T-Minus 4 days until my marathon! eek!
It makes me nervous thinking about the marathon! I definitely feel more nervous going into this marathon than my first one because I know what to expect!
I really had no idea what to expect for my first marathon. Okay, so I had an idea: I knew that it would be a long ways to run and I knew what the traditional race environment atmosphere would entail: long lines at the bathroom, a crowded start, aid stations throughout, etc, but I did not expect the intense pain that would happen or the incredible feeling I will have once I crossed the finish line!
Now that I know what to expect, I am nervous and anxious but still excited for this race!
I am a very goal-oriented person and wanted to share my goals for Mayor’s Marathon with you!
First, here is a summary of my results from my first marathon – Grandma’s Marathon that I ran June 2010:
- First and foremost, my goal is to qualify for Boston by running 3:40 or faster.
(Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily mean that I will actually get into Boston.)
- If everything goes well, I would love to get 3:35—and 3:30 would leave me ecstatic!
- I am also really hoping not to walk at all during this marathon.
(I had to walk quite a bit during my first marathon. I hit the wall at about mile 19, and as you can see above, it took me over an hour to complete the last 6 miles!)
- Fuel more!! This is huge and why I think I hit the wall at mile 19!!
- Not to get mulled by a bear!
I did a naked run this morning!
No, not that kind of “naked!” This kind of naked: no watch!
Distance: 4 miles
Time: ?? – no watch
I ran a route I knew was 4 miles, so I didn’t have to worry about my time! It was refreshing and relaxing. Everyone needs to do this every once in a while!
I can’t believe how difficult my runs have been lately though. I’m hoping it is just psychological and that this week of rest will be what I need to get some kick back in my legs before Saturday!
Time to watch The Bachelorette!!
What do you do the week of a race that you think is critical for you to perform well?
Any Bachelorette fans out there?? What are your thoughts on this season?