The topic for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run is “goals”, specifically what goals do you have left for the year. Oddly, the main goal I have left for the year wasn’t even on my list of goals for the year. What goal is that? Finishing the Marine Corps Marathon.
At the beginning of the year, I had no intention of running Marine Corps. In fact, I had no intention of running 17.75. But then I got caught up in FOMO and quickly registered for the 17.75 race in the five minutes that it was open. How does that even happen? How does one go from not really wanting to do something to participating in the crazy rush to get into a race? Yep, definitely FOMO. Somehow I also entered the lottery. Seriously people, what was I thinking?
So, I ran the 17.75, totally convinced I would give my code away. Beer Geek called it when he guessed I’d use the code. Yep, I was registered to run again by the time my hair dried from my shower.
I had some lofty goals at the beginning of the summer: I planned to train with Hansons and break 4:30:00. Yeah, I hate summer running, but I was going to train hard and run fast. As you might imagine, it didn’t happen. I didn’t plan to fail quite as amazingly as I did, but I should have known that I will never PR a fall marathon (if I every run a fall marathon again..)
Anyways, so here are my goals for Marine Corps coming up in 12 days…
- Have fun while I’m out there.
- Get a photo WITH the hot dudes in silkies. (A girl’s gotta have dreams.)
- Feel good enough to brave the crowds and buy a finisher’s shirt since this may be my final MCM.
- Smile at every kid, slap every hand, eat every snack… I want this to be 26.2 miles of joy.
Notice that I have no time goals. I won’t be PRing. It’s unlikely that I’ll even have my fastest MCM. But I don’t care. I’m in it for the fun, so if you see me dancing and having a good time. Join me! If you can’t be fast, you might as well be fun.