I am all buzzed up on coffee and kombucha, perfect time to write a blog post!
After a summer of training up in the mountains at 6700 feet in Heber, and in the heat of Phoenix, I am almost ready to race! In 9 days, I will be running the US Marathon Championships at the Twin Cities Marathon. I absolutely love racing in Minnesota! You can track me here and watch live video feed of the Championships here on USATF TV.
I feel like my cycle has gone really well. In all honesty, I have had a few hiccups. Days where the heat and humidity have been high my workouts didn’t quite turn out as I would have liked, which is to be expected, but hard to deal with nonetheless. However, all in all, I have had a really solid marathon cycle. I have had more energy this time around while still running 100-120 miles per week. My body has felt great, no hip pain or overwhelming fatigue like I had experienced this spring while getting ready for Riga. I am ready to get the job done.
My friend Sun wrote a blog post the other day about goal sharing and why we sometimes are nervous to share goals for fear of failure. Read it here. I have definitely been that girl who is less than confident about sharing race goals so I thought it would be a good kick in the pants to share mine this time.
I have an A,B,and a C goal for this race, they are:
A. Run under 2:35. My training dictates it- my log is full of workouts that I have executed really well. I am ready. I have worked so hard on the physical and mental preparation. After *ahem* 2+ years, I am finally going to a race at what I feel is my optimum race weight. It has been hard giving up ice cream, desserts, and beer, but no worries, I will work hard to gain it back the week after the race during downtime. It will be difficult, but someone’s gotta do it. 😉
B. Place in the top 10- If the weather is horrendous or if I am having a horrible day, I will hang tough and race for place.
C. Run a PR (under 2:37:27)
It feels good to put that out there.
I am pretty excited to have Matt, and also my friends and training partners Alanna, Brett, and Ricardo there. Coach John will also be there so I will have a great support system on the course! I am really excited.
Thanks to Brooks Running, Sole Sports, Osmo Nutrition, Garden of Life, and Sonoran Distance Project for all of your support these past few months. Also big thanks to the In-Laws- Jack and Sharon Hilborn who let us live in their cabin for the summer so I could train. I appreciate it so much and know it will pay off! Ready to make you all proud!