Goal for first marathon McKenzie 4/14/09 3:54:00 PM ET
I am running my first marathon july 26th (San Fran). I have been running consistently for about 5 years. I have ran 3 half marathons and numerous 5 and 10ks. I used the calculators on this website to figure out about how long it will take me to finish, they set me at 3:36/ 3:37 (i ran a half at a 7:53 pace, a five mile at 7:26, both earlier this year). Now i'm excited because i think i could qualify for Boston, but i don't want to set my goal too high because 1)i'm just starting to train, 16 weeks to go, and 2) its my first so i don't know what to expect beyond what i read (which is a lot as this is my new obsesison)! Do you think it is realistic to try to qualify for Boston as this will be my first marathon? On another topic, my schedule has my longest runs at 20. I have read arguments for and against going further than 20 while training.... thoughts? thank you!