After a summer filled with lots of sweat, hills, and hard work, I’m ready to take on my ninth half marathon this weekend. I’m excited to head north and run the streets of Philly for the second time.
Last year when I ran/walked this race I was 32 weeks pregnant, and my one and only goal was to cross the finish line. This year, now that I’m not pregnant and have had a summer filled with lots of training, my mindset and focus going into race day are quite different. Although my training hasn’t gone exactly as I would have liked (traveling, work, getting sick, and life in general have interfered at times), but nonetheless I know that I’ve done as much as I can to be ready for this race.
My three goals for Sunday are:
Goal A – Finish the race in under 2:11:06 (10:00 minute/mile pace)
Goal B – Finish the race in under 2:13:17 (10:10 minute/mile pace)
Goal C – Finish the race in under 2:15:28 (10:20 minute/mile pace)
All three of these goals would result in a new half marathon PR for myself, which is currently 2:19:08 (10:37 pace). My current PR was set back in June at ZOOMA Annapolis, which was a very hilly course and race day itself was very hot and humid. Despite the fact that I had the odds against me, I still persevered and managed to set a new PR. I’m hopeful that, despite training not going 100% as I had hoped, that I’ll be able to push myself harder than I did in June since I’ll be facing much more friendly racing conditions.
I’m very excited for this race weekend. I plan to head to the expo midday on Saturday, and am hopeful that I’ll be able to attend the We Run Social meetup Saturday afternoon to say a quick hello to fellow bloggers and runners. If you plan to be there, hopefully I’ll see you.
QOTD: When is your next major race?