Driving the course to refine the race plan

After months of training we’ve all done the work we need to perform at the race. Looking at the elevation profiles of a course is a great starting point to get an idea of how to run your race. Each marathon really is about the individual, we all have different strengths and weaknesses through hills or at the start or finish of a race.

Today i’m in the car with Mike, Larry and Jason as we head out to drive the course. My plan right now is pretty simple, 6:52 pace all the way though 20 miles. Unless the hills are nuts I’ll try and keep that pace overall since I’m comfortable with that pace. The good thing about driving the course is getting rid any surprises as far as where the effort will feel harder so it doesn’t mentally ruin the race.

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