This past Sunday I completed the half marathon distance at the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run (the Fiddlers). Since it began in 2005, the Fiddlers has always been my favorite race of the year. I have completed the half marathon distance and the marathon distance several times each. This year the decision was made for me – the committee, for a variety of reasons, opted not to offer the full marathon distance (a smart move if you ask me). Also, the half was a much better fit with my schedule, which is geared towards the Philadelphia Marathon on November 23rd.
Although my main goal right now is preparing for Ironman Lake Placid (July 26), I decided to take another crack at going sub-2:50 at the marathon distance. I have come within three minutes of breaking 2:50 six times – the closest being at the Fiddlers in 2010 (2:50:37). Based on my race this past Sunday, I feel that I am in good shape and hopefully on track to finally break 2:50. I had hoped to average 6:06/mile in the half on Sunday, and was right on track until the nine mile mark. A pesky head wind and some chest pain caused my pace to slow slightly, but overall I was happy with the effort (6:10/mile).