Lots of runners have great big marathon time goals, like going sub-4:00, qualifying for Boston, going sub-3:00, or running an Olympic Trials qualifying time. I used to daydream about goals like these. I fantasized about coming through the finish chute, seeing a particular time on the clock and weeping in elation as the confetti fell and a rainbow broke out across the sky.
That’s right; I used to dream about crushing a huge marathon goal like that. But this year, I’m throwing my marathon time goals out the window.