So without further ado, here are my five goals for running the marathon.
1. Take in all the sights This sounds easy right? I am the runner who has been known to miss lots of things during races due to my being focused on pace and my music. While I do plan to run with music with just one earphone, this will be my only London Marathon and I am going to make every attempt to enjoy all the historical sights along the way starting in Greenwich ending near Buckingham Palace!
2. Fuel Properly This will be more of a challenge since I will be eating at restaurants for four days prior to the race. My pre race meal will be similar to NYC when I had a late start. Multiple breakfasts will be in order again, plus plenty of GU gels to keep me fueled while running. The beverage served on the course is Lucozade, hopefully very similar to Gatorade. I'll be purchasing several bottles to test it out before race day and will have the opportunity to run with it for a shakeout run on Saturday morning.
3. Engage with the crowd and runners Big city marathons draw huge crowds of spectators and one of the things I enjoyed most about the New York City Marathon was the support of all the people along the roads. While waving and smiling is fun to do, I plan to high five children and hopefully have fun with the other runners too. My coach makes friends with someone at nearly every race and I may take her lead and find a running buddy!
4. Avoid a trip to the ER This probably sounds like a ridiculous goal, and it is, but after my experience last year, it seemed a logical goal for me at this big race. There will be no chicken sandwiches for me after my Boston Marathon experience last year. We have made plans for many of our meals in London and will be meeting up with friends several days of our week long trip. I will be packing lots of food such as protein bars, peanut butter and of course my race day Gu gels.
5. Time goal At the moment, my plans are to run the race for pleasure and not worry about the clock too much. Of course I will wear my Garmin watch and will check it, but hopefully not obsessively. Because of my injury in January, this has not been a complete training cycle, so this race will be run on feel and hopefully no injuries pop up during the race. My C goal is under 5 hours, B goal under 4:45 and A goal 4:25-4:30.
We are linking up with DC Trifecta, Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the Friday Five. Thanks to these lovely ladies for hosting the linkup and be sure to check out some of the other posts.