…the Vancouver USA Marathon edition.
Good, better, best has become sort of a marathon tradition here on Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking. The intention is to set three goals of varying difficulty (or personal importance) rather than just one or two huge goals that could potentially leave me feeling a bit crushed if not attained. The original idea came from an article I read in Runner’s World and has proven to be a great tool for me when it comes to goal setting.
As I reflect on the past year, I’ve set, and crushed, some really radical goals! This time a year ago I was still training for my first marathon. In fact, my first-ever 20 mile run was on June 15, 2013. I never, in a million-bazillion years, would have imagined that exactly one year later, on June 15, 2014, I’d be running my fifth marathon!!!!
I’ve learned so much this past year. The marathon is brutal! Training is a LOT of work! But I’ve also discovered that there is a tenacious fire in me to push myself beyond the barriers and limitations I’ve imposed on myself. Once the spark is ignited… boy, step back!
GOOD: Step up to the starting line confident in my training and capability.
I think that I’ve trained harder for this marathon than any of the previous four. Really. I credit two things:
- A training partner that makes me want to step up my game.
- Knowing that there is no pressure to run a Boston qualifying time but wanting to better my time anyway.
My running BFP is aiming for a sub 3-hour marathon at Vancouver USA Marathon. He’s been putting in HUGE mileage and we even teamed up to incorporate some speed sessions into our training. It has been such a privilege to work with him, learn from him, and watch him pour himself into his own goal(s). His drive is infectious and has inspired me to step up too. I’ve trained hard and I know I’m ready for another go at 26.2. (Thanks, Bob!)
The funny thing is, having a Boston qualifying race under my belt has given me a pretty big boost in confidence in my ability. However, it doesn’t make me want to work less hard, or slack off. It is actually driving me to work harder because now I really know that I am capable. Believing in my training and my capability is pretty powerful stuff!!
BETTER: Set a new Personal Record.
My PR at Vernonia (3:35:01) was bigger than I imagined possible! I’m hoping to shave a few seconds off each mile to finish in under 3:35:00 because, well, that would just be awesome!
BEST: Take a selfie with Bart Yasso.
Umm, no, I’m not kidding.
One of the things I’ve been most excited about is the opportunity to meet him during the race expo activities. And not to brag or anything, but based on this Tweet he sent me earlier today, it sounds like he’s looking forward to meeting me too!!
This Tweet sorta made my day!!!!!
There you have it. It is going to be such a rad weekend and race! I’ll be working at the VUM Active Expo on Saturday morning so if you are headed there to pick up your race packet, track me down and say hi!