It’s the night before my third marathon.
After a brief scare with not being able to find my name amongst the registrants in the online search I successfully picked up everything I needed for the race tomorrow and am about to set my alarm for early tomorrow morning.
Before I discuss my race goals I want to give a brief review of the expo.
I knew going in that I would compare this expo to San Francisco, my only other experience with a race this large. Spoiler alert: San Francisco wins.
I knew things were looking good when I located my number on the board. 12016. For a numbers nerd like me whose favorite number is 12 and loves multiples of 4 it’s perfect.
My biggest complaint? There was no flow, not obvious traffic pattern. That made it difficult to maneuver through the aisles as well as easy to miss booths. I almost missed the booth for picking up the parking passes. That’s pretty essential for tomorrow morning.
Even though the expo was crowded, confusing and hot I did walk out with more than I came in. Thanks Mom! I brought my last chomps for the race tomorrow so Mom graciously purchased a box for me. (Since I got a box I got a free gift, gloves and a water bottle.) We also happened upon a stand selling really nice tech ts, 2 for $25. Mom bought two, 1 for each of us. I’m so excited to wear it during training.
Now for the race goals:
I’ve been putting off making this decision (and race plan) until today, not the smartest thing.
Honestly, I’m just thankful to be here and feel as great as I do. Back in July I seriously wondered what would happen. Even as recently as a couple weeks ago I wasn’t sure. (Not because of my back, but because of other nagging things that turned out to be my body crying out for taper.)
As soon as the back issue cropped up I abandoned by ambitious goals of 4:10. Now, I’m not so sure. I’m hesitant to make any decisions even now, hours before the race. Obviously I have to so here are my goals.
1. Run a smart race.
New River was amazing but my body fell almost completely apart around mile 22. I did not run smart on that mountain and paid the price. Thankfully there’s no mountains here in Savannah, the opposite actually. I ran a smart race at iRecycle and I want to do it again.
2. PR with a sub 4:30:xx
That would mean taking off 6 minutes from New River. I’m pretty sure I can do that. I would need a 10:18 pace. I’m actually going to shoot for a solid 10 minute pace and see what happens.
3. Reach for a sub 4:20:xx
A solid 10 minute pace would have me coming in around 4:22:xx. I think I might be able to throw in a few sub 10 minute miles. We’ll see.
So there it is. Less than twelve hours from now I will be on my way to the finish line for marathon #3
(As a side note: I plan to write a post about my thoughts on the NYC marathon soon. It’s impossible to be a runner and not know anything about it or have an opinion.)