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 -