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.
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!
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!
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?