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.
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.
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!
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?