Pete Tanguay

Mental preparedness for Chicago

by on Sep.20, 2012, under Training Runs

Chicago is less than 3 weeks away and training is now totally focused on getting to the starting line with a plan and the will to execute it.  I’m about to ask my body to go where it doesn’t want to go and do things it doesn’t want to do – but I know it can.  Let’s get prepared.  Let’s prepare a plan.  Let’s execute.

Tempo run today, feeling good, coming off a 32.5 mile running weekend.  Excited about not being injured.  Did our warm up mile and then picked it up to a good tempo pace.  Thinking about the Facebook messages to my brother about his race, about how we need to expect our bodies to do what we know they can do, to stop getting them to slow down because we want to or it hurts.  Dropped the pace below 7:30 and focused.  Running with Curt who I’ll be running with in Chicago was a real bonus.  In the third mile as we headed up College towards the hill I said, hold it – we are at 7:28.  Then 7:25 – hold it.  Then 7:21 – hold it.  Talking to him I was really talking to myself.  Keep it going, feel the bounce, feel the form.  Quit wanting to slow down.  Heading up the hill it was getting tough and I thought of my message to Ed about getting to the next milestone and not focusing on the pain or the distance remaining.  Get to the next street.  Then to the next light.  All we have left is this hill.  This is what we came for and I pushed hard up the hill.  Watch says 8:16 but that includes some of our cool down.  We finished our tempo at a 7:38.  It took 3-5 minutes to fully recover and then we did a cool down, focusing on staying as close to a 9 min pace (marathon pace) as we could.  I don’t think I’m prepared to do a 8:50 marathon pace in Chicago as I did in LR last year.  I’m asking my body to do 9  min pace until mile 20 and then we’ll pick it up.  Come on Chicago.

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