The best-laid plans…

Or, as more accurately quoted…

“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!” – John Steinbeck

Well, Coach Marc and I had a plan laid out for the recent Newport Liberty Half-Marathon, or, as some people have called it, “Satan’s Half Marathon,” the “10th Circle of Hell,” and the “Most Unnecessary Grand Prix Race EVER!” The plan called for a progessive effort, because I wanted to test my fitness level as I prep for the Delaware Canal Half-Marathon in November, hosted by the good people at – check out their series! I was to go our conservative for the 1st three (which I felt like I did), the pick it up from 4-8 and then try to “kill it” (i.e. get to previous PR pace or faster) for the last 5.1 ish. Here’s what DID happen…

“Words can’t describe the frustration I had with this run. Yes it was humid, yes the course isn’t exactly clean, smooth or fast (I don’t believe for a second that this is a PR course) and yes, I went out a little faster BUT those last three miles were bull&8%$! 1st three miles (goal was 6:50 pace) – 6:37, 6:31, 6:42. Felt slow and easy/under control. Conversational and fluffy. If anything, I felt off stride trying to run so “slow” Miles 4-8 (goal was 6:30 pace) – 6:33, 6:30, 6:29, 6:21, 6:22. Really felt okay. May have surged once or twice – when Paul stopped to pee and when I could see some ex-“teammates” (and maybe ex-friends at this point) ahead and wanted to reel them in. But didn’t feel out of sync – actually felt light on my feet. I did start noticing the blisters forming on my forefoot areas from the Newton lugs (which otherwise felt GREAT) and the too-thin socks. Miles 9-13.1 (goal was 6:15 pace and to close hard) – NOPE. 6:25, 6:40, 7:10, 7:10, 8:01. Honestly, I considered cutting the course, walking and/or dropping out at this point (lol really/notreally) because it wasn’t getting easier AND I was getting slower. I could have dealt with “this is hard, but I’m maintaining” but I couldn’t even muster that…I’m better than this. I basically lost 4 minutes the last 3 miles. I’d have been ecstatic with a 1:25 today…”


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