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?