Well, folks I’m doing it again. I have decided that I am going to run the Richmond marathon for the 3rd time. Richmond was my very first marathon and then I ran it again the following year. I just simply love the race and am happy to be going back.
In thinking about my goals, I have been struggling a bit. This is going to be my 9th marathon and I just ran a marathon six weeks ago. I think I am capable of sub 4 but I also know just how hard it is to do multiple marathons in a short time frame. I am also coming off a weekend of big fun in New York – lots of great food, lots of drinks and not as much rest as I normally get. But also SO FUN and SO INSPIRING. I mean, y’all Shalane did the thing! She won the NYC Marathon – first American woman to win in 40 years. My level of inspiration and pumped up-ness is quite high.
Have I mentioned that Richmond is my favorite marathon? Because it is. However…this week has been stressful. Between work and some personal things, it has been tough. But I’m looking forward to 26.2 miles to destress. Oh who am I kidding? I’m pretty nervous but also excited. So on the to goals.
- A Goal: this is the perfect, everything comes together, day. 3:58.
- B Goal: a normal day. 3:59:59. Yep, still shooting for sub-4.
- C Goal: a bad day, where it is just not happening. PR. My current PR was set in Berlin six weeks ago and is 4:14 in pretty terrible weather (99% humidity). I am confident I can I run better than that provided the weather forecast holds.
Now I will say that if things just don’t work out for me in Richmond, I will not beat myself up. I have been doing mostly easy running since Berlin, with one workout and one longer run (but not further than 10) each week. I have also taken at least one yoga class each week. I feel good but I know I have not gained any fitness over the last six weeks. The turning point I think, will be if I lost much fitness since September. I imagine I have lost a tiny bit, but I have done a decent job with maintenance. I am confident that I am close to running a sub-4 marathon. Whether it happens on Saturday or it happens at a later race, I will be happy with my progress and enjoy another awesome weekend.
Who else is racing this weekend?