My last marathon, I ran to finish. I had a goal of 4:30 in mind, but with injury and it being my first race, it was just not in the cards for me. This time I really think that I can run for time. I have three, okay four, goals:
1. Beat my previous time of 5:06:57.
2. Hold a steady pace and finish strong.
3. Have Fun.
4. Come in under 4:30.
The final one is the last one on the list because if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t and I don’t want to beat myself up about it. To help me try to achieve it though I ordered this awesome PaceTat. They aren’t sold here in Colorado yet, apparently we’re behind the times, so I had to order it online. I ordered the 4:20 marathon pace chart. That’s a 9:55 min/mile pace. Most of my runs I did between 9:30-9:45 so I think aiming to hold a steady 9:55 until I think (hopefully) I can speed up at the end. So race morning, or probably the night before I’ll put it on my arm to refer to. This way I can turn off the mile alarm on my watch because I know I’ll just be waiting for the each of the 26 beeps.
I’m still thinking about joining a pace group but I’ll have this to fall back on if I have to stop at a porta-potty or stop to stretch. Now I just need to set my watch to beep at me if I start going too fast or too slow. I’ll probably give myself about 30 seconds to a minute on the slow alarm, but the fast alarm is really important so I don’t burn out too soon.
My Train with Altitude t-shirt also arrived. I’m excited to sport it at our Inspiration Dinner in Nashville. I have all my gels, my PaceTat, my t-shirt, singlet. I’m ready for the race…
I printed out the race course and elevation chart. The course is pretty flat though there are a few steady inclines that last for a mile or more. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for race day. I know that the wall may come but I’m trying to give myself ways to overcome that. It can’t hurt to know where the turns are, where the hills are, etc. I think I almost have it memorized.