On Sunday I’ll be running my fifth race of the year – the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. You may recall that last year’s race didn’t go as I had hoped that it would, and resulted in a bad taste being left in my mouth about this race. I’m hoping for a much better experience this year. I’ve already checked and I’ve been placed in the correct corral for this year, so that’s already an improvement over last year’s experience. That has me hopeful that this year’s race experience will be better than last year’s.
Since Shamrock Half Marathon, I’ve only run a handful of times, which does include a 6 mile run that I completed on Saturday. Although I had intended to run more than once while on vacation last week, it didn’t happen. And I’m okay with that. My body and mind needed a break after Shamrock.
I’m looking forward to this race for a couple of reasons. The peak bloom for the cherry blossoms is still predicted to happen this weekend, which will make for gorgeous scenery along the course. Several area bloggers will be running the race, and I can’t wait to see them. And right now, Preston is planning to run the race with me instead of at his own pace (although he could still make the last minute decision to run on his own and meet me at the finish line).
Because my Spring goal race was almost two weeks ago, I won’t be pushing myself on Sunday like I did at Shamrock. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have goals though. And if a PR happens (my current PR was set at the Army Ten Miler back in October), then great, but if a PR doesn’t happen then I won’t be disappointed either.
So what are my goals for Sunday’s race?
Goal A – Finish the race in under 1:46:40 (10:40 pace) – my pace from Shamrock Half Marathon
Goal B – Finish the race in under 1:53:02 (11:18 pace) – my current ten miler PR pace
Goal C – Finish the race in under 1:58:44 (11:52 pace) – last year’s Cherry Blossom finish time
QOTD: Do you push yourself to PR at every race, do you just run some races for fun?