I can NOT wait.
In just over two weeks, Josh and I will be on our way to New York. I am excited for the trip. I am excited for the time away with Josh. I am excited to see my parents, my brother and other family. I am excited to see friends. And I am EXCITED to run the NYC Marathon!!!
Last year I was home from church with a sick Noah, and the NYC Marathon was on TV. I watched it and was so emotional... I even cried watching the start. I texted my Dad and Pam and told them that I really wanted to run it some day. At that point I hadn't even run my first marathon. I wasn't 100% sure I even COULD run a marathon. But I knew I wanted to run the NYC Marathon... more than any other.
At first I struggled to come up with a plan for this race. I raced two marathons in September. I qualified for Boston. I got a sub 3:30 PR. I thought maybe I would just run NYC for fun...no pressure, no goals... just go run.
But then I started thinking...
I have trained HARD leading up to, and since Top of Utah.
I have no aches, pains, or injuries.
I am in the best shape I have ever been in.
I am primed for a PR.
I enjoy racing.
I am running my dream race.
So why not go for it?
People have pointed out to me that NYC is not a fast or easy course with the crowds or the hills. But I have a good wave and corral, I am used to running hills, and I've never been one to back down from a challenge.
And I am used to living and training at over 6000ft elevation and will be racing at sea level, so that has to give me some benefit, right? :)
At first I was worried about being overly optimistic about my abilities or about shooting for a goal that I won't be able to reach. My parents are going to be there. Josh is going to get to see me race and finish (and he has only gotten to be at two of my marathons). My brother is coming! I will have friends there cheering me on. I want to do well. I worried about disappointing anyone (including myself).
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that my family and friends are going to love me and be proud of me whether I finish in 2 hours or 7 hours. And the only way I won't be disappointed in myself is if I go out and run my best, and give it my all. I don't want to look back and wish I had been braver or tried harder.
I don't just want to RUN the NYC marathon. I want to RACE the NYC Marathon. I want to go for it. I am going to go for it.
So what's the plan?
Right now, my A goal is to run a 3:1x:xx. That means shaving off just over 8 minutes from my PR in September. Based on my training times, I think it's doable. It will require me running my guts out and everything coming together just right, but I know it's possible and I am going to go for it. If I don't feel well or there is a freak heat wave or it just isn't my day for one reason or another, then I will readjust my goals and get sub 3:20 another day soon. I hope to at least leave NYC with a shiny new marathon PR (better than 3:28).
No matter what I am going to enjoy this race, soak in the amazing experience, give it my all, and do my best on the streets of NYC.
I have studied (and studied and studied) the course. I used the awesome Greg Maclin calculator to come up with a race plan and a pace band that take into account the hills on the course and the way I want to run this race. I have a plan! I am going to take this taper seriously (which I did not really do for Pocatello or Top of Utah). And I am going to believe in myself. I am going to trust in my training, have faith, and BELIEVE that I am going to run a kick butt race in NYC.
A sub 3:20 marathon PR would be amazing for me. It's a goal, a dream and a challenge. I have had two people that I love and admire tell me to "go and get it". So I am going for it. :)
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