I know it’s a little early to be freaking out about the marathon…
…like, maybe about 40 days too early? But I can’t help it.
I’ve had some great runs:
- An awesome 15-miler
- An awesome half-marathon + 4 miles (17-miler)
- An awesome 18-miler
- An amazing 20-miler
I’ve only had one so-so long run, my 14-miler in Philadelphia. Even that wasn’t bad, just not great.
I’m usually the eternal optimist, but I’m so nervous that all of these great runs mean that the marathon will be terrible for me. That, and, despite the heat, Chicago was an amazing first marathon. Am I overtraining? I’ve gotten faster than I ever thought I could. Will some injury come out of the blue and hit me? Am I under training? Am I not pushing myself hard enough and those hills will beat me into submission and I’ll lay crying on the Queensboro Bridge while tens of thousands of runners trample me?
404? Error. (Nerd joke.)
Like Emily, I check these running calculators everyday. The one above is the Jack Daniels Run Bayou calculator my coach told me about. Based on my half-marathon time, it says I can achieve a 4:04 marathon.
The McMillan calculator is the most fun to play with because it lets you input so many distances.
My 5K PR is 23:33…3:49 marathon? Don’t think so.
For my half-marathon PR, McMillan says I can do a 4:09 marathon.
Still don’t think so, but this is slightly more realistic.
Finally, I put my 20-mile time from the other day in: 3:12. A 4:15 marathon at 9:46 pace? Much more reasonable. Saturday’s long run was at a 9:34 pace, so if I keep that pace up, I can probably even beat this 4:15, but I’m still sticking with my original goal: 4:30.
Why not adjust my goal for my improved performance? I still want to enjoy the marathon. 4:30 is now seeming like a completely attainable goal to me, so I still want to shoot for that and then just be incredibly pleasantly surprised with anything faster than that.
If you’ve also got marathon on the brain, some more awesome ways to geek out about all things marathon:
- follow the hashtag for your marathon. For NYC, it seems to be both #ingnycm and #nycm. For Chicago, it’s #cm11. (I followed #cm10 obsessively last year.)
- Find your marathon on DailyMile and follow others’ training
- Find your marathon in the Runner’s World Forums. I’m usually a participator in most online things, but I’m sort of a lurker here. These people are all hard-core. (Like Laurel.)
- I also hear there’s a great NYC Marathon training group on Facebook 😉 (Shameless plug: This is my group :))