Time to release that inner beast, something I have not been good at in the past. Put one way, "it's morphin time!" (not that cheeziness will help, but one can try)
But noooo, my last marathon PR (4:19) was in 2009 when I ran the Pasadena Marathon with "The Ukrainian" and then pretty much replicated that effort on my own at the Las Vegas Marathon at the end of that year. Since then, I came somewhat close in San Antonio last year, but given that I run about three marathons a year, these aren't good stats.
This is the first time in a while where I've actually followed a training program closely, particularly one that told me what pace to do! I think overall, I only missed a few days of training, just on the short mid-week runs when I was feeling tired or life got in the way.
I've seen bloggers post their specific race goals, which is something I fear because I hate having to come back and talk about my shortcomings. This is not news, but I am not a fast runner... or a very consistent one. Will I be thinking about my goals during my race, or get caught up in the moment (lonnnnng moment) as usual?
A) Finish the race, ideally injury-free
B) Come in under 4:40
C) Come in under 4:30
D) Beat my PR, 4:19
E) Come in under 4:15
Realistically, I am not sure I can top 4:15, given how my other 9 marathons have gone so far. Mental weakness, calf cramps, inclement weather, etc. have been obstacles to me in the past, even when I felt that my base speed was faster. Yep, you read that right -- I have been feeling slower over the years, even if taking whatever speedwork into account..... at 26 years old. I gotta do some defying here!
To be continued.... see you on the other side.