So yesterday I decided to head on over to the gym and do a quick walkthrough for my run this upcoming Thursday. I am still trying to decide on what the “best” way to run this 12 hours in…nothing is set in stone however after yesterday I think I have a much better idea.
So I started on the treadmill at a speed setting of 6.2 and then I decreased that speed by .1 every 5 minutes for 60 minutes. Ended up running 5.65 miles in that one hour. Doing some simple math, if I was able to maintain that average pace per hour I should get to around 67.8 miles in 12 hours. Now however, I need to take into consideration slowing down to eat and drink periodically, so if I were to assume that over the span of 12 hours I would be slowed significantly to eat and drink for a total of 1 hour I would need to subtract about 3.4 miles from that total giving me a grand total 64.4 miles 🙂
So I have a few ideas on how to do this…but this is the plan I am coming back to time after time….
Hour 1 – Run at a set speed of 6.2 MPH
Hour 2 – Run at a set speed of 5.1 MPH
Hour 3 – Run at a set speed of 6.1 MPH for 45 minutes and then take the last 15 minutes of that hour and eat/drink…change shirts, act….I think doing this at this point would be good simply because for hour 4 I will be dropping my speed back down.
This would repeat itself 4 more times going up and down on the speeds to allow my body to “rest” for a period of time. Either way, the more I think about it and the more I think through all the details, this is going to be a challenge in just keeping myself focused on the task at hand. Most of my running for the past 6 to 9 months has been focused on speed so going into this run, knowing full well that I cannot be focused on speed will be challenging to the mind 🙂
I still have a lot more planning to do and lots more things to think about, but this appears to be the plan that I am going with 🙂