October 28, 2015

Goals for NYC Marathon

Ahh, race day goals.  It is still hard for me to believe that this is race week. While the date has been on my calendar since early this year, somehow it always seemed so far away.  Now it is time to put all the training behind me and focus on my race and what should be my goals, This is a subject I have thought alot about over the last few weeks. After surviving a calf injury this summer, with basically no running for a month, my goals are all over the place.  One day, I talk myself into going for another Boston qualifying time and the next moment, it is just going to be a race for fun and to enjoy running through all the boroughs of NYC.

With this is mind, I have some things to keep me focused when the miles get rough.  Let's be realistic here, there are always some really tough miles in every single marathon that is run.  Even the elite runners talk about pushing through when it hurts!


If I were to put time goals out there for my race, here is what seems achievable based on my training and fitness level.  Of course every race day is different and as runners, we know that some days are your day and others not so much.  So far, the weather is looking quite nice for Sunday and hopefully there will be little if any wind as we traverse several bridges while completing the race.

A Goal:  4:30 or below: This would be possible if I feel strong and can manage the hills without trouble.  Since I live in a place that is flat as a pancake, the lack of hill training made me put an A goal well below my marathon PR that was achieved on my home course here in NC. Course crowding with 49,999 other runners will make it difficult to run the tangents too.

B Goal:  4:30 -4:45  Unless I have a really rough day, this should be manageable given my long run training for the race.  All my long runs were between 10:00 and 10:15 minute mile pace.

C Goal:  Finish the race and not die.  Kidding, but not really.  Coach Sami told me this course was more difficult that Boston so finishing strong and feeling good is also a goal.

I'm excited and nervous at the same time but know race day jitters go away quickly once the gun is sounded.  Most of all, I want to soak in all this race has to offer.  Anyone else get crazy when coming up with race day goals?
(Pam)

32 comments:

  1. My fingers are crossed for you for no wind - that's what killed me last year at this race! (and if you do get a windy day, make sure to take into account all the extra energy you're using and take more fuel!)

    NYCM is a HUGE race with 50.000 people, and the course was crowded the whole way, but not "congested" if that makes sense…I don't remember having to bob and weave around people.

    Hope you have a great run!

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I have toyed with how I should approach this race over and over in my head, but I really think having relaxed goals will make the day more fun. No pressure and hopefully no wind!

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  2. I think relaxed goals are the way to go with this course. I have heard it can be a tough race but that the crowds will pull you through. Fingers crossed for cool temps, no wind, and a great race day!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I am hoping for no wind too. That was a killer at Boston having wind and rain.

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  3. I'm so excited for you! I think running through NYC is going to be fabulous! It's great to make goals but just soak in the atmosphere!

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    1. Yes, I think running through the city will be really fun.

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  4. So exciting Pam!!! You are going to do great!!!! Wishing you wonderful weather and a great run! Have fun!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy, I just need to get organized and put together my packing list.

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  5. Good luck! I hope you have a great race :)

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    1. Thanks Chaitali. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of NYC, but I think the race will be amazing!

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  6. I'm so excited for you, Pam! Hopefully you'll have great weather on Sunday for the race, especially no wind. I heard that was brutal while running the bridges during last year's NYC marathon.

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    1. After the wind at Boston this year, I know it can be rough, but I am optimistic but hopefully my second big race of the year will include good weather.

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  7. Haha, this sounds a lot like the blog I just posted! I am SO excited for you -- NYCM is absolutely amazing, and no matter what, you're going to have an incredible experience! The course is definitely tough, but manageable as long as you pace yourself (something I failed to do last year, that's for sure). I struggled a bit on the bridges, but then again, last year's winds did NOT help...and it's looking like the weather will be a bit more favorable this year! Whether you end up pushing for a BQ or just enjoying the experience, I know you'll have an amazing time. Hope to see you there! :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. Going to read your blog post now! I do hope we meet, I will be at the expo on Friday afternoon. Have a fabulous race!

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  8. so excited for you. I hope you enjoy the race.

    When will you be there?

    I wish I could watch the race & cheer you on. But I will be there on Friday & Sat.

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    1. Hi Darlene, I have tried to send you a message on Twitter...please check it out. I will be at the expo on Friday afternoon just in case you will be there too.

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  9. I'm so excited for you. I ran the race last year and it was the most amazing experience. The bridges really aren't that bad. I psyched myself up so much about the "hills" but I barely noticed them and I train on flat ground too.

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    1. Oh this makes me feel so much better Jen. Thanks, I will keep this in mind. I heard the 16th mile was the hardest but will just find out for myself on Sunday!

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  10. Your going to have a FABULOUS TIME!!! Don't even sweat the hills, push them out of your mind. Seriously, the only real hill is the bridge at the start and lets face it you are so packed in crowded and looking up and down at the water and all the cool things they have going on, as well as everyone from around the world around you, you don't even notice it is a hill.
    I honestly, don't even remember any other hills along the course, and I remember that race in detail, it's awesome! Seriously and I am not even joking maybe the bridges could be considered hills, but even then you probably won't even notice them:) There are like 3 million people out cheering for you, your attention will be on everything going on around you, it's probably one of the best races to help put a runners mind at ease:)
    You're going to have a great time, I look forward to hearing how it goes for you! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Kristy. I am so excited to enjoy the course and especially the mix of people out cheering. My niece will be in Brooklyn, but I have absolutely no clue if she will be able to spot me!

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  11. I'm laughing because bouncing between a BQ time and just running for fun sounds like something my brain would do. I'm so excited for you and have already started cheering! I hope you have the best experience possible. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Holly. I think I have decided to run for a decent time but not the BQ. The course crowding will make it tough to run the tangents and focus on time.

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  13. I love your goals, especially the last one! :) You're going to do fabulous no matter what, Pam!! Go get em!

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    1. Thanks Karen. It will be a great adventure and going with runners from my group will make it easier to rest and relax before Sunday!

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  14. best of luck! i'll be cheering you on from dc on sunday!! hope it is a glorious day!

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    1. Thanks Courtney. As you know we never know how the day will go when you run a marathon. I am just hoping to enjoy as much of NYC as possible.

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  15. Hoping you have the best race on Sunday!

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    1. Thanks Juliana. So excited to get to NYC and the expo ....oh and to run the race too!

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  16. I love these goals, they make me so happy!!!

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    1. Thanks Abby. Just hoping to have a great day!

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  17. Eek! So excited for you!! I think MCM is huge, I can't imagine another 30,000 people on top of that. I hope they have a better corral and wave system than MCM. In fact, I think MCM really needs to look into doing a wave start! It's so easy to get stuck behind people and never be able to break out!! I hope you have a great race!

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