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NYC Marathon 2012 – Goals

Posted Oct 31 2012 1:54pm

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy NYRR has released this statement :

The Marathon has always been a special day for New Yorkers as a symbol of the vitality and resiliency of this City. NYRR continues to move ahead with its planning and preparation.

I don’t know where I stand.  The devastation is horrifying and I would hate for those who are working hard to recover to feel that the marathon is insensitive.  On the other hand, the marathon is and has always been a time for New Yorkers to rally together.  The city stops year after year to celebrate runners and cheer them on.  Strangers share smiles and laughter, funny signs and encouragement with 45,000 runners.  There is a big piece of me that thinks we need that teamwork right now.

From last year … but true year after year.

Personally and admittedly very selfishly, I want to run.  I have lots of training in the bank and as I’ve mentioned before I’m itching to run … Also.  Marathon Day is my birthday and you know what … I want a party :)

So lets talk about goals.  Here is the whole truth  My A. B and C goals for this marathon.

Starting with my A Goal.  Or as the Lululemon team loves to call it, my BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal)

A. Qualify for Boston by running 3:35 or better

  • I need to run at 8:10/mile pace or better to safely qualify.
  • This is what I have trained for.  This is what I have set all of my speed work to.
  • I want this achievement.  I know I have years to qualify … but patience isn’t my strong suit
  • It feels realistic, but hard.
  • My only concern is my starting position.  I have a late corral (boo NYRR. You placed me incorrectly and wont fix it …) and I feel like the minutes/seconds that I may lose in the start will make or break my time.
  • I know that I will have to push myself through some tough miles but I look forward to that.

Embrace the Hurt …

B. Run 3:40 or better

  • I will need to run 8:24/mile or better to make this goal
  • Given the pace of my long runs and the race day excitement I feel like this one is attainable.
  • This goal gives me wiggle room to not stress about my starting position
  • This is the only time in life that I wish I were turning older on my birthday.  3 years to be exact. At age 35 the Boston qualifying time is 3:40 rather than 3:35

 C. PR by running faster than 3:48

{My current marathon PR is 3:48 in last years NYCM ( recap here ) }

  • I will need to run 8:40/mile or better
  • Barring any major issues I think that this one is very attainable.
  • A PR is a PR … and I will be proud of myself no matter what amount I PR by.

As you can see, all of my goals are time related.  I’m being honest with myself by saying that this marathon is about time for me.  That said, I know I will have a blast.  I know that NYC will turn out one heck of a 5 borough party and I’m not at all worried about missing out on the fun by focusing on time.  I look so forward to seeing my friends and family out there, I Can. Not. Wait. to hear the G’s yell “Mama!” and I know that I will tear up at the encouragement that strangers will give me as I run.

That is the spectacular thing about the NYC Marathon … there is no way you are going to miss the fun.

Most importantly I know that I will cross the finish line on Sunday with an immense amount of pride.  Pride for my city for being tough, pride for my fellow New Yorkers for being resilient, pride for my family for encouraging me every single day and pride for myself for pushing beyond my comfort zone … 

Take Pride NYC.

How about the rest of you NYCM runners.  Yay marathon on Sunday, or think they should postpone?  How is your motivation and enthusiasm?

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