Even though the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon is now over, I still am deciding to share my race plan as well as what my goals were so that I will have something to look back on for my next marathon. I went into this marathon unprepared that’s all there is to say however I knew if I set my mind to it, I could accomplish it no matter how hard it was going to be. My furthest training run up until the race was only 17 miles and that was the week before on a 1:45 run/walk split. I figured if I can conserve enough energy I will be able to still continue to be upright and running even if slightly to the finish line.
The Race Plan:
This is the first run I think I have actually set a “race plan” because all the others I knew I would finish somehow and I didn’t really care in what way. But this race was different, this was a bucket list race, a MARATHON! I could finally call myself a marathoner if I put everything I had into this one race. I used to think “those people are crazy who wants to run that long.” Well apparently I do and I wasn’t going to let minimal training get in my way.
- Start somewhere near the 5:15/5:30 group. Yes I’ll admit I was going to be one of those runners who starts a little ahead of where they should start on purpose just so I could “beat the bridge.” But I never planned on running in the middle so people would have to dodge around me I always planned on running to the far right side where I could walk when needed.
- Maintain my 1:45 run/walk intervals until mile 17-20 where I knew I would be safe
- Listen to my body and stretch or walk when needed.
- When I make it to mile 20 do whatever I need to do to finish the race in the upright position.
Those may seem like silly or pointless information to some but to me this was what I needed to do in my head to break through the mental barriers and complete the race.
The Race Goals:
This was my first marathon and not just any marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon and it was in Washington, DC. I wanted to make sure I took it all in and enjoyed the spectators and the course.
Let’s face it this was the only goal on my mind the day of the race that I wanted to focus on. I didn’t have a time frame in my mind or even care about what pace I was running. I just wanted to finish the race so I didn’t have to tell my friends and family that I failed and didn’t finish.
Finish under 6:00
Let’s be real here, of course I’m going to have a secret goal time because what kind of race is it if you don’t push yourself towards a goal. I didn’t want this goal to hider me though so it was just a hopeful goal that I wouldn’t be disappointed in if I didn’t accomplish.