Going into the race, I have a few goals:
A+ goal: Sub 3:30 finish
A goal: Sub 3:35/BQ finish
B goal: Sub 3:40 finish
C goal: Sub 3:43/new marathon PR
Running the paces I need to run is intimidating and I know it's going to be hard and it's going to hurt. I could give myself a dozen excuses for why I can't make it happen. But I'm not letting myself go down that path. I'd rather start the race thinking about everything I can accomplish instead of what I might not.
There are just so many unknowns. I've never 'raced' a marathon before - my past two years were more run and see what happens with no set time goal. But this year is different. And now I find myself asking, how will my body hold up when racing this distance? How will I deal with the inevitable physical discomfort late in the race? How will I push through the mental hurdles?
But these are the questions that make racing any distance exciting. Every race is unique and you don't know how you'll answer until you're struggling through the miles. But by the end of this one, I'll know how I answered by the time on the clock.
I'm excited to put on my Oiselle team singlet and call upon my training with Coach Matt to see what it gets me on Sunday. I have faith that the work I've done will carry me through. And on race day, the possibilities are endless.
I'll see you on the other side of 26.2!
My questions for you:
- When do your race nerves kick in and what do you do to help calm yourself before a big race?
- When a race gets tough, what do you do to help yourself get back on track?