be to put a knife to your throat and RESIST the urge to start off running fast at the sound of the gun. Everybody is charged up and feeling fresh. There is a strong temptation to get caught up in all the excitement, only to discover during the 2nd half of the race that your legs are shot. The ‘best’ marathon experience [strategy wise] that I ever had was a year when I was particularly well trained, but I set as a goal to run the first 13 miles 1-2 minutes slower per mile than my goal race pace. Once I reached mile 13 I started increasing my mile pace a little with each successive mile. Not only did I have that experience of constantly passing runners the whole 2nd half of the race, but my overall average race pace ended up being better than my original goal. All the best on your half marathon tomorrow!

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