I feel like I have written this post several times. In fact, this will be the 6th time I have had the goal of chasing down a sub-3:30. It hurts writing that, but in hindsight, I had a chance only 3 times to honestly reach that goal: RnRAZ 2014, PHX 2015, Santa Rosa 2015. In the other 2 attempts I was fooling myself that I could achieve it on a hilly course on pure desire to make it happen.
California International Marathon, a.k.a. CIM
Sunday, December 6
What makes this time any different?
At the end of August, I ran the Santa Rosa Marathon after working with a strength and running coach. My middle distance runs and track work were extremely strong, but my long runs were disastrous. And just like on my training runs, I fell apart once I hit the 16-18 mark.
This time around I paid special attention to making sure that my long runs were more focused and my middle-distance and speed work got stronger. Over the last 8 weeks, my runs have been much more consistent across the board.
Mindset Going In?
Before Santa Rosa, I was concerned with how my legs would hold up with the distance. That was in the back of my mind and whether it was a fact or I made my fears a reality, I fell apart. Right now, I couldn’t be more confident in making this dream come true. I feel good. I feel ready to go. I feel like I am physically and mentally in the best place I have ever been in my running history.
Consistency. It seems so simple, but that is what will make me successful on race day. I know that I can’t start out too fast, and can’t start out too slow. I’ll position myself with the 3:30 pace group and stay with them. I won’t make any decisions on going faster (a good choice to have, right?) until 21-22. Even if I feel great, it will all come down to the final 10k.
I know anything can happen on race day and it’s unfair that 8-weeks of training comes down to a single day, but I know that I have put in the work and that I have put myself in the best position to make it happen.
- This will be my 3rd time running CIM.
- It holds my current marathon PR: 3:37 (2013)
- I also PR’d there in 2009 (4:40)
- We have a holiday party that night, so I better run fast, right?!?
I’m always up for advice/mantras/well wishes, but please save the criticism for afterwards (I promise I’ll listen to it then).