Perhaps the only thing scarier than setting goals is sharing them publicly.
In the spirit of the new year, and since the Charleston Half Marathon is only 2 weeks away, I’ve set a few goals for the race. Time goals are very all-or-nothing, so I set training and race goals as well.
- Cross the starting and finish lines injury free and smiling. <—Most important goal.
- Foam roll and stretch regularly- so that I can remain injury free.
- Recover from the race by taking a few days off completely and taking it easy the week after the race. I’ve been training continuously for a few months now, so I need an off season.
Race Day Goals:
- Ease into a comfortable pace/don’t start too fast. Murray Blvd may be a part of the race course and my weekly speedwork route, but no plans to run 1/2 mile repeat pace on race day.
- Stay focused and not get distracted during the race. The weekly tempo runs have helped tremendously with the mental aspect of racing 5Ks, so hopefully it works for the half.
- Enjoy the race and don’t mentally give up if it seems like I won’t meet a time goal.
- A goal: 1:42.
I plugged my last 5K (22:18 at yesterday’s Race the Landing Recycle, Reuse, Renew 5K) into the Running for Fitness pace calculator, and those predicted times were around 1:42.
I also entered my Old Village Harbor 5K PR from November, adding 18 seconds to account for a slightly (.04) short course. I got a 1:40 projected finish time. A 1:40 half marathon would be a great long-term goal if I decide to keep training for longer distances.
- B goal: 1:45.
I ran a 13.1 mile training run in just under 1:45. I’m notorious for PRing 13.1 mile training runs when training for short distances, so maybe I can earn a half marathon PR in an actual race.
- C goal: 1:50.
This would be a course record for me (and beat my Charleston Half Marathon 2013 time).
I’m also running the All American Half Marathon in March 2015, so if I don’t meet my goals at my hometown race, at least I’ll have a second chance 9 weeks later. That’s the best thing about running- you can learn from your races, make training adjustments, and you always have another chance.