Those are the hourly temp differences in my hometown and Corning, NY (Wineglass Marathon.) Just wanted to discuss my feelings/thoughts about Sunday's race. I was talking to TP (Training Partner) last night and he made mention of me becoming a Sub 3 Marathoner (yep, capitalized here). I told him I wasn't really sure if I felt *ready* to go for it. What's interesting is that he knew exactly what I was talking about, without me even having to explain myself.
Physically, I think I am near Sub 3 shape, and can achieve that if everything (and I mean everything) goes perfectly. As runners, we all know those races are few and far between. The other part of me knows that I can get a bit lower- 3:02 and that would be pretty in line w/ my current fitness. So... what is a girl to do? Play it a bit like Seattle (conservative) or just go?
I'm looking at perfect temps and an awesome course Sunday. My legs feel great, but I am battling a slight cold with cough. Also, there should be some others with Sub 3 in mind, allowing me to have pacers, if needed.
I asked TP what he thought I should do and he first said go for it. After he thought a few minutes, he retracted that statement and said that I should only go for it if I can handle the disappointment of NOT making it. He said I should go for it, but also prepare mentally for worst case scenario. This seems kind of Debbie Downer for someone to say to a friend, but really it was the perfect and right thing for someone to tell me. It's no secret that my self-esteem has been beat to heck and back, and that my psyche is often fragile. His advice to me was to take it as a race, and only a race. Often, I tie all my self-worth into things that are undeserving, like running. Not meeting your time goal or bonking out in a marathon does not make one a loser. Pressing on and finishing anyway makes you a trooper, a fighter.
So, the plan? Go out at 6:52 and hold on for as long as possible :) I might hit The Wall and limp in, or... you never know...
Oh yeah, here are my possible outfits for Sunday. Run strong, friends!