Columbus Marathon: Goals

I think it is time to address my training for the marathon. I have been suffering a little bit from some burn out, and it has been quite difficult for me right now. I have approximately 5 weeks to go until the marathon, and since I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed with the runs that I am supposed to be doing, I know that I need something to get me back over the hump to get excited about the race and meeting my goals.
Today I am watching some FloTrack videos in hope of being inspired a little bit, and trying to work on my goals for this upcoming marathon. With some inspiration, hopefully I will be able to get back into my Brooks (FYI - marathon shoe selection is complete!) feeling good about the race, feeling good about training, and ready to tackle this marathon.

In the spirit of preparation, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my goals. The original plan was sub-4 or bust. I have modified these goals a little to reflect the training that I have been doing over the last several weeks to make goals that are a little bit more stretch, but still attainable.

Original A/B/C goals for Columbus:
A: Sub-4 or Bust
B: PR (currently is 4:26:35)
C: finish

I was running my long runs at a much faster pace than needed based on all of the running calculators for a sub-4 finish. In addition, all of my speedwork was feeling effortless. My tempo runs were feeling easy overall. That is not how I wanted to run the marathon. I did not have any race performances to line me up with what I COULD do, with the proper training. My training paces, based off of recent races, based off of recent races, were showing that. So, I fudged it. I ran a 5K time trial on the treadmill. And because it was on the treadmill, I knew what pace I wanted to get, and it was TOUGH, but I did it none-the less. I ran a treadmill 5K in 21:59. Obviously this is not a real PR, I am going for that in November, but it is a good start and something solid to use to plan my race.

With that, I have set some new HUGE goals for Columbus. Including one additional goal (I now have A-D goals). The easiest way to look at it is to shift the 3 above down one notch.

Current Columbus DREAM BIG goals:
A: 3:34:59 (BQ)
B: Sub-4 or Bust
C: PR
D: finish

So there you go. I am all in, going for the glory. A Boston Qualifying time.

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