This is coming to you late because it was a long weekend (thank you, Thanksgiving!) so Tuesday is my Monday this week!
I can’t believe it’s already here. THIS IS IT. My last Marathon Monday before the race. Just five more days until I toe that start line. I can’t say I feel 100% confident. While there have been some ups during this training cycle, there have been a heck of a lot of downs too. I’ve had some amazing runs but I’ve also had some very disappointing ones. I’ve had a lot of cloud nine moments but I’ve also had a lot of doubts and frustrations. I don’t think I’m bringing my best package this weekend but I’m bringing what I can and I’m going to try my hardest. To be honest, I’ve never actually felt ready for any race. There are always things I wish I did different and I always find myself standing at the start line thinking I’m not ready. Sometimes I prove myself wrong, sometimes I don’t.
Last week’s training went like this:
Tuesday: 7 miles with 8 x 100m strides
Thursday: 6.2 miles with 8 x 100m strides + 45 mins yoga
Saturday: 4 miles easy
Sunday: 2.5 miles easy
Total: 19.7 miles
I was supposed to do my long run on Sunday but I changed my mind once I started and decided to a little shake out instead. I did my long run yesterday though – 10 miles and my last double digit run until race day! I also got my cousin and her friend to finally run with me on Saturday. They’re both running their first half marathon this weekend so it was fun to chat with them and talk race day plans/strategies/nerves/food/shoes (-> currently loving my Nike Lunar Glide 7s from Sport Chek).
I thought I’d share my goals for this weekend. Marathons are so unpredictable so I always like to set three different goals in hopes of achieving at least one.
A goal: Qualify for Boston. Although my qualifying time is 3:35, I think the slowest I’d be able to run in order to actually GO to Boston is a 3:32. This would mean maintaining an 8:05 average pace. Seems nearly impossible to run that over 26.2 miles but hey, dream big.
B goal: Set a new PR. I kind of have two goals within my B goal. My first goal is to make it into the 3:30’s, even if it means a 3:39:59 which would mean running at an 8:23 average pace. My second goal is to run anything faster than my current PR (3:46) and an 8:37 average pace would get me a 3:45:59.
C goal: Run happy. Marathons are hard. Really, really hard. If the time goals for some reason don’t pan out, I want to do my best to keep a smile on my face and remember to be thankful that I can even run, that I can fight through pain, that I’m physically strong, mentally tough, and that I don’t give up. Oh, and that there are warm clothes and food waiting for me at the finish line…because it looks like it’s going to be a cold one!
Here’s to a restful week full of carbs, sleep and positive thoughts!