I’ve got some mixed feeling about Sunday’s half marathon. This will be the first race I have trained for in over a year that I probably will not PR in. I had a pretty good streak going last year before I got injured – I was PRing every race I ran. And constantly improving your time can become quite addicting. So, here I sit, with about 7 weeks of training under my belt and my speed isn’t anywhere near where it was the last time I ran a half marathon, so I know a PR is going to be impossible. I’m hoping by setting an A, B and C goal for the race I can feel accomplished when I finish the race, and not disappointed because of the time on the race clock.
Goal A (I’ll be happy if I can….): Run the whole race. 7 weeks ago I couldn’t even run. Be happy I am at the race, running, and crossing the finish line. And to remind myself of this, I will be wearing this shirt:
Goal B (I’ll be super-happy if I can….): Start at a 10min mile, hold that through mile 8, then pick up the pace until the end. Finish time sub 2:20.
Goal C (I’d be over the moon if I can…): Closer to 2hrs. Depends how my leg feels. Maybe the stars will align. Maybe not.
Whatever happens at the race, I just need to remember that I have the Albuquerque Half Marathon in April and this race is setting a good base to begin my training for that race in two weeks. I’m going to go out and enjoy the race and see what happens.
How do you deal with knowing you may not reach your personal best?