Owens Corning Half Marathon Goals

It’s Saturday night. 7:56pm. Race day is tomorrow. It’s time to post my goals!

I’m trusting what I wrote down in my notebook in mid-March: an A, B, and C goal. All three goals include a PR, and that’s a little scary to share with the world, but I know I can do it. Even if a couple things go wrong, barring a huge catastrophe, I know that I can cross that finish line faster than I did in 2015.

The time to beat is 2:36:39, which I ran at the Navy Air Force Half in 2015, or 2:35:20, which I ran on a training run this cycle. Has that ever happened to you before? Do you consider a non-race attempt a PR? Regardless, the average pace was 11:51.

A Goal: 10:50 pace for a 2:21:XX finish and a 15 minute PR from my 2015 race. That’s the goal pace I’ve been training for, with the exception of week 11 when an ITB issue popped up. On race day, I don’t want to linger on that. I want to channel the 2 x 2.5 workout on April 7th when I nailed 7.5 miles at race pace after five 30+ mile weeks. 10:XX is still an out-of-my-comfort-zone pace to think I can hold for more than 2 hours, but I’m sure going to give it my all.

B Goal: 11:05 pace for a 2:25:XX finish and a ~11 minute PR. I think this gives me wiggle room if I’m having trouble nailing my paces, or I feel like I need to start off slower than expected in the earlier miles. This would still be a big achievement.

C Goal: Anything under 2:30:XX, which would still be a 6-7 minute PR. I foresee this being an option if my knee doesn’t cooperate on race day, or some other factor blows up. I’d still be proud, and it would be a much faster than any of my 2016 races.

Wish me luck! Whatever happens tomorrow, I know that the hundred of miles I’ve run over the past 12 weeks have already changes me. I’m a better runner than I was before I started this training cycle, and I’ve shown myself I am capable of setting a challenging goal and getting after it.

I’ve been playing around with a lot of mantras for the morning, but nothing has felt as good as a simple, “You can do this.” I can do this.

If I do it right, I should feel the pain of racing tomorrow. My goal pace may be other’s recovery pace, but it’s what challenges my body at this point and time, and that’s okay. I’ll get there someday! I hope tomorrow is one big step toward it.


Thinking Out Loud: Plotting for Spring (Already?!)

I’m linking up with Running with Spoons again for Thinking Out Loud. Thanks for hosting, Amanda!

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It’s October 29th, and I’ve already set my sights on spring. Well, not spring so much as spring races.

I’ve been thinking about what race to run next before my first half marathon was even off my list. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out like I expected – races sold out, I traveled home unexpectedly, etc., etc. While I wish I had more races lined up this fall, I think it’s for the best. Training takes time, ya know? And I’ve really needed a flexible schedule as I chug away at my research and graduate thesis through December. I’m almost done. I’m almost done. 

When I do finish my master’s degree, I’m going to be ready to work toward something else. Here’s what I’m thinking:

I’m entering myself for the NYC Half (March 20, 2016) and trying to register for the Marine Corps 17.75K (April 2, 2016). If I get into one or both – awesome! I’ll treat both as training races or long runs for the big goal: the Glass City Marathon (April 24, 2016) in my hometown.

Why those first two races? NYC is a quick trip from DC, I have friends to stay with, and I’d love to run through that city. As for the 17.75K, it’s a unique distance, in my city, and I’d love a chance to run with the marines. Those of you familiar with this race also know that its completion guarantees an entry to the Marine Corps Marathon….

Which brings me to a quick fast forward even father in the future…fall 2016. First off, I’m getting married October 16th! This wedding planning business is still pretty overwhelming, but I can’t wait to marry my best friend on Mackinac Island. We’ll figure out what we want to race during that happy/crazy time in our lives as it gets closer 🙂IMG_5459

Sooo I have just over two months until I begin a marathon training plan. I felt comfortable following a standard novice plan from Hal Hidden for my half marathon, but I think I need (and want) a little more hand holding as I tackle 26.2 miles.

I’ve decided to purchase a coaching plan from Maximum Performance Running. I’ve read only good things about its services through Jen at Jen Chooses Joy, and I’m looking forward to getting a plan with a few more tools. I’m debating the 16 or 18 Week Marathon Custom Training Program!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about training for a marathon. I don’t want to push my body too hard too soon. I want to be smart, but I also really want to make this dream a reality – carefully, thoughtfully and intentionally.

Anyone else thinking about/secured their spring races?