Oh, hi friends. I kind of forgot that I’m running another half marathon this weekend (yes, just a week after I ran and PRed in Richmond). I’ve been super excited to run the Annapolis Running Classic and I still am but I’ve kind of been in denial about another race. It has been a really long and awesome season of racing (more about my thoughts on my season in another post) and honestly, these legs are a bit tired. Saturday will be my 20th race of 2015. After Annapolis, I’m running a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and then that is probably it for the year. I say probably because I can’t make any promises – I’ve always wanted to run the Fairfax 4 Miler on New Year’s Eve and depending on how our NYE plans shake out, I might finally do that one. Anyway, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Read on for my Annapolis Running Classic Race Goals!
After the truly incredible racing season I’ve had (I set personal records in the 10k, ten miler, half marathon and marathon this fall), I am running Annapolis for fun, not for time. I know I said that last week when I was writing my goals for Richmond, but I really mean it this time!
A Goal: This is the perfect day. In the 2:10 range. This would not be the race of my life but I’m strictly looking to have fun on Saturday. I’ve raced an awful lot this fall and I’m trying to take it easy for the rest of the year, running wise. Annapolis is super hilly so I’d be pleased with this.
B Goal: This is an average day. Nothing is perfect but nothing is awful. 2:15ish. This should be doable and still present enough of a challenge for the run.
C Goal: This is a bad day. Things have gone wrong and it just is not my day. Finish happy. I really don’t have strong time goals for this race – I just want to enjoy running Annapolis and a fun day!
I will probably mimic what I did in Richmond and not look at my watch while running – there’s no need to and I’m really not concerned about time at all. I do not expect a repeat of last weekend where I looked at my watch for the first time at mile 12 and realized I could PR. For one, like I mentioned, Annapolis is very hilly and for another, I just am not going to be running as fast as I was last weekend, I already know. I have not run all week and have just taken Pure Barre classes. I’m ready to just relax and have a bit of a running break before I start training for my spring goal race (again more on that in a future post).
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and for those of you heading to Annapolis, I hope to see you there!