Probably pretty accurate!
When I ran my first marathon, I went in with time expectations even though you probably shouldn't for your first marathon. You should just be happy with finishing, but that's extremely hard for me to do. I really wanted to run that marathon between 4:15 and 4:30, which didn't happen.
I ran Wineglass at 5:01:23 and was completely disappointed with myself. I didn't think that I was a true marathoner and I was upset that Mike hadn't accomplished his dream of becoming a marathoner as well.
When we registered for the Cleveland Marathon, I went in a bit more conservatively. I still wanted 4:30, but I told myself I would be happy with 4:59:59. I think I didn't want to set myself up for disappointment again.
The day started out well enough, I was on track for 4:15 or so and then the second half went downhill a bit. The heat got to me, but I still managed to PR with a new time of 4:46:58.
The MDI Marathon started out being just a fun race, without any goal times, because of our 70.3 a few months prior. We recovered quickly, though, and as the race got closer I decided that I wanted to PR. Knowing that MDI was hilly, I wasn't sure what I was capable of and I again thought that something in between 4:15 and 4:30 would be appropriate.
Crossing the finish line in 4:17:37 was amazing!
Such an amazing day!
In a little over a year, I cut 43 minutes and 46 seconds off of my marathon time. That's HUGE! But, I still want to do better and I know I can do better.
Using this to help me out a bit
My plan for next year is to run a sub-1:50 half marathon, and if this happens then I am going to go for a sub-4 marathon in 2014 or 2015. We are planning on doing the Philly Marathon next year, but if we aren't recovered from our Ironman appropriately I will put off trying for sub-4 until 2015 (and then Philly would just be for fun). As much as I would LOVE to register for a spring marathon, Mike and I really need to dedicate our time and energy to Ironman training (though, I am going to be jealous of everyone that is registering and running one and it will be hard for me to not make a split second decision!)
I know that I have a lot of work to do, for both the sub-1:50 half marathon and a sub-4 hour marathon, but I like the challenge.
As a triathlete, qualifying for Boston isn't in my immediate sights but it is something that I would like to try for some day. Now that I have less than an hour to take off of my time I believe that it is possible with hard work.