(I just want to say THANK YOU so much to everyone asking about my biopsy test results. I called the doctor’s office first thing yesterday morning but they weren’t in yet. The wait continues.)
Last night’s speedwork kicked my butt. Literally.
Speedwork + dark outside + rain = Kristina falling down.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to get any medical marijuana to help alleviate the pain because Florida failed to pass the amendment. I have a lot of thoughts about this, but I’ll save that for another day!
Today I want to talk about my goals for the Fort Lauderdale half this coming weekend!
As you probably guessed from me mentioning speedwork, I am NOT tapering for this race. I’m treating it as my normal weekly long run. However, a race is a race and I have some goals!
1. Aim for consistent splits + negative split.
Ever since I wrote about being really bad when it comes to running consistent splits I’ve really been working on it. Over the weekend I was really proud to see most of my splits were pretty on point, and of course I was really happy to have negative split the run too.
One of my goals for the Fort Lauderdale half will be to run consistent splits and to negative split if everything is feeling good!
2. Enjoy every minute.
If my splits turn out to be all over the place and I go out too fast and can’t negative split, I’m not going to worry too much about it.
This is the first of five possible half marathons I can run within the next few months. I have plenty of opportunities to work on executing a great race – which was the whole point of signing up for three (of five) potential races before February.
This race I am going in pressure free and ready to enjoy every minute!
3. Practice mental clarity (and physical toughness*).
While I thoroughly plan to enjoy every minute, I do still want to use this half marathon as an opportunity to work on my mental clarity and toughness.
During the marathon I remember feeling like my mind was in a total blur from the very beginning. I think at first I was just so excited about the whole thing I couldn’t concentrate, and at the end I was in hurting too much to concentrate.
This race I want to practice focusing my mind and being in the moment!
*AND if I end up deciding around the halfway point that I want to shoot for a specific time I want to practice physical toughness.
I think my mind is pretty strong in that it will always tell me I can get to the finish line, but as soon as my body starts aching a little bit I turn into a big baby and give myself the freedom to slow down/walk more. I want to stop doing that!
4. Earn a course and half marathon PR.
I mentioned the other day that I’m almost guaranteed a PR since my easy pace is a lot faster than it was last year. I hope I am not jinxing myself by saying that!
Based on my 10-miler over the weekend I think I am more than prepared to hit 2:59 on Sunday. That would not only earn me a PR and a time that I really want, but would also be a HUGE PR over last year. It would also mark my first time running a half marathon in under three hours.
To hit 2:59 I just need to average a 13:45 pace; during my 10-miler over the weekend I averaged 13:44 and felt great.
I’m not tapering this week as this half is not technically my goal half, it’s one I designated to run just for fun. But even without super fresh legs I think I’ll get it or come close.
5. Prepare myself to go for the gold in January.
I want to run a 2:45 half marathon. I don’t think that’s totally realistic for January but my “gold” will be getting as close to that as possible.
Next year I hope these goals seem like distance memories and I’m working on even bigger and better things!
How do you set expectations for races that are not your “goal race”? Do you still feel pressure on race day?