I’ve been going back and forth as to whether or not I should continue to set race goals for myself while I’m pregnant. I’ve been having this debate with myself for a couple of weeks now. However, last night I came to the realization that just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean that I can’t continue to push myself, especially on days or during weeks when I’m feeling great.
This week has been one of those weeks that I’ve been feeling energized. The weather has been less humid and not as warm as it has been in previous weeks. I’m optimistic that the weather will cooperate Saturday morning for the race, and that I shouldn’t face too many obstacles.
The other factor working in my favor for Saturday’s race is that I’ve run the Firecracker 5k the past two years. I’m familiar with the course, which should assist me in better pacing myself for the full 3.1 miles.
Based on my running recently, my three goals for Saturday’s race are:
Goal A – Finish the race in under 31:04 (10:00 pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 31:51 (10:15 pace)
Goal C – Beat last year’s Firecracker 5k finish time and finish in under 32:35 (10:29 pace)
My C Goal last year was to beat my 2013 Firecracker 5k finish time, so I’m hopeful that I can continue that trend this year.
QOTD: Will you be running a Fourth of July themed race as part of your Independence Day celebration?