I’ve been wanting to do a post with my goals for Grandma’s, and I wanted to do it this week because we leave for Minnesota on Tuesday. It’s safe to say that I won’t be posting so much since it will likely be from my phone or iPad. I’m getting so excited for the trip and the race! The plan for this road trip adventure is pretty exciting. We (my husband and I) are leaving on Tuesday and drive to Ohio and spend the night. On Wednesday, we’re going to get up early, hit the road and drive north, all the way up Michigan’s lower peninsula and over the Mackinac Bridge to the upper peninsula. We’ll be camping on Lake Superior that night (kind of wondering how the weather will be for that since I saw some storms in the forecast!) and then plan to check out the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore on Thursday. We’ll head the rest of the way to Duluth on Thursday and spend both Thursday and Friday night at the University of Wisconsin. On Friday, I’ll hit the expo and the pasta dinner and get to bed nice and early for the race on Saturday! I’m so excited. For the race, I have several goals for myself:
- PR (Sub 3:06:57)
I wrote a post awhile back that stated I was training for a 3:05 at Grandma’s. For the last 10 weeks, that’s exactly what I did. I struggled with some of my Tuesday runs when it finally started to warm up here, but I had a good training block for this. I don’t know if I’m in 3:05 shape, but I do know I’m in better shape now than I was for the huge blow up at Lost Dutchman. I’m also in better shape than I was at Boston this year, where I ran a cautious but comfortable race. It’s all going to come down to what I feel like on race morning and what the weather decides to do. I’m cautiously optimistic about the weather but that can change at any moment so I’m trying to be prepared for any possible situation.
- Sub 3:10
If I can’t touch my PR, I want to try to be under that 3:10 mark. It’s been a year since I touched my PR, but I got close in the fall at Chicago with my 3:08:22 so I’d like to be in that range.
- Sub 3:15
I feel as though I’m better trained for this race than I was for Boston, where I ran 3:14. So another reasonable goal to shoot for would be to bring it in under 3:15 if I’m not feeling the first two goals.
- Boston Qualifier
If I’m having a hard time, I’d like to run a Boston Qualifier – my 3:08 at Chicago is my current BQ time for 2016, but it’s another goal to shoot for.
- Sub 3:00
This is last on the list because I honestly don’t feel I did the work to sustain the kind of pace you need for a sub-3 marathon. I would basically need to be having the same day I had last year at the Charlevoix Marathon – all the stars were aligned, and I just gritted my teeth and hammered down for my PR. I had a solid 10 weeks of training for Grandma’s, plus the six weeks of Boston training but I still don’t think it translates into a sub-3 marathon. Besides, that’s like taking 8 minutes off of a PR that I haven’t touched in a year. Going out at a sub-3 pace isn’t smart, and I’m not going to do it. But if I feel awesome – maybe I’ll make a decision at the half marathon point. I haven’t run numbers in a spreadsheet yet (yes, I do that) with paces but the idea is still in my mind. I just don’t think it should be my number one goal…it definitely belongs at the end of the list. But it still belongs on the list 🙂
I also have the goal of starting conservatively regardless of the outcome. I feel better when I start slower, and I know that it takes me about half the race before I’m warmed up, so I need to honor that. Lastly, I want to enjoy the experience and just be happy to check another state off of my list! This is state #28 and marathon #36 (I think? I’m starting to lose count)!
Our trip home includes taking a route through Wisconsin and lots of camping. We are aiming to be home by the Monday after the race. Not a long vacation, but should be a great getaway and I’m really looking forward to it!
Any big races on your schedule for this weekend or next weekend? What are your goals?