|This will be my last post before running in the 20th annual Austin marathon (on the 20th). Some commented that I looked ready to BQ based on my training times and distances. I am flattered in the confidence my peers have in me. Unfortunately, I lack the same. While I do believe I'm ready to PR big time, a BQ time for my age is 20 minutes faster than the PR I set last Fall. Also I set my current PR on a fairly flat, fast course with near ideal conditions. Austin is a bit of a technical course with a 14 foot average elevation gain per mile for the first 17 miles. It is starting to look like it will be pretty warm that day, so the weather might not be on my side either. I'm trying not to worry about things beyond my control, and I did lots of incline workouts on the mill to prepare for the hills. I'm lousy at predicting my marathon finishes, but I think I'm capable of a 3:25-3:30 time which would put me at a sub 8 minute pace.|
Other little factoids about my trip to Austin.
- The only other time I was there was for part of my 1 year wedding anniversary.
- Now I'll be there with an additional 3 kids.
- Looking forward to meeting up with a friend who is flying in from the San Francisco area to run the marathon too.
- We'll be hanging out with some other friends who now live there.
- My wife and I have yet to make plans for what touristy things we'll do, but it will have to be kid friendly.
I missed out on blogging during V-Day. So here is my very brief belated tribute to my wife: We met back in 1997 over the internet (she initiated contact). After emailing for a couple weeks, we finally decided to meet in person. She says she's never done anything like that before