Saturday, May 16, 2009

Some thoughts on my marathon goals...

First of all... THANK YOU! I really appreciate the supportive comments on my last post. I am happy that anyone read such a whiny thing. Your words of encouragement really mean a lot. I would never have been able to objectively think about my marathon goals the way I was feeling the other day.

I am stealing an idea from a blog I read. However, for the life of me, I can't remember whose blog it was. *blush* If it was you, please let me know in the comments so I can give you plenty of credit. I have been mentally categorizing my goals. I am ready to...gulp...share them with the world. I am not sure if this will motivate me more or just make me more disappointed if I don't achieve them. Stating my goals here worked for Carlsbad and La Jolla, so I am going to give it a shot. Here goes:

Finisher's Medal-- A PR (4:30-4:53). I ran the Rock-n-Roll Marathon last year in 4:54:23. It was close to a half an hour slower than my goal of 4:30.* I ran it a full minute per mile slower than any of my training runs. No matter what, I need to finish faster than last year. Anything slower will feel almost like a DNF.**
Bronze-- 4:15-4:29 This would represent right around the ten-minute-mile pace. I wouldn't be super thrilled, but it is a huge improvement over last year.
Silver--4:00-4:14 This is not my goal, but I will be happy if this is my time. In fact, when I started this training cycle, this was my goal. It wasn't until I started having faster and faster workouts that I started believing that I can do a sub-four. This goal is probably the likeliest scenario. This time represents my pace on the vast majority of my long runs. I would make it my initial goal, but there is something in me that wants to strive for the gold. In my corporate life, this result would be equivalent to hitting bonus targets-- always a good thing. Anything better than your target puts you into "stretch" bonus. Obviously, we always wanted to hit stretch, but were very happy to hit our target goals.
Gold-- 3:51-3:59 Finishing under four hours would be AWESOME. Just thinking about it makes me giddy. Icing on the cake would be if I saw a three on the finish line clock. But even if my gun time is over four, a chip time under four would make me ecstatic. The ultimate would be if I could finish in 3:54:23, taking an hour off last year's time. Can you imagine a one hour PR??? Ah... to dream. I know that I am able to achieve a sub-four marathon. HOWEVER, it has to be one of those days when everything clicks.
Platinum (pie in the sky)-- 3:50:59 (BQ). This is one of those things that I can't really even hope for. It would be a very, very unlikely thing to happen. In fact, I don't think it is possible to achieve such a strong finish without setting out to do so. I won't let myself go out fast enough to average the right pace. However, it is fun to think that if the stars aligned, I could have some serious negative splits. Heck, I was over seven minutes faster than my goal at Carlsbad, who knows what could happen. Yeah right. I felt that my list of possible scenarios wouldn't be complete without listing the ultimate goal. Maybe next marathon??

* Ultimately, my goal was to finish and that was what I told everyone. However, deep down I had hopes of running it in 4:30.
**I know that a five hour marathon is a perfectly good time. I should be happy to finish at all. I just know myself and I know that I will be devastated to run slower than last year, after these past few months of training.


Irene said...

I hope, someday, to be back up to speed. I, too, would love a BQ, but I'm perfectly happy with just being able to run, especially after being injured. Who knows? Some day it could happen for the both of us.

chris said...

I think BQ will be in your future someday soon, Lisa. I have seen your posted runs. You kick serious butt!

AKA Alice said...

Damn can do it...all of it.

I think, if these past few weeks are any indication, you'll have the weather going for you. Last year got HOT! If the marine layer sticks around (I hear it never left today) you'll have a great day of running.

I will soooooo be there along the way to cheer you on.

RunToFinish said...

hey so you are running San Diego too, that's great!! I can't wait for this race just knowing all the folks who are running

Irish Cream said...

I think those are some great goals, Lisa! I think depending on how you feel that day, any one of them is possible! You have been smokin' lately, and I am sure you are going to rock this thing!

And I totally agree! I think we would make awesome running partners if we lived closer! Too bad . . . hmm, maybe I should look into moving west! I AM getting a little sick of NYC! ;)

Mama said...

Those are some awesome goals! Can't wait to hear all about you achieving them!

MCM Mama

Marathonman101108 said...

Goals look good to are going to do GREAT in the marathon. Your times and training have been phenomenal. By the way, thanks to you I have other bloggers busting on me about "girls only." I commented on it in my latest posting... said...

My secret goal for San Antonio was 4:30, but when I got sick it knocked me back to 4:51.

My goal for Phoenix was also 4:30... well, I think the DNF felt worse than a 5 or 6 hour race would have!

Good luck, you've got awesome goals and they're smart ones too. You are an amazing runner and truly inspire me. I hope to run as strong as you do someday!

Tara said...

all my thoughts and energy will be with you that morning. you deserve it all and i can't wait to read all about it.

i am super amazed and inspired by you - thank you.

GO DO IT LISA - you are more than ready - you are prepared and ready to kick ass!!!

tgorourke said...

Lisa, for you, and your speed, I think the platinum is possible. And it's also similar to the gold, you can do it, just believe in yourself. I'm hoping for you there's a marine layer that morning that doesn't burn off!

aron said...

awesome goals!!!!

there is a big blogger/twitter meet up on saturday at the expo i think! if you are interested email me or leave me a comment and i will pass along info as soon as i know :)

tgorourke said...

Lisa, I am very proud of you for what you did today. I was tracking you this morning before and after I went to the gym, and the blasted website seemed to go down after I saw your 21 miler. I was like "come on, how did she do? how did she do?" Your time was quite impressive. The training definitely paid off.


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