It’s Cherry Blossom Ten Miler week and I realized that I need to set some goals for this race! I haven’t spent that much time thinking about what I wanted the outcome to be, which seems kind of weird, but it’s true. However, I do like having goals, so I’m going to go ahead and set a few…
My current ten miler PR is 1:42 and change. That came during last year’s Cherry Blossom race. I am in better shape now that I was a year ago and think I should definitely be able to PR but I don’t want to go crazy because I have a lot of races this month. I’m running a 5k every Friday, I’m running a marathon relay next weekend and I’m running an indoor triathlon the following weekend. So while, I want to run my best, I don’t want to kill myself, :). Here’s what I’m thinking – of course subject to change!
- A goal (the stars align and everything is awesome): 1:35. This would be a huge PR and equals out to a 9:30 pace for the race. This will be a good test of my pacing skills (or lack thereof) – I have to remember it’s not a 10k but it’s also not a half marathon. I ran a 9:36 average pace for my goal half marathon last fall. I’m not sure I’m in that kind of racing shape – even though my overall fitness is better I haven’t been doing speed work so this would be a really, really good day.
- B goal:1:38. This would also be a huge PR and equals to roughly a 9:50 pace. Given my recent 10k, I think this is possible.
- C goal: a new PR (even it that’s 1:41). I should be able to set a new PR on Sunday, unless something is really out of whack. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and this is a course I’m very familiar with.
Be sure to check back next week for my race recap and to find out how I did!
Are you racing Cherry Blossom? If so, PLEASE say hi if you see me. I’ll be wearing my Oiselle singlet on top (not sure on bottoms just yet).