Well it’s the first race of the year, so I think it’s only appropriate to do exactly what I’ve been doing for the last three years: set sandbagging goals and act surprised when I crush them. You know what? No. Let’s start things off right in 2012. I ran 3M last year and in my preview I humbly hoped to set a new PR of 1:35. Instead I finished just a shade under 1:30 and had to come up with some explanation to
all my reader s. Not this time.
I’m setting a very aggressive goal for this race. One that I have no real reason to think I can hit. But that’s how it should be, right? My goal is 1:27:30. That gives me a solid 8 second buffer to beat Colin’s PR from a few months ago. What that also gives me is a blistering 6:40 minute per mile pace to follow. If the weather forecast holds, we’ll be in good shape*: high 62, low 44.
I have a small army of amazing friends and family who are going to be out there cheering me on along the course. Don’t worry, I’ve warned them that I won’t be looking too good. I’ll let them know to just pretend I’m a rockstar and let me go on my way.
*and by “good shape” I mean 1 less excuse to lean on.