Three days until the Twin Cities Marathon!
Eek! I’m excited but nervous as well. I am looking forward to the experience, but I want to do well, of course—I always do.
The biggest thing I’m worried about is my right hip that’s been bothering me for two weeks now. I have been very diligent about foam rolling, stretching, ice, and taking ibuprofen, but the pain is still there when I run. The pain is tolerable, but I’m worried it will be exasperated during the marathon.
Other than that, my training for this marathon went really well. I surpassed mileage goals I had only dreamed about and took my training to a whole new level running my first 80-mile week, then a 90-mile week the very next week. Of course I couldn’t stop there. I ended up running 100 miles in a week and finally topped out at 105 miles in 7 days.
It is crazy to now think 10 miles is no big deal and running twice a day is just what I do.
As with any race, I have some goals set for myself—I am just too competitive.
My top goal would be to run 3:15 this Sunday. That’s a pretty lofty goal with an average pace of 7:26. Seeing the average pace at my last marathon was 7:52, I’d really have to have a picture-perfect race.
I think a more reasonable goal would be to run 3:20-ish. A 3:20 finishing time would be an average pace of 7:37.
My third and final goal is to run a PR, which would be anything faster than 3:26:34.
Of course, I don’t know what will happen. Maybe my hip will give me problems and then I’ll have to walk a lot, but I’m going to do my best to stay positive and have fun along the way.
Craig and I have been loving our time in Minnesota. We have been busy visiting family and friends, taking in all the fall colors and fall weather, and helping out my parents during their harvest.
Saturday night we went and saw Josh Turner in concert.
We have also made sure to visit our favorite stores that we don’t have in Alaska.
It has been so much fun here, and I’m going to be sad to leave, so I am going to soak it all up while I am here.