Big Lake two years ago
I always struggle with setting goals. If I set them high am I being unrealistic and setting myself up for failure? I think my biggest fear with setting them too high especially in a marathon is that if I don't meet them I will be disappointed. I feel doing a marathon is an achievement in itself no matter how many one has already done. It is something to be celebrated not feel disappointed about. Having said that I will admit I was disappointed with my marathon last fall and am looking to redeem myself this year.
Back to halves. My high pie in the sky goal is to beat 2 hours. My best time ever was 2:00:55 and that was 2 years ago. My slowest half was 2:12:10 and that was following a period of no running at all due to minor surgery. I was just glad to be allowed to run it. I have run 12 half marathons so I am very comfortable with the distance in fact I think it is my favorite race distance. When I ran in the exact same race last year I ran it in 2:03:46. It was not my goal race, that had been the Big Lake Marathon two weeks previous (where I got my best time the year before). Last year I ran it in 2:02:35. Half of my times are 2:05 or slower. Okay so I will set four goals with one being a true reach goal I don't expect to reach. Jameson would say that is such a bad attitude that of course I won't meet it!
Goal #1 - To be under 2 hours.
Goal #2 - To PR
Goal #3 - To beat last year's time in this race
Goal #4 - To be less than 2:05.
Going out slow won't be hard as it will be crowded. It is not as flat as the half I did in Feb. (darn) but not as hilly as the one I did in April (yeah). I know it will be fun as I will see spectators I know, I am racing with a coworker and my children will be in this race too!
It has been more than 24 hours since I started writing this because we had a bad thunder storm last night and lost electricity for more than 24 hours. No coffee, no shower, no internet this morning. Not a good way to start the day. But now I can get this posted, get ready for my girl to come to Vermont and enjoy Memorial Day Weekend!
Big Lake last year