I’ve been eyeing the Runners World Half Marathon for a few years now, and was thrilled when I won an entry from Laura‘s giveaway. Now that the race is barely a week away, I’m wondering what I’ve gotten myself into!
Goals For the Runner’s World Half
When setting my goals for the Runner’s World Half, I have to be realistic about my lack of training and the challenging course. I know from the Farm to Fork Fondo that this part of Pennsylvania is seriously hilly, and the half marathon course around Bethlehem dishes up all the hills.
That first climb lasts about 3/4 mile.
The others are about 1/3 – 1/2 mile long.
If I were 100% healthy, I wouldn’t be too worried about the hills–I somehow log my best times on the hilly Reston course–but as my foot is getting better I am realizing that my Achilles tendon may be the real source of my issues, and I know a hilly course will put that to the test.
I played around with a race pace calculator, and settled on a goal of a sub-2 finish (9-ish pace), assuming I feel good and the weather cooperates. If that’s not in the cards, I will focus on enjoying the course and taking the hills in stride.
I started the week recovering from the Army Ten Miler, and ended it with my first weekend long run in ages. I missed the Conte’s bike ride, but knew I’d feel better about the half if I got another long run in.
Monday: Light strength workout to recover from the Army Ten Miler.
Tuesday: Indoor cycling at CycleBar
Wednesday: Orange Theory Fitness
After a month off from OTF is felt good to back–and even better when it didn’t seem to aggravate my foot.
I found an “unofficial” OTF app on Garmin Connect.
Thursday: Strength workout
Friday: CPY2 at Core Power Yoga
Saturday: 8 mile run with my Moms Run This Town group.
Most of these shoes will be running MCM next weekend!
Sunday: Indoor cycling at CycleBar
With my husband off camping with his buddies, I decided to hit up CycleBar after church.
I think I push harder when I’m fully caffienated.
Anyone know what all this data means?
I almost forgot–
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Any chance I’ll see you in Bethlehem this weekend?
How do you set goals for a race you haven’t trained for?