April 8, 2016

Five Goals for London Marathon

I'll be on a plane to London in less than two weeks and it is time for me to plan my goals for the race.  At the moment, there has been no weather stalking, because there will be rain in the forecast since it rains all the time in England.  This I know from spending nearly five years living in the northeast part of the country.  While the rain is usually just a drizzle, it can be bone chilling in the winter, and I'd rather not know until closer to the race if we will be dealing with a slog of a run.

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!

Source 

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.

Who else makes multiple race day goals?  Yay or nay?
(Pam)

34 comments:

  1. One reason I now love run/walk is that it makes it relatively easy to take photos during a race. They're not always good photos, but some of them come out surprisingly well.

    I always travel with food. Always. That includes several trips I've made to Europe. It does making packing kind of tough, though!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I may bring my IPhone so I can take photos, but I think my coach would kill me if I did that. I might just have to count on my husband to take photos.

      Delete
  2. My goals for Big Sur are similar to your London Goals, except there won't be the crowds along the course.

    I really just want to finish. Pain free would be a gift!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope we both have good races Wendy. I think they are on the same day too but mine will be a whole lot earlier!

      Delete
  3. Best of luck to you in London. My goals differ depending on the race. Usually destination races have no goals cus I just want to "take it all in"! Can't wait to follow your journey! -m

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I am starting to freak out just a bit....time to organize my gear and at some point stalk the weather.

      Delete
  4. I can't believe it's so close! This sounds like a great set of goals and I hope you get to soak it all in. And definitely avoid the ER :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No ER for me, once was enough during a race weekend!

      Delete
  5. I can't believe that London is right around the corner. I'm so excited for you, and it sounds like you're being smart and realistic with your goals given all that's happened in the past couple of months. There is nothing wrong with running a race for fun and focusing on taking in all of the sights, especially when its a destination race that you only plan on running once.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I want to make sure it is a fun day.

      Delete
  6. i always do three goals for race day! i can't wait to hear about your race!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have noticed that you always have 3 goals. My biggest goal of all that I failed to mention was to smile alot and finish with running happiness!

      Delete
  7. Yes, please avoid a trip to the ER! That is an excellent goal!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I knew you would appreciate that one Susie

      Delete
  8. I totally agree: interact with the crowd and enjoy the sites! It should be an amazing race experience. Maybe it won't rain. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fingers crossed for no rain, but after running the entire Boston Marathon with rain last year, I will be prepared!

      Delete
  9. I definitely make several race day goals. And you should take advnatage of the sights. During Paris this year they actually had signs pointing them out, so runners wouldn't miss them. Not sure if London will do that but I thought it was a great idea.
    Do they serve water on the course ? Energy drinks are not that big here which is why I was surprised you said they were serving Lucozade.

    Good luck and fingers crossed for you for decent weather.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I love that Paris had signs for the runners. I do know London well after living in England for 5 years, so it will be fun to see all the sights on race day.

      Delete
  10. Good luck. Can't wait to read your recap. I am sure that you will do great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Darlene. A smile at the finish line will mean I had a great day!

      Delete
  11. I only had one goal, to finish in under 5 hours! Maybe I need to set up some more goals? I like your idea of an A, B, and C goal. I've been stalking the weather for a month! This is going to be great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really wish we were in the same corral. I would love to run with you. Let's chat tomorrow and see if we can figure something out.

      Delete
  12. I only had one goal, to finish in under 5 hours! Maybe I need to set up some more goals? I like your idea of an A, B, and C goal. I've been stalking the weather for a month! This is going to be great!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I stress about the food sometimes too bc I am a vegetarian and some places it's hard to find what I am used to. So exciting running the London marathon!! Good luck look forward to reading about it

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm very excited for you! This is a good list for me to bookmark for Berlin. I will need to remind myself to take it in and enjoy where I am at the moment!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh, I hadn't even thought about there being a different brand of sports drink on the course. I think I would bring my nuun tablets and use those. It sounds like you've got a good plan - I hope you do get to take in all the sights and soak up the experience!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I just discovered your blog, and I absolutely love it! I recently started my own blog about running and traveling, so it's great to find others with similar passions. I am heading to London later this year, and while it's not for a marathon, I will have a 20-mile run on my schedule so some of your goals are ones I can use when planning my trip.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great goals! I always forget to take in the sights during a race too. I definitely like to make multiple race goals. I would hate to only have 1 goal that I didn't achieve and then have a feeling of disappointment!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I'm with you on the weather - sometimes it's better not to know until right up until the race itself! I love your goals, especially the part about sightseeing! :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Looks like some great goals!
    I am excited for you, and looking forward to hearing how it all goes. Definitely soak it in, and enjoy the atmosphere and the sights. In case it's a one time experience race, hope you can just have fun taking it all in. Well that and having an awesome raceday!!!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Good luck in London!! I hope you have a good time and meet all of your goals!

    ReplyDelete
  21. You're going to do great! Praying for a great race with no issues! Have fun!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love London!! It's one of my favorite cities. I can't wait to read about your experience so I can see if I want to add it to my race bucket list. Wishing you the best!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Pam
    I am on your blog for the first time...very interesting....wishing you all the best on Sunday and hope you meet one of your goals!! Can't wait to see the MEDAL when you return!!

    ReplyDelete