Part of my 2013 comebetter attitude centers around setting specific goals.
I have personal, healthy eating, and running goals this year. I set 3 goals for each area and tried to make specific plans so that my goals are, in fact, achievable.
My 2013 Goals – Running:
- I will run 13 races in 2013
- I will complete my first tri (a sprint)
- I will improve my speed
To improve my speed I signed up for the 5 by the 5th virtual race series with the goal of running each month just a bit faster. Challenging my normal self who prefers to run slow (really slow) and long.
This is my first ever virtual race/run series so I am excited to see how it goes because sometimes I stink at pushing myself faster and just fall into my comfortable pace. It’ll be hard to “race” when I’m not in a normal race atmosphere.
Run number 1 – January
5 mile total = 47.57 pace
Average per mile = 9:35 pace
I was very torn by these results -
* Half of me was ecstatic!
Post injury and on this crazy road back I was just hoping to break 10 minute miles, something that really has not happened since my injury 4 months ago. Woohoo!
* The other half of me was a bit saddened.
I had to run so hard, push, struggle, and fight through those 5 miles and boy did they kick my a$$! It is hard to think about how difficult it was for me to hit a 9:35 pace and remember that at one point I pretty easily finished an entire half marathon (13 miles, not just 5) at a pace barely above 9 flat. Plus the day after my 5 miler I was pretty sore which did not used to happen on anything that short or that slow. Not sure if it is me being out of shape or being injured….hmmmmm
However, my glass half full personality doesn’t like pouting so instead I set some goals.
My For Sure Goal:
- I will run each of my 5 by the 5th races faster than the one before.
My Achievable (with hard work & recovery) Goal:
- I will reach 45 minutes by the last 5 by the 5th run.
My Pie is the Sky Goal:
- I will run my last 5 by the 5th at either:
- 45 minutes all hill (5 miles over and back on the Cooper River Bridge)
- 40 minutes on flat terrain
*Heck, I may even try both that last month.
* FYI – I have never broke sub 9 minutes on anything, close, but never quite there & hills are the devil!
Have you ever done a virtual race or run?
What did you find to be the pros and cons?
Anything I should know to help me prepare for this new undertaking?