Yesterday was spent in one of my favorite places in the entire world – the gym. Cross training.
Sense the sarcasm. End of that story because there is not much to report in that arena.
Track workout took a different form tonight as we settled into our half marathon pace for approximately 4 miles. I have been toying with a couple “goal” times and paces, when in all honesty, this is a race that I am looking to enjoy and finish strong. I want to be healthy and ready to pick up in preparation for the relay!
As a result, I am setting out a couple goals that will allow me to sink into a good and appropriate rhythm. To give you some perspective, my current half marathon PR was at San Jose RnR with a 2:13. That is approximately a 10:10 pace. Using my 10k race as guidance into the Mcmillan world, here are some goals of mine. [Note: my ultimate “sub-2” goal will always be in the back of my mind, but this race is not the time. I have my eye on a future half marathon to work towards, but hey, if it’s there and I’m feeling it in any of the halfs before it, then soooo be it!]
1. Pace a personal best. I am aiming for 9:45 min/mile.
2. Achieve under 2:10. This will be achievable if I keep that pace above and be a personal record.
3. Keep the head up. In both senses. I want to enjoy the race and the sights since it is in the area I live in. I don’t want it to be a race that I “block out of my memory” (ahem: last half of CIM). I also want to finish with the sense of accomplishment and a smile.
So as you can see, I am going into the race with some expectations, but this isn’t THE race. It is the beginning of race season (sort of!).
I know my body is appreciating the taper week, but it is pretty hard mentally to cut back on everything. Does that happen to you too?
On my agenda, I am making a playlist for the half!! Woo. I have read a couple posts lately on music that gets you going, but if you have any to add, then let me know.