I went into the summer Race the Landing Series with some strong goals and I was amazed when I smashed goal number 1 at the very first race. I was able to meet my A goal and set a new PR by almost a whole minute (new PR 26:36) which made Race the Landing #1 really memorable.
After my big PR push in that first race I knew I probably wouldn’t PR again since the weather would be getting hotter each and every week. So I set a new goal for myself, to finish each race under 28 minutes (faster than all my races there last year) and walk away with an age group award from each of the races. I was on track snagging a bear trophy at race one and a raccoon trophy at race two, when suddenly things changed.
I found out that a running buddy of mine had a big goal for herself that summer – her first ever sub 30 minute 5K which would be a brand new PR. You know me and my love for people over PRs – all my goals went out the window. I no longer care about getting an age group award at every race; they can keep their otter, alligator, and pirate sword trophies, I now have a new goal – to pace her to her first sub 30 minute 5K.
I know that this will knock me out of trophy contention in my age group, but the truth is I don’t even care. I am so much more excited about the chance to help someone reach their goal. There are three more races left in the series so we have three shots to get this done. I have our pacing all figured out and I cannot wait for our first shot this Thursday night. I know that to make this happen I will need to pace it well, not going out to fast, and hitting the splits I want pretty perfectly. (The goal is 9:35, 9:30, then 9:25 as it is gun timed and not chip timed, have to make up a little extra.) I also know that I will need to be a cross between motivating friend cheering her on (You’ve got this! Awesome job!), and evil coach laying the smack down (PR attempts aren’t easy – Push!). I am really excited about this. I know when she gets that sub 30, I have faith, it will be more amazing than any age group award I could have gotten and to get to be a part of that is fabulous. That is why it is always People over PRs!
Have you ever paced a friend to a goal? Any tips?
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