At the B & A Marathon I took a different approach than I have before. I used no pace band. I did not calculate each split time goal prior to the race. I did not once look down and calculate my finish time on my watch. My goal going into the race was to run more than 16 miles in the 7′s. I knew that was how many I had ran at Marine Corps. I felt that if I ran even just 17 miles in the 7′s I was bound to PR – so why torture myself with 3 + hours of worrying about my time and my splits.
When I hit 17 I said lets go for 18. I took the race one mile at a time. It worked. I felt great and all 26.2 miles were in the 7′s!!
When I finished the race I had no idea what my finishing time was going to be till I saw the large clock in front of me. It felt freeing to run on how I felt rather than stressing the whole time. I promise you I will be using this tactic in my next marathon.
P.S. National Marathon expo is fully staffed!!! Only about 20 more course marshals are needed for on course!! 2 more days till race day.
Be sure to check back tomorrow with some of my helpful race tips from the course tour I took today.