Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Taper Time and Race Goals

The Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon are less than three weeks away. I am going to do one more long run this week and then I am just going to rest up and take it easy. I'm looking forward to the taper. I'm  also starting to feel the anticipation build for this upcoming race. By the time December 4th hits I will be buzzing with nervous/anxious energy. This is the feeling that I love/hate about running something "big". The climax for me is usually once I get into my assigned corral and right before the gun goes off. This is when I feel so alive, during the race itself  I can go on autopilot and let my training and body take over.

I don't like the fact that I think in past tense so much when it comes to running. "Before I had my son I raced two to three marathons a year". "Before I had my son I could rip off a 21:00 5k without much training". "Before I had my son, blah, blah, blah." I feel that by finally getting my butt back into the corrals that I will be able to leap over this mental hurdle and just enjoy the present day for what it is. I have a beautiful son, wonderful husband and a great life.

*Goals for Vegas*
C Goal- Just finish the 13.1 miles and enjoy this race.

B Goal- 1:45 This is a very doable goal with the training I have had.

A Goal- Sub 1:40. I'm putting it out there because I'm not going to count it out. This will require some race day magic.

I'm going to see how my body feels in the early miles, my goal is to hold back the first half and open up later on. I'm so excited just thinking about it.

1 comment:

  1. Very smart, Dolly. The goal is to Finish and all else is icing on the cake, huh? You certainly have it in you to sub1:40, but I like how you will pay attention to what your body is telling you and that is your que on how to race. If only more runners would do the same.

    Best of luck to you and may all your goals be achieved that night!