This weekend was just supposed to be about my 20 mile long run. Get through that 20 miler and then my taper can begin. The one problem was that I also had to run the Staten Island Half Marathon in order to get my guaranteed entry into the NYC Half in March.
I told myself I wasn’t going to race it, after all I got my half marathon PR last week. Really, I didn’t race it. I ran it at a comfortable pace. I never felt out of breath or that I was pushing myself like I did last week. Well, wouldn’t you know it I got another PR. Took off close to another two minutes.
The original PR that I had been trying to beat for the past year and half was set in 2009 in Philadelphia, a mostly flat and fast course. I still take exception to this with that giant hill around mile nine, that thing just hurt.
Anyway, as you know it took me a year and half to beat that almost four year PR and just one week to beat this new one. Funny how that just works out like that. I was starting to obsess over that number and sure enough when it was no longer an issue a new PR just happened.
That’s the attitude I’m trying to take with me as I enter my taper and make my final preparations for this year’s marathon. I’m fairly confident that I’ll get a PR but it’s just a matter of what that final time will be. I am NOT going to have panic attack thinking about my “A” goal. No, I won’t. Of course, that’s what I say now.