CASA Half Marathon Race Goals
Those of you who have followed along know that my 2015 goal was to return to a sub-2:00 half marathon at the CASA Half Marathon (Committee Against Spousal Abuse - this race benefits their shelter for women and children) in December; I love the course, I love the race directors and it's fun. As runners are known to do, I changed my mind in the late spring/early summer, and shifted my goal to a new marathon PR.
Delighted by my marathon accomplishment, I was excited to return to my original goal; however, I quickly realized that I wanted more. Not only did I want to return to the sub-2:00 time, but I also had a burning desire to break through my old half marathon personal best, set in 2008.
I've made a lot of progress; tomorrow's race will be my fifth and final half marathon of the year and, needless to say, time is running out on this goal for 2016. Sometimes, the best motivation for a procrastinator like me is a deadline.
The weather is likely to be cooler at the start than in any other race I've run this year and, for me, that's usually a positive; I LOVE racing in cold weather. The conditions should be similar to those at the start of last December's 3 Bridges Marathon, which were fabulous.
What I've learned along this half marathon quest this year is that I am my biggest obstacle; I am often standing in my own way when I cross that mat at the race start. As my workouts have increased in difficulty, my paces have improved and I am now in unchartered territory; it's been a long time - eight years - since I've been in this position. My coach and I have been working together for almost two years; I trust him completely, and he always makes sure I'm ready, but I'm the only one who can run my race.
Here's some sage advice that popped into my Twitter feed a few days ago from none other than Phoebe Wright:
I think I'll take it.
Here are my thoughts on tomorrow's race, using my dear friend Courtney's good ole A/B/C race goal strategy:
A Goal: Anything below 1:54 - this is achievable, based on my current level of fitness; it will depend on the day and, more than most other variables, my mental status.
B Goal: A finish time of 1:54-1:55, which is squarely within my strategy/plan for tomorrow's race; this provides for a conservative start, a steady middle, and little quicker finish.
C Goal: Anything below 1:56:23, which is my personal best time from October 2008.
For those of you who might be interested (I LOVE PLAYLISTS!!), here is my race day playlist, thanks to a few suggestions from my recent PR-breaking friend Krysta:
If you're reading this, you've likely been cheering me on and encouraging me through training all year; I THANK YOU. I thank you more than I can thank you. See you at the finish line!