This morning’s run was an absolutely delightful 10K. I ran it at my target ultra pace, which is 7:00 mins/km.
If I could keep that up for the 50K distance of the Niagara 50K Ultra on June 19, it would mean finishing with a time of 5:50. I know full well that I won’t be able to sustain such a pace for all that time, but it suggests that I might, if all goes very well, be looking at a time between 6:15 and 6:30.
At 7:00 AM today, it was once again my kind of weather, 20C and humid. I ran barefoot and shirtless, enjoying the feeling of sun and air on my body, and the ground beneath my feet. It doesn’t get much better than that for a warm weather animal like me.
I’m making some good progress regarding my form. My goal, as always is to run in as relaxed a manner as possible. When I get that happening, everything else flows very nicely. As a bonus, when I’m really relaxed I seem not to have any issues with that sensitive spot on the ball of my right foot.
This morning, I deliberately ran very slowly. As well, I tried something Barefoot Ted McDonald mentioned in a recent blog post about running the Copenhagen Marathon barefoot this past Sunday – nose-breathing. Doing that makes me run slowly. So I did the whole 10K today doing only nose-breathing. It was a really big help, so I’m going to keep on running slowly and breathing only through my nose, and see what happens.
Speaking of running slowly, on this morning’s run, I came up with my strategy for the Niagara 50K!
It’s very simple and, if I do say so myself, quite brilliant. Since going quickly always gets me into trouble, I’m going to run the 50K slowly, lightly, and quietly… and I’m going to sneak up on the finish! I figure if it doesn’t see or hear me coming then it won’t get away from me, as it so often does.