As per usual in times of taper, my mind has been bouncing all over the place trying to maintain my everyday life but also ensure everything is ready for Sunday’s race.
- There are items which are well in hand; accommodations, travel, tentative schedule, phone number’s of the people I’m staying with,
- Others that are continually being obsessed over; pouring over googlemaps to get a general familiarity with the race area, memorizing the course map and elevation profile, checking the weather
- And those yet to be started; packing gear, charging batteries, trimming toenails (VERY IMPORTANT), planning meals, loading songs onto my mp3 player (playlist post coming tomorrow), making a race plan…errr….wait…what?
Yes, I still haven’t decided how to run this race. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m scared of failing but I haven’t completely decided what pace to maintain, what or where to eat on the move, whether I should use Gatorade periodically or just stick to water, etc.etc.etc. So, excuse me while a work some of this out right now.
My marathon PB is 3:53:xx which I’d love to beat, but to set this as my A level goal seems a bit underwhelming. I think I need to push myself a little harder despite the risk to my fragile ego. With that in mind, here are my tentative goals for Sunday’s race:
A – 3:45:00 – Should all the stars align, weather co-operate, my stomach stay intact, and my lower body co-operate…this is doable.
B – Sub 3:53 – I’d love to beat my PB…into the ground
C – Sub 4hrs – This was my A goal last year, with my B being “just finish”, and C being don’t pass out and fall on my face. I managed to hit B last year, but it wasn’t pretty.
D – Finish Looking Good
E – (Stolen from Claire over at WillRunForBeer) Not poop myself, always an important consideration 😉
Uggggg….just writing that list has my stomach turning. I can run 5:20/km for a long time, but can I hold it for 42.2km? At the very least this pace will allow me some space to fade if I need to. If I can hold 5:20/km to 30km, then fade to 5:45/km I can still cruise in around 3:50:xx overall. I could live with that my biggest concern is going out too fast and blowing up like last year, but I guess you have to fight to meet those big goals…hopefully I won’t have to fight just to meet goal E…(shudder)…