Marathon week

The big week has arrived: marathon week!

My first race of the 2014 season, the GO! St. Louis Marathon, takes place this Sunday, April 6, in St. Louis, MO.

Counting only “official” marathon training miles, I have logged over 300 miles thus far, with March being the highest volume month of my running career. I have trained tirelessly for this race, and I can’t wait to test my endurance again with 26.2 through the streets, parks, and hills of St. Louis. Holy Hill, I’m looking at you.

This will be a very “light” week for me as far as mileage goes. I will take a couple days off, and, on the days I do run, I will keep it short and easy.

I once read an article which recommended runners should set multiple goals for themselves going into a race. This is especially true in the case of the marathon, as many variables can play a factor on race day.

At this point in my training, I have a fairly good idea what to expect on Sunday. I feel completely satisfied with the training I’ve put into this race. It is, by far, the greatest effort I have ever put forth into training for a marathon. No longer am not concerned about completing 26.2. Rather, now it’s more about crossing the finish line in my desired time.

As I set out to make goals for Sunday’s race—what will be my third full marathon—I’m keeping this multiple goal setting policy in mind. For this race, I have come up with several goals. The idea is that, no matter what happens, I will finish the race satisfied by what I’ve accomplished.

Ultimate goal
Finish in under 3:15:00 (7:26/mi. pace)

Fallback goal
Finish in under 3:20:00

2nd fallback goal
Achieve a marathon PR (better than 3:26:45)

No matter what happens, I know I will enjoy the scenery of St. Louis, and have a cold Budweiser in hand at the finish.

See you in a few short days, St. Louis.