Tonight’s post is going to be short and sweet because it’s late and I’m tired. On Saturday, the past twelve weeks of training will come together on a 13.1 mile run through one of New York City’s 5 boroughs…if the world doesn’t end first, that is. On certain days, I am really excited about this run. On others, I am really nervous about it. Well, ’twas ever thus, as they say.
I mentioned earlier that I thought I would go into this run with an A,B, and C goal. I think this will make things a bit more balanced than things were for the Colon Cancer 15k. Things have been pretty up and down recently, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. As a result, I’ve chosen goals that I think represent what I can realistically achieve.
My A goal: to finish under 2 hours. This would mean an average pace of about 9:09 per mile. My half-marathon PR is a 1:58:28, and I’m not looking to beat that this weekend, but I would be thrilled to come close.
My B goal: 2:05, which would mean an average pace of about 9:30 per mile.
My C goal: 2:10, which means an average pace of about 9:55 per mile.
My slowest time for a half-marathon is a 2:11, and I’m pretty sure I’m in better shape now than I was at the time I ran that race. The biggest challenge this weekend is going to be how I fare mentally. In spite of a few bad runs, I am physically ready to run this race, I just need to get my head in the game for it!