Well, after what has felt like a LONG winter of training, race day is just about here. I’ve said this multiple times but I am ready to race. I think I’m well prepared – I’ve run over 460 miles in training over the past few months and I’ve had success at hitting my paces in workouts. I’ve also had some pleasant surprises, like unexpectedly setting a PR in January. Of course, there have been set backs as well. I had some challenges over the past few weeks, with a medical issue and then a death in the family and those things were tough both physically and emotionally. However, I’m very confident in the work I’ve put in and I can’t wait to race on Sunday.
I like to set three goals for big races – A, B and C. My A goal is my perfect day goal. My B goal is an average day – what I’d expect to run. My C goal is not a great day and something may have gone wrong. While I usually set time goals, for this cycle, I’ve been focusing in terms of pace. So that’s how I’ll list my goals below.
- A Goal: 8:30 pace. I ran an 8:38 pace in January at Phoenix and that felt hard. However, I think that I am capable of racing at this pace and would be thrilled with this result. My speed work and tempo runs show that I can run 8:30 pace – the question is will everything come together on Sunday to allow me to average that pace for 13.1 miles.
- B Goal: 8:38 pace. I hope that at a minimum I can match my PR pace from January. January’s race was on a weird, challenging course and while B&A does have one hill, I think the course will be better overall.
- C Goal: Sub-9 pace. I’d be disappointed if I did not run a sub-9 minute mile pace on Sunday. I know that I am definitely capable of doing such so not doing so would be a tough day.
Well, here goes nothing! Check back in a few days to see how it goes!
Who else is racing this upcoming weekend? What’s your weather? I honestly haven’t even checked the forecast yet!