3 Goals, Marathon Edition

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.

Happy running.

2 Responses to “3 Goals, Marathon Edition”


  1. 1 amyreinink November 18, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Such smart goals! The tricky thing about the marathon is that you kind of have to pick a time to shoot for — as opposed to a 5K or 10K, in which you can just kind of run how you feel. I predict you’ll shatter your A goal, but it’s also great to know that if the wheels fall off, you can still jog it in at a 10:30-minute pace (I’m living proof!).

  2. 2 Yasmin November 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Omg, I’m so excited for you. I’m running my first marathon in March, and I’m going through similar emotions about my goals too. I’ll be thinking about you on Sunday!


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