This Sunday I’ll be running my sixth race of 2014 and my second 5k of the year – the BA5k in South Jersey. This 5k is an annual race to honor the memory of one of my sister-in-law’s high school classmates who passed away from an undiagnosed heart arrhythmia at the age of 21.
Having walked this race in 2010, 2011, and 2012, I know that the course is super flat and great for pushing myself towards another speedy finish time. Given how busy life has been this week though (on both Monday and Wednesday I was out of the house for nearly 14 hours straight, and I still haven’t fully caught up on sleep from my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party on Saturday), I’m a tad worried about pushing my body to achieve another 5k PR after setting my current PR at the Jaguar 5k two weeks ago. I’m certainly going to try my best, but deep down, I’m a bit worried about what my body will be able to do.
With that said, I’m still setting high goals for this race, and come Sunday morning I’ll see what my body is capable of.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 31:07 (10:02 pace) – my current treadmill PR
Goal B – Finish the race in under 31:40 (10:12 pace) – my current race PR from the Jaguar 5k
Goal C – Finish the race in under 31:51 (10:15 pace)
QOTD: How do you approach goal setting for races when you’re worried about pushing your body too hard?