I’ve been wondering for a long time now whether I should have specific goals that I would share for my first marathon. I wondered if it wouldn’t be better to keep them to myself since, really, a lot can happen in 26.2 miles–and I’ve never run that far before. (Plus, I happen to believe that simply FINISHING is a big deal, regardless of time.) But ultimately, I’m telling you my goals for the same reason I shared them before the Fargo Half where I tried to PR–because I want to be held accountable. If I’m hanging on by a thread those last few miles, I want to know that someone knows what I’m shooting for.
So, my three goals:
A Goal: 4:09:59 or better. McMillan’s calculator says I should be able to run around a 4:06. I’m pretty sure breaking 4 hours isn’t realistic this time around, but if I’ve got anything left at the end, I’m going to try to get as close as I can. (Also, my running buddy Jeff finished his first in 4:10, and a little competition never hurt anyone, right?! He’s great though and has told me a hundred times he hopes I beat his time.)
B Goal: 4:30 or better. This was the time I picked out of the sky when my marathon registration asked me for a predicted finish time. I’d like to think that unless something awful happens, I can still hold on to a 10 minute pace.
C Goal: Just finish. If something does happen that prevents me from meeting my other two goals, I won’t overlook the fact that finishing a marathon is no small feat. More than anything, I just want to cross that line with a smile on my face.
So now you know. Here’s hoping the 546 miles I’ve logged since the day I registered will help me get to that finish line in less than 4 hours and 10 minutes.