Half Marathon Goals – Johnny Miles

It’s race weekend, wooohooo!!!!

Okay, I’m ready. Birthday party is done, actual birthday for Lilly has passed, 1 more work day, went to yoga, ran two days (5k) and now I’m ready for my 5th half marathon. For some reason this time around I’m not nervous (yet) but kinda feel nonchalant about it. It’s not that I’m being negative or don’t care, I think I’m just really relaxed about it.

Nice to see 5:55/km on last night’s treadmill run!

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Changing my mind set from trying to reach a certain goal time was the game changer for me. I’m not where I was 3 years ago (PB 2:05) and I’m probably not even close to a 2:15 finish but I’m ready. This race is part redemption and part celebration for me.

Redemption run because this race was horrible last year for me. Short story – it was bloody HOT and my dog died two days prior. I finished in 2:31:xx – almost a personal worst (I actually had to look up my time from last year because I still didn’t know it). Background – my first marathon was 2:33 and I’m so proud of that time.

Celebration run because I wasn’t running 12 weeks ago due to a winter car accident. So, running any distance right now without pain is a celebration in my eyes.

Goals

Really, what ARE my goals for this race? Well, I’m not going to lie….I sure like to do better than 2:31 this year but I really don’t know if my pace is there. Ideally, I want to finish under my time from last year (2:31) and I’m hopeful that it’s doable.

Besides doing better then last year, I just want to enjoy the run and not hate it like I did last year. I didn’t hate the course or the event but I hated my run and the experience I went through in my head. This year I’ll have my family with me and I’m really looking forward to spending the weekend with them and enjoying my run.

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Okay, now that I’ve written this post, I’m getting excited. I’m pretty sure I’ll be just as excited as our girls (above) running through their sprinkler come Sunday morning! You can follow me on Instagram for some race weekend updates.

What kind of goals do you set for races?

Any weekend plans?

Happy Friday!

 

 

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