This is a big weekend.... it's my favorite race of the year!
I'm super nervous and have had a really hard time figuring out my strategy for this one.
I've run a bunch of halfs (halfs? halves?) and save one horrible, horrible race, all of them pretty much went exactly the same. Start out with 10:00 minute miles, slowly getting faster, and I usually finish my last couple miles under 9:00s. I never feel totally spent at the end, and the majority of the race is well within my comfortable conversational pace. My times are usually 2:06-2:10.
So! This time around, I plan on running a little harder. My ultimate goal for a half this year is to break 2:00, but I'm 99.99% sure this is not going to be the race to make that goal - I just am not in 2:00 shape. I'm really hoping to do this at the Fox Cities Half Marathon in September..
Here are the goals for Sunday:
C Goal: 2:09
Same as my Oshkosh Half Marathon time. I'd be pretty happy with this as I've had a tough summer of injuries.
B Goal: 2:06
This would be a PR for me and cause for a super awesome finish chute step-clap celebration.
A Goal - 2:03
If all of the stars align and I have a great race, I think it'll be right around this time. I'll have to get back to the hotel quickly before Rachel notices I've pooped myself with excitement.
Good luck to all of my fellow racers this weekend, and see you on the other side of this thing! :)