Vermont City Marathon Goals


It’s here – The Vermont City Marathon is two days away. HOLY Sh!T! When I first started to seriously think about VCM back in the Fall, I never thought this day would come. After the failed attempt last summer, every PDR was like waiting for the next shoe to drop. Was my knee going to hold up? Can my body take the stress of long distance running? Thankfully, the shoe never did drop. I made it 16 weeks, 535 miles, 3 pairs of shoes, numerous snowstorms and black ice, way too many treadmill miles, a few runs pushing the kiddos in the double stroller, four races and two big a$$ blisters to the point where I am now – ready to run my first full marathon.

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So imagine what happened when Ron texted me yesterday to say he just saw a man floating down a street in Burlington in a canoe on the news. Oh yes. There is major flooding happening there and the forecast is calling for rain and temps around 50 degrees all weekend.

Just lovely.

Running in crappy weather is nothing new to me but I still panic about what to wear. Any advice on what to wear in those kind of conditions?

I have goals for this race as I mentioned last week in my What’s Beautiful post.

A Goal: Have fun, run with a smile, and go as fast as I can. I want to enjoy every mile of my first marathon. Essentially, my A Goal is to finish.

B Goal: Finish sub 4:00 hours. I really think I can achieve this goal but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. The course has more hills than I’m used to so that will definitely play a factor.

C Goal: This is a big, big dream. According to the training plan I followed, I should finish in 3:36. That just seems really, really inaccurate to me. However, according to the McMillan Running Calculator, I should finish in 3:45 based on my most recent half marathon time. If I did that, I’d have a BQ. My C Goal feels kind of far fetched and will depend on a lot of factors. If it happens, of course I’d be over the moon!

My nerves are all over the place right now. One minute I feel confident and ready to go. The next, I’m second guessing myself and my training. Gah!

Deep breath. Big smile. Here we go!!!!

Does anyone have any last minute advice for me?

29 comments on “Vermont City Marathon Goals

  1. I have run a few marathons in this weather and its not as bad as it sounds. Bring a throw away shirt and throw away gloves that you can start out wearing and ditch when you are done. Dress lighter than you think you need to. It will be chilly in the beginning but you will warm up. A few years ago the same flooding happened at VCM and they put boards down on the bike path and moved the finish line. Angela, you will do great! You have had solid training. Trust in that and good luck!!!!

  2. It’s amazing to think you were running in snow getting ready for this marathon! Anyhow, I think the weather really is a blessing for you–this time of year it could be HOT, and that’s not good marathon weather. 50 degrees is, even with rain.

    So go out there and crush it–you’ve had really solid training and racing leading up to this. You can pull out a great race!
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  3. EEEEEKKK!!! That’s my “I’m so excited for you” screech!! Just go out there and run the race you trained for! You have come so far and put in so much work…now go enjoy! My one and only marathon was in a HUGE rain storm! The best thing was a shower cap that I had bought the night before (in addition to a plastic suit…pants and jacket). I wore it over my hat and it kept my head dry until I was ready to go!

    You’re going to do AWESOME and I can’t wait to read all about it!!! I’ll be doing the dry dance for you!
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  4. I’m so excited for you, Angela!! The weather is definitely annoying… I’d slather some kind of anti-chafing product everywhere, including the bottom of your feet. And where a hat or visor! Any chance Ron could have an extra shirt on the course? If you’re soaking wet, it could be nice to change. Even an extra pair of socks and shoes!
    I’ll be cheering for you!!!
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  5. I am so excited for you. It makes me remember my first, so very long ago, and all the emotions that go along with it.

    It it is raining, be sure to cover yourself with a trash bag or throwaway rain poncho, to keep you dry before the race. You don’t want to get wet and miserable before you even start. Also wear a throwaway shirt or sweatshirt that you can keep on until you warm up. Same with gloves (though I’m sure you are more used to temps in the 50s that I am). A pair of $1 gloves from Target are great because you can toss them away when you warm up enough.

    Don’t doubt yourself. You’ve done your training, you’re going to knock ’em dead. Have a great time, enjoy the experience. I can’t wait to hear all about it.
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  6. You got your goals backwards. Your c goal is really your a goal and vice versa. B stays the same.

    Good luck.

  7. Angela, I am so excited for you!!! I’m less than a month out from my first and I’m already a bundle of nerves. Sub 4 for your first? Wow! I cannot wait to read your recap!!!! So for rainy running, being a Seattle girl I can answer that one. Do you have a light-weight windbreaker? With a hood? I usually wear a short sleeve tech shirt (or tech tank if it’s 60 degrees) and layer it with a light weight windbreaker. Then I wear a hat to shield my eyes from the rain. If I start to get hot, I just take off the windbreaker, tie it around my waist and let myself get a little wet. I’m not a fan of throw-away shirts because sometimes, I end up wanting my top layer back!

    Question – can you give me the link to your What’s Beautiful page? I want to follow you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just remembered I made one 2 days ago and so now it’s time to start working it!
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  8. Relax and have fun with it! You are going to do amazing, you have trained smart and strong and it will pay off. Anything can happen Sunday, the best thing to do is just go with the flow! I’m so excited to read about the race!!
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  9. I’m so excited for you! I am sure you are going to do well because you’ve had a great build-up – trust in your training!

  10. First have fun, enjoy the race and soak up the marathon experience ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep dry at the start with a garbage bag, keep a hat(visor) on to keep the rain out of your face, anti-chafe on your feet, dry socks and shoes if possible if someone will be on the course and dry clothes for afterwards. In 50s you can probably keep a rainproof jacket on and stay dry on top all race .
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  11. Good luck!! My advice would be to trust your training (you’re more prepared than you think) and remember to have some fun!

    Also, I wrote a post awhile ago with my A, B, and C goals for my next marathon and was scared to post it (putting it in writing means I have to do it!) but your post inspired me to stop being silly and post it today.
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  12. You are so prepared and you will do great!! My first full was back in October and hurricane Sandy was fast approaching the area and was suppose to hit sometime late afternoon!! Talk about nerves!! The weather was overcast, breezy and cooler but turned out to be the perfect running weather!! I wore what I was use to training in but added a hat. Good luck and I can’t wait to read all about it!!!!!
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  13. I’ve followed (read about) your trainings and you rocked all Winter and kept running even when the weather was awful. You got this! Just trust yourself and your training. I am thinking of starting to train for a marathon in July and it is a lot of work but I am also inspired by you. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so discipline and no matter if you do it under 4hrs or 3h45, if you have fun then you will remember that one for a lifetime!!! Can’t wait to hear your recap ๐Ÿ™‚

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