Marathon Training Goals (That Aren’t About Time)

As a reminder, I’m running the NYC Marathon for Fred’s Team, and am working towards hitting a huge fundraising goal to support cancer research! You can click here to read more and make a donation.

I promised to post about my NYC Marathon training goals a few weeks ago, but I’ve been sitting on it.  Truthfully, my mindset about this training cycle has changed many times over the past 2 months, and I wanted to be sure I felt good about my goals.  These goals are not about time.  Deciding to run for charity has shifted my mindset, and I want to give you all a glimpse into how I am approaching this training cycle.  If you are tired of chasing a time goal, I cannot stress enough how life changing running for charity has been.  Without further ado, here are the three things I am focusing on this training cycle.

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Goal #1 – Focus on the journey, not the outcome.

Would I love a PR in NYC? Of course! But I don’t want the success of this training cycle to be hanging on what happens on race day.  There are a lot of variables, and last year’s crazy PR was truly a result of both training and the perfect day.  This may be the only time I run this race; I want to enjoy the experience and run a strong race.  However, I do not want to put pressure on myself to hit a certain time.  There will be races in the future for time goals.

Goal #2 – Arrive on race day feeling confident about the work I’ve put in.

I’ve mentioned before that I am not where I’d like to be from a base perspective going into training.  While I can’t change the past 2 months, I can control what happens between now and race day.  I want to feel good that I’ve done my warm-ups, cool-downs, stretching, foam rolling, speed work….all of it.  And I want to fuel my body for performance and recovery.  This will also give me a really solid base going into 2018.

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Goal #3 – Be grateful, even when it gets tough.

Running for charity has changed my heart.  This past weekend, I was suffering through the heat and humidity like most of us.  But every time my mind went to a dark place, I thought about how lucky I was to be able to be out there.  I know 3 runners personally right now who are fighting cancer and would do anything to be out there in the heat.  Before each workout, I look at my wall of names and pick someone to think about during my run.  I know there will be tough workouts or bad weeks, but at the end of the day, I want to be grateful that I get to experience them.

What goals are you chasing this fall? What would you add to this list? Have you ever run for charity? Tell me below in the comments!

 

 

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  1. I think that you have the perfect mindset for your marathon goals. I love your goal #3 and it’s something I’ll take with me when I struggle through future long runs this summer.

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