I'm pretty excited about it, although I must confess, a touch nervous as well.
My first marathon experience in November 2011 was full of cramps, unexpected knee twinges, and all around negative stuff after a week of being sick leading up to the marathon. So when I think back on that marathon experience, the idea of a marathon makes me a little scared. Here's the race report from the Richmond Marathon.
|Richmond Marathon was a fuzzy, uncomfortable blur.|
|Sobbing with legit shock and disbelief |
at the end of the Rehoboth Marathon.
I'm hoping it's not as bad as my first and that it is closer on the spectrum to my second...
But I am prepared for whatever happens!
I've already qualified for Boston, so I can relax and not have that goal on the forefront of my mind. So maybe that'll help me relax a little bit?
My simple goals are:
-run this race and feel like I gave it my biggest effort
-try to beat my time from the Rehoboth Marathon
I'm not 100% sure if my training is adequate to beat my previous marathon time, because the long run training team that I did this spring was geared towards the Boston Marathon, so I peaked a little while ago, but I've tried to keep the training up with a long run and some miscellaneous mileage that I've made up as I've gone along...so we'll see! I won't know unless I try!!
Do you like to set solid goals for your races?
I like to set goals that won't put deathly external pressure on me because I know that is counter-productive for my mind. When I say a goal like "give it my all", I really mean it. It's hard to pin down numbers because there are so many factors that go into a race. McMillan says I should be running a pretty fast marathon based on my most recent 10K of 42:44 a few weeks ago, but now that I am NOT there yet, perhaps next year! Usually I feel like McMillan is an accurate predictor for me, but that one is too ambitious for me at this point.
Oh and I forgot to mention, my #1 goal this time around is to have a little fun, after all, I am on vacation in California!