Envisioning Success on a Long Run

Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Amy Hastings, Desiree Davila

I always do my long runs outside.  I have never been a fan of logging countless boring miles on the treadmill.  That is, until yesterday.

I try to minimize my time away from my son and husband as best as I can (especially on the weekends) – I’ll run early in the morning before they wake up or during one of my son’s naps.

I had a dilemma yesterday – there were two things I really wanted to do –  watch the Olympic Marathon Trials (aired from 3-5pm) and run my scheduled 16 miles. Instead of running for two hours in the morning and then spending another two hours in the afternoon watching the Olympics, I decided to combine the two.  I hopped on the treadmill  to run my scheduled 16 miles while watching the Olympics.  (I guess I have gotten better with time management!)

After reading some inspiring blogs this week (Jessica and Dorothy) about paces on long runs (hitting MP or faster the last few miles), I decided I wanted to give it a try (I usually only pick up the pace the last mile). My goal for the day was 7:45 through 13 and then 7:18 average over the last three.

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    2012 Olympic Marathon Trials

    Source: http://www.teamusa.org/

    The 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials are being held this weekend in Houston, TX, the day before the 2012 Houston Marathon.  It promises to be one of the most exciting races in years.  This is the first time that both the men’s and women’s race will be held in the same city, on the same day!  The 2008 Olympic Trials were in different cities, four months apart – the men’s race was in Central Park (day before 2007 NYC Marathon in November) and the women’s race was in Boston (day before 2008 Boston Marathon in April)

    (Note: Unfortunately, due to Internet rights, there will be NO live streaming of this event.  NBC will be airing a 2-hour national tape-delay Saturday afternoon, Jan 14  -> check your local listings for more information.  Additionally, Runner’s World will be providing coverage of both races in near-real time with live text coverage – follow this link for more information.  You can also follow tweets using the hashtag #Houston2012)

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