straight from the race instructions flyer: "you'll be sharing the road with other motorists, and some of them are armed hunters -- seriously, it's opening day of the bow hunt!"
this morning i copped out of racing and was the 1:30 pacer at the TOU half with chad robinson. we came in at 1:28:59 due to a string of too fast miles down blacksmith fork canyon (with a very favorable tailwind). we ended up jogging the last mile in to slow the pace down, and we still missed the target. we really needed james there to ensure we were precise.
splits: 6:38, 6:39, 6:29, 6:37, 6:30, 6:23, 6:29, 6:46, 6:56, 6:45, 7:01, 7:32, 7:26, :44
i didn't race on purpose today, as i was worried that an all-out effort might be too much for me right now. i thought it might take me too long to bounce back, and the marathon is the goal. however, i thought running part of the course and getting some faster miles in during a long effort would be beneficial, so the pacing option worked out perfectly. if conditions (and how i feel) are similar for the full as they were today, i'll be very happy. it was nice to run along the course and measure what the effort was feeling like for the pace. i think i can drop 10-15 seconds pretty easily in those canyon miles -- the pace will be comfortable-turning-uncomfortable, but that is what it will take to break 2:50.
i know sub-2:50 seems laughable based on what i've done this year, but i'm going to try and pull it off. there are magical wood nymphs on the TOU course -- i think that will help.