I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but it’s quite hard to articulate well. So: I’m running without a time goal on April 10th.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while and it’s been really playing on my mind. Do I run with a time goal? Do I push myself to the limit? Do I sit back (figuratively speaking) and enjoy the day?
Every once in a while I catch myself amongst the nerves and exhaustion and get a glimpse of how exciting race day is going to be. So many people have told me to just enjoy my first ever marathon as opposed to stressing over a time goal. Based on my 10K PB, my training plan has a finish time estimate of 3:54 whilst the Runner’s World Pace Calculator has me finishing around 3:43. I don’t know what to make of this!
My injury has been plaguing me consistently, though not severely, throughout the training process. A lot of my “pace” runs have been nowhere near fast enough, but I had a really strong 20-miler a few weeks ago.
So the strategy is this: I’ll start out slow, and evaluate at both 10 and 13 miles. If I’m feeling good at the halfway point, I might start to dream a little. But you only get one shot at your first marathon.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to race without a time goal?
Lots of love,