I felt really good racing this weekend. Ever since I ran the Detroit full in October, I haven't been on a training plan and have just been running for fun with friends. I've been running 3-4 times a week with 10-14 miles on Saturdays since then, just for fun and I LOVE IT!
When I PR'd at Rock CF three weeks ago, it felt great and I didn't feel like i was going to die at the end of the race. I had a little bit left in the tank. I took 11 mins of my half time at that race. I was originally not going to run the Martian half so I could focus on doing well at the Let's Move half in a couple weeks. Secretly, I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to run another good race like I had at Rock CF, so I didn't want to bother, or ever worse, run slower...
So, I'm glad I went out there and kicked Martian's butt! I felt great the entire time, focused on the people I knew on the course - on the out and back part - and just felt fabulous. I didn't start focusing on my own race until mile 9 and when I passed a fast friend of mine, I knew I was in good shape.
I didn't want to get in my own head though, so I just kept going along, talking to various runners on the course. I never felt tired, sore, or out of breath during the race. My garmin was showing between 9:30-10:15 instant pace and I was just rolling with it. It sounds so crazy, but this 10 min PR just happened. Kinda out of nowhere.
So now I've got to thinking... if I can take 11 mins off my half time easily and then take another 10 mins off three weeks later on accident, what can I do if I actually focus on a goal and go for it?
Am I afraid of falling short? Yes. But couldn't it be awesome? YES. So, I'll run my next half for fun; it's in my home town anyway :)
Then focus on a sub-2 hour half for the Dexter-Ann Arbor in June.
1) Am I crazy? It'll be my first time-goal race I've ever run... I may have created an animal!
2) How do you guys do it?
3) Do you set lofty goals each race?