MCM Time Goals + Your MCM Recaps!

Last week before NYCM, I wrote a post about my marathon time goals. Let’s do that again, eh?


Let me start out by saying that I don’t understand at all when people have bad races and then say they were thinking they let people down. I’m not sure anyone’s ever thought “Wow, I’m really disappointed in her for not meeting her time goal.” Should I not meet these goals, I’m only letting myself down.

But I’m prepared to have a great race.

Let’s do this backwards. Last year, I had 4 time goals, as it was my second marathon, and I knew I’d gotten faster but I wasn’t positive what my body could do. This year, let’s do some time goals and some non-time goals.

Time Goals

C Goal: PR from last year’s 4:19:56 at NYCM. That was a 9:55 pace, and I’ve been training around a 9:30 pace. As long as I have a decent race, I’m pretty sure I got this one.

B Goal: 4:09. This is a 9:30 pace, so I’m fairly confident in this one, too.

A Goal: Sub-4. (Or bust.) This has been my goal the entire training cycle, and I’m not positive how realistic it is right now, but I’m still going to try.

Non-Time Goals

Negative split. I’m usually terrified of not having enough left, so I start off a little slower and then pick it up. I know some people are afraid of “not having enough left in the tank,” but I’m afraid of starting off too fast and then flaming out.

Finish strong. I’d love to finish feeling as awesome as I felt at NYCM last year, but I will crawl over that finish line if I have to.


I tweeted and asked for your MCM recaps, and you delivered! Below find some recaps I plan on reading and re-reading today and tomorrow. If you have one, please link to it in the comments, and I will update this post with your links.

Lauren from Health on the Run (who, holy shit, crushed this race at 3:18:09)

Spectating recaps from Jess Runs, who’s also running it this year. 2010, 2011. If you’re spectating, these might help you.

A recap from Gwennie Pie from 2008

LET’S DO THIS. If you’re doing MCM, what’s your goal? Any sub-4-or-bust advice?

18 comments on “MCM Time Goals + Your MCM Recaps!

  1. Kathy_QN

    Good luck! I have/had similar time goals and training as yours for MCM, but then I got injured and I’m not running it this year. I can’t wait to hear how your race goes – you’re going to have a blast!

  2. Dori

    I’m really excited for you and I think you’ll do awesome. You’ve gotten so much faster and there is nothing in the world as exciting as race day adrenaline, so I think this will be a great race for you.

  3. Isabelle

    I definitely think you have a sub 4 in you. I ran my first marathon in March- took my 4:41, but partly due to the heat (reached 80s) and the hills. I just did my second marathon last month (Hamptons Marathon) and ran it in 4:11- exactly 30 min faster. And my long runs were around 9:45 to 10 min mile pace. Your long runs seem a lot faster, so I think sub 4 is totally doable. But either way you are bound to PR so just have fun! Good luck:)!

  4. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run

    Whoop! MCM weekend is here! 🙂

    Sub-4 advice? Just give yourself that goal and nothing else! Go out safely with the 4:10 group (or whatever close pace-group there is) and then see how you feel / allow for negative splits. Let the day distract you for the first half, knowing there are only a few rolling hills (read: the bridge) in the second half.

    See ya out there!

  5. Ericka @ The Sweet Life

    I’m with ya. My really intense goal that I’ve announced publicly only here is sub 3:50 but…that’s only if every star in the sky aligns. Sub-4 comin’ atcha. I am thinking of pacing with the 3:55 pace group…especially cause I do not have a watch to keep an eye on my pace.

  6. Gwen

    I was just checking in to see if you were on your way to DC yet, and hey, I got a mention! Thanks for the shout-out! Have a GREAT race! Your goals sound amazing and I can’t wait to follow you Sunday! You got this!

  7. Samantha

    Okay, can we seriously run together this year? Again, our goals are pretty similar! Even if I don’t see you at the race, GOOD LUCK! I know you’re going to crush it again this year!

  8. Kristina

    Ah, I am excited but now reconsidering my outfit based on these weather predictions…ahhhh… Still excited! The anxiety has stopped thanks to yoga last night and I am now looking forward to a good Espom salt soak tonight… I heard it does miraculous things pre-race. Good luck!

  9. cindylu

    I eked out a sub-4 in LA earlier this year. My previous PR was a few minutes slower than yours. Negative splitting and starting out slow were absolutely key. My speedy friend recommended I look into Greg Maclin’s pace bands. The pace bands are and pacing charts at specialized for the course (there’s one for MCM) and your goals, e.g., negative splitting. It was the best $5 bucks I ever spent. Seriously.

    I also think I got a big boost from caffeinated gels and some old fashioned “oh shoot! I think I can make this!” adrenaline.

    Good luck!

  10. Leanne

    Go Theodora! We are all pulling for you. You will be amazing. You have worked so hard to get to this point and somehow managed to deal with everything else life throws at us. You will be a rock star. Please tell yourself that at somepoint during the race. We are so proud of you and you have prepared well for this race. I cannot wait to read your recap! Go Theodora!! Love always, your family

  11. Cathryn @ My Heart's Content

    Go for the sub four!

    I just ran a half marathon where I bust a gut to go sub two. And on the day, my mantra was ‘Be brave, be strong. This is what you came here for’. And I somehow ran 1.55.

    You’ve trained so hard for it…that’s why you’re going! This is the day all your hard work comes to fruition.This is the day!!

    Go run…so excited for you.


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