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Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon Goals

You all are probably so sick of hearing me talk about the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and guess what?!?! In 6 days I’ll hopefully be able to call myself a marathoner and we won’t have to talk running and training on the blog for awhile. Deal?

Over the past 4 months I’ve dedicated 100% of my effort towards training for this race. I’ve skipped happy hours, birthday parties, dinners out, my favorite fitness classes, lazy Sunday mornings and so much more. Here’s hoping it all pays off and I have a great race haha!

Can you tell I’ve missed booze…what I’d do for a huge glass of merlot right now while I watch Game Of Thrones mmmmmmm!

Anyway, I’m SO EXCITED to run this race! I’ve gone from extreme anxiety, to having nightmares to finally being excited to push myself farther than I’ve ever ran in this race.

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LOVING short taper runs!

So let’s talk goals!

If you don’t have a goal going into a race it’s going to be pretty darn hard to stay focused and motivated. I hadn’t really thought about a specific goal I had for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon other than finishing it until I got dinner with Kellen from A Cup Of Kellen last week.

She ran her first marathon last year and is just a wealth of knowledge when it comes to running and mentally preparing for a race.

A huge thing I took away from our conversation was her advice on creating multiple plans for the race (just in case stuff does go wrong). You know… a plan A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H if you’re psycho like me.

My plans directly reflect my goals for this race:

Plan A: My main goal for this race is to finish but I’d really love to finish it in 4:30:00 or less without walking. That’s about 10:00/ mile which should be very doable.  

Plan B: If I hit the wall mid race I’m going to completely forget about my time and just focus on running smart. If that means taking some breaks to walk or stopping to stretch so be it. In the end I’ll still be able to call myself a marathoner. 

Plan C: Finish with a smile on my face. Even if everything goes wrong and I have to walk, crawl or drag myself across that finish line I’m going to stay positive and enjoy every moment of the race. 

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So there we have it!

My goals are set, my training is complete and all that’s left is packing and getting up to Seattle safely on Friday.

Wish me luck!

[Tweet “My goals for running my first full marathon #runchat”]

 

Your Turn,

Do you have any advice for running your first full marathon?

Do you create multiple plans going into a big race or really any big in your life?

Would you ever consider running a full marathon?

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things June 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Okay I love reading about your marathon training! So don’t stop writing about it even after you’re done:) You are going to do so awesome and I’m super jealous you’ll be in Seattle because I’m in love with that city! I like to create multiple goals too because I hate the thought of being disappointed if I miss one goal. Good luck this weekend!!

    • Reply Diana Becker June 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the training posts! Thank you so much <3

  • Reply Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie June 13, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Whoop! Whoop! You are so close and you have worked so hard for this — I can’t wait to see how you do!

    • Reply Diana Becker June 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thank you so much for all your support <3

  • Reply Kellen McAvoy June 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Yay! I’m so excited for you and so proud of everything you’ve achieved already! A marathon is so much more than one day so you should be extremely proud of everything you have done leading up to this point. I can’t wait to hear about the race on Sunday!! Good luck!

    • Reply Diana Becker June 14, 2016 at 8:41 am

      THANK YOU!!! You have no idea how much I appreciate all your support and encouragement <3

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy June 14, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Good luck Diana! I’ve enjoyed reading about your training as well 🙂 You are so prepared and motivated, you will do great! Try to relax this week and can’t wait to hear how your race goes!

    • Reply Diana Becker June 15, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Aw thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I’m trying to relax but ahhhhhhhhh those race nerves are really setting in.

  • Reply Sarah Dambacher June 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Yaaaay!! I’m so excited for you and could’nt be more proud! You’re gunna Rock n Roll it ; ) Wow Bryce joke <3 <3

  • Reply Sarah Dambacher June 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Yaay! I am beyond excited for you!! You’re gunna Rock n Roll it! 😉 Wow Bryce joke <3 <3

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