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Half Marathon #7 Goals

Happy Friday!

Even though this was technically a short week for me, I am still so excited it’s the weekend! My to-do list is quite extensive, including the 10 mile training run I missed out on last weekend while we were out of town. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to pretty much rain all weekend, so as soon as there’s a break I’m hoping to get outside! I would really prefer to NOT run a 10 miler on the treadmill, but either way, it’s got to get done! Miles are miles!

Half marathon #7 is just 2 weeks from tomorrow, and compared to previous ones, I am way undertrained! I’ve just simply not been logging as many miles as I know I probably should, but I’ve definitely enjoyed this round of training way more than others as well. Maybe it’s the fact that I went into this first half of marathon training knowing that I’d mainly just play it by ear, and see how I felt. I knew I wanted to focus more on cross-training, and if anything it’s kept me from getting burned out as fast. I do feel strong though, and have had some great workouts recently that I’ve talked a little bit about on Instagram. But I’m still trying to set realistic goals for this race. I know for a fact that I’m not about to set some crazy goal for myself when my training just simply won’t support it. I feel like as I’ve discovered more and more things I enjoy doing (yoga, biking, etc.) I’ve put less and less pressure on myself to accomplish the more nit-picky running goals. If that makes sense. I want to accomplish them of course, but I think I’m becoming less and less honed in on one exact goal, and rather I’m thinking about the bigger picture and my overall fitness level. I guess. I don’t know ya’ll, it’s Friday. Foggy brain is real.

soaring wings half marathon conway

I had originally wanted to get as close to 1:50 as possible, but I know that’s not going to happen. I think aiming towards just a minute or two faster than my previous time is much more doable. I PR’d this same race last year and thought I was going to die when I crossed the finish line, and that was only finishing in 1:58:13. I was super proud of myself, but looking back I know that I wasn’t doing ANY sort of cross training at all. I was solely running, and not doing any strength training at all either. Accomplishing my goal of hitting a sub-2 half marathon felt huge, and when I tried to hit sub-2 again in March, I missed it by 2 minutes. I do however, partly blame terrible racing conditions and a lack of recovery from my marathon for that, but still. Now that I’ve hit that goal once, and felt the sub-2 hour high, I want to do it again even more!! There’s just something about that feeling!

little_rock_half_marathon_2014

I know to hit a sub-2 hour half marathon, your pace has to average out to be UNDER 9:09 minute miles. Theoretically, that should be doable. I haven’t been running anything slower than 8:50 for the most part, but I know once I’m outside and on a hillier course, that will slip closer to 9:00, no doubt. I also know that since I just literally haven’t been running as many miles, that my feet will really have to work to stay strong the entire time. I feel confident that combining more biking, yoga, strength training, walking, etc. will help even things out. But, who knows! If I don’t hit another sub-2 I won’t be too terribly upset, especially since I’ll be turning right around the next weekend and starting the second half of marathon training. (insert scared ghost face emoji).

I like to set three goals for myself each race, that way if I don’t hit my TOP goal, I’m not completely disappointed and feel unaccomplished. So for this upcoming half marathon, here are my A, B, and C goals:

A. Run a 1:55, shaving off 3 minutes from my PR time.

This is a lofty goal. But it’s possible. Very possible. But also most likely a game time decision on if I mentally think that’s possible. And that’s the kicker.

B. PR and hit 1:56 or 1:57.

I could live with this and would feel very proud of myself for even PR’ing by just a minute or two. 30 seconds even. Just anything below a 1:58:13 seems feasible and realistic more than anything.

C. Stay under 2:05, preferably as close to 2:00 as possible.

Lord willing there are no major snags along the way, this one is completely doable. As much as I cringed at my last half when the clock said 2:02, I still felt like the effort it took to stay around a 2:00 half is pretty solid! Whew! It’s definitely not the easiest thing in the world, at least not for me!

she believed she could

In the end though, hitting a race goal is more of a mental game than a physical game for me. At this point I’ve run 6 half marathons, so I KNOW I can go the distance, and I KNOW how much slack I can give myself in training in order to still feel okay on race day. But sometimes what I don’t know, is what tricks my mind will play on me at mile 10 when I want to walk. Or at mile 12 when the last stretch it up hill. Or even at mile 3 when I think, “why am I doing this again???”

I haven’t had a race in several months (since a 5K in June), so I feel like I’m a little out of my racing mindset. I purposefully didn’t sign up anything to try and cut down on busy Saturdays, so I’m excited to be surrounded by that race day hype again! Hopefully as we get closer and closer over the next two weeks I’ll be able to focus and get pumped!

On another note, the Walt Disney World Marathon is 14 weeks away!!! I should probably look into booking my flight! AH!

I can’t even believe I signed up for another marathon. Somebody slapped me with the crazy stick, that’s for sure. Oh wait. Yep. My best friend did. Best friends will do that from time to time.

Alright peeps, it’s FRIDAY!!!! Here’s to being productive both in the gym and on my to-do list! We’re celebrating my husband’s birthday with a date to one of our favorite restaurants tomorrow night – thankful to finally be home on a weekend to spend some time together.

Do you have a race coming up? How do you set goals? Do your goals seem to transform over time? What are you doing this weekend?

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    Emily @ Sweets and Beets
    October 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I’m sure you’ll do great! Sometimes when you don’t TRY as hard, that’s when you do the best! 🙂 I’m not training for any races right now, but I kind of wish I was! Fall’s such a nice time to train 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Fall is always my favorite time to train as well 🙂 And my best race times are always when it’s cold, even though I HATE to be cold! You should pick up a random 5k sometime before it gets too bone chilling cold!

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    October 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Happy Friday! Best of luck with your training and enjoy the weekend. 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you! Even though I’m late responding 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!

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    Matilda
    October 11, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I think you will make your final decision come race day. You’ll know believe me.

    I’m working this weekend (sat only) but it means I miss out on the last club run for the season. Which sucks but it is what it is.

    My next race is a next weekend. 10km. Maybe a new pb, but we’ll see.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Awesome!! So did this race happen this past weekend?! How did it go, if so??

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    Molly Rose
    October 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    AHH! I am SO with you on these! I have my second half coming up in 2 weeks. My first one my time was 2:00:32. Seriously! So naturally my goal is to get sub-2 (hearing about your sub-2 high gets me so excited!) however my training has been way slower. As in… there is a real good chance I’ll have a worse time than my first half mare. I just keep telling myself a sub-2 is in my future, just maybe not at this race. IT WILL BE OKAY. Ps: cross training> all the running. Good job, girl 😉
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Agreed!! It is NOT the end of the world if you don’t hit your goal THIS time 🙂 But, I think you will do great regardless!! And oh my goodness, I’m in LOVE with cross training! Ah!

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    Bree
    October 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I’m so excited for Soaring Wings! Hopefully I won’t have other plans so I can come out and spectate!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      So where were you spectating?? I know you said you saw me, but like what side of the street were you on?

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        Bree
        October 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        I was on the left side of the street at the start of the race, and still there for mile 4. There ended up being so many people I know, I forget how much fun local races are!

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    Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado
    October 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Get it girl!!!

    So excited for you — you’re going to crush it. AND PS– you’re super speedy.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Hahaha, thanks dear!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    14 weeks, that’s it?!? Pardon me while I go freak out — it’s too soon!!!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      I know!!! It’s going to be here SOON! AH!!!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    October 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    A sub 2 hr. half is the stuff my dreams are made of! I know you will do great with all your hard training!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Girl, you can TOTALLY hit a sub 2 hour half one day!!

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    Heather @fitncookies
    October 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Though I don’t think you will have a problem hitting your goals, I love that you have multiple in case something doesn’t happen. There is a lot you can’t control, like weather, sleep, how you are feeling, so having multiple goals allows you to run your best without the worry! Good luck!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      I love that everything you mentioned ended up coming into play! Look at you! So wise 😉

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    Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    October 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I think you can totaly sub 2! That’s my half marathon goal as well. I’m running in November but don’t think I will get close to 2:00. My PR is 2:10, so anything less than that will make me happy. Ideally like…2:05 at least. I have been doing tempo runs at 9:09 pace but max have done 3 miles and felt like I was dying so Idk about holding that for 10 more miles!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      I think you will do awesome! I’ve been following your training and think you’ve got this for sure! You’re always stronger than you think 🙂 Hopefully the weather cooperates, that was my biggest problem on Sat!

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