Friday, November 09, 2007

10K tomorrow: Time to set some goals

But first, this story about Ryan Shay from the New York Times made me cry.

So, a little sobered and certainly more mindful than ever that every race, every run, and indeed every moment of every day is a gift, my thoughts turn to tomorow's 10K. I don't run this distance often, mostly because it's just not that easy to find. My last one, and only one this year, was in March. I ran 49:16 there, which is my post-college PR. So, what can I accomplish here?

My lifetime PR of 45:38 is prooooobably not going to be reachable at this point. :) But I think I definitely have a good chance of reducing the gap between lifetime and post-college PRs. It's a hilly course, but then every course in Bloomington is a hilly course. So without further ado:

A. Break 49! (7:52/mile pace)
B. Reduce the PR gap to 3 minutes--48:38 (7:49/mile pace)*
C. Dream goal: break 48! (7:43/mile pace)

*This lines up exactly with the McMillan prediction based on my 5K two weeks ago

The hills will make these challenging goals but hey...for every uphill there's a downhill!

1 comment:

Russ said...

well that 2nd to last paragraph in the nyt takes your breath away and then that last sentence just punches in the stomach...

that aside, good luck in your race.