When I signed up for my first Marathon in October I had these goals of a BQ... NOW I am just praying to Finish!
I am completely psyching myself out! I am aware of it and trying to figure out just what my game plan for this Sunday is. I know what I am capable of, but in the past, my 1/2's end up with me crashing and burning and the races I excel at are 5ks...only because I can go out like a bat out of hell and know I will be done in a mile or 2 when I feel like dying. 1/2's usually find me going out a bit too fast and then by mile 10 or so I am kicking myself for not being conservative and starting out at an easy pace to be able to pick it up at the end. For the Palm Beach 1/2 in December I started out at an 8:20-8:30 pace and finished up a minute slower.
My game plan for Miami is not even close to being finalized. I have run all my long runs the way they should be done...start out slow, finish hard, but I am still unsure of my strength at this point. Mr. McMillian has me clocked out at a 4:02 marathon if all goes as planned...my legs feel like they are flying, the wind is always at my back...and my stomach is settled and therefore I get to blow kisses to the port-o-potties as I whizz by.
I am just beginning to doubt myself and what I am capable of. That 4:02 time has me running a very low 9 min pace. I ran 21miles, 2 weeks ago in 3:25 and it was not a race and I was definitely feeling like crap...awful run. With that said, I believe I could run that last 5 miles at a fairly low 8 min pace if my legs hold up and I feel great. BUT I am a chicken! You heard it from me...I AM A CHICKEN. This marathon is on my mind 24-7 and one second I think that I should just go balls-to-the-wall and shoot for that 9:17 pace and go from there while part of me thinks I should be very conservative and run about a 10 min pace for a while even though I don't ever run a 10 min pace...just so I will feel like doing back flips across the finish line.
I am torn! I know all will be figured out by 6am Sunday, but until then I am going to be going mad with doubt and excitement and nerves....
What was your plan for your 1st Marathon?
Did you stick to it?
I just don't want to be disappointed and I tend to set very high standards and goals for myself...
I am debating staying with the 4 min pace group?
Have you ever run with the pace group?