Mile splits of 9:31/mi to over 12:00/mi on the hills seems doable (approx 6:00/km to 7:30/km). I think I will do a multi-goal pace band with 2:20 and 2:15 and then if I'm feeling good on race day I can adjust to a faster goal time. Although it is quite shy of my PR, I would be very happy with a 2:20 finish. This race is by no means a PR attempt and all I really want to do is the best I can and enjoy myself doing it.
Beyond the Paceband:
Yes, race day music is DEFINITELY part of my strategy. I find music to be incredibly motivating. I'm pretty sure this course will be motivating enough with all of the bands and spectators but I'll be spending some time updating my playlist to make sure I've got lots of wicked songs to keep my feet moving if the going gets tough!
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