Thank you so much for all of your awesome comments on Sunday’s race. You have all been so supportive and just knowing there are so many people out there rooting for me means a lot.
I recovered remarkably well and had to consciously force myself to slow myself down during yesterday’s 6-miler over lunch. My legs feel great, I didn’t end up with any blisters or chafing and my only gripe is one tender toenail. It feels fine in my running shoes, but is not happy in my work shoes. Sock feet at the office today!
Speaking of shoes, I ended up wearing my old ones on Sunday. There were a few minor annoyances with the new pair (though I am now convinced they are fine) and I didn’t want to take a chance for 18.6 miles. My last pair carried me through the Disney Marathon, a half marathon PR and finally the 30K, which was quite possibly the best race of my life. They’ve now been shelved and I’m hoping this new pair will bring many good things.
I went into this race hoping to use it as a guide to determine a realistic marathon goal. My “A” goal was 4-hour marathon pace of 5:40/KM or 9:09/mi and I finished with an average of 5:25/KM or 8:43/mi feeling great with a significant negative split on a challenging course and without tapering. So what does this mean?
A sub-4:00 marathon is well within reach.
Since 4:00 has seemed like such a pipe dream goal for the last two years, I’m having some trouble wrapping my mind around it. The above stats and conditions would in fact dictate that I could possibly finish quite a bit faster than 4:00 (on a good day), but with a current PR of 4:26:02, I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew.
That being said, I have underestimated my ability for both of my last two races… but a marathon is not to be taken lightly.
Sorry if this post is a bit discombobulated – there are so many thoughts swirling around in my mind!
With four long runs remaining, it’s a bit early to start thinking about my race plan and official goal(s), but I would appreciate any ideas and feedback from those of you who have been following my progress.
Thanks for reading my ramblings!