The Marine Corps Marathon is HERE. It’s officially race week. I have been thinking about this race ever since I spectated it last year (read my spectators tips here) and been preparing for it since I ran the Marine Corps 1775K this past spring (here’s that race recap). Since it’s race week, it’s time to share my goals. You may recall that I just ran a marathon a few weeks ago. You may also recall that I PRed that marathon and then PRed the ten mile distance a week later at the Army Ten Miler. I’ll be honest (because that’s how I roll), I’m a bit nervous that I may have used up all my PRs (I also PRed the 10k distance a few weeks ago…). But that’s ridiculous, right? Right. So, with that being said, read on to learn all about my Marine Corps Marathon race goals!
So, I’ve been pretty public that I have a defined time goal for MCM. However, since I like to set three goals, I’ve had a hard time coming up with my other goals. I know that one can’t just “use up” their PRs but I have to say, I’m sincerely, sincerely hoping I have just one more in me for 2015. With that said, here are my goals for race day:
- A Goal: This is the perfect day. The stars have aligned and I run the race of my life. The weather is perfect, and everything is just on point. 4:30. This would be the perfect day and I just might burst into tears if this happens.
- B Goal: This is an average day. Nothing is perfect but nothing is awful. A new PR. I ran 4:51:18 at Wineglass and I was pretty much a disaster in the final five miles. If I can avoid completely falling apart in the final miles, I think I might be able to pull off a PR. I’m hoping having my husband, Julie, Mar and some other buds in those final miles will help me from succumbing to the “dark miles.”
- C Goal: This is a bad day. Things have gone wrong and it just is not my day. Sub 5. I know I’m capable of this and I hope that even if it’s a really bad day for me, I can pull this out.
I’m gonna be honest. I’m really nervous about this race. I feel like it was a good idea to run the Army Ten Miler because it kept me running after the marathon and kept me motivated. It also gave me a chance to run the 14th street bridge in a race. That bridge comes at about mile 20 during the marathon (it’s what is being referenced when people say “beat the bridge” – because you have to reach the bridge by 1pm or you get rerouted to the finish) and it’s long and sunny and it sucks. So I’m happy I know what to expect as far as the bridge. I’m planning on starting the race with the group of gals I trained with this summer and our goal is to stick together as long as we can. I’m hoping we can get each other at least to mile 20 but I’m realistic. It’s a crowded race and I know I may very well find myself alone early on. I’m okay with that but still hoping to run the majority of the race with my friends. The great thing about the race is there will be many friends running and many friends cheering (including tons of my Oiselle teammates) and I know that’ll really pump me up. My outfit will probably be super similar to what I wore at Wineglass but I’ll probably wear black shorts instead of pink. Please say hi if you see me on the course. Y’all know I love meeting folks! 🙂
Who else will I see out there???