Sunday marks my FIRST Half Marathon! In a few days, I’ll be lining up with hundreds of other runners (race cap is 2,000 runners) – who likely know what they are doing – and will be completing my first ever 13.1 mile race. Did I mention I’ve never ran 13 miles before?! I have been looking forward to this since May, when I first took the plunge and registered. Revisit my post HERE. Crazy, no?!
Nonetheless, it’s almost here and I’m super excited (and a lil’ nervous). I really don’t know what to expect – but have diligently kept up with my fellow running bloggers so that I can feel a lil’ bit more at ease. So without further adieu, my race goals:
GOAL A: Sub 2 hours, 5 minutes. This could be possible…if I shave 30 seconds off my current per mile training pace, I can finish in 2 hours, 4 minutes! The reason I throw this bone of a goal out there is that I ran a 9:26 min/mile average pace on my last long 8 mile run. Due to the cooler weather…and possible extra energy from having other runners around me…this is a goal…albiet a lofty one!
GOAL B: Sub 2 hours, 15 minutes. This is my most realistic goal. I have been training at a 10 min/mile pace for the last four months. If I do this right, I can finish in 2 hours, 12 minutes. If I shave even a small 15 seconds off my current pace, I can finish in 2 hours, 8 minutes!
GOAL C: Finish. Oh yeah – and be thankful I’m able to run and enjoy the day. I know this is always a good goal – but seeing how it’s my first at this distance – it’s especially good here!
So there you have it! Wish me luck!!
P.S. Any tips for a first half marathon?