Goals for the journey
1. Have fun! Without question, Danielle and I had a great time running together during the race 2 years ago. I told her last night that I was thrilled she convinced me to enter the lottery and I was really excited to experience this race again with her.
|We basically smiled the whole way!|
3. Regain my marathon confidence. Yesterday, I did something really dumb. I reviewed, no wait, I actually compared my training data from Richmond Marathon to this cycle. And then I got kind of down. I trained really fast for Richmond and simply fell apart on race day. It left me angry, sad, and apathetic about running. This training cycle for Marine Corps has been about fun and finding my groove again. It simply wasn't about speed. I look forward to race day to prove to myself that Richmond didn't define me as a marathoner and there will be better race days.
4. Soak in the race. I did this really well in 2013. I want to do it again. High five spectators, enjoy the Fisher House cheering stations, thank the Marines. I want to do it all.
So now let's talk time goals, shall we?
A Goal: This is the everything goes right on race day goal. It's the one with perfect weather (although I don't think we'll have that but I still want to keep this goal alive) and conditions. 4:10 or better. This would be an 8 min PR but I think this is realistic. It's 9:30 pace for 26.2 miles.
B Goal: This would still be a good race but not the ideal day. My PR dreams are still alive but not as aggressive. If the weather turns sour, this is probably my A goal range. 4:10-4:18.00. This is in the 9:40-9:50 pace range. My long 20 milers were around 10:00 pace so this should be very doable.
C Goal: This is my "eh, nothing went right, but I still beat my first Marine Corps Marathon" time goal. 4:38.52 or better.
How do you establish race goals?