This Saturday I am running in my second 10k event (I hesitate to call it a race because really, I'm not racing anyone but myself), the Starbucks Run for Women. We were going to be in Toronto to see friends this weekend anyway, and I just couldn't resist the small, all female event and the girly swag:
|Foxy Originals finisher's bracelet|
|Sweet technical running shirt|
Now onto my goals for the race! I haven't done race goals in a while using the ABC form and I think I will this time around.
C goal: Finish in around 1:20. If I treat this run as a long slow run and maintain my usual LSD pacing and 10:1 intervals, this should be easy.
B goal: Finish in around 1:15. This would be a nice balance between taking it easy and pushing myself to my goal, which is probably the best and most likely outcome. I would need to either pick up my pace, run more than 10 minutes at a time, or a combination of both. I do think this goal will be a bit of a challenge for me, but not as much as beating my current PR.
A goal: Get a new PR by coming in under 1:11:54. Looking at my race report from the Zoo Run (my only other 10k), I can see that while I did negative split, I lagged in my fifth 10 minute running interval, with my average pace being just above 7:00 instead of below as I had planned to run. I think if I keep all my running intervals under 7:00 - which I think should be relatively easy since I had excess energy to dance around while running in the Zoo Run, shaving 2 minutes off my time shouldn't be difficult. I can't decide if I really want to push myself this hard though, especially given my plan to run another 5-7 km after the race to hit my distance for the weekend.
It's also not too late to make a donation to this run's charity, Because I Am A Girl. For more information visit their website or check out my blog post on the topic. If you want to donate, please visit my donation page. Every little bit helps!