Running retail therapy = 100% real thing.
This morning was one of those mornings that I was just feeling off. Sad and lonely for no particular reason (other than the ever-present being away from home), and to be perfectly honest, I sort of wanted to cry.
I got off of that Negative Nelly train real quick though – 16oz of the lifeblood (coffee) plus a new RACE on my calendar and I was a totally new person! It’s funny how those things work. 🙂
Except maybe this.
I’ve been registered for a mid-November 10k for a while now, but it seemed/seems far away enough that I haven’t really thought about it. I know I can run the distance no problem so it’s not any stress.
Buuuut, now I have a race FOUR DAYS all of a sudden! So being the numbers-obsessed individual that I am, I of course had to lay down some solid goals.
Long-term / Standing Goal: A 45:00 10k race is my dream. This is not that race. I can do 1 minute intervals at the 7:15 pace required – I will get there, someday.
A Goal: Sub-50:00. This would translate to an 8:00 pace, which is the pace for my DREAM half marathon, a 1:45. If I can run that pace for 10k NOW, that leaves the entire winter to dedicate to basic aerobic training and then a few months to be able to maintain it for a half.
B Goal: Race hard. I honestly do not remember the time I full-out RACED. My half marathon was hard, but a very comfy pace as it was y first one. I ran a 5k two summers ago right when I was started to run again and walked up a hill when I could see the finish line. Sort of a race fail on my part. So, being 110% honest, if I go out there and leave it all on the course, and finish ready to throw up my lungs, I will be proud. Regardless of if the clock says 49:xx or 59:xx. Although I think for me to run anything slower than a 9:00 pace would quite literally require my legs to be chopped off. But we shall see.
I don’t have a C goal because I know I can finish the race. I suppose my C goal should be to eat the most pancakes after the race but seeing as I will be competing with 18-20 year old male runners I know right now I don’t have a chance. Perhaps if I brought my own peanut butter I could win points for most clinically insane / addicted to peanut butter?
Are you racing soon? What’s the plan?
Slash tell me how just CRUSHED all of your goals!