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Race Day Goals...

Post  Nick Morris on Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:15 am

With a lot of runners getting close to race day, I was wondering what everyone's race day goals are. Mine are:

A) Sub 3:05
B) Sub 3:03
C) (Extreme Stretch Goal) Sub 3:00
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  JohnP on Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:30 am

Let's assume the weather, illness, etc., are out of the equation:

A) Finish
B) Don't finish last
C) PR (< 3:36:34)
D) < 3:35 (this would be BQ - 5 minutes for me)
E) <= 3:30 (this is my prime goal)
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Peg Coover on Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:02 am

A: 4:29:xx
B: 4:35
C: 4:44:xx (would be a PR)
D: survive

One more week!
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Kenny B. on Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:58 am

Hartford Oct 15

A: 3:15 (BQ)---Stretch
B: 3:19 - Ideal
C: 3:22 - Conservative
D: PR under 3:27:55 - all else fails!
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Seth Harrison on Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:04 am

Philly Nov. 20th

A) 3:25...which would be BQ-5 minutes and almost a 5 minute PR.
B) 3:30...BQ
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Kenny B. on Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:08 am

@Seth Harrison wrote:Philly Nov. 20th

A) 3:25...which would be BQ-5 minutes and almost a 5 minute PR.
B) 3:30...BQ

You better make it to Philly! No pressure though. LOL
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  healdgator on Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:27 am

@JohnP wrote:Let's assume the weather, illness, etc., are out of the equation:

A) Finish
B) Don't finish last
C) PR (< 3:36:34)
D) < 3:35 (this would be BQ - 5 minutes for me)
E) <= 3:30 (this is my prime goal)

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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  mul21 on Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:38 am

A) 3:05
B) 3:08
C) Doesn't freaking matter
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  jon c on Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:39 am

1. First and foremost, actually finish the race by hook or by crook!



2. Don't turn my ankle, take any hard falls or step on a rattlesnake.

3. Finish under 9 hours

4. Finish in top 5 although this will largely be determined by who shows up on race night.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Don S on Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:56 am

For NYC my goals are:



1.) Sub-2:45

2.) PR (sub-2:48)

3.) sub-2:50.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Glenn on Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:08 am

St. George in 5 days

A) Sub-4

B) PR (sub-4:04:52)

C) a finish, a medal, an 8th notch on the belt.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Jack_Scaff on Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:20 am

1. Run with my wife and not have her kill me by the end. Her PR is 4:53, but does not think she can break 5...she is saying a conservative 5:30. so I will "encourage" her for 5 hours +/- to beat her goal at the very least.

2. Finish healthy so I can consider a goal race in March

3. Do a marathon harrier hash or whatever (i.e. run in front of Julie and down a beer while I wait). She said this would be a fun idea.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:15 pm

My goals for NYC:



1. Finish under 4 hrs

2. Beat my time of 2005 (3:56)

3. Sub 3:45

4. Super secret possibly attainable goal 3:40
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Julie on Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:55 pm

While I don't have a race on the schedule since I just ran mine last wkend, when I do run another marathon I am still going for

1. finish
2. 4:10 (PR)
3 4:05 (should be manageable with injury free training).
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  amyjoann on Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:02 pm

finish marathon



under 5 hours



beat 4:36 my previous PR



top secret goal 4:22
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Dave-O on Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:20 pm

1. 2:29:59
2: PR (2:34:35)
3. Drown my miseries with beer.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Jim Lentz on Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:29 pm


  1. 3:45
  2. 3:45
  3. 3:45

I'm a pacer...
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Nick Morris on Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:31 pm

@Jim Lentz wrote:

  1. 3:45
  2. 3:45
  3. 3:45

I'm a pacer...

Good goal!!
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Jerry on Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:49 pm

Hope finish my 20 miles early enough so that I can follow some of you, while watching EPL.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  T Miller on Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:04 pm

If I make the starting line. Chicago Bib #2016

1. 2:47:xx
2. sub 2:50
3: PR sub 2:57:17


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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Chris M on Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:34 pm

Sub 3 marathon
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  MartinD on Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:44 pm

Running the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday - goals have been toned down quite a bit given that I missed a couple of months of training through injury...

Minimum: Get to the finish
Decent run: Better than my current slowest marathon (3:37.33)
Pretty satisfied: Sub-3:30
One of those days where everything goes my way: Sub-3:20
I'll need to settle up that bargain for my soul with the Devil afterwards: PR (better than 3:16.24)

A pretty wide range, I know, but it's hard to say what sort of shape I'm in given the length of time I wasn't able to run - my training runs over the last couple of weeks have been very solid (and surprisingly quick for the heart rate/effort), but I know that my relative lack of mileage will catch up with me if I'm too aggressive early on.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Jerry on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:19 pm

@T Miller wrote:If I make the starting line. Chicago Bib #2016

1. 2:47:xx
2. sub 2:50
3: PR sub 2:57:17

Time for Jerry to HTFU or just quit. scratch
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  T Miller on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:39 pm

@Jerry wrote:
@T Miller wrote:If I make the starting line. Chicago Bib #2016

1. 2:47:xx
2. sub 2:50
3: PR sub 2:57:17

Time for Jerry to HTFU or just quit. scratch

That's right HTFU. Hey Jerry, It looks like I'm going to be traveling to Plano every 3 weeks for work.
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Re: Race Day Goals...

Post  Jerry on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:42 pm

@T Miller wrote:
@Jerry wrote:
@T Miller wrote:If I make the starting line. Chicago Bib #2016

1. 2:47:xx
2. sub 2:50
3: PR sub 2:57:17

Time for Jerry to HTFU or just quit. scratch

That's right HTFU. Hey Jerry, It looks like I'm going to be traveling to Plano every 3 weeks for work.

I will PM you my cell#. Let's hook up after Chicago so that I don't look too bad in case we do a run. lol!
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