I can’t believe that I will running the streets of New York City this weekend with 50,000 ish of my closest friends! Earlier this year when I entered the lottery I had no idea that I would get in and be thinking about goals for this race. To say I’m over the moon excited is an understatement!
Also, I have been watching Ethan’s aka Ginger Runner’s 2014 and 2015 NYC Marathon videos multiple times in preparation. #allthefeels
I’ve loved the city of New York since I was a teenager and I know this will be an experience to cherish forever. Since the Chicago Marathon was my goal race for the year and I managed to pull an 18 minute PR I had to really search for my race goals.
On one hand I want to just focus on enjoying the experience and have fun, but on the other hand I want to really push myself to the limit and see what my body can do. I figure I’ve put in so much work this year it would be a shame to not test it out.
Even though Chicago was a big PR for me I still want to challenge myself because miles 18-25 of that race were not what I expected and I’m capable of more.
Here are my A, B and C goals. Goal A is when the stars align and my legs are so fresh. This is my perfect day. Goal B is the most realistic. Goal C is about making the best of a bad day and picking up the pieces.
Goal A: 5:30-5:35
This would be a PR for me and should be doable based on my training, but you never know what will happen during a race. I’m not going to get my hopes up, but I will know around miles 18-20 if this is even possible.
Goal B: 5:35-5:48
This reflects the course and the logistics a little bit better – the inclines on the course, the late start and the long day in general. I also really don’t know what to expect or how my body will react to all of this because it’s so different from a typical race day.
Goal C: Smile
If it all goes bad and I’m on the struggle street…I’m not going to worry about portajohn lines, taking a minute to stop and stretch if I need to, snapping a picture or two or anything else. I’m just going to worry about finishing injury free with a big smile on my face.
Above all the goals and the race, I’m most excited about the entire experience in the city so nice they named it twice 🙂
Today I’m linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. Be sure to swing by her website. #bloglove
How do you choose your race goals?
Do you adjust your expectations based on previous experiences and the course?