However, this time I am getting very nervous about my times. The Hapalua has Diamond Head at mile 9 to run up. It isn't much, probably about half a mile and 150 feet of elevation gain. However that is way more than I am used to, with any of my races. (I have done most of my runs in Florida after all).
I went to Waikiki over the weekend to give Diamond Head a go. I am so happy with the choice to do this. Diamond Head isn't too bad. Though, I did start it at around mile 3 or 4, so my legs were still fresh. Like I said, we don't get to the hill until about mile 9 in the race. There is a nice downhill after, and really, it is pretty much flat or downhill until the end of the race - that shouldn't be too hard.
In a nutshell, my worries:
- I worry that my long run pace is too slow. (I'm averaging a 9:30min/mile for the long runs)
- I worry that there is a hill - at mile 9. Are my legs going to be able to handle that?
- I worry that when I do mile repeats at race pace I have trouble sticking to 'race pace'. I go too fast. How will I be able to keep on track?
- I worry that I won't break 2 hours again.
That's it. I think this is the first time I have put in dedicated hill runs, tempo runs and intervals into a training plan. I haven't just been going out to run. I have been following my plan (mostly). That's a good thing. So I guess an over view of the good things:
- I have been training 5 - 6 days a week - consistently.
- I have been doing hills, tempos, intervals, long runs.
- I have been resting and foam rolling.
- I have practiced on the course.
Maybe I am just over-thinking everything!
One thing I know for sure - I am excited!!