Daily Archives: October 18, 2013

Time For the Numbers

I admit I have been avoiding posting goal times. Somehow putting them in writing just makes this whole marathon thing real. But now, following the Ontario Curriculum’s four levels of achievement, here are my goals.

Level One: the descriptor used with this category is “with limited effectiveness”. I don’t think that applies to running a marathon unless of course you don’t finish it…or don’t even bother to show up. But for the sake of this list, my level one goal will be to simply finish the race without ending up in a medical tent.

Level Two: “some effectiveness”. For me, this will mean finishing between 4:31 and 4:44. Why 4:44? When I started this crazy journey I thought it would be nice if at 44 years old I could finish a marathon in under 4:44.

Level Three: “considerable effectiveness”. This would be a 4:20 to 4:30 finish for me. If everything falls into place I should be able to do this. It would also be dependant on how many porta potty stops I have to make. And I can tell you the bathroom thing stresses me out more than anything else.

Level Four: “high degree of effectiveness”. This would have to be a 4:15. That would put me at last year’s course average time. To be honest I don’t see it happening but it is fun to think about.

Only two sleeps left, in reality only one though since I’m not sure how much sleep I will get tomorrow night! Tomorrow – Race Expo 🙂