I am totally up and at â€˜em today! Soooo much to do.
A simple bowl of oats was on the breakfast menu. No fancy toppings today. Just wholesome goodness.
In the mix:
- 3/4 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- Chia seeds
- Hazelnut syrup
Setting Race Goals
One of my favorite posts of all time is How to Set Race Goals (and Not Drive Yourself Crazy) because goal-setting was a lesson that took me a REALLY long time to learn. I tended to shoot high and be disappointed if I didnâ€™t reach my lofty goals. While I think that setting ambitious goals is motivating, I think itâ€™s more important to:
- Set your goals based on what YOU are capable of at the CURRENT time.
- Adjust your goals during your training and on race morning.
- Set goals based on other factors, not just time.
With Marathon #2 right around the corner, I wanted to discuss how Iâ€™m setting my goals for this race.
For Marathon #1, I had one goal: Finish alive (errrâ€¦ mission accomplished!).
Seriously â€“ people would ask me what my goal was, and I would reply, â€œMy goal is to finish.â€ And I really meant it. I had never run over 22 miles before, and I really didnâ€™t know HOW those 4.2 extra miles would go down. I think that finishing is a great goal for ANY new distance race. Just focus on having fun!
For Marathon #2 (on October 30), I do have some time goals. :) But I think itâ€™s important to also create non-time goals as well. Finishing time is a very tricky thing; there are many things that can impact your time: weather, nutrition, the course.
Therefore, one way to set race goals (and not drive yourself crazy) is to set time and non-time goals. For time goals, make sure you set several different goal times. For example:
Time Goals for Marathon #2:
- Primary goal: Beat my previous personal record of 4:54:18.
- Secondary goal: Run a 4:35:00 marathon (an average pace of 10:30).
- Tertiary goal: Run a 4:25:00 marathon (an average pace of 10:07).
Note: Unless sh*t seriously goes down, Iâ€™m confident that I will beat my primary goal of setting a new PR. Based on my training (I ran a 20 miler with an average pace of 10:17 and a 18 miler with an average pace of 10:10, I think 4:35 is a realistic goal. A 4:25:00 marathon is definitely my â€œreachâ€ goal, but I donâ€™t think itâ€™s impossible given my training runs.
Non-Time Goals for Marathon #2:
- Primary goal: Maintain a positive attitude throughout the race, and run a smart race. Run the tangents as much as possible to minimize unnecessary mileage. Fuel properly so I donâ€™t bonk.
- Secondary goal: Donâ€™t go out too fast!!! Enough said. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Teritary goal: If I hit the wall at Mile 18 – 23, as I did during Marathon #1, I will work harder to push through instead of giving up and spending most of the time walking. I know I can do a regimented walk/run mile and go faster than 12:00 to 14:00/miles. I just let my emotions get the best of me.
By setting a variety of time and non-time goals, I feel like Iâ€™ll be able to
walk waddle away satisfied.
How do you set race goals or other fitness goals? Do you focus on quantifiable or non-quantifiable goals?
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