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I’ve got two running events just over the horizon that I’ve got to get ready for. On August 26th, I’m pacing Pam (I think) over her last 25 miles of the Angeles Crest 100 mile endurance run. Then on September 11th, I’m running (I think) in the McKenzie River Trail Run.
That pacing event is just something Pam and I have been kicking around so I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not. And I’m on the wait list (#11 I think) for the trail run so that too may fall through. But I’ve got to be ready for either, or both, if the chance comes up.
So I’m in the process of making a training plan for them. This is my second week in a row of 25+ miles and I think I’ll slowly ratchet up from there. I’m feeling strong, and fast, and ready to get better. In fact, last night I ran a 10K PR on my treadmill. It totally sucked, but I got through it.
If one, or both, of those events falls through, then I’ll definitely be itching to run a marathon come Decemberish. I’m leaning towards the Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll marathon because a bunch of really awesome fitness bloggers are doing the half and I’d love to meet them in person. But then there’s also CIM which is really close to my inlaws and Pam may be running in that one. I don’t know how it will all pan out, but I’m excited.
So, how fast can I run said marathon? I have no idea. I feel like I trained and raced my first marathon perfectly, but this time I think I need to go for it a bit more. Yesterday, while reading Runners World, there was an article that stated some theoretical criteria for breaking 3:30 in a marathon. Remember, my first marathon was 3:46. The article listed criteria and training suggestions for breaking 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, and 5:00. Of course the only one that pertained to me was the 3:30 list. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can pull that time off based on the list:
So, do I really have no chance at a 3:30 marathon? I don’t know, but every time I’ve set a goal for myself in a race, I’ve smashed it. And I’m such a new runner that I really have no idea how fast I can be or how I’ll react when the going gets really tough. So, if I decide to run that next marathon in December, my goal will be 3:30. I’ll train for 3:30, and pace my race for 3:30, and do my best to finish in 3:30. 16 minutes (almost 17) is tough to knock off of a marathon. But I’m not very experienced so I don’t know what I can talk my body into doing.
Have you ever considered a fitness goal that seemed daunting? Did you let it scare you away from trying or did you tackle it head on?