The obligatory race goals post

by - Friday, March 20, 2009

Well here it is people, the post you've all been waiting for (Ok, who am I kidding I'm sure you haven't actually been waiting for this).

With the National Half Marathon being tomorrow, I think it's time I spelled out my goals.

First and foremost, my number one goal is to run this race safely. I've only been running for about two and a half weeks consistently now while getting over this knee thing. So I know I need to run slowly and carefully, paying attention to me knee and walking as much as necessary.

My second goal is to not have a time goal*. Unfortunately however, I found my watch and I think I'm going to run with it, but my goal is to not look at it. I want to run with it so I can post my watch time on the blog instead of waiting for my official time to post. While I'm not going for a PR, I still want to know where I finished.

Lastly and most importantly, I want to have fun. My college roommates are coming to support me and have told me they are making signs. The BF is also going to be there so I'll have a nice little support team. They're going to try to make it to one point on the course and also be at the finish line, but it's an early race and I know they might only make it to the finish. Having people there though is just such a motivating factor, so I'm really really excited for that.

I'm hitting the expo after work today, but forgot to bring my camera so I won't have pictures from that. I'm so angry at myself for forgetting it. I'll have it at the race tomorrow though.

* While I'm not reallllly having time goals, here's how I hope to fair.
2:15 -- My knee gives me no problems, I feel like I'm running on air and I hit mile splits faster than I ever have in a race of this distance. (This is my fat-chance finishing time)
2:16-2:40 -- My knee doesn't really give me too much trouble and I mix walking and running throughout the course and finishing feeling strong.
2:41-3:00 -- My knee doesn't cooperate and I have to walk a lot and I finish feeling like I've been hit by a bus.

I leave you with this photo of me and my college roommates with the signs they made me for Baltimore.

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  1. Yes we will be there with signs...and Starbucks seeing that the race starts at 7 IN THE MORNING! :) But it's ok, we will cheer you on and the signs will be awesome and not at all embarrassing!

  2. Good luck with your race!

  3. YES YES YES HAVE FUN!!! It doesn't matter what that clock says, you just need to enjoy this as part of the crazy running ups and downs with our bodies.

    have a great race!

  4. Good luck Jess! Should be perfect weather for the race! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you knee to hold up :)

  5. wooo good luck jess!!! hope the knee is good to you :)

  6. Good luck Jess. you'll do fine and have fun i know. it will be great hanging with the old college friends again at least.

  7. Me thinks Emily is preparing something special :-) Good luck!!

  8. Good luck and have lots of fun!

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  10. Have a great race Jess and have fun!

  11. Enjoy it! I have a feeling you will ...

    Our Jess ran her race just for fun
    From the time that they fired the gun
    Till the end, which came fast,
    Our swift Jess's built to last,
    But we know she's already won.

  12. Good luck and have fun!

  13. Anonymous9:35 PM

    woot woot! have a blast

  14. Good luck, Jess! looking forward to your race report!

  15. How wonderful that your friends are coming out to support like that. Good luck!

  16. sound like great goals to me! i gotta hurry up and catch up and see how you did! love that the friends are supportive and make signs :)