...but I'm also hoping to PR. My current 10k PR is 55:18, which is 8:55 per mile. I ran it waaaaay back in the beginning of my racing career, on September 11, 2011, so I didn't even seem to write about it anywhere. I remember being so excited that I ran under 9 minute per mile. It probably birthed my focus on numbers. I can't deny it.
But for this weekend, I do think running under 8:55/mile is doable and still acceptable in this recovery plan. I don't know how much faster I'll be able to go, but I'm going to hold back a little in the first couple of miles (to a point where sub 8:55 is still a manageable average). Then after I see how I feel racing a couple of miles I'll decide how fast to push the last half+. I can't wait to run that distance. Making decisions at mile three about how to finish the last three (point two) will feel so nice.
And the course is going to be beautiful as well:
A lot of time is spent along the water, which will be lovely. Since the race starts at 6:30 am and is completely separate from the 5k and half marathon, the weather and crowd conditions should be optimal. In fact, it's almost making me wish I was doing the half and I was aiming for a goal. Everything should be lining up perfectly.
And then the realization that I hired a coach will kick in on Sunday morning. Check out what's sitting pretty on this training plan for Sunday after a 10k on Saturday.
That's right! 9 miles. It was one of the shockers when I first got it. But I know this will mean improvement. And I start speed work next week! I'm excited to see the payoff of working harder.
And thanks for your comments yesterday about routine versus change. I ended up having a much better day Wednesday, even though most of my routine was followed. I think I was just in a funk on Tuesday. All sorted out! No harm, no foul. And in regards to your comments, I'm loving them so much! For all the non-blogger commenters, thank you for filling out the blogger form! I'm having a hard time figuring out how to reply to them besides visiting your blogs and commenting, because it leaves no email address. Any suggestions? I'm starting to think about transitioning to WordPress to make commenting and replying easier, among other reasons. Any thoughts for those of you on WordPress or who have recently made the transition?
Any race plans for you this weekend?
What is your long run or workout plan?
How were your January goals? I'll post some February goals tomorrow...I didn't make monthly goals for January.