My goals rarely change for a full marathon. They’re pretty standard this fourth time around:
My “A” Goal: Qualify for Boston with a 3:45 or less.
B Goal: PR. My previous personal best is 3:52:42 from the 2013 Long Beach International Marathon (recap).
C Goal: Don’t bonk. Fuel properly.
D Goal: Enjoy the privilege of running on a beautiful course at Santa Rosa!
I know I’ve got my “D” goal covered. I think if I can accomplish “C” (fueling properly) then that will lead to “B” (a PR). Reaching my “A” Goal of qualifying for Boston would be icing on the race cake. [I wrote these goals down before I caught the cold my kids brought home from school. So far it’s a headache/sore throat cold and not a stuffy nose/chest congestion cold. Fingers crossed that it gets better and not worse by race day!]
You can follow along with the fun on Sunday morning starting at 6 a.m. PDT by plugging my bib number, 1573, into either the mobile or desktop RaceTec Live Trackers:
It should post results at five points along the course: the start, 8.24 miles, 13.1 miles, 20.2 miles, and the finish.
Wish me luck!