Its hard to believe that my big race of the fall season is in just three days!
In just three short days I’ll be toeing the start line of my second ten miler. Many of you are probably thinking that I’m bound to PR since I’ve PRed at several of my recent major races. And while I’d love to PR, there are a couple of factors working against me:
- This is course is hillier than the course that I ran for my first ten miler, the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.
- The weather forecast for Sunday morning is a bit questionable. Some weather sources are predicting a high probability of rain, while others aren’t calling for rain at all.
- The day before the race is going to be pretty busy. I’ll be at school Saturday morning proctoring the SAT, and then we’ll be headed to the expo downtown Saturday afternoon.
- I’m nervous about getting to the start of the race on time given the number of issues that runners had last year because of back ups on Metro and issues with the security lines at the Pentagon, which is where the start and finish lines are.
Despite what I have working against me, I’m trying to remain as optimistic as I can about running a solid race. I know that I’m well prepared physically, and I’m trying to be as positive as I can.
With all of that said, here are my goals for Sunday’s race:
Goal A – Finish the race in under 1:53:50 (11:23 pace) – my pace from Saturday’s eight mile training run
Goal B – Finish the race in under 1:58:44 (11:52 pace) – my Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run finish time
Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:00:00 (12:00 pace)
QOTD: What was the last race that you ran that you were a bit uncertain about your ability to PR?