Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Something to prove + GOALS



This will be the 20th anniversary of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and my third consecutive year participating.

In 2007 hubby and I ran our very first race at the Toronto Waterfront and crossed the half marathon finish line hand in hand. You can read all about it here.



One year later, I returned to the Waterfront to complete my first marathon, something I never imagined I could do. If you missed it, you can read my race report here.



This race beat the crap out of me last year, but I've come a long way since then and I'm going back for redemption.

In June 2008 I ran 156 KM / 97 mi
In June 2009 I ran 223 KM / 138 mi

In July 2008 I ran 156 KM / 97 mi
In July 2009 I ran 285 KM / 177 mi

In August 2008 I ran 222 KM / 138 mi
In August 2009 I ran 294 KM / 183 mi

Looking at those numbers, I feel like I have something to prove. But the truth is, there's a lot more to it than numbers. I feel better equipped - both physically and mentally - to handle this distance.

Let's talk goals.

C Goal: <4:42

Ultimately, as with any race, it will be an accomplishment just to finish. However, I would be admittedly disappointed if I don't come out of this with a PR at the very least.

B Goal: <4:15

I've done a lot of thinking in recent weeks to determine my "B" Goal, which I also consider my true goal. Achieving this time would involve running at my happy pace, the pace at which I feel most comfortable and relaxed (6:00/KM). I believe it is attainable (although certainly not easy) on a good day and plan to pace myself accordingly.

A Goal: <4:00

I believe this goal is impossible unrealistic, but I'm still putting it out there.


Happy Hump Day!
4 more sleeps!

44 comments:

happygoluckyalex said...

ahhhhhh!!! so excited for you! you will truly knock it out of the park. I love your different goals- they let you be realistic as well as shoot for the stars!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I like the tiered goals. I can't wait to read all about it. Only 4 more sleeps?!?! woooohooo!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

You've put in the miles, now it's time for your long awaited reward. Your goals look great!! :D

Shannon said...

You've worked hard! I know you'll beat your last year's time!

lilmeg said...

I got goosebumps reading this. Race day always puts the fire in your belly. You've done the prep, time to let your body do it's job.

Giver!!!

The Happy Runner said...

LOVE the picture of you & hubby. LOVE IT!!!

I think your goals -- all 3 of them -- look realistic. I'm sending A vibes your way!!!

Whatever goal you achieve, I hope you have a great time doing it!!!

Morgan said...

I'm so excited for you! You've got this and we're going to find your picture next to redemption in the dictionary after this weekend!!!

BTW - That pic of you and your husband holding hands brought a tear to my eye... that is beautiful!

Sara said...

Good luck!

Lily on the Road said...

Have FUN!!! I'll miss chatting with you this year ;(

Have a GREAT time, both figuratively and literally!!!

Laura said...

Your half marathon pic with your husband is a favorite of mine.
Have a great race and can't wait to hear about it.

J said...

On any given day anything can happen! stay positive and just run your race! You will do great!

Lacey Nicole said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! GO GET 'EM MARLENE!!!! i am rooting for you! love the a b c goals, and do what you can!!!!! you are so ready you've put the work in you are THERE! can't wait!!

Marky Mark said...

You've made a ton of progress and have had an awesome training season such that you truly are better prepared in every way. As yumke would say, trust your training! Having said that, four hours is a really long time to be checking your watch every few minutes, so try to relax into it-it's good you have flexible goals. Will you line up with a pace bunny and, if so, the 4 or the 4:15? Or do it on your own?

Road Warrior said...

You are in so much better shape now than you were for your last marathon, so this will absolutely go better. Good luck on your goals, but don't let them take away the enjoyment from the training.

I can't wait to see you rock this race this weekend!

Lacey Nicole said...

thank you for your submissions! i am DYING LAUGHING at "hebert girls do it on all fours" dying dying dying.. lol

RunningLaur said...

You have such a history with this race - it's nice to see it all laid out there.

I knew you ran a ton of miles this summer, but that list is crazy! You'll demolish this race!!

unathleticrunner said...

Great pics, great goals--its going to be a great race! Can't wait to see how you do! Kick some pavement!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I hope you have the picture blown up and in a frame on your wall.. AMAZING..

OK I want to go read race reports now..

You have put in the time and the mileage. You can achieve it if you believe it. Do not let self doubt enter your mind for even a minute.. If it does think about something else...like candy canes or waterfalls...random yes...but get your mind out of the Negative and where it should be....on AUTOPILOT!!

Look at those numbers girl, you are at Rock Star status...

Heather said...

You are going ROCK this race!

Marci said...

You are going to do amazing, GOOD LUCK!!! Great job training, this is your reward, so go get your redemption!!

aron said...

it would not surprise me in the least to see a sub 4 on your race report :) you have trained HARD and put in the miles... you are going to do amazing!!! run a smart race, have fun, and redemption is YOURS!!! SO excited for you!

Diana said...

How cool to do with the hubby! Can't wait to hear the full race report!
Good luck, here's to a great race!

joyRuN said...

You've put in AWESOME training for this!!

Enjoy YOUR race :)

Toni said...

Great goals! You are going to do awesome, I'm sure you will have no problem getting a PR.

Felix said...

Looking at your numbers and PBs I wouldn't be surprised you can achieve A Goal!

RunToTheFinish said...

i hope more than anything you just have a fantastic race that feels good start to finish...but hell yes a PR certainly makes it feel all the sweeter!!

N.D. said...

this is so exciting - you have this in the bag!!

I RUN LIKE A GIRL said...

YAYYYYY!!! Good luck - I am so excited for you! You have been training really hard - and know that you can do it. Run a great race - and good luck!!!!!!

trialsoftraining said...

a countdown in terms of "sleeps" - ha! nice!

those number differences are crazy! Clearly you're Stepping It Up over there, and we've been along for the journey to vouch for ya ;)

I LOVE that first picture, hand-in-hand. So cute!

Jamie said...

OMG I'm so excited for you!!!! You have put some incredible training in this year and are so ready! I know you will have an amazing race! Think positive and good things will happen!

Laura said...

You've trained so well! I love that picture of you and your husband holding hands crossing the finish line. Precious!

Rio Runs said...

Love the pictures! Try to enjoy your remaining sleeps, but even more importantly, have fun at the race!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Sub-four here we come............

Mark said...

Marlene, you have trained so hard and so smart. You've seen great success and improvement. Your goals are wise, I'm definately believing in redeemption!!!! Plus I believe you will totally obliterate your old time! Go!!!

lindsay said...

getting even closer! :) :)

excellent goals! with the big jump in mileage & training i am sure you will ace the race. you are primed for excellence this weekend!

Irish Cream said...

Girl, you got this! I am so excited for you to earn your marathon redemption! It is going to be simply glorious . . .

In case I can't get an internet connection right away in Orlando, I want to tell you good luck now . . . run like you mean it, girl! We're all rooting for you! ;)

B.o.B. said...

Those were pretty much my same goald for MCM! I hope you can do them for us. You have come a long way sister. I have no doubt you are going to PR big time.

Thanks for the support on my blog it means a lot. And it's never too early to want hot dogs. LOL!

Fair Weather Runner said...

you are awesome marlene! those are almost the same goals for my next marathon (whenever that may be). no matter what, you will rock it.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Look at that runner on your ticker....so CLOSE.. 3 days!

Ok so how cool are you to set new PR's in EVERYTHING?

My plan was to get a race at nearly all the distances this year so I could have an official time and be able to set future PR's.

Do I have to count my 5K race time when I was 19 if there is no recorded time anywhere for it? I am darn sure that a 19:30 is not in my NEAR future, maybe when I am in my 40's those ladies are FAST!!!

Hugs to 3 SLEEPS...

FYI I asked the mail people how much it would cost to expedite the card that I should have had in the mail last week. $31!! Ummm, love you but would much rather buy you a cool gift and have shipped to you than spend $31 for a card. SORRY :(

X-Country2 said...

A marathon is just a victory lap! Go get 'em!

M-Rah said...

WOW! Looking at the comparison of mileage--I can't believe it was only a year between the two! You are amazing and have really worked hard!!!!!!! Way to go!!! We are all rooting for you!!!!

Mama said...

Good luck!!! I can't wait to hear all about it! You have done some amazing training for it.

MCM Mama

chicagorunner said...

One thing I do have to add, perhaps you should adjust your A goal to something between 4:15 and 4:00, especially if you don't find it attainable.

My only marathon I was in a similar situation to you, I wanted to C, just finish, B, finish in 4:15, C, get sub 4:00.

I started out going for B, then in the early-middle miles ended up going hard for A, then fell off the pace and ended up between B and C. While I was still proud, I was disappointed I didn't reach my B goal.

Denise said...

Terrific goals! You are in such a different place than this time next year. Good luck!