Originally my NYC Marathon goals were pretty strong and based on my 9 weeks of training I thought they were sound. Then, the stuff hit the fan and my NYC Marathon Training went way off course so my original goals had to be really adjusted.
Setting Multiple Goals –
I am a big believer in always setting an A, B, and C goal for a race, because you never know how your body will perform on any given day and it is always important to have something to fall back on, or something to shoot for.
The B goal is the base goal – it is what you should be able to do.
The C goal is the fall back – because sometimes junk happens.
The A goal is the push goal – this is when you are having that great day and you can go for it.
* I highly suggest going into each of your races with 3 goals, just like this, instead of just one.
My NYC Marathon Goals –
C Goal = finish sub 5 hours – finish sub 7 hours = walking a 16 min/mile pace
B Goal = finish around 4:45 (new marathon PR) – finish sub 6:30 = walking a 14:52 min/mile pace
A Goal = finish in the 4:30s – finish sub 6 hours = walking/jogging small sections at a 13:43 min/mile pace
From my practice 13 and 15 mile walks I think I should be able to hit my B goal pace; however, the addition of hills and bridges could make me slow way down (it is perfectly flat here) which is why I have a C goal. Or, the crowd and just being in NYC for the marathon could totally energize me and I could end up doing fabulous, which is why I have an A goal.
I am excited for what I hope will be the most amazing walking tour of NYC ever, also known as my NYC marathon. I am also hoping and praying that my body cooperates and I have a good day that day (no bad auto-immune issues).
Stay tuned to see which goal I reach.
Let me know –
Have you ever walked a race?
Did you get tempted a jog part of it?