So here it is, one week before I will run the Boston Marathon.
I am scared.
I am nervous.
I am excited.
I am more scared than usual, which translates into more nerves, but also even more excited than usual because such a premier marathon.
I have several goals for this race. Unfortunately, I’ve had to revise my goals for this marathon since I’ve been injured for the past 6 months. First it was my glute, then my upper hamstring, and for a while I had some IT band and knee pain. Most of the injuries have diminished, but I still have some upper hamstring twinges and some mid-glute pain while running. I am just hoping these minor things don’t flare up during the 26.2 mile race.
My goals for the 2013 Boston Marathon:
Goal #1: Finish!
Seriously, for a long while I didn’t know if I would be able to run the marathon at all. I’m confident I will be able to run the majority of it, but my first and foremost goal is to finish.
Goal #2: Finish in 4 hours or less.
I don’t think I will need more than 4 hours to finish, but then again there are 26 miles where a lot could go wrong. My average pace would have to be 9:09 minutes/mile to finish is 4 hours.
Goal #3: Finish in 3:45 or less
I honestly would be quite pleased with a finish in 3:45 or less taking into consideration my training (or lack there of). My slowest marathon was run in 3:44, so it would be nice to keep that as my slowest time. I really think I can do this. My average pace would have to be 8:35 minutes/mile or faster. I was able to maintain a pace of 8:30 during my 20-miler a couple weeks ago, so I would hope that I could do the same on dry pavement and warmer weather!
Goal #4: Finish around 3:30.
I would be ecstatic if I finished right around 3:30. I really don’t think it will happen, but I will do my best to try and achieve this goal. Average pace – 8:00 minutes/mile.
I’ve dreamed about running the Boston Marathon for many years, and I am incredibly excited to actually be running. I rarely finish a race with anything left in the tank, so if I give everything I’ve got in this race, I will know I did my best—whatever the time may be.
Anyone else out there running Boston? If so, what are your goals?