I didn't worry about it too much. Hey, I've got a marathon in a few days... it's okay to take it a little easy right?
I got home and turned my watch timer off and checked my splits... there was an 8:10 mile in there. And it wasn't comprised of the downhill on Belmont... no sir, it was actually comprised of my LEAST favorite section of the Belmont route... the Clifton-Battlefield segment.
So, anyway... remember how I've been saying that people are always telling me to add 20 minutes to my best marathon time to estimate how I'll do at Big Sur. Which I have been guffawing at every.single.time. Yeah, well Monday I figured out where people got that tiny bit of info:
Official Big Sur Race Instructions:
I mean, reading that before I signed up, wouldn't have changed anything... Big Sur is still the crown jewel in my marathon to do list... but, I wouldn't have been psyching myself up for the past 2 weeks about PRing there.
The thing that most scares me, is that races generally UNDERestimate their difficulty. Like... people always say.. ohhhh... the course is flat and then you get there and you're like where did these bloody hills come from? And you're walking down steps backwards for the next week. So... if they're telling you you're going to be running 45 seconds per mile slower than usual... I'm thinking that's not a great sign.
Oh well. At this point, it is what it is. I'm still going to go to California and live it up and drink and eat, make stupid bets with Vandy Montana, swirl wine around in glasses and talk about how much I hate pinot noirs, and take in a Giants baseball game... and I'm crossing Big Sur off the list... if I PR, I PR. If not... screw it, there will be other marathons.