Going into this race, I knew that I had run the most miles of my entire life. I had some ups and downs in my training, but deep down I was confident that my overall hard work would pay off in the end. My carb-heavy diet in the days leading up to the marathon was nearly perfect and I had a solid race nutrition plan. I had a few goals in mind:
1) To finish … always my number one goal!
2) To PR unless the weather was ridiculous or I puked.
3) To break 3:00, circumstances permitting.
4) To win money, this was more like a perk, not an important goal since I can’t control who does or doesn’t show up on race day.
To attempt to break three hours, I knew I had to start a little quicker than a 6:51 pace, since most marathon courses are a little long (unless you run the tangents perfectly), plus I have NEVER negative split a marathon. I had the ideal conditions for this attempt: the temperature was about 40° and sunny with minimal wind. Here is the breakdown of how it went! Read more >>