Jay Z - On To The Next OneGreat song to run to!
Anywho, since my last 1/2 Marathon running sessions have been going absolutely great. I can tell I continue to get faster during weekday speed work and tempo runs. My Garmin watch tells me so, and things just "feel" easier/faster week after week. And the weekend 20+ milers just keep getting knocked out week after week. And as the course is a pretty flat out and back along the Arakawa river in the Tokyo area, if I can catch a day with cool temps and light to no winds.... I think I just might put in a sub-3 hour race.
I may be being a little delusional, but so what!!! Sometimes you need to be a little delusional to break through what really is only a mental barrier. Like these two guys - Jake & Zane Robertson. I love the quote by Reid Coolsaet (Canadian Olympic Marathoner) about 15 seconds into the video "I think as a runner, it is good to be a little delusional, to think that you can reach certain levels. And they're definitely delusional." Ha! hilarious quote.
(picture from Vimeo - click on picture for the video)These guys definitely seem to be a little nuts. Love it!
So the game plan is to go at a 3 hour pace, click off the miles, and at around 18 miles I figure I'll either dig deep, live the delusional dream and pull it off, or... ... absolutely blow up, have the wheels come off, and stagger/stumble in the last few miles. But so what if I do! It will be fun finding out which it will be!
So basically that is about it. The hay is in the barn after a great 21 miler earlier today, will start slowly tapering down and then time to get delusional and get after it!!!
Running is Awesome!