I need your help. Help me decide what to shoot for at my First Marathon on the 14th of November.
My nephew Jonathon asked me what I was going to shoot for at Chickamauga. He said "I know you have something in the back of your mind." Of course, this is true.
For my entire life, I have been a competitor in sports, so I enjoy setting goals and competing. BUT, running races over 100 yards have never been my cup of tea, so I don't have to set my sights too high when running races, these days.
I've been debating back-and-forth about how to treat this 1st Marathon. The conservative side of me, says; "stick to your training plan and use Chickamauga as a LONG RUN, and don't worry about a pace or time goal." The competitive side of me, says; "You had a decent run last month at the half marathon, go out and go for it, you only do a 1st Marathon once.Who knows what will happen if you don't push yourself"
My tendinitis is doing pretty well, now that I've put some miles in with the new shoes. I feel strong, but I've only done 1 run over 18 miles, and 2 runs over 16 miles. In the back of my mind, I've been telling myself; "meet your 'goal' at Chickamauga, then you can relax and take it easy in Vegas, and enjoy that run."
So, please chime in, and let me know what you think. If you click here RunningAHEAD or the RA link over there on the right of this page, you can view my training logs. Pretty sad, I know, but getting better.
A) 2:03:58 or Faster - Set a World Record
B) 3:20:59 or Faster - Qualify for Boston Marathon
C) 3:41:01 - 8:29/mile - same pace as past 1/2 marathon
D) 4:00:00 - 9:09/mile pace
E) 4:30:00 - a good time for a training run
G) Don't Die (like Philippides)