I haven't posted here what my Detroit Marathon goal happens to be. I don't know if I will. Maybe that is fear - if I don't hit it, then I have to come back here and tell everyone I failed.
In any case, the goal is a big one. At least for me it is. This race is going way beyond "finish". I've worked harder for this race than probably any other race. I'm hoping I put enough money in the bank for it to accrue some serious interest. I want a big check next week Sunday.
I set my marathon goal way back on February 1st when I got together with a bunch of girlfriends for the Fellow Flowers Declare It Day. At the time, I may have posted something about it, so if you really want to know, you can dig :)
I made a plan - 22 weeks of official marathon training, plus rebuilding my miles after the winter. I did 5 20 mile training runs (I think that's 4 more than for my first marathon). Speed work. Tempo runs and intervals. When things got in the way, I moved days around. I rarely missed a run.
I got to work - Since Declare It Day, I've run 670 miles (and I'll run at least another 15-20 before race day). I've biked over 400 miles. I've even swam and lifted. Stretched and Rolled. I definitely put in the work.
Stick to it? Yah, see above.
All that's left is to reach the goal on October 19th. I'm excited and I'm ready to cash my check.
To my friends running the Chicago Marathon this Sunday - have a great race, enjoy the miles and KICK ASSPHALT!