It’s getting closer!
I have been saying all along this training cycle that SFM was going to be a “training run” for me, basically meaning I wasn’t going to go balls to the walls and run as hard as I can on the course since I have my eye on an A race (Portland!) 10 weeks later.
Even so, I still have goals for this race and what better way to help myself be successful in them, than posting them for the world to see!
The Game Plan
The plan is to run with Kristin for as much as possible. I don’t see why we wouldn’t finish the race together, but 26.2 miles is a long way to go and a lot of things can happen. We have done so many training runs together the last few months and I am so excited to run this race with her! Besides being one of my bestest friends, fellow lululemon Ambassador and generally my partner in crime, this race also celebrates our friendship since we met training for it three years ago as our first marathon.
I am a big believer when it comes to setting race goals that I have time and non-time goals. Time goals give me something hard to focus on when it comes to my pace, but non-time goals are other areas that are sometimes more important to me than just a number. I have had many races where all my time goals have gone out the window, but having the non-time goals still help me find success.
Here we go!
- A: 3:55:00 – Based on our training runs on the course and how we plan to attack the race this should be a realistic but still challenging goal. Our plan is to keep the pace on the easy end (high 8’s, low 9’s) through mile 16/18 when most of the big hills end, then to pick it up after that to mid to lower 8’s. All of our course training runs were done at a faster pace than this, so as long as everything goes according to plan, this should happen. But we know things hardly ever go according to plan, hence B and C goals!
- B: 3:59:59 – When I ran this race as my first marathon, my goal general was to run a sub 4. I got pretty close, but I have always wanted to go and get a 3 in the front of my SFM time. If Goal A isn’t going to happen, this will be the next number I focus on.
- C: 4:04:34 – When I ran SFM as my first marathon, I finished in 4:04:35, so of course I would like to beat that time.
- Run Smart – Although I do expect some recovery time, I don’t want to be stupid and thrash my legs so much that it takes me weeks to get back into training – I have an A race to train for after all! This course is tough and definitely will take a toll on the body, but I think if I run it conservatively and stick to the plan like I stated in my A goal, I should be able to bounce back ok.
- Have Fun – I have been wanting to run the full again for the last couple years, but other goals got in the way at the time, so I want to make sure I have fun out there and enjoy this race! This race will always be a celebration of my running to me, so I better have a smile plastered on my face as much of the race as possible.
No matter what happens I am so excited to be out on the course with SO many of my friends, the trainees I helped with at the beginning of the training cycle, and just being proud to be an Ambassador of the race this year. I love this race so much, I can’t wait to run around my favorite city again, not to mention add to this collection.
Do you put your goals out in public eye or do you keep them private?
I have gone back and forth with this one, but I have decided I like being able to look back at my thought process and what I was aiming for. Even if I don’t reach all my goals, it’s ok, it’s still good to set them and just means I will try again!
Do you set time and non-time goals?
I have always set both forms of goals for every marathon I have ran.