My long runs are scheduled for Saturdays. For some reason I always run long on Saturday and rest on Sunday. Most plans have you run long on Sunday. I go my own way. I'm crazy like that.
This past Saturday I didn't get my long run in. I woke up with the start of a migraine. I took some aspirin (or some such) and grabbed a wash cloth, soaked it in cold water, and sat with it on my eyes. About 45 minutes later I felt better. Head didn't hurt as badly, but at this point I wasn't into running. I was a tad bit afraid the migraine would come back with the pounding of my feet on the sidewalk and by the time I started feeling better it seemed too late to go out with what we had planned.
So, Sunday run it is! Until I woke up about 11:15 a.m. I apparently slept way too long after staying up until about 1:00 a.m. to watch the Olympics. Olympic junkie here. I freely admit it. So, no run on Sunday for me either.
Woke up this morning and said "get your ass out and run!" I had 4 miles on the agenda, so I knew it wouldn't take me forever. I just had to go out and run it. And I did. I took a few sports beans with caffeine before leaving. Then I made a conscious decision to run really slow. The temperature was about 76 went I left and it was humid. Last outside run had me start out too fast and I felt dead about 20 minutes into a 30 minute run. Today? Much better. The beans helped and just slowing things down in the heat helped. I managed my entire 4 mile run with the energy to have added another mile or two at the end. Happy about that. And happy I missed the pouring rain by the closing of my car door. I shut the door and it started to rain. Phew!
Alright, alright. Here's where I talk about what goal I have set for the AC Half Marathon. I had a goal for this race before I ran Shamrock in March. I wanted to run it in under 3 hours. I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 3:21:11 and I ran Philly in 3:16:43. Shamrock was to be somewhere between 3:05:00 and 3:10:00. And then I did something I didn't expect. I smashed my goal for Shamrock coming in at 2:51:15. Ummmmm....what the hell??? So, I far exceeded my Shamrock goal and beat my Atlantic City Half Marathon goal all at one time. Crap.
So, when I finished Shamrock I figured out my pace time ~ 13:04. So close to a 12:something mile. That's when I decided I wanted to keep a 12:-- pace for Atlantic City. Then I did some more math and saw I if I keep up that pace I can hit a 2:50:00. That will give me a PR for the race and let me hit two goals - running under a 13 minute mile and beat my time from Shamrock.
I know these don't sound like big goals. They are somewhat small, but I made such huge strides at Shamrock that I don't think I can top that type of PR. I want something attainable. Something that I think I can reach. Something I think my training will prepare me for.
There you have it. My AC Half Marathon goals: 12:59 pace and a 2:50:00 finish time. Bring it on!