Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I have noticed that Dale and Clay have been discussing their goals for CIM and trying to decide what kind of pace they are capable off. Dale has PR'd in every distance from 5k to the marathon this year! Clay has run 5 half marathons this year but hasn't run a marathon in almost two years! Besides a 10k time trial of 37:33, I haven't run anything fast all year! It sure makes it hard to know if you are ready to sustain a certain pace for 26.2 miles.

I set a goal to run 2:55 at CIM a year ago. I figure I better put down my race goals on paper, I mean on the blog again.

A Goal = as close to 2:55 as possible

B Goal = PR (sub 2:58:37)

C Goal = Sub 3:00

I will be disappointed with anything else, unless weather conditions make these near impossible. A sub 3:10, or Boston qualifier, is always a good back up. It would be my 3rd marathon under 3:10. Here is the course elevation profile.

Less than four weeks to go!

I have one more 20 miler to do this weekend, probably Saturday, and a little more marathon pace work. Let's do this.

If you are interested in a marathon pace splits bracelet you can make your own at Click here and just input your goal time. It prints as a PDF.

My high school team ended up 3rd in the state of Nevada for cross country last weekend! I was correct in my prediction that a team from Reno would win. Carson HS killed with 3 in the top 10. Green Valley's top runner was 6th but he was 2nd from southern NV. The top 4 runners were all from the Reno area. There is less than a minutes between GV's number 1 and their number 5 runner! Centennial HS (also from Las Vegas) had all top 5 runners in the top 16 and still lost! Six of Green Valley's seven runners are seniors so it may take a while to rebuild. Here is the meet results.


Chuck said...

Given that you were able to run the OC Half in 1:27:22 on a humid day should be very encouraging! Especially after dealing with right calf issues for the three week prior. In the OC Half you went out at a 6:46 pace for the first 10K and were able to close at a 6:34 pace. Since that race you have done two 26+ mile runs and two more 22+ mile runs. In addition to those long runs you have done plenty of runs in the 15 to 19 mile range. The 37:33 10K time trial that you ran on a warm August morning should leave no doubt that you have enough speed to run a 2:55 at CIM. It is all going to come down to your mental toughness over the last 10K.

Dale said...

Hey Karl,
After you finish in 2:55 could you jog back a mile or so and then pace Clay and me to our fast finish?