Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Goals for the Boston Marathon

It is my favorite time of year in Massachusetts!!  Boston Marathon weekend starts in a few days and I am soooo ready for it!

I have been MIA from the blog these past few months.  I somehow thought having my grad school acceptance would mean more time to relax, but this semester has been even crazier.  School, work, training, kids.....So much going on, but I am ready for this weekend.

Training for Boston has been different than last year and than a normal marathon training cycle.  But I still feel pretty strong.  My mileage is WAY down compared to the past.  I only averaged 30 miles a week.  Before I started triathlons, I averaged 55-60 miles a week, so this was a big change.  But my cross training is up there bringing my total work out time to 25%-50% more than a normal marathon training cycle.

Boston's start line before the crowds hit it.

I ran 3-20+ mile runs.  Two of those runs had quite a few marathon pace miles in them and were completed on Heartbreak Hill.  I know the Boston Marathon course.  This could be a bad thing as I know the part that mentally messes with me, but the hills don't scare me.  I don't think I could be more ready for this race.

Goals.  Ahhh!  I have goals for Boston.  I have more than one goal for Monday, and I haven't quite decided what my A goal is.

My PR at Boston is 4:29.  Unless something goes really wrong, I am pretty sure I will PR Boston, so this is Goal #1.

I would love to earn a Boston qualifying time at Boston.  This is a sub-3:35.  I am already qualified for Boston next year, but I think a Boston BQ sounds cool.  So, qualifying for Boston is Goal #2.

Sub-3:30 keeps floating around in my head.  I am afraid of setting my goals too high for Boston, so sub-3:30 is Goal #3.

PR.  Wow, I don't know if I have it in me to PR at Boston, but you can bet I would love to go under 3:24 at Boston.  I was on pace for much faster than 3:24 at Disney when the heat hit and I slowed. I know I had a faster time in me.  Sub 3:24 is Goal #4.

Sub-3:20.  3:20 is just a crazy fast time in my head.  I know I am capable of this time on a great day and on the perfect course.  Do I think Boston is THAT race?  I don't know.  I know the course well enough as well as my body so I know where I will slow down.  I will say this goal out loud, as I would love a sub-3:20, but it is a FAR goal and I won't be at all disappointed if I don't get there.  I know I will get my sub-3:20 in the near future, so I put that goal out there without high expectations.  Goal #5.

So, did I confuse you?  I have lots of goals and have yet to decide the time I am shooting for.  But, I am pretty much OK with that because I will be happy with a well run race even if it doesn't mean meeting all of my goals.  I have a race plan for Boston, and honestly, I have no idea what time my race plan will equate to.  :)  I plan on executing my race plan which is to hit marathon pace for many miles and then to hold on to a conservative pace on the hills and then see where it leaves me at the top.  See, no time, just a plan.  This is a plan that I am really comfortable with and one that I think will leave me with the confidence to get up the hills and hammer the last few miles at whatever pace my legs are ready for.

And there you have it, the infamous goals post.  I am so excited to share with you about my upcoming weekend which includes an invite to the exclusive Runner's World Boston Marathon party.  Marathon weekend, I am ready for you!


Brenna Kate said...

So excited for you and I plan on tracking you! I won't be able to watch much of it because I have to go to work.

Erin Henderson said...

YAY Robin! I so wish I was coming (I registered, and even got into the first wave this year, but my coach wants me to scale back on racing marathons and I couldn't afford to come and run it just for fun. Sad sad sad!) But I will be cheering you on big time!! Hugs my friend and hope you have a WONDERFUL race and weekend!

jobo said...

You will totally PR I bet, just a feeling ;-) even if your mileage hasn't been up, you have gotten SO much stronger this year with all of the other training you have been doing! I am excited to hear how it goes!!

Jess Sutera said...

I think you're going to crush a BUNCH of those goals my friend, you are probably at your strongest, most fit ever, am I right?? SO excited for you!!!

Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

Oooh, I'm so excited for you!! I would love to see you go sub-3:20, but I also realize Boston is a tough course. You sound so ready and so strong! I'll be tracking and cheering for you!

Bill Hurley said...

You will be great Robin as usual. I am sure you will PR and BQ seems right up your alley. Have fun.

elizabeth said...

so glad you are safe-i was so worried yesterday. i know it's probably going to be a while before anyone feels like race recaping the whole thing, but i hope you had a great race in spite of it all. hugs.