Longtime readers will note that of the nine marathons I've started, the three for which I was best prepared and fully trained resulted in two DNFs and one Personal Worst. Honestly, I am starting to think training for a marathon is completely overrated.
Here's what I think I can make happen at this year's CIM:
- Don't drown. This is always #1. Even though we're having a super rainy week, Sunday's forecast looks absolutely glorious: 50-ish degrees at the start, maybe some clouds, only a 10% chance of rain and a high of 63 for the day.
- Walk and run. Notice I put the "walk" first. There will be plenty of that.
- Enjoy the day. Last year, I was so focused on my splits and the tangents and fueling (all of which went down in flames!) that I didn't have any fun at all. That was no bueno.
- The previously mentioned Don't suck too much. I feel pretty confident about this one because my bar is set very, very low. Like I think one of my legs would have to fall off. I mean, knock on wood, but my legs feel pretty securely attached.
- Ummmmmm, that's it really. Time goals are irrelevant at this point, though I have a window of about an hour (4 to 5 hours) that I think I can hit. We'll see.