This year has been my best marathon training cycle ever. I have run more mileage and more healthily than ever before. I feel ready to catch my goals.
- THE goal: sub-4:00:00
- My what-is-he-smoking goal: BQ
- Magic feet goal: 3:50:00
- WTF day goal: PR
I figure, if you run marathons you always have to hope that somehow you'll just stumble into a BQ. My qualifying time is 3:10:00, a 7:13 mile pace. I'd have to shave 20 seconds off my 5-K PR pace to manage that.
When I first decided to run marathons, 3:50:00 was the time I plucked out of thin air as my goal time. Three solid failures led me to put that goal on the backburner. Now, I'm starting to believe I can get there soon. Maybe Saturday? I won't botch my plan to find out.
It may seem presumptuous to believe that at worst I will PR. But that's how I confident I feel.
Race day weather forecast: High of 70 degrees with a 40 percent chance of thunder storms and a moderate UV index. Sun rise at 7:18 a.m.