There will be some who may find me boastful. While others may think me a slow runner. I do hope I am neither. But as I cannot control others’ perceptions of me I do ask your forgiveness in advance if this post renders you either offended by my seeming braggadocio or disenchanted by my apparent dawdling pace.
Neither of these is my intention. Rather what I put forth here is a set of factual statements to help me assess how my training is faring with just over 2 months until the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Statement 1: The humidex during my training run was at 30C this morning. With the projected humidex reaching 38C, I left earlier than usual. Starting my run at 5:15 a.m. after consuming a bowl of Vector Granola with 2% milk and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
Statement 2: I ran 42.21 kilometres. I did so without any tapering. I did so as my long slow run. And I did so to test myself, to help me determine what a realistic time for my race would be.
Statement 3: I ran 42.21 kilometres in a time of 3:45:09. This equates to a 5:20/km or 8:35/mile pace. I ran this deliberately slowly — checking my watch almost every kilometre after the first 8 kilometres to make sure I was not pushing the pace. I routinely had to force myself to slow down more and more. I wanted this to be a long slow run and I wanted to ensure that I had enough energy to finish my run strongly given the heat.
Statement 4: I ran this marathon distance with a negative split of over 3 minutes. 1st half: 1:54:05. 2nd half: 1:51:01.
Statement 5: As far as run nutrition goes, I had a 591 mL bottle of Gatorade and one chocolate flavoured Cliff Shot which I ate, whether I wanted to or not, in quarters at 12 km, 22 km, 27 km, and 32 km.
Statement 6: I felt very strong!