My Goals for Sunday’s Christmas Town Dash 8k

In just three short days I’ll be running my last race of 2014, the Christmas Town Dash 8k at Busch Gardens.


I’m super excited to end of my 2014 race year at a theme park.  I kicked off the year at Disney World with my first two races of 2014, and its nice to be ending the year in a similar environment.

The last time I went to Busch Gardens was in 2012, so I’m excited to make a return trip.  I’m also looking forward to seeing Williamsburg decorated for Christmas, and ending the weekend with the Christmas Town Dash.

This will be my first ever 8k, so that means it’ll be an automatic PR.  The course is described as having many hills, turns, and different surfaces, so I’m a little uncertain as to what to expect Sunday morning.  While I want to enjoy the race and where I’m running it, I also want to balance that with pushing myself to run the race as fast as I can.  I’ll likely make a last minute decision Sunday morning as to how hard I want to push myself.

Goal A – Finish the race in under 53:31 (10:46 pace) – my pace from my last outdoor long run

Goal B – Finish the race in under 54:41 (11:00 pace)

Goal C – Finish the race in under 55:55 (11:15 pace)

QOTD: What holiday themed races will you be running this season?

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17 Responses to My Goals for Sunday’s Christmas Town Dash 8k

  1. Good luck reaching your goals. Hopefully you’ll make your A goal. Races around this time of yearare so fun. It’ll be a great training run for you.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Good luck with your 8K this weekend and enjoy Williamsburg. I look forward to your pictures of all the decorations that you will see. I will run the Jingle Bell 5K this weekend and then Surf N Santa with J&A on the 20th (my mom will be coming too).

  3. kittenmeari says:

    I was looking at the Surf n Santa, but since I live in Williamsburg.. it’s a LONG, traffic filled drive.

    Have fun on Sunday. I certainly will!

  4. Lesley says:

    A Busch Gardens race sounds like a lot of fun. I was there a long time ago. Good luck!

  5. Chaitali says:

    Enjoy the race, this one sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 I’ve never been to Williamsburg during the holiday season. I’m doing the Jingle All the Way 5k this weekend and a Jingle Jog 8k in Rockville next weekend.

  6. Busch Gardens, that sounds fun!! I’ll be in NYC this weekend so no racing for me but good luck to you!

  7. John @ run. geek. run(disney) says:

    I will be running the Christmas Town Dash this weekend too. Signed up last year but with weather and race getting bumped a week got deferred to this year. Taking an easier pace running with my sister but a 5k Santa race the following that I will likely try to go faster on. I don’t k OE this course but I know Busche Gardens is hilly so a little unsure how hard it will be.

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