This is a new challenge. This is a challenge for which I am trying to leave out the numbers, even though some non-marathoner thinks it makes me sound slow. This is a challenge that may need its own goals.
I'm going to chalk it up to the delusions of taper madness, but Nitmos had something ... [gag face] ... constructive to say regarding my second marathon in two weeks. "You shouldn't have the expectations to PR, as piling two marathons on top of each other usually isn't recommended," he wrote. "But, for that reason, you might just surprise yourself. This is a No Lose proposition in my opinion."
It seems Nitmos is suggesting that I set my race goals in the "I Like Shiny Things" mold. (I'm withholding -- and getting off on it -- the results of the F.M.S. Race Goal Calculator.) However, I do have some competitive spirit. There is no way I can go into a race without expectations.
I have never run two marathons in one year, let alone in two weeks. I know I should say my goal is just to finish. But come on! Did you really expect that?
I set four goals this year:
- Break 50 minutes for 10-K (Result: +0:49)
- Break 1 hour, 50 minutes for a half marathon (Result: -0:51)
- Break 4 hours for a marathon (Result: +30:44)
- Break 1,000 miles for the year (Result: incomplete; 752 miles currently, 17.6 miles behind schedule)
Despite the results of those races, each one was a PR.
I've set new PRs at every distance I've raced this year. Except for the mararthon, a mark I missed by four minutes.
This summer, I took my marathon training up a notch to run at a sub-four pace (9:10 per mile). That marathon is in me, but I recognize that my short recovery may compromise my chances of acheiving that goal.
Towpath Marathon Goals:
- Find a race strategy that works for me
- Break 4 hours (whoops, so much for leaving out the numbers)
- PR (I know I can run four minutes faster than Akron on flatter course)
- Enjoy another run in the park
- Leggo my ego
- Run the best race possible
- Be satisfied with the results no matter the number