I am signed up for the Martian Half Marathon on Saturday and I am not sure how I intend to run this race. My training schedule has a long run of 17 miles for this weekend. I refuse to run the half and not get in the additional 4 miles I need to meet my scheduled long run. As much as I'd like to beat my previous half time from March 20th, I doubt I will be able to.
I have come up with a few options for Saturday, I just need to choose which one will work best for me.
Option #1: arrive extra early to run 4 slow & easy miles prior to the race. run the half as fast as I possibly can.
Option #2: arrive at my normal time (1 hour prior) and run 4 slow & easy miles after the race. run the half has fast as I possibly can.
Option #3: use this half as a training run and stay out on the course for an extra 4 miles. (instead of turning around at the half turn around point, continue on for another 2 miles before turning back). My time will show much slower than the norm for a half but I will know this is because I actually ran 17.1, not 13.1.
Option #4: arrive at my normal time (1 hour prior) and run 2 slow & easy miles before the race and another 2 slow & easy miles after the race. Run the half as fast as I possibly can.
So there you have it. My break down on how I want to run the Martian half. I told myself that I must know how I intend to "race" this event by Friday evening.
How do you think I should run this half marathon?