This race has got me scared. I have absolutely no clue how I’m going to go on Sunday. When I signed up for this thing, I was just going to run it for the experience but as I have gotten closer to the day I’m getting greedy and starting to think more about time goals. Just finishing the race will mean a PB, but the competitive side of me won’t quiet down!
Stretch goal: sub 1:38. Most race calculators suggest 1:38 based on recent race times, but I don’t think my endurance is quite at that level.
A goal: 1:40. Running 4:45 pace seems achievable.
B goal: if it comes down to it, I think I can maintain 5min/km. I ran the bulk of my last few long runs at this pace in hot weather, so if conditions are good in Melbourne I should be fine.
Race plan: I think I’ll aim to run the first 1-2km at 5min/km pace, and ease into it. I really don’t want to go out too hard, implode, and hate the race. I think this is what I’m most scared of. My main aim to it to enjoy myself (if I keep telling myself this maybe I’ll believe it!)
I’ll see you on the other side.