Friday, March 11, 2011

The Goals

Less than 48 hours until my next half marathon (that I'm not even remotely prepared for).  It will be interesting.  At the moment the weather report is calling for 35-45mm (or 1.5 inches) of rain on Sunday.  Oh ... fun stuff.  And let's not forget that daylight savings time takes effect on Sunday.  Race start is 8:30am, which will feel like what was 7:30am.  Oh ... more fun stuff!  Good news is I may just sleep through the race and not notice how much pain I'm in from lack of training - hahaha.

Now, even though I haven't properly trained for this I still have a couple of goals to set for this race:

  • Goal A:  Finish!  This is bare minimum and short of some sort of serious injury or passing out ... I WILL finish.  This one is really not debateable.
  • Goal B:  under 2:20.  I have never run a significant distance over a 10:40 pace and even with the lack of training I don't see it happening here.  If I get attacked by the stomach issues again this could throw a wrench in things.  But otherwise, I don't see that it could take me longer than 2:20 to finish this race.  Even though I haven't trained for this, I will be disappointed if it takes me longer than this.
  • Goal C:  under 2:10.  This is really where I see myself finishing.  This is a 9:54 pace.  I know I CAN run it alot faster than this, but this is not ideal conditions.  Usually I can run forever at a 9:30 - 9:50 pace, so I'm hoping I can do that here.
  • Goal D:  under 2:00.  Honestly I'd have to pull off some kind of miracle to make this one happen.  This is a 9:10 pace and I'm just not in good enough shape to pull this off right now.  It's still a goal of mine to finish under 2 hours, and I'm quite capable, but I do have to put in the training to achieve this.  Right now I don't deserve it.  But I can still dream.

After work tonight I'm off to pick-up the race package.  Then I'll be limiting starchy carbs until after the race.  Most people carb up for a race, but with my stomach issues I find I'm better off to avoid them, and also dairy.  I can have a light spaghetti the night before, but other than that it will be things like eggs, veggies, fruit, chicken.  If I survive, I'll be back on Monday to report how it went.

Have a great weekend!

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Anonymous said...

Good luck!!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Good luck Heidi! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

I'm such a snail compared to your "untrained" paces - you will be fine.

I wonder what causes all of the pre-race stomach issues? Nerves?

This may be TMI, but I have gas problems when I run (the running seems to release it? Or the breathing sucks it in then makes it come out? I don't know!)

I will be thinking of you on Sunday - I recently read somewhere that it takes a year or two of regular running to get your body truly ready for running a marathon. The first person I thought of was you. I thought, "Oh Heidi would be ready to train for it, not me."

Whether you realize it or not, all the dedication you've put into your running over the past few years will easily carry you through. All those hours/miles you've put in have made your muscles and joints are much stronger than perhaps you realize.


Anonymous said...

good luck this weekend! i will be thinking of you and sending you good wishes!

kimert said...

Good luck! You can totally do it!!

ajh said...

Have a blast

Teamarcia said...

Good luck and have fun! You'll be great!

Missy said...

Crossing my fingers, saying prayer, doing a happy dance, sending your positive thoughts, cheering for you! I know you're going to rock it. Can't wait to hear all about it - good luck and have fun!!

Fran said...

Good luck my friend, I'll be thinking about you tomorrow. There's no doubt in my mind that you won't finish.

Don't forget to have fun at this half okay?

Terri said...

Have a great run! Can't wait to read the recap!

Fran said...

I think you are still sleeping now. It's 9.50 am here at the moment and I'm here to wish you good luck today!

Marcelle said...

I've been away from computer this weekend as hubby is home!!! so now I am eagerly awaiting your update...good luck is too late get going and let us know how you went.