I’ve been really open by my A goal for Chicago, and have mentioned it most weeks in my training recaps- I am trying to qualify for Boston, and run a sub 3.35.
That means running an 8.10 pace…for 26.2 miles.
I do not want a repeat of Paris where I missed my A goal by 37 seconds, and was so devastated that I cried hysterically afterwards, and can only think of the race now with bad memories. I ruined the race for myself and for my family that had travelled over to watch it.
So with that in mind, I want to have a number of goals, and hopefully, if I achieve at least 1 of them, I won’t leave thinking that Chicago was a total bust.
A goal. First and foremost I will give my all to achieve a 3.35.
B goal. If it doesn’t go perfectly on the day, I will still be over the moon with a sub 3.40.
C goal. A PR, but really a sub 3.45 I will be thrilled with.
D goal. I’ve said to myself that if it doesn’t look like I’m going to finish with at least a PR, then I’ll wait at the side and run with my step-dad to finish his first marathon side by side.
I won’t be able to control everything that happens on the day, but I can control how I react to them. Whether it’s pushing with everything I have until the very end (like I did in Paris) or accepting that it’s not my race but that I could make someone else’s race easier/more fun and doing that instead. I do not want to ruin the Chicago marathon for myself.
But in the meantime, I will do everything possible to achieve that A goal on the 11th October.