I had originally pinned in the Garmin Marathon as my spring marathon but after some feedback from Coach Ken, I elected to look elsewhere. He recommend the Louisville Marathon, also known as the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) Marathon. The only thing against the Garmin Marathon is it is mostly on a paved trail system and with a half marathon going on at the same time, there's a point in which the front marathoners will run into the back of the half marathoners on this 4 foot wide trail path. It becomes a challenge trying to keep pace and stay safe.
It's no secret that my goal for this marathon has been to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Well, that's it.
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Training has gone really well. I've been hitting my 20-miler long runs in the mid-7:40 pace in a low aerobic heart range. Bumping that to a BQ pace should be doable for a 26.2 miles. My biggest concerns is can my legs handle that pace? Can I mentally focus for that long? We'll see in a few days!
So what is my BQ pace? I'm going to state 3 of them:
7:14 minute miles or 3 hour, 10 minute marathon: I must hit this time to be able to register for the Boston Marathon.
7:10 minute miles or 3 hour, 8 minute marathon: I likely need this time to be accepted to the marathon. If this is confusing, here's my explanation. Let's say they have 3,000 spots for my age group. Everyone who ran a 3:10 or faster can register and they take the fastest 3,000 runners. So maybe 4,000 people registered and if the 3,000th fastest person in my age group ran a 3:08 marathon, then that's truly the time I need to beat. Historically, that's been about a 3:08 marathon.
7:03 minute miles or 3 hour, 5 minute marathon: Always need to have an unrealistic goal!
As for my planned splits, I'm still working on that. I would love it if they had a 3:05 pace group that I could fold myself into and just run but 3:10 is the fastest available pace group. Obviously I need to take it slow the first 3 or 4 miles and then move up from there.
I have found out that I am in Wave "B", so that will hopefully put me in with folks that start out around 7:30 pace. It would be even better if Wave "B" starts two minutes after Wave "A" and that Wave "A" contains the 3:10 pace group. That means if I caught up with the 3:10 pace group, I'd be able to stay with them the rest of the way and finish with a 3:08. Well, it all makes sense to me.
My biggest concern? Look at the elevation chart:
What is that thing starting around mile 11.5? I'm going to have to adjust my pace appropriately for that section but it looks like we go right back down that, so I'll be able to make up the time. I'm going to win the mental game on this hill!!!
Weather is looking fabulous. Start of the race appears to be upper 40s, low wind, and partly cloudy. Can't ask for better conditions than that!
Thanks for reading and check back next week to see how it went! I'm hoping to be celebrating Saturday in bourbon country as opposed to drowning my sorrows!