Marathon is tomorrow!!
Well… it’s here… ready or not.
Apologies if the blog has been boring lately… going from 2-3 posts a week, to 1 post a week, to 1 post every 2-3 weeks. Well this should be about the 2nd to last post… I will do a race report too.
Starting to get very excited… there’s nothing like running a Marathon… I’ve only done one before (KC last year) and I still remember how much fun it was. I’ve done 3 Half-Marathons this year… and each of those were thoroughly enjoyable … but seemed like they cut-short!
My training did taper off considerably at the end, and in the end I didn’t really get any long runs in. I did a 13 miler, an 11, and a 10. A far cry from the 20 and 15 I should have done minimum… but… there’s something to be said for not doing those — they require a lot of time which I have limited amounts of!! Plus — a 20 mile training run is not really very fun. Nothing like doing the real thing…
So… here are my goals tomorrow:
Goal -1: Win the marathon! (HAHAHA … chances here 1 in 4,900,000,000)
Goal 0: Qualify for Boston. (Again… not going to happen. chances are 1 in 987,000 – I would have to run 3:09:59 – 7:17 pace!!! I barely run 5ks that fast!)
Goal 1: Run in 3:59:59 Hmm… this would have been highly attainable had I not slacked so much in my training… but I’m still going to try. I will line up with the 4:00 pace group and see where it goes from there! This is a 9:09 pace… pretty easy pace but for 26.2 miles any pace can be daunting! Chances here: 1 in about 25.
Goal 2: Finish better than 4:07:28. This would be a new PR for me… I’ll take it! Chances, 1 in 10.
Goal 3: Finish the marathon. This is the consolation prize. I’ll still have the time of my life… one of the best days of 2008 by finishing the marathon. Barring any unforseen tragedies… this one definitely happens! Whether I have to walk from mile 20 onward or not! Chances… 99.7% !
I’ll be putting up a post race report sometime soon. I’m going to Kansas City… Kansas City here I come…