Well. It’s here. 18 weeks of training and my victory lap is happening on Sunday. I am SO excited to run the Chicago Marathon and even more so now that I’ve arrived in Chicago. As I write this, it’s Tuesday evening and I just got into town today for work. I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals and about this training cycle in general. I’ve had a number of folks ask about my Chicago Marathon race goals so I thought I’d put it all in one place.
Before I delve into race goals, I want to also acknowledge that this is technically a Friday Five post. I’m kind of switching it up because I have three race goals not five, but #IdowhatIwant, right? I also wanted to announce that after over three years of the Friday Five and just about three years collaborating with Mar and Cynthia, we will be ending the Friday Five linkup after next Friday – the 14th. I have loved this linkup. I started it solo because a linkup seemed cool – I really didn’t know what I was doing. Then I sought out partners and found friends in Cynthia and Mar. I have met so many cool and interesting bloggers through this linkup and it has been one of my favorite things about blogging. However, as things shift and change in life and on the blog, we all realized it was time for a change. I have enjoyed the regularity of a Friday Five post each week but I’m also looking forward to the freedom of being able to do something different. I love blogging (even though I do so less these days) and have no plans to stop. But taking stock of my goals for this hobby of mine sounds about right – and a part of that is saying goodbye to the Friday Five. Thank you to each of you who ever linked up and I hope you’ll join us this week and next as we say goodbye to the Friday Five. In the spirit of this community – please feel free to link up with whatever topic you choose over the next two weeks.
Now – on to the good stuff! My Chicago Marathon Race Goals!!!
I like to set three goals for big races – A, B and C. My A goal is my perfect day goal. My B goal is an average day – what I’d expect to run. My C goal is not a great day and something may have gone wrong.
- A Goal: 4:10. This is about a 9:30 pace and I think I am trained well to run this pace. I’m really optimistic about the race and about my goal. This is a really scary goal not because I’m not trained for it – I am – but because this would be a 41 minute PR! I am believing I can do this and excited to see what race day brings!
- B Goal: 4:15. This equals out to a 9:44 pace and was my original goal when I began training. I switched to a 4:10 goal because I was consistently running my tempo runs at about a 9:20-9:30 pace and felt like a 9:30 pace goal was in line with my fitness. If I ran a 4:15, I would be thrilled. That would still represent a HUGE PR and I’d be proud of myself.
- C Goal: 4:30. I will be severely disappointed if I run slower than 4:30 – only because I’m trained to run much faster than that and I’ve worked so hard over the past few months. 4:30 would still be a 21 minute PR so if I didn’t have a great day, I’d be able to handle running 4:30.
Spectating the race? The picture above is my outfit for race day so look out for me!
Does everyone set 3 goals before a race? I love doing so!