|Well, pretty close to done.|
I will break this down into some sections. First, the most obvious:
I will be gunning for a 3:35 finish. This will be a 25 minute PR and will take nearly an hour and a half off my first New York Marathon finishing time. This is my official declaration of my "A Goal." This is lofty. However, I was able to nail 10 Yasso 800s at 3:35 and I am completely comfortable at an 8:15 to 8:10 pace for longer, yet faster runs. My tempo pace is a minute faster and I can keep that up in hilly San Francisco. So I should be able to hit my goal.
I am going to run the first mile at whatever pace I get to over the bridge, the next 3ish at a slower (8:30ish) pace and then pick it up to 8:20 to 8:10 until the half. I will then keep it 8:10ish until mile 20 and let it go to about a 8:00 to 8:05. The last mile is going to be all out.
I am a bit nervous about this goal. It is fast. Cutting 25 minutes off your PR isn't unheard of, especially after the kind of training I have been doing over the past year, but it is pretty extreme. Therefore I am keeping an open mind to my approach.
Also, I am going to listen to what my legs are telling me and if they say no, I will listen. I will be consume at least five Chocolate GUs and a few handfuls of pretzels. I am thinking about carrying my neat new Sports Basement Bottles to avoid the craziness of water stations. (Either of you can give me a sponsorship if you like.)
All of this said, I am going to be happy with anything faster than 3:45.
- A Goal - 3:35
- B Goal - Break 4
- C Goal - Don't Die
Last time I ran the New York Marathon I was terrified, and rightly so. This time I am ready and excited.
I have read a number of books about or using running as a central theme this year. Everyone of them said that when the runner was smiling, he was running efficiently and fast. So I am going to smile more this year instead of making this face, which I did a lot in 2010.
|Pain. And 9 miles to go.|
I recently got to hang-out with my new friends Kara and Shalane at the Nike Women's Marathon. Clearly we are going to hang-out again when they are finished with their 5K "Dash to the Finish" on the Saturday before the marathon. Let me have this one, ok?
Part of the reason why I started running was because in 2009 Meb won the New York City Marathon, the first American to do so in like a million years.
So, I want a picture with Meb. Much in the way it happened with Kara and Shalane, I will need to be in the right place at the right time. It is doubtful and if I miss this goal, I think it will be just fine with it...but a boy can dream. GO MEB!
I am ready.