First, my last two pre-race workouts:
Friday 4.2 miles/39:22/9:22 average pace
This morning Maritza drove down to my house and along with Zach we went off for a nice run on the Iron Horse Trail. It was a beautiful morning and we had the whole trail practically to ourselves. There were a ton of those little bugs though- I got one in my eye and Maritza swallowed one. :D It was wonderful to run with her though- it's been a while. She always gives me the best pre-race encouragement and she even brought me a good-luck care package! She's the bestest! :)
Yesterday morning I went to the pool with Zach and swam 1000 m. I didn't have my watch but I know I swam slowly, I just took it easy and was day dreaming/thinking/planning about Boston. It was very relaxing.
Last night Zach and I did a ton of laundry and all the chores around the house in preparation for being gone (nothing worse than coming home to a dirty house) All we have left to do is pack and yes, I have detailed lists ready to go. And yes, I made those lists about a month ago.
The weather is looking very good for Marathon Monday- weather.com has cloudy skies, high of 58 degrees, slight breeze, and a 20% chance of rain. Perfect! I don't even mind the drizzle. As long as we don't have the torrential rain and wind of last year, or a super hot day, I will be happy. But this is looking, as Zach said, like PR weather. :O
So, do I think I will set a PR at Boston? Ha ha, no. Unlikely. But I do think I will do well and I KNOW I will have a blast no matter what. Here are my goals from my "A" Optimistic everything-goes-perfect goal to "C" wheels-fall-off-just-finish-with-dignity goal.
A: 3:40 - BQ (technically 3:40:59 is qualifying time)
B: um, close to that as possible
C: 3:55:00 or better - my time last year was 3:55:18 and was my slowest marathon ever. So I'd like to beat that time, setting a "Course Record" which in this case is the same as "don't run the slowest marathon of my life"
Secret Dream Goal: 3:36:47 or better - PR
No Matter What Goal: HAVE FUN, give high fives, smile like an idiot the whole time, enjoy the experience.
You can track me online at www.baa.org I am Bib # 14709. I will post as soon as I can after the race- possibly from Boston, if not I will have my race report up by Friday (we get home Wednesday night).