Friday, August 05, 2005

Tomorrow: Bellheim 25K Summer Night's Run

Tomorrow is my next race, the Bellheimer 25K/15.5M Sommernachtslauf (Summer Night’s Run). The race kicks off at 7:30 p.m., the first 6K being through the town of Belheim, most the rest through the forest surrounding the town. The trail is 100% asphalt or concrete paths/roads, not leg friendly.

In any case participants have to reach the 12K/7.5M point by 8:45 (1:15:00) and the 19K/12M point by 9:30 (2:00:00), otherwise they will be removed from the race. In order to qualify for a prize (e.g. for an age group) you have to finish in under 2:30:00.

This works out to a minimum average pace of 6:15/K (10:04/M) for the first 12K and an average pace of 6:19/K (10:10/M) for the first 19K. However to finish the race in 2:30:00 participants must average a pace of at least 6:00/K (9:39/M).

Most of my half-marathons have been well under this pace, so for me it is only a question of endurance, maintaining the pace up to 25K!

As this is primarily a marathon training run my most important goal is to complete the run without injury and without tearing myself up to where I need a long recovery time (next Saturday is a 34K/21M long run on the schedule!). My goal time then is just under the 2:30:00 cut-off.

The latest weather prediction for tomorrow night, 22C/72F, breezy, cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Sounds like good running weather.

I will not, cause you won't need it. You've been working your butt off and you are going to do great!!!
Run smooth and strong!

(and what is it with all your races starting in the evening?)
Good luck, Jack! I would hate running in a race with a cut-off, but it sounds like it won't be any problem for you!
Good luck and have fun, sounds like the weather is going to be nicely cooperative. Enjoy!!
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