20 Mile Race Prep

Sunday I will be racing in the historic 20-miler as part of the Clarksburg Country Run. This will be my third run of 20 miles as part of my marathon training program. See my other long run recaps here and here.

Clarksburg Country Run

I am really looking forward to this race, and am hoping to use it as a good check-in for how well my training has gone. The course is nice and flat, so I won’t have to worry about any crazy hills like at the NWM in October.

Looks hilly, but check out the elevation bar on the left. Basically flat. Ha!

My goals for this race are:
1) take in adequate nutrition and hydration along the route (although  I think I do pretty well with this in my training runs, I always think race conditions feel a little different since I don’t carry my own water) 

2) Finish with a 10:00/mile pace (this is my goal marathon pace, so I hopefully I can fare well on this 20-miler. I also did my other 20 mile training run in a 10:17/mile race, so I think this is attainable)

3) Finish strong and not hit the wall

4) For every race, I want to be sure to have fun!

Sunday’s weather is looking a little chilly, but generally nice. Sunny!

I am really hoping to learn some good lessons from this race and afterward feel completely prepared for my marathon in a few weeks.

Anyone else racing this weekend?

4 thoughts on “20 Mile Race Prep

  1. TorontoRunner

    Hey! Just came across your blog 🙂

    BEST of luck on the 20miler – I can only dream!

    I'm going to start training for my first marathon for 2013 and I was thinking about some goals, and I'd like to also hang around the 10min/mile pace.

    Good luck and I'll look forward to seeing how it went for you!

  2. Kristen L

    Thank you!! If you put your mind to it, you will totally make it to the marathon one day. I never thought I would be where I am with running already. I saw you recently ran your second half marathon. So, you're already half way there!


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