Goals for the Rest of 2017

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I have purposefully put off coming up with my goals for 2017 because I didn’t know how a few things would pan out. As I mentioned earlier, I am not going to be running the Dopey Challenge in 2018 due to financial constraints. This year, I will be running fewer races than last year. But, that’s okay. It gives me the time to properly focus on the few races I am running and make them count.

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This year is all about the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. So, let’s talk about this race first since it’s my biggest goal for the entire year. I know that it’s a lot of pressure to put on one race. But, you’ve got to have big dreams some times. So, here is my goal for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon…

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Yep. You read that correctly. I’m aiming for a sub 5:30:00 NYC Marathon finish time. When I started putting together my plan for NYC last year, I had come up with a goal of sub 6:00:00. When I registered for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, I saw that the course time limit requires a sub 6 hour marathon. Yikes! So, I began to look at what it would take to make this sub 6 hour marathon happen and I learned something very fascinating.

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My fastest half marathon in the past 2 years was the 2015 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. I finished in 2:48:55. I played around with a few different race predictors and found that the McMillan Running Calculator to have the most conservative predictions. So, I figured it was better to go with those kinds of predictions. Now, as I train for the 2017 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon, I know that as long as I can get back to the 2:48:55 kind of shape, I should be able to run a 5:55:29 Marathon as long as I keep that kind of conditioning up all the way to NYC.

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Just for fun, I looked at what my current half marathon PR time would set me up for in the marathon. If I were to finish the 2017 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon in the time I finished the 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon (2:43:25), I’d in the kind of shape to run a 5:43:55 marathon.

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As you can see, my thoughts about setting my goal for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon hinge on how I finish the 2017 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. When I started training for this race, I had the following goal in the back of my mind….

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This time is 5 minutes slower than my original goal from last year. However, it seemed attainable. Look what happens if I were to finish the Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon at this goal exactly…

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If I plug in that number, I see something pretty amazing…a sub 5:30:00 marathon projected finish! I’ve got a lot of work to do to get there. However, as I look over the numbers, it doesn’t seem so crazy.

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Setting these goals is important in planning various parts of my training plan. This weekend, I’ll head to the track for the first time since August. I’ve only done 2 track workouts in all this time I’ve been running. When I went out in August, I decided to run 400’s instead of the 800’s Jeff Galloway puts on his training plan. It is imperative that I get these track workouts in if I want to improve my time. Above represents the only time I attempted 400’s. The finish times aren’t too bad. They are within my goal coming up this Saturday.

If my goal marathon time is 5:30:00 (2:35:00 half marathon goal), then…

  • Yasso 800’s goal is 5:30
  • My 400’s goal would be 2:45

Since I haven’t found anything that tells me how to divide up a Yasso 800 into a 400, I’m going to be shooting for 2:30 just to be safe. I did find one calculator that said I should be running 400’s at 2:05.  Even at 2:05, I could be okay with my 2:35:00 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon goal and my 5:30:00 goal at the TCS NYC Marathon.

This Saturday, one of my big goals is to actually run the entire 400 at least once. On the workout in the picture, I kept having to come to a walk for a few seconds in the final turn or straightaway. What I learned from that experience was that I finished the final straightaway in around 30 seconds. So, when I get there, I’m going to be telling myself…”only 30 more seconds!”

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If I were to do a Galloway Magic Mile time trial, my goal time for that mile should be 9:38 by the time the NYC Marathon rolls around.

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For the rest of the year, I’ve only been planning on running  the Angels Baseball Foundation 5K race again (they have a Mike Trout bobblehead for those that ran the race last year and this year), the Rock n Roll San Diego 5K and Half Marathon, and the TCS NYC Marathon. Although, that Disneyland Half Marathon is very tempting. If I do run that, it would be the only other run added to my calendar.

This year, the focus is on improving as a runner. With less races to distract, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to focus better and end the year in much better shape than I’m at currently.

 

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It’s going to be a great year!


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