We all go into our races with some sort of goal. Whether it is just to finish, to set a personal best, or to qualify for a prestigious event, endurance athletes seem to be hardwired for goal seeking. We train for the goal, write it down, tell our friends or sometimes, just keep it to our selves. But it’s there in our head, and usually at the forefront of our mind on race day.
Then there comes a point in the race where the we will question our ability to hit that goal. I’m sure it happens to you, just as it happened to me at the Philadelphia marathon last week. I knew I had the training for a personal best, and had trained with a goal time in mind. When the weather began to cooperate, I began to really believe I could set a PR and possibly a stretch goal 5 minutes faster. As the race progressed I focused on each mile, tried to stay loose and smooth