I then wanted to run SFM as a practice run/time trail for an undetermined fall race.
I wanted to get a sub-4 at that fall race.
Well, I ended up switching from the Big Sur 21-miler to the full marathon just days before the event. And then I sort of accidentally got a sub-4 there. So my goals for the rest of the year had a very pleasant wrench thrown into them, my confidence levels in my running had a tremendous boost, I completely redesigned and had an awesome training cycle post-Big Sur, and I needed to reassess my goals.
I've reassessed. And reassessed. I signed up for my fall race while training for SFM. I wondered if Big Sur was a total fluke. And then I thought about goals some more.
My goals for the San Francisco Marathon!
- "A" goal: Thanks to a vagabond friend who knows nothing about marathoning other than what I've told him, he set my goal time as 3:47. Yes, technically this is someone else's goal for me and not my own, but I really believe I can hit it as long as I hold myself together on the hills. His suggestion has given me something awesome to shoot for this training cycle, and it's been at the back of my mind this whole time. I'm not lying when I say that. I've thought "3:47" at some point during EVERY training run as I glance at my overall pace on my Garmin. I've trained for that pace on all of the hills. I feel ready for it.
- "B" goal: sub-3:55:16, my current marathon PR
- "C" goal: sub-4
- "D" goal: Run until I crash and burn, but know I left it all out there
- "E" goal: Finish and take pride in a sweet new medal
- "F" goal: Die (okay, not really a goal)
Conservative? Some may argue. Realistic? I think so. A push? Definitely. We're still talking a 7-minute PR (from May) on an extremely technical course.
Okay, and then what?!
After SFM, I'm going to focus on the Hood to Coast relay as a part of the Nuun blogger team, and then just three weeks after Hood to Coast I'm running my fall marathon, the NorCal Marathon in San Jose. I'm going to take my SFM results, experience, fueling, everything into consideration when figuring out my NorCal marathon goals. I have some lofty goals in mind for right now (from running so hard to the point of bonking just to see what happens, to shooting for a specific time), but I really do want to use SFM as a gauge for NorCal. So in August I'll start reassessing alllll over again.
Just 12 more days of lighter and easier miles, and then it's go time for SFM! I am SO excited to see what will happen -- for me, and for all my friends who are also running! :)