This will be the 20th anniversary of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and my third consecutive year participating.
One year later, I returned to the Waterfront to complete my first marathon, something I never imagined I could do. If you missed it, you can read my race report here.
This race beat the crap out of me last year, but I’ve come a long way since then and I’m going back for redemption.
In June 2008 I ran 156 KM / 97 mi
In June 2009 I ran 223 KM / 138 mi
In July 2008 I ran 156 KM / 97 mi
In July 2009 I ran 285 KM / 177 mi
In August 2008 I ran 222 KM / 138 mi
In August 2009 I ran 294 KM / 183 mi
Looking at those numbers, I feel like I have something to prove. But the truth is, there’s a lot more to it than numbers. I feel better equipped – both physically and mentally – to handle this distance.
Let’s talk goals.
C Goal: <4:42
Ultimately, as with any race, it will be an accomplishment just to finish. However, I would be admittedly disappointed if I don’t come out of this with a PR at the very least.
B Goal: <4:15
I’ve done a lot of thinking in recent weeks to determine my “B” Goal, which I also consider my true goal. Achieving this time would involve running at my happy pace, the pace at which I feel most comfortable and relaxed (6:00/KM). I believe it is attainable (although certainly not easy) on a good day and plan to pace myself accordingly.
A Goal: <4:00
I believe this goal is
impossible unrealistic, but I’m still putting it out there.
4 more sleeps!