The second question is much easier to answer than the first. I have but one goal: FINISH THE MARATHON! I have entertained other thoughts but there is only one goal. The marathon course technically closes after 5h 30m and I would like to finish before the course closes. If my ITB behaves, I would absolutely love to finish around 5 hours. I am focused on finishing the race.
|The finish line (10/2009 half marathon)|
The race, the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, is a great small race. I ran the half marathon last year (set my current PR) and the year before (my first half) so I know the last half of the course. My training over the last two years had me running on most of the first half of the course over and over. The only part of the course I am not familiar with is the first 3.5 miles. It feels good knowing the course.
|the last ~5 miles look like this|