This time around I'm hoping that there is a fast marathon in them.
The race this Sunday is shaping up to be everything I've ever hoped for in a marathon. Great training cycle, fast course, cold weather (currently low of 32!, high of 54).
As I explained before, I used the exact same training plan for CIM that I used for SFM. The CIM plan was a little truncated because SJ Half training cut into the first few weeks of the plan. I know I haven't been breaking down a week by week report this time around, so I'll do a little comparison to explain my goals for this race:
San Francisco Marathon long runs:
18 miles @ 11:09 pace
20 miles @ 10:55
16 miles @ 10:44
20 miles @ 10:50
16 miles @ 11:16
20 miles @ 10:38
CIM long runs:
17 mile @ 10:18
20 miles @ 10:04
16 miles @ 9:55
22 miles @ 10:15
SFM tempo runs:
7 miles with 5 mi @ 9:44
8 miles with 6 mi @ 9:41
9 miles with 7 mi @ 9:46
10 miles with 8 mi @ 9:27
10 miles with 7 mi @ 9:29
7 miles with 5 mi @ 9:22
6 miles with 4 mi @ 9:27
CIM tempo runs:
9 miles with 7 mi @ 9:07
10 miles with 8 mi @ 8:59
10 miles with 7 mi @ 8:58
7 miles with 5 mi @ 8:50
6 miles with 4 mi @ 8:49
This trend continues with all the easy runs, too. For example:
SFM last 3 miler before race: 10:45 pace
CIM last 3 miler before race: 9:55 pace
That said, here are my goals for the race:
Goal 1: PR. 4:27:21
Goal 2: Sub 10:00 pace (4:21:33) <-- my number one goal for this race
Goal 3: 4:16:11 (one hour off my first ever marathon), 9:46 pace
Goal 4: 4:15:00 -- has a nice round feeling to it :), 9:43 pace
Point of interest: I will regret posting this, but according to my training plan, I should be going for a 9:26 pace race which is a 4:07:47! With the exception of two 1600 repeat workouts I have actually run faster for pretty much every run than what my plan specified. So you'd think it would be possible, but I'm pretty much ruling out the possibility of this happening.
This marathon really snuck up on me. I enjoyed the training so much and never started to resent the high mileage weeks. Because of that, it actually doesn't feel like I worked hard for this marathon. But looking back, I really did. I know I am capable of PR'ing this weekend. What I don't know is if everything will fall into place for me this weekend. It may or may not and there may be little I can actually do to control some of that. But I'm excited for this race and I am excited to give it my best effort.
There are LOTS of other blogger/twitter runners doing CIM this weekend. Good luck, everyone!