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1 March 2010, 5:40pm, Arlington, VA
8 Feb 2010, 4:40pm, Arlington, VA
Hello everybody, here we are again, new year, more races, more sweat, more work to be done, more fun to be had…I mentioned it a few months ago in one of my posts, this year is Team WWP Version 2.0. Better, smarter, faster. And that starts this Saturday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
I’m racing in the half marathon there. Our first 13 miles of the 300 to come by this August. It’s a good sized field as they’ve got a full marathon and a few other races. All told, we’re looking at about 6,000 runners ~ a lot of great opportunities to get the Team WWP word out there.
Here’s what you can expect from me, performance wise. I’ve been training well post-Marine Corps Marathon. No physical problems, nothing too bad. I’ve been in the 60-70 mile per week range, usually two early mornings on the track. My work leads me to a goal pace of 5:30/mile for the half, which equals about 1:12 total. If you go by Myrtle’s history, that should put me in the top 3. Of course that depends on who shows up race day. Now, things to worry about ~ I gave blood a little over a week ago. Usually, that’s not a good idea prerace, but, it was my only opportunity to give for some time considering my upcoming race schedule and the Comrades Marathon in South Africa in May (no donations for awhile after that!). The weather is also a factor. I’ve been on the treadmill the past three days, and it looks like I may be in for a fourth and fifth. It’s really hard to replicate race conditions on the belt…
All that said, I feel confident in myself. My coach, George Buckheit from the Capital Area Runners, has really put in some hard work with me to get my times down to where they should be (and controlling my speed in the beginning of races!). I believe we can be in the top three in Myrtle and get some publicity and great press for Team Wounded Warrior Project.
I’ll be adding more in postrace, next weekend, as I’m able to. Rach will be there with me to take some photographs so we can get you a view of race day. I’ll also start writing about our huge event March 13th in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. A lot of people have put in a lot of time and effort to make this happen…we’d love to have you be a part of it!
All my best & Keep moving forward, Matt