Ever since I signed up for the WDW Marathon for the second time, I had a goal to just beat last year's time. It shouldn't be hard, seeing as I ran the entire race injured last year. But, I finished the race and that's all that matters.
I have to admit that I did have fun during the marathon and I DID say that I was "One and Done", but I felt like I owed it to myself to give it another try and hopefully run it at the best of my ability. So yes, my only reason in running it again is to better my time. I know it should be all about fun, but at this point I just want to see what I am capable of. I know from experience that anything can happen on race day, so it may be foolish of me to even set any goals.
But there is where the problem lays. After more time than I care to admit, I've been calculating, and looking at past race paces, and looking at my current training run pace to develop a plan. I not only wanted to finish the marathon in a better time than I did last year, but I actually have a goal time in mind. According to my plan and the average pace per mile I would have to run, it seemed doable. I would definitely be cutting it close and might not make my time if I had to make a restroom break or stop at a med tent, or any other possibility that an unpredictable race day could throw at me. I am four months out from race day and already my plan was making me nervous and I was putting undue pressure on myself.
I had a pretty good 6.2 mile training run on Saturday and hit all my miles under the pace I needed to be at to hit my marathon goal. I was actually pleased with myself UNTIL I put that pace into the McMillian race pace calculator. Boy did I feel defeated! Apparently I have more faith in myself than McMillian does. According to their pace calculator I will miss my time goal by 18 minutes. Okay, so maybe this was the reality check I needed. This doesn't stop me from trying my best but now I guess I should know to not be disappointed if I don't make my first goal. -M
Have you ever WAY exceeded a running goal that you made for yourself?
How accurate have you found those pace calculators to be?
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