Thursday, September 1, 2016

Three Things Thursday: August Miles, Marathon Goals

1.  I ran 140.9 miles in the month of August.  Other than a few niggles here and there it all felt pretty good. I am 10 days away from my second marathon and am getting excited and nervous! I know at this point I can do it, I mean I have already done 21.4 miles.  I can do this.

2. Goal setting. I haven't wrote down any goals so this is as good of a time as any to do that.

  • A Goal: 3:48  This would be at about a 8:42 pace.  This is reasonable I think given the mostly downhill nature of the course.  There are some uphill miles from miles 6-12, but the rest of the map shows downhill or flat from there. I do know from having run the half marathon before that I will encounter two smallish hills near the end somewhere. 
  • B Goal: Just beat my previous marathon time of 3:56:55.  This is about a 9:02 pace and close to what most of my long runs were at, so I think I could do this. 
  • C Goal:  Just finish and have fun doing it!  I know some days races don't go as planned, so this is my back up plan.
A little blurry but you get the idea

3. Now I need to figure out if I am going to carry my own hydration or get it all from aid stations.  I have been using Tailwind for my long runs, so I think I will carry some and get some from aid stations. My shoes, socks, and tank are decided just not my bottoms.  I know from past experiences running here that I will feel the elevation a little bit, but not too bad.

How was your August?
Do you set goals for races or just run them?


  1. You're going to do great!!

    I sometimes have a goal for a race, it really depends on how training goes. I always have the goal to finish!

  2. I have learned to set a couple of goals for my marathons. But my A goal is to have fun. I mean, what is the point of all that hard work if you can't be rewarded by a good time, right?

  3. I think you'll have a great race. Good luck!


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