Well, I'm on my way to Alaska!! YAY!!! It's been 18 weeks of training and preparing all leading up to this trip, this moment. Actually, it's been longer than 18 weeks. I signed up for another season of Team in Training back in September to be a participant for the LA Marathon once again. But, alas I sprained my knee in November on a stationary spin bike and had to drop that season. I was sad not to do LA, I wanted to come back to the race and really conquer it. When I dropped I wound up switching over to the Alaska Mayor's Marathon with the Team. So, basically I feel like I've been waiting for this marathon FOREVER!!
Now, I'm just two days away from my race and SO ready to rock it!!! I feel like I had a good, strong training cycle for this race. I would have liked to get in a few more hill training sessions and some more speed work, but I know I'm ready. I really feel like I have a good chance to PR. I have a couple of goals for this race and here they are.
A Goal: Sub 5:30.
I ran 6:19 (so sloooow) at the LA Marathon in 2010, and 5:57 (with a sprained ankle, which happened at mile 22) at the Nike Women's Marathon last October (still slow, but a lot better and with an injury). My 20 mile training run a couple of weeks ago was 4:08, so I think getting under 5:30 is possible. I would be happy even with 5:29:59. I think if I'm having a good day and feeling strong this is realistic.
B goal: 5:45
I will be happy with this time as well, still a good PR. If my day isn't great but still good I should be able to easily hit 5:45.
C goal: Anything faster than 5:57
It would still be a PR, and I would be happy with that. I would rather the PR be more than a minute or two, but I will be okay with a PR even if it's only by a bit.
D goal: Have fun!!!
No matter what my time is I plan on enjoying myself. I want to have as much fun as possible!
All of these goals are completely in my control and I am going to go for it. I am as ready as I am going to be. I have my nutrition and hydration down and I am ready to rock this race. I will be proud no matter what my time is, maybe a little disappointed if I somehow get a personal worst, but I think that is unlikely.