I have a completely new set of goals now. The second half of 2011 has been mostly a disappointment. I'm not discouraged. I'm coming back in focus again.
Rocket City Marathon
I love this race. It was my first marathon and will be a fixture on my calendar indefinitely. I'm so happy to have a quality marathon so close to home. I'm signed up and I look forward to running the course on that day. However, I will not be running or attempting to run a sub 3:00 this year at RCM.
In 2010, the Rocket City Marathon is offering pace groups for the first time ever. I am VERY excited about this! Most large marathons offer this feature, and I'm glad that RCM is offering it this year! Setting a goal and training for a goal are nice. However, having a group and a dedicated cheerleader for every step on race day makes achieving that goal a little easier. I will be leading the 3:45 pace group. This is the Boston Qualifying time for women 35-39 years old and for men 55-59 years old. I know how much hard work and preparation are involved in running a BQ marathon. I consider it an honor to be chosen to lead others to the finish line in BQ time. Come join me and run a 3:45 at Rocket City! I am beyond excited about leading others to their race day goal!
Mountain Mist 2011
Since I won't be racing RCM, I should have plenty of umph in my legs for a strong showing at Mountain Mist. I don't really want to say that this race is circled on my calendar, but it's important to me. I want to break the five hour barrier. This race draws such an elite crowd that breaking 5:00 won't get you much, but that does seem to be the measure of excellence on that course. I'll be hitting the trails quite a bit in December in preparation.
This is my new 3 hour goal. This one IS circled on my calendar. I know it's a big goal and a tough course that eats people alive. I know that I'll have distractions the week of the race. I know I'll be tired from traveling. But I will work harder and smarter than I ever have before. 2 something at Boston. Nice.