Friday, August 22, 2014

Go Far Half Marathon Goals

This spring, my main goal was to break two hours in the half marathon. A few years back, sub 2 halfs were a given, and I wanted to be back to that point. Well I came up short. Two minutes in May and five minutes in June on a much harder course.


I've put in a lot of miles, and have gained a bit of my speed back through a lot of hard work over the past few months. When I originally signed up for this race, I'd hoped that I'd be shooting for a low 1:50, but I don't think that'll be the case.

I had intended on doing the 5k earlier this month to give me a time to plug in to the ol' McMillan running calculator to give me a goal time to shoot for tomorrow. But that didn't turn out as planned.

So putting some confidence in my brain and legs, my goals for tomorrow are as follows:

A goal: 1:55. 8:50 pace. When I was chatting with Kyle about this, I was surprised that it was "only" an 8:50 pace. That doesn't seem *that* hard, right?? Confidence.

B goal: 1:57. 9:00 pace. Honestly, this is what I have hopes of my marathon pace being in a couple of months in much cooler temps, so I should be able to hang on to this for half that distance.

C goal: Sub 2. 9:09 pace. PGSPR Party hosted by Katy Perry! Yessssss.

Regardless, I'll be happy if I go out at a smart pace, maintain mental toughness for 90% of the race and trust that I can finish hard, strong, and fast.

Half marathon #23, I'm comin' for you.

Last Fargo Half I did with Megan! Miss you running buddy!

Kyle's prediction: 1:53:27.