It’s finally here, the race I’ve been working towards since hiring my coach in January is this weekend. On Sunday, I will toe the start line of my third marathon and see what I’m made of. I’ve had some struggles along the way. My calf strain caused some down time in my training, though I’m happy to report that’s 100% healed. Recently, I’ve been battling some knee pain. I don’t think my knee is 100% right now but I believe I’m healthy enough to complete the marathon, I wouldn’t do it if I felt otherwise.
To be honest, I am completely terrified for Sunday. I’ve run two marathons and before each one I felt like I would throw up but this time, it’s even worse. In New York, it was my first marathon. I went into it with no expectations for a goal time. I wanted to soak up the experience and have the best time and I did that. In Seattle, I didn’t have a great training cycle so I just wanted to finish. This time, it’s different. I’ve been working towards my goal for a few months and I’m out there to do my best.
Although I would prefer to see warmer a forecast for my weekend trip to Toronto, I’m really happy to not see high temperatures on race day. I saw how many people were impacted a few weeks ago at Boston by unseasonably high temperatures. There is 90% chance of rain but it says light showers, I can handle that.
My race strategy is to start with 10:00-minute miles for the first half and then pick it up to 9:55 or faster in the second half. I will take a short walk break at every water station.
My coach is urging me to try not to go too fast on the downhills in the first half of the course, although, I tend to like flying down hills so that will be a challenge.
Admitting your goals is terrifying, because what if you don’t meet them. There’s always a part of you that feels like you let other people down and even more so that you let yourself down.
The last thing I want is to feel defeated after I cross the finish line. When I see people finish a marathon and are disappointed, I think, are you crazy, you just finished a marathon! That’s an accomplishment ALWAYS. I do have goals that I hope to achieve, but if I don’t, that’s okay too.
I have a few goals because I think it’s important to manage your expectations, you never know what the day will bring. Some days everything clicks and you get your PR, some days the wheels fall off for no reason and you barely make it through. I don’t know what Sunday will bring but here’s what I am aiming for.
A Goal: 4:25
I was going to put down my A goal as 4:30 but if I’m being 100% honest, I’m aiming for 4:25.
B Goal: PR the race
My current PR is 4:41:53, so if I come in anything under that time, I am going to be a happy
C Goal: Finish
Like I said, sometimes the wheels fall off. Maybe I have a bad day, maybe my knee acts up. As long as I cross that finish line, I will hold my head high and have a giant smile on my face. I’ve put in the work, this is my victory lap and I’m going to treat it that way.