Two weeks out

My fifth marathon, which is Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN, is just two weeks from today. My goal is to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Now in my taper, I’m starting to feel the nerves. Confidence in my training plan keeps going from high and low. I tell myself, “That’s normal. Everyone doubts their training plan as the big race approaches.”

All of my training runs, with the exception of my weekly long runs, have been at BQ pace (7:03/mi) or faster. Still, I don’t know if I will be able to maintain that pace for 26.2 miles.

Running my goal pace would mean an improvement of about 10 minutes over my best marathon time. That was 14 months ago. I know I have become a smarter and stronger runner in that amount of time, but not knowing how race day will go still leaves me feeling anxious.

Not running a BQ time, however, would not be completely devastating. If I happen to not achieve that goal at Grandma’s, surely (fingers crossed) by October, when I run Chicago, I would be able to get my BQ.