I am so excited to head to Atlanta this weekend to run the AJC Peachtree Road Race (10K) with the team from Mizuno Running. Before every big race I really think about my goals and usually set A, B, and C performance goals of what times I will shoot for based on how the race goes that day. However, when I sat down to think about my goals for the AJC Peachtree Road Race the truth is that I came up with something much different than my normal A,B, and C, performance goals.
Why no big crazy performance goals for this race?
– It is going to be crazy hot and humid.
– With 60,000 people on the course it will be pretty packed.
– It is not a flat, fast course like I am used to in Charleston. (Hello, hills!)
– I set my 10K PR over 4 years ago when I was at my pre-injury peak and I know there is no way I can come close to it during this race. (However, I am improving.)
So then, what are my goals?
– Talk to strangers.
– High five cute kids.
– Enjoy my first trip to Atlanta.
– Soak up the AJC Peachtree Road Race experience.
– Cheer others on.
– Have FUN!
– Finish under an hour. (This will be a good push in the hot weather with the hills and the crowds, but is nowhere near my PR and is a pace I can still enjoy the race at instead of feeling like I am dying.)
Have you ever run a race with fun goals instead of performance goals?
Any other fun goals I should add?
Have you ever run the AJC Peachtree Road Race before? Any tips?
If you’ll be there this year I’ll be at the Mizuno booth Friday from 3-5. Stop by and say hi.
You can all follow along with my journey, along with the 3 other Mizuno Ambassadors with the hashtag #MizunoPeachtree.