After all weekend of gloom and doom and even some wetness, we have sunshine today. In fact, it is pretty nice when you are in the sun, but in the shade it is still rather chilly. At the sun is out though. It is supposed to be in the high 50s tomorrow, perhaps even upto 60 degrees.
I have a super duper long run tomorrow. I think that I am going to a 22.5 miler around campus and into east part of Knoxville. I will do an out and back route that will take me into the commercial part of the eastern section of West Knoxville. I'll then take greenways to Volunteer Landing where I will go into downtown and loop around through campus and back on the greenway. I am planning on doing a run/walk combination. I normally do not do this, since I plan on running the marathon until I hit the wall, but during my training, I use this technique to keep my legs as fresh as possible so that they are really working the later miles. This is the technique that I used for Richmond 2001. I ran with Devaney who ran a 14 min pace with a 4/1 walk run. Although the pace was slower than what I train at, I contribute my PR time to running for such a long time (6+ hours). I'll start off trying to run at a 9:00 min pace and walk at a 12-13 minute pace. Since I normally walk at a 14-15 minutes pace, this will keep me moving.
I ran 8 miles yesterday at an average 8:48 pace, which I thought was pretty good for how much I have ran in the last few weeks. I am not even sore today, which was something that I worried about last night since I knew I was running faster than I should be. In fact, at a stoplight, I started running across the street and I could feel my hamstring roll in my leg. Since it was cold, I thought that I might have to stop running for the night and it in the first 0.5 miles! My hamstring did warm up and did not bother me for the rest of the run.
ON my way home today I am going to pick up some Cytomax, which will be the carbo drink/gel sponsor of the marathon. Since I have never tried them before, I am going to get some for the weekend. Hopeful it won't have any ill effects on me.