Thursday, August 29, 2013
37 More Days and 3 Goals in Mind
Well, it's about 5 weeks until the USA Marathon Championships, and I am getting more and more excited about it. I know training is going smooth, and I feel confident with each passing week that this race will be one of my best performances. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but I feel that things are going to go the way I foresee them. At this point, I am not 100% sure who will be on the starting line. I have a few guesses towards who will be there, but the full list hasn't been posted yet. The prize structure is excellent, the course can be a bit challenging, and the competition will be excellent. With all these factors in mind; I have set 3 separate goals that I would like to accomplish.
Run a PR
Qualify for the Olympic Trials
Top 10 finish
First off, my number one priority is to run a PR. By running a person record, I would accomplish 2 goals, and quite possibly all 3 goals. You just never know who'll be in the race, and a 2:17 or 2:16 could be 11th place... Either way, I would be extremely happy if I ran a marathon faster than I've ever gone before. So with that said, yes, I want to PR and I feel that I am in PR shape.
The second goal would be great to accomplish if things went south during the race, and would alleviate a lot of pressure when picking other races to get ready for. If nothing else, this is a huge priority and something I should be able to do.
The third goal should happen if I am as fit as I think I am. I really want to compete and race well, and by finishing in the top 10 would accomplish that.
When it is all said and done, I am going to approach this race just as it is - a Race! The only times I've done well are when I race the marathon against those that are in the field. Every time I calculate the race and pace myself, it doesn't end too well. I am not going to kill myself and race from the lead thinking I can win it, but I am going to assess the runners and my own fitness, and see how well I do against those that show up to the Twin Cities. Now I just need to figure out which Brooks shoes to race in...