Currently in week #02 of a training cycle towards a Fall marathon, my original plan for this event was to run the full distance as a supported long run. But the collective wisdom of my mentors suggested that I no longer had as much of a need to train for full distance (the comfort zone
) as I did for holding the desired
pace for longer-ish distances (the discomfort zone
). So, the new plan and its goals were to (a)
reproduce the pacing strategy used in 2019 Canal Run Half Marathon
(i.e., hold back in the first half and then push the effort in the second half) on what has historically been a hillier course with warmer weather and (b)
earn a PR as a result. This year’s edition included a change in travel plan as well: a day trip instead of the usual overnight trip in an attempt to keep to more home-cooked meals.
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