Here they are. I've reconsidered my original goals published in December after a stronger than expected training period due, mainly, to a mild winter.
Initially, I was planning to use Bayshore as a springboard for a good summer of training and a planned BQ in Chicago. That plan may still come to pass. However, I'm going to go ahead and put Boston Qualifier at the top of my goal list. Why not? I think the odds of actually hitting this goal is 50/50. Everything will have to fall right....from the weather to injury avoidance etc etc...but why put this goal off? The worst that can happen is I don't hit it. So what? Then it will just be the goal for the next one.
One of my favorite movie lines of all time comes from The Shawshank Redemption: "Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'" . That sounds a little severe in the context of a hobby (however passionate) like running but the sentiment behind it holds true. I want the BQ so let's get busy going for it.
Officially, my stretch goal for Bayshore is:
Goal 1: 3:15:59 or less!
Now, will I be disappointed if I don't get that? Only a tad. Frankly, I'm surprised I'm in a position to even consider it at this point. So I'll hardly be overly disappointed if I don't get it. Basically, I think I'll get there eventually so why stress about it over one race in which my margin for error is so small?
So, what would I be HAPPY with?
Goal 2: 3:23 or less!
The bottom line is that I expect to finish under 3:23. Anything over that would be a disappointment. That's my line in the sand.
But I also have other plans for Memorial weekend. The wife and I are spending a few nights in a hotel, family, friends. With the race being Saturday morning, that leaves the rest of the weekend for rest and relaxation.
Goal 3: Fun time with the wife and family.
Tomorrow is my wife's birthday. Happy Birthday to her (though I'm sure she won't check into this blog for several more days!) and Happy Mother's Day to wife and my mother. Dealin' with me ain't easy. You should be commended.