Thanks for all the advice on my last post, particularly to Andrew who gave me the literary bitchslap I needed in reminding me to HDFU. I am still planning on running the full marathon, and I’m planning on beating Haile Gebrselassie’s world record time of 2:03:59, that was his first half split right?
When I originally signed up for the PF Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon I had wanted to run a 4 hour marathon or more specifically a 3:59:59 marathon. I believe that a sub 4 hour time might have been possible had I not been injured and wimped out on some of my training runs, but I find myself coming to grips with the fact that I probably won’t achieve that goal. That’s OK. I’ve always said that in order to achieve all of your lifelong goals sometimes you have to lower your expectations, but that’s just the over-achiever in me coming out. (The under-achiever in me is totally OK with failing to meet goals entirely, at least the over-achiever tries to make it look like I accomplished my goals.)
With that in mind I’m going to establish several levels of goals for this marathon, and hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish one of them. Here they are, ranked from most likely to occur to least likely to occur:
- Start the marathon.
- Finish the marathon.
- Finish the marathon in an upright position.
- Finish the marathon with a time under 4 hours 30 minutes.
- Finish the marathon with a time under 4 hours 15 minutes.
- Finish the marathon with a smile on my face.
- Finish the marathon with a time under 4 hours.
- Qualify for Boston - requires a time of 3:10:59 (my computer audibly chuckled when I wrote that).
- Set a new marathon world record - requires a time of 2:03:58 or better.
- Take it easy and enjoy myself.
I think I have a realistic shot at the first 4, maybe even number 5 if I’m having a really good day. If I accomplish number 7, then number 6 will just naturally follow suit, but I doubt that either of those will happen. Numbers 8 through 10 are just there for humor because none of them are going to happen.
Have a great weekend everyone! Stay tuned next week for the announcement of the Shave Your 5K winners.
Update: Oh yeah, and Happy New Year and all that jazz.