Y’all we are almost at race day and I’m so excited! I’ve had an unusual week and right now am writing this from the airport in Denver. I’ve been here just for two days and it’s been cold and snowing. When I say cold, I’m talking one degree. Yeah. So there was no running outside during this trip. I’m running on the AlterG again tomorrow and then will shake the legs out Friday. And then, it’s race day!
I have spent a lot of time thinking about the marathon but not a ton of time thinking about my marathon goals. I’ve finally figured out what I think is reasonable to shoot for — so here are my Richmond Marathon race goals:
- A Goal – this is if everything is perfect and all goes as planned. Given that the weather is right now forecasted to be a bit chilly, this is the goal for if everything else comes together on race day. 4:30-4:45. This time is totally doable given my long runs during this training cycle. It won’t be easy but if I push it, I can do this.
- B Goal – this is next best thing if I can’t run in 4:45 or less. 4:46-4:59.
- C Goal – this is if I have a bad day and not many things go right. A PR. (faster than 5:27).
I’m really optimistic and know that I’ve put in the work and the training to run well. It probably won’t be perfect but I’m already proud of the work I’ve put in and excited to head back to Richmond, where my marathon journey first started a year ago. I’m excited to have people I know running (K, my friend Meghan, Christine, etc.) and I’m excited that I already know this course. I remember it pretty well and am ready to Run Richmond! If you’d like to track me, my bib# is 5202 and you can find the runner tracking info here.
Who else will be running Richmond??