Wow! I can’t believe it is less than one week till I run my second marathon! There are a ton of emotions flying through me right now. First is, why did I sign up to do another one of these? I struggled a lot mentally during the Philadelphia Marathon last November due to seeing all the runners that were a head of me because of the turn around point. But I am glad that the Marine Corps Marathon doesn’t seem to have that throughout the last part of the race so I am glad that mental barrier that was such a huge factor for me last time not be there.
Second thought is, will my knee hold up? After my meniscus surgery last May my surgeon told me that he was really worried about my arthritis but was still going to allow me to run how ever long I could handle it. I just hope my knee holds up and it isn’t something that hinders me throughout the race.
Third, I have been thinking about my goals for this marathon. Honestly, I haven’t really had any. I would love to PR from my 4:45 last year but it is a different course and even though my training this time around has been a lot more consistent I am not sure if that will happen. I just feel my knee has slowed me down a bit and my times throughout my training haven’t been where they were this time last year. But I am going to do the best I can and be super excited if I surprise myself. I am going ot make sure I listen to my body and take in all the sights Washington D.C has to offer as well as the fabulous atmosphere I have heard so much about.
But then it brings me to this thought….
I wanted to make sure I ran one more marathon. As much as I thought I was going to be a one and done marathoner and still to half marathons I just felt that I needed to get ONE MORE out of my system. Therefore, I wanted to make sure I stuck to my training schedule and enjoyed the process.
So, here are my goals for the Marine Corps Marathon:
2) Rely on God throughout the race for my strength and praise him through my running!
3) I got this! (My training has prepared me, I can finish and stay positive)
4) PR from 4:45 last November
5) Enjoy the sites and atmosphere of the race.
I know those goals aren’t anything big in the mid of some people or other runners. But due to my recovery I am not sure what to expect out of this race and I really just want to take it all in. I want to enjoy the race and know that I got it!
At the end of the day, if I reach my goals great! If I don’t I tried and you know what? I ran a marathon and did the best I could, that is all that matters!
Like the above picture says, I want to know that at the end of the race I did my best and I KILLED IT!