The first of my two marathons is coming up this weekend and I’m excited. I chose Wineglass because it looks like a beautiful course and it’s in an area I have never experienced before. I’ve never been to the Finger Lakes region of New York and thought the race would be a good reason to go. Okay, I’ll be honest – the word “wine” in the title attracted me a bit. I mean, hey, I figured a marathon with “wine” in the title couldn’t be that bad, right? After reading about a million (give or take) race recaps, I signed up. At the time, I wasn’t sure I’d run Marine Corps so I also thought the net decline in elevation might make for a potential PR course. After much hemming and hawing, I’ve finally come up for some goals for the race.
Setting marathon goals is a tricky thing. I always want to make sure that I don’t lose sight of what is important (the fact that I’m able to run a marathon) when chasing goals. And given that I decided that Wineglass would be a training run and my fall goal race is Marine Corps, I wanted to set goals that reflected that. So here are my Wineglass Marathon Goals:
- 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. 4:40-4:45 (this is a 10:40ish pace and while I know I can run this pace, this would be a significant PR and I’m trying to run comfortably but not go crazy).
- B Goal: This is an average day. Nothing is perfect but nothing is awful. 4:45-4:59. I really want a sub five marathon this year and I’d love for it to happen at Wineglass so I can not have that in my head when I toe the line for Marine Corps.
- C Goal: This is a bad day. Things have gone wrong and it just is not my day. PR. My PR is 5:06 and honestly, I’m really ready for a marathon PR that is more in line with my actual fitness.
Of course, part of the lure of the marathon is that you never know what the day will give you and a lot of things can happen over 26.2 miles. I’ve had a strong training cycle and I’m really hopeful for a great day. The weather might be awesome or it might be rainy all day – I’m not worried about that because I can’t control the weather. I’m just working on managing my nerves over the next few days and positive visualization. At this point, the hay is in the barn as they say and all I can do is run my best race on Sunday. Ack – I got nervous just writing this post! Race nerves truly never go away.
You can check in on social media – I’ll post how it goes Sunday afternoon. I hope to be finishing about 1pm on Sunday. Wish me luck!
Anyone else running Wineglass? If you see me out there, say hi!