January 9 2003
Nicholas Clark eyeing personal best in Saturday's Disney World marathon
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
While most of us were gearing up for the holidays, enjoying the festivities
of the season and beckoning the new year, Nicholas Clark was pounding the
pavement in preparation for Saturday's Disney World Marathon on Orlando,
Florida. Merely four months ago, Clark was among 34,000 participants
competing in the New York City Marathon, which he finished in 3 hours 52
minutes and 08 seconds. Saturday, marks the third time Clark will run at
Disney World, where he set a personal best 3:40 last year.
What is he looking for this year? "I don't know whether I'll be able to
run the same speed as last year, but, I'll be pleased to run about 3:45 or
something like that," Clark said, noting that the temperature is projected
to be hotter than last year's race. "It will be in the mid 60s and that
might be a negative factor in doing a good speed," Clark said. "But, it's
such a fun occasion anyway I'll just have fun doing the race."
Clark said his time in the New York City Marathon which is tougher course
than Disney, proves that he can break the psychological four hour barrier.
He said it is not a question of breaking the four hour barrier anymore, but
now concentrating on getting a personal best. "My biggest challenge will be
pacing myself and making sure I don't go out too fast," Clark explained.
"One of the benefits of running on Tortola is that you are out on your own
with very few people with you. The chance to run with extra people brings
out the best in you on the day. The challenge will be making sure I keep a
good pace and going all the way."
The Sunday after Christmas, Clark completed a 20 mile run then began
backing off three weeks before Saturday's Disney Marathon. He ran an eight
miler over in his last outing before departing for Orlando on Wednesday,
and rested before the 26.2 mile race. "I have to make sure my diet is
balanced and build up on the carbohydrates, but, I'm feeling pretty good,"
Since competing in New York in October, Clark said he reverted to his 18
week training program. He began by taking a week off after New York. "Then
I worked back from when the Disney World marathon is to where I should be
in the 18 week program and started from there," Clark said. "I treated the
training as though it was a fresh marathon again."
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