Saturday morning I’ll be running my 12th race of the year – the Dulles Day 5k. I’ve run this race for the past two years – last year the 10k and the year prior the 5k. Although I had initially planned to run the 10k again this year, I ultimately decided for a number of reasons that the 5k would be a better choice. Given how my RnR Philly training went last week, I’m very happy with my final decision.
This week’s training thus far has been going as planned, and overall, much better than last week’s training. Because I’m feeling pretty good, I decided that I still wanted to set my usual three race goals based on my recent average paces during my shorter runs. On Saturday I’m hoping to accomplish at least one of these three goals:
Goal A – Finish the race in under 33:24 (10:45 pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 34:11 (11:00 pace)
Goal C – Finish the race with a smile on my face
Given that I’ll be running on an airport runway, a super flat surface, I’m optimistic about being able to meeting either my A or B goals. I’ve had so much fun at this race the past two years, so unless something goes terribly wrong my C goal should be well within reach.
QOTD: When you set goals for races do you focus on pushing yourself, focus on making your goals attainable, or a combination of the two?