Friday, August 3, 2012

What to Expect

Tomorrow I'm running the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth. Last year, it was my second 10k ever and it was hard. Partly because I hadn't been running for very long, but mostly because it was ridiculously hot and humid and I hadn't much experience with hot-weather running. What I remember most was how badly my legs felt like bricks for the entire race. You can read that race recap here. While I've had fairly consistent training with higher miles than ever (with the exception of this past week), the weather promises to be hot and humid again. You'd better believe that I've been hydrating like crazy the last couple of days, so hopefully my legs will be ready to go. At the very least they will be well-rested from my major tapering of mileage this week.

So what do I have for goals?

A sub-50 10K. This was goal I set last year to accomplish this year. My current PR of 50:11 came at the Great Osprey Ocean Run in Freeport last November. While it would be great to reach this goal tomorrow, the weather will be a good 50 degrees warmer and without the nice dry air of a Maine autumn. I'm not completely discounting this goal for tomorrow. Anything can happen.

A course PR. This is a goal I hope to accomplish any time I repeat a race course. I'm hoping all the training I've done in the last year will pay off. Mentally, six miles is a relatively short distance compared to my long runs which have consistently been in the teens and above. The weather is a repeat of last year, so it will be in having more experience that I'm hoping will push me to be faster. It didn't work out at the L.L. Bean 10K last month, but being violently ill the night before kind-of messed up all hopes of PR-ing that course. I think this is a legitimate goal to have for tomorrow as my time last year was 54:06 or an 8:43 pace. I'll try to reach the lighthouse below as fast as a I can because - 


13 comments:

  1. Wooh, speedy PR - I have faith that you can tackle it though!

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  2. yes!!! omg im still so jealous. i wish i was running. you are going to do great, you have been training strong... go for it!! good luck!!

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    1. Thanks, Danielle. I'm feeling ready for the pain!

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  3. I did a hot 10k this year and it was hard....much harder than a nice weathered 10k. At mile 3 I hit a wall I don't normally hit at mile 3. I was HOT. Just soooo warm that I couldn't get my head out of the "hot" feeling. They say that if you are running a hot race to throw all goals out the window. I still had my goals though and missed them that day. It was hard all around. I hope you are able to meet your goals though...just don't beat yourself up if you don't :)

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    1. I definitely agree. I'm not going to be devastated if I don't meet my goals, but am feeling very optimistic of at least one of them.

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  4. Good luck tomorrow! Fingers crossed for a PR!!!

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  5. Looking at those temps for tomorrow's race - I am NOT jealous. Sorry. But I will be at the end waiting for you cheering you on! You'll PR just because you freakin' rock.

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  6. Good luck tomorrow! If I wasn't going to a seminar in NH I'd be trying to find you and Jen B, and would be cheering you on!!!

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  7. I'm looking for a PR as well, although not as quick as yours... Hope to run into you tomorrow at the start or finish! :)

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  8. Saw you walking on the side of the road as I was trying to get thru the horrible traffic and almost jumped out to say Hi but decided that was too too stalker-ish :-) Hope you had a great run- it was hot as hell out there, UGH!

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