And my opinion is as follows:
After running Green Bay and having a very successful first marathon, I caught the marathon fever (that's an understatement) and definitely the BQ bug. I signed up for Vegas almost immediately and had a sub-4 hour finish in mind. I thought a 3:50 would be attainable for Spring 2011 and Fall of 2011 would be my first attempt at the BIG BQ [insert thunder rumbling and lightning bolts here.....]. Obviously Vegas didn't turn out as I wanted to, and my confidence was shaken (but not daily...because I am not being effed over by Cecelia...).
I've recently done some revamping of my race goals and running goals in general. In Fargo, I will run a sub-4 marathon. Will it be just under or will it be a low 3:50? I dunno. After that I'm going to take a little break from marathons and focus on my quicks yo. In case you're new in these parts, I like to run fast! I was a sprinter for goodness gracious sake. Why I feel the need to kill myself over the marathon is beyond me. This fall, instead of training for a marathon that will inevitably end up in a 90+ degree day causing me to die and be angry for wasting 2 1/2 months of training, I'm instead going to try to knock out a killer --and I mean KILLER-- half marathon PR. I love half marathons. They're short enough that you can run them with some speed, they're long enough that you feel like a B.A. for training for and completing them, and they're gentle enough (compared to the marathon) to have a relatively short rebound to the next one.
The bonus of training for half marathons is that my speed work will still be speedy so I can feel confident throwing myself in to some 5k and 10k (yes! I might finally run a 10k!) races without being worried I'll suck it up or break myself from running so g.d. slow from marathon training.
The best part is, by not focusing on the g.d. marathon, I'll want to run one oh so bad. And I will have gotten faster in the meantime.... and then that pesky BQ
So yeah... my thoughts on the changes are meh... probably because it doesn't affect me right now. And by the time it will affect me, it won't matter anymore.... (hopefully). :)