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Setting goals and a race plan is highly dependent on race training and your expectations of race experience. I’ve wrote about it before, but your pacing will vary if you want to have a great race and high five all of the spectators vs if you want to run a world record. For both, you still have to put one foot in front of the other, but you can guarantee that the last 4 miles are going to be hell in a personal best setting attempt.
Fortunately for me, there is only one “major” hill at Eugene around mile 4.5 and the weather is supposed to be nearly ideal – 45 at the start and no wind. So, course or environment shouldn’t slow me down too much. I’ll run easy 7:30s for the first few miles (my long run pace) and then drop the hammer to 7:00 after the hill. Piece of cake! I’ve started to wear my heart rate monitor and I’ll actually try to keep an eye on it. I’ve found that “normal” running is around 170 and hard running is around 190. I can only hold it that high for 10 or so miles (TWSS), so I’ll try to stay lower than that until mile 20.
So, here are my goals for this race. Just like ALWAYS I like to have multiple levels of “success”. My philosophy is that true goals should not be easy to obtain. You should fail 50% of the time – otherwise you’re not stretching yourself or pushing yourself hard enough. My A goal is the Unicorn orgasming rainbows, the C goal is the last possible time that I’d get and still be happy, and the B goal is somewhere in-between.
Jamoosh over at Last Mile Lounge gave me a bit of grief for setting the goals too aggressive last time at Rock and Roll Arizona and not giving myself a fall back option once nearly all hope was lost. He made very valid points about the day-of conditions swinging race times by 10s of minutes. I took his advice under very careful consideration but realized that I would be lying to myself if I didn’t set them how I feel. If I don’t hit my C goal below, I will be VERY disappointed. I could throw a gimmie goal up there, but even if I hit that I’d still be crushed....so what is the point of sandbagging?
A Goal: Sub 3:09:59 (7:15 pace)
B Goal: Sub 3:14:59 (7:27 pace)
C Goal: Sub 3:19:40 (PR)
Bonus goal: Have NO 8:00+ miles
Did you notice something? No BQ goal?? Based on my age (old enough to date your mom but young enough that she’d still be a cougar) I still need a 3:04:59 to qualify for Boston. I honestly think that on the right day I might be able to pull it out. But, I’m not QUITE there yet to actually say that I’m going for it. Not yet anyway. Soon.
Wish me luck! Not running luck, but pooping luck. The running is all due to training. The pooping? Yeah, I’ll take anything I can get there.