With 5 weeks to go until the NYC Marathon, now is the perfect time to check in on my fitness. And the only way to truly test that fitness is by racing. The purpose of running a longer tune up race 4-6 weeks out from a marathon is primarily to make sure your goals are in check with the state of your fitness. It also helps to try and simulate some of the same things you'll be doing on race day (nutrition, gear, etc). By proving you can race at an equivalent performance (this can be validated against a running calculator) in a slightly shorter distance, you are proving your goal paces are right in line for an equivalent performance at the marathon distance. And while a shorter race will never exactly correlate to a longer one, you should be in the ballpark. If you race slower or faster than expected, it means you have a few weeks to reevaluate your goals and adjust accordingly.
|Running Buddies (me, Jeff, Jess, Natasha, Meghan) post-race|
|10k/10Milers are off!|
|Cruising downhill through Mile 5 with Jess|
|Mile 6 - Jeff leading the pack, me in the middle, Jess right behind|
|Pushing up one of the final hills|
|Bringing it home!|
Avg Pace: 6:30/mi
Overall Place: 23/520; 19/224 Men
AG Place: 3/33
Post Race Thoughts
- This race answered my inner voice and confirmed I am right on track for where I hoped I'd be. I actually ran a bit faster than expected, not even factoring the peak training load my body is under. All this points to keep doing what I am doing for the next 5 weeks. Mission accomplished!
- The entire group earned some Age Group awards. It was pretty cool to be able to celebrate a hard earned effort with awards all around.
- Nothing beats running buddies when it comes to racing. Whether its the pressure to not let them down or to keep up with them, racing with others you know is a good thing. I'm pretty sure I would have run a bit slower if I didn't have them to stick with me. I probably would have gone out a bit slower/more conservative.
- I'm happy with the way I ended up executing my race. I turned in a 15s negative split (32:40/32:25), which is pretty close to an ideal race, especially given the hills.
- This race result shows that my fitness has improved since running the Brooklyn Half. My race correlates to about a 1:26 half marathon. I could have run a 21:00 5k (6:45/mi) for the last 3 miles and still come in at 1:26:xx. This was on a more challenging course in my opinion, so I am pretty confident that my fitness is quite a bit better than it was in May. All of this bodes very well for New York.
|Age Group winners!|