I’m going a little off topic on today’s theme (scheduling) to bring you my goals for the Chicago Marathon. As you read this on Friday morning, I’m either at the airport or on my flight to Chicago. It feels like I’ve been looking forward to this weekend forever – and that’s because I have! After almost 20 weeks of training, the big day is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! I know I’ve put in the work so I hope that it shows on race day. Here are my five main goals for the race!
I’m going to be more focused for this race. In NYC I was just concerned with finishing. When I saw my family and friends I probably chatted a little too long which reflected in my finish time, LOL. I’m going to really be focusing on starting out easy and chipping away time in the 2nd half of the race. Since I’m running with water, I am hoping to avoid most of the water stations since I have heard they can be a little crowded. I’ll also be following that blue line like a hawk! I do have a little bit of anxiety about the race after the horrific events that happened in Las Vegas earlier this week, but I am going to try to keep my nerves under control.
Goal A: Finish in 5:00 or less
Okay, so based on my “good” long runs, I should be able to do this. Of course this means that all the stars have to align and the weather needs to be cool. Unfortunately the weather isn’t looking that great on race day. Don’t get me wrong, it could DEFINITELY be worse, but it’s not going to be as cool as I had hoped. Regardless, I’m going to try my absolute best on race day!
Goal B: 5:15 Finish Time
This finish time would still give me a huge PR (almost 30 mins) so I would definitely be happy with it.
Goal C: Finish the race with a smile
I think that everyone should have this goal for any race. Finishing a race is always a privilege and we should be super appreciative of this!
Goal D: Fuel properly
I still have issues with this, especially during races. I wait until it’s too late to start fueling my body. I’m going to be very diligent about making sure I fuel my body properly on race day morning, during the race and after the race.
Goal E: Meet up with blogger/Instagram friends
As always, I’m hoping to meet up with blogger/IG friends this weekend. It’s always wonderful when you can meet social media friends in person and then they become “in real life” friends. Between the expo, the WeRunSocial meet up and the race, I’m hoping to meet up with as many people as possible. Oh, and here’s more information on the WeRunSocial meet up on Saturday morning!
Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all of you – yes YOU! Thanks for following me on this journey and showing me overwhelming support during my training. I appreciate each and every one of you!
Have a great weekend!