Last night I completed my second run since I was discharged from the hospital. I completed a 5k on the treadmill, and while it was no where close to my fastest run, it did boost my confidence about my ability to complete my second half marathon this weekend.
I’m going to be realistic about the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon though. I am well aware that I am under trained as a result of all that’s been going on health wise. The last time I completed a long run was two and a half weeks ago. Unlike when I trained for my first half marathon, the Disney World Half, and I ran a complete half marathon as part of my preparation for the race, the farthest I’ve run this training cycle is 10 miles. The last time I ran anything further than that was the day of my first half marathon.
When we met with the neurologist on Monday, he was very encouraging of me running the race this weekend. Since I know I’m under trained and not 100% better yet, I’ve come to accept that if I need to walk a good part of or all of my second half marathon then that’s okay. The course time limit is 4 hours, which requires that I maintain a minimum pace of 18:18 min/mile. When Preston and I walked the Disney World 10k, we maintained a 16:41 min/mile pace, and that included stopping for pictures with a couple characters. That has me more than reassured about finishing within the course time limit, even if I have to walk all 13.1 miles.
Deep down, I know that if I don’t attempt the race that I’ll wonder if I could have done it this weekend. Am I more physically prepared than I’m giving myself credit for? Probably not, but I won’t know until I cross the start line Saturday morning.
I’ve been debating with myself about sharing publicly the finish time goals I set for myself a couple of weeks back. After much debate, I’ve decided to go ahead and share them, even though I know that its highly unlikely that I’ll finish the race as fast as I wanted to when I originally set these goals for myself.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:45 (12:35 min/mile pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 3:00 (13:44 min/mile pace)
Goal C – Finish the race in under 3:15:58 (14:57 min/mile pace) – my current half marathon PR from the Disney World Half Marathon
And with what’s been going on over the past two weeks, I’m adding a fourth goal.
Goal D – Finish the race upright and in under 4:00 (18:18 min/mile pace)
QOTD: Do you ever adjust race goals as a result of an injury or illness?