Last week a non-longdistancerunning friend asked me what I think about while running. So Mark, here’s a rewind as best I remember.
M1 This is cool, running on the speedway, but not ideal. Stay slow until we leave the track.
M2 10:04 was a little slow. Let’s pick it up. Pass the guy in the Bama hat and say, “Roll Tide.”
M3-5 This is a nice neighborhood. Check out these old houses. Feeling good. Decent pace. Keep it through 5.
M6 Almost half done. Overall pace 9:27. Push to drop that by at least a second every remaining mile. End goal, finish with 9:15 pace.
M7 There go the full marathoners. Now the mental game really kicks in. We’re not in the city anymore. Don’t let the pace slow because there aren’t as many runners around you. Stay with these two runners; they have a good pace.
M8 They slowed down, admitted they went out too fast. Move on. That millennial that just passed me will be the last person to pass me.
M9-10 Keep slowly picking off each of the group of five ahead. You might have a shot at catching the 2-hour group.
M11 These Alabama compression socks rock. This weather rocks. This course rocks. I can beat last weekend’s times. What is going on?
M12 Where is that 2-hour pacer? Oh, there he is. PUSH!
M13 No one told me the steepest hill was at the end. Get over it. Fly down the other side. You have done a negative split. I NEED ICE CREAM!
(There you have it. Below is the proof of states 13-15.)