The range of emotions I’ve felt over the past few days? Holy smokes. From getting so nervous I couldn’t sleep at night, to finding perspective and feeling pretty darn nonchalant about it all. I’ve covered the whole spectrum.
I’m at a much better place today. I’m getting really, really excited!! :)
Though the nerves will inevitably come back, I’m feeling confident and so thankful for such a great training cycle. The reality of just how plain COOL this marathon will be is sinking in. Regardless of finishing time, running THE Boston Marathon is such a dream and I’m stoked beyond words to get to run it!
For past marathons, I’ve enjoyed looking back at my goal posts to gauge where I was at, mentally and physically. So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve tossed around some goals and expectations for myself, and here they are:
A-Goal: Sub 3:20. Yes, this terrifies me. No, I’m not sure I can pull it off. But I’ll be damned if I don’t run my legs off to try and chase after it. They say if your goals don’t scare you, you’re not setting them high enough.
B-Goal: Sub 3:30. This would be a stellar PR for me! My marathon PR is 3:31 from my last 26.2: 2011 CIM.
Expectation #1: execute the plan. I’ve talked pace and gameday plan with SamTheMan, and I’m feeling as prepared as I can be. Sam told me to expect to run longer than 26.2 because of all the runners and curves (at least an extra 0.5 mile), so I’ve factored that into race pace. He’s such a great ‘coach’ and I can’t thank him enough for his answers to my silly, endless questions.
Expectation #2: have FUN. Don’t take it all so seriously. Keep perspective. Running is a hobby, and racing is the wonderful reward – the cherry on top – at the end of a training cycle. At the end of the day, I’m a runner for life, and whether I run 3:30 or 5:30, it’s all gravy, baby :)
Life is so good.
Running is a blast.
Boston, I’m comin’ for you!