Its a bit surreal to think that at this time next week I will have run my third half marathon. A year ago, I was just getting ready to start training for my first half marathon. What a year its been!
I’ve been looking forward to running Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach ever since Preston ran it last year. I ran the 5k, and loved finishing the race on the boardwalk with the ocean as the finish line backdrop. While it will likely be hot and humid Sunday morning during the race, like it was last year, the course is extremely flat. Because I’ve been doing a lot of hill training this summer, I’m hopeful that it’ll pay off for me on race day and will help me push myself that much faster on the flat course.
I’ll admit, I’m going into Sunday’s race with very ambitious goals. When I won the Pacebands giveaway that We Run Disney hosted, I debated for awhile which band to order, but ultimately decided that I should push myself on race day since my training has been going really well this summer.
Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:30:00 (11:27 pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:37:30 (12:01 pace)
Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:45:00 (12:35 pace)
Meeting any of these three goals would allow me to also PR, since my current half marathon PR from Rock ‘n’ Roll USA is 2:55:26 (13:24 pace). I’m very optimistic about not only meeting one of my three goals but also crushing my PR. Given that I ran the Leesburg 20k two weeks ago in 2:25:47 (11:44 pace), I’d say setting a new PR this weekend is very likely to happen, especially given how hilly of a course I ran on in Leesburg.
I know several bloggers will also be running the race this weekend, and I’m hoping to see as many as possible throughout the weekend. And anybody who is running should keep their eyes out for Preston at the start line, as he’s volunteering there instead of running the race this year!
QOTD: Do you push yourself to reach ambitious goals, or do you play it safe with your goal setting?