Nutrition · Running

Race Pace

“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” -Alice Morse Earle


Ran 3.03 miles, 26:59, 8:54 pace (9:19, 9:01, 8:26).

Yesterday was my first “pace” run, aka “race pace” run. These runs appear (on my training schedule) about every other week. During a “pace” run, I am supposed to run at the pace I plan to run my half marathon at (or whatever race I am training for).

As a fairly new runner, I figured an attainable goal for my first half marathon would be to run at around a 9:50 pace. When I looked up my estimated finish time based on this pace, the chart said 2:08:55. Now, I know most people will tell you that your first half or full marathon should be only about finishing. Where’s the fun in that? My competitive side kicked in and I decided I want to finish in 2 hours or less. For this to happen, I need to run at an average pace of 9:09 (1:59:57). This may or may not happen, and I am mentally prepared for that. I know I will be proud of myself no matter what. But hey, a little competitiveness never hurt any one. that’s a lie.

On the plus side, yesterday I ran at a pace of 8:54. On the down side, it was only 3 miles…

Further down on the down side, my foot started to hurt a little. I iced yesterday and will today. I’m taking today as my rest day (instead of Friday). This works out well anyways since we had family from out of town over last night and I did not get to bed early. More on that later.

Like my binder clip?
Like my binder clip?

Also, I found some cherries in our fridge (thanks mom) and brought them to work yesterday. 2 things you should know about cherries:

  1. Cherries are a great fruit with a ton of health benefits! They are rich in antioxidants, can aid sleep (melatonin), can help with inflammation (anthocyanin), have tons of vitamins and minerals, and so much more!
  2. For myself, cherries aren’t the best work snack. A good impression is not made by seeing your coworker spit pits into the trash. Like when you catch your dog eating something they aren’t supposed to- eyes meet, awkward pause, continue act as if no one was watching.
But they are oh so good
But they are oh so good

3 thoughts on “Race Pace

  1. Be careful with your foot! Before I ran my first half marathon, I too realized I had a competitive edge and wanted to finish it in less than two hours. Don’t worry, keep up the positive training, and with the adrenaline of the actual race, you will do it! I finished my first one in 1:59.12 – just barely made it. Where is your half marathon taking place?

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