Tonight Preston and I will be running our third race of the week. Yes, I said it – third! My first week of school with my new students has been bookended with races – the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Mini Marathon on Sunday, the Electric Run DC last night (recaps to come soon about both of those races), and the Arlington Police, First & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K tonight. Let me just say, its been quite the way to kick off my first official week of half marathon training!
This morning, Preston and I had the privilege to greet and honor World War II veterans from Florida and Indiana as they arrived for a day long tour of downtown DC, including a stop at the World War II Memorial. We’ll be continuing our theme of honoring our nation’s veterans during tonight’s race.
Tonight, I’ll be running in honor of all the men and women who have served in the United States military, including my grandfather who served in the Air Force in the 1960s and Preston, who served in the Army for seven years, which included fourteen months in Iraq. Thankfully, neither my grandfather nor my husband were injured during their time in the military, but there are so many other people who were. It is in their honor that I will be running tonight, and that I will be raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project through Charity Miles.
Because I will be running in honor of all members of the military, as well as those who died as a result of the events of September 11, 2001, I want to push myself to run the majority, if not all, of tonight’s race. Unlike during Sunday’s race in Virginia Beach, the temperature and humidity are both much lower today, which should make it easier for me to not have to spend much time walking during the race. Since I didn’t meet my goal pace on Sunday, which was 11:00 min/mile, I want to strive for that pace tonight.
As I’m running, my other goal is to use milestones to help focus on my running and take my mind away from trying to talk myself into the need to walk. The course for tonight’s race has us starting in Crystal City, circling the Pentagon, and ending back in Crystal City. My plan is to use each mile marker and the water station as milestones. My hope is that if I focus on these milestones I won’t be as tempted to talk myself into a walk break.
We’re only a couple of hours away from the start of tonight’s race, so these goals will still be very fresh on my mind as we arrive at the start line and start running the race.
QOTD: Do you find goal setting to be an important aspect of your race preparation?