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4.12.2012

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Boston here I come!

I leave tomorrow morning.  Really, there isn't anything I am not excited about.  I even yearn for the pain of the last 6 miles.  My toe healed perfectly.  No runny noses or strange afflictions.  I'm ready to go.  One clove of garlic a day has warded off any illness headed my way.  It is a miracle prevention.  The first and only natural cure that has worked without fail for me since I began 3 months ago.

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I've finally honed in on my strategy.  After getting thoroughly freaked out about the toughness of the course, I've decided to go out very conservatively.  I feel very confident in my ability to run a 3:10 which is a 7:15 pace.  I can come in at the half at around 1:34-35.  Then depending on how I feel I will stay consistent or turn it up and finish really hard at 6:45-7:00 pace.  If all the stars align and the weather and muscles... I will come in sometime after 3:06 (which would be a very aggressive finish).

Here is a little table I made up to study.  Not that anyone cares, but I need to have it to access on my trip :)


1st Half Time
1st Half Pace
2nd Half Pace
Finish Time
1:33
7:05
7:04
3:05
1:34
7:10
6:57
3:05
1:35
7:15
6:52
3:05
1:33
7:05
7:05
3:06
*1:34
*7:10
*7:04
*3:06
1:35
7:15
6:57
3:06
1:33
7:05
7:10
3:07
1:34
7:10
7:05
3:07
1:35
7:15
7:02
3:07
1:33
7:05
7:15
3:08
1:34
7:10
7:10
3:08
1:35
7:15
7:05
3:08
1:33
7:05
7:20
3:09
1:34
7:10
7:15
3:09
1:35
7:15
7:10
3:09
1:34
7:10
7:20
3:10

I think the best plan and most realistic is the one I starred.  I'm going to save the crash and burn, break 3 hours, all out marathon for St George in the fall.

Certainly there are countless variables when running a marathon.  Strange pains, strong winds, down pours, cramps, bathroom issues...But those are out of my control.  I'm excited for a great race!  Brent flys in on the redeye just in time for the race.  Keep the cheers coming!

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