Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rock 'N' Roll preparations

Right now, I should start packing a few things in preparation for our upcoming trip to Arizona.
Mary and I are again traveling to the Phoenix area to participate in the P.F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona marathon.
My sister jojajogger, will also be coming in from Atlanta to run the marathon.
This marathon is always kind of special to me, as it was where I first qualified for Boston in January of 2006.
This will be the fourth year in a row that I am the official 3:40 pacer for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon.
This has always been a rewarding venture for me, as I really enjoy giving back to the sport of running by pacing. I can only hope that I am able to help others to realize their dream of qualifying for the Boston marathon or set a new personal record.
The pacing is a lot of fun (yea, running with a lot of 18-34 year old females trying to BQ doesn't hurt).
I've gotten to know the course quite well and try to get the best out of the runners that are with me.
My pacing strategy is quite simple:
A little bit slow on the first mile - like 8:40.
Then, average about 8:15-8:20 per mile to have us right on pace at 10K.
Continue this pace and by the half, we should have about 45 seconds in the bank.
I hold a steady pace of 8:23 from the half to mile 22.
I give back pace ever so slightly in the final few miles, and encourage the stronger runners to finish strong, yet trying to "round up" those that are struggling.
Cross the finish line in just under 3:40:00 chip time.
I'll post something here shortly after the race.