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Several weeks ago, my husband ran the Harrisburg Marathon.  It was his eleventh 26.2er and so, while I wouldn't say he is a VERY experienced marathoner, he has been around the block a time or two.  His PR is 2:59:12, which he set at this year's Boston Marathon.  

Going into Harrisburg, my husband aimed to run under 2:55.  But he also took on some new responsibilities (namely, coaching a high school cross country team) that limited the amount of time he could train.  Instead of the 60 mile per week that he put in for Boston, he averaged in the 40 mile per week range.  He made sure to get a good long run in each weekend, but slacked (his own words) on his weekday running, usually never getting above 5 or 6 miles on a given day.  As the fall progressed, he was starting to question the idea of a 2:55 and wondered if perhaps he should pursue a less aggressive goal.  But then a funny thing happened.  He ran two lead-up races, one 10K and one 5K, and he ran them both superbly.  In the 10K, he ran very close to what he thought was an untouchable PR and in the 5K he DID PR, by almost 15 seconds.  Perhaps he was in better shape than he thought!  Perhaps 2:55 WAS an appropriate goal.  2:55 or bust!

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Several weeks ago, my husband ran the Harrisburg Marathon.  It was his eleventh 26.2er and so, while I wouldn't say he is a VERY experienced marathoner, he has been around the block a time or two.  His PR is 2:59:12, which he set at this year's Boston Marathon.  

Going into Harrisburg, my husband aimed to run under 2:55.  But he also took on some new responsibilities (namely, coaching a high school cross country team) that limited the amount of time he could train.  Instead of the 60 mile per week that he put in for Boston, he averaged in the 40 mile per week range.  He made sure to get a good long run in each weekend, but slacked (his own words) on his weekday running, usually never getting above 5 or 6 miles on a given day.  As the fall progressed, he was starting to question the idea of a 2:55 and wondered if perhaps he should pursue a less aggressive goal.  But then a funny thing happened.  He ran two lead-up races, one 10K and one 5K, and he ran them both superbly.  In the 10K, he ran very close to what he thought was an untouchable PR and in the 5K he DID PR, by almost 15 seconds.  Perhaps he was in better shape than he thought!  Perhaps 2:55 WAS an appropriate goal.  2:55 or bust!