It’s Good to have Goals
When I tell people that I’m about to run my first half-marathon, I get the same question: “What’s your goal?” I assume they’re referring specifically to time, but is that all there is? It makes me think about what I really want from this race.
So, here’s my list of goals, in no particular order:
I want to finish: I don’t care if it’s raining. I don’t care it’s 90 degrees. I don’t care if a meteor hits the earth. I’m finishing. End of story.
I want to feel good: I want to run my race, feeling good from start to finish. It I’m feeling fast, that’s cool. If I’m a little slow, that’s fine too. I just want to run proudly and confidently.
I want to finish strong: I want to see that 12-mile marker and sprint through the last stretch. I don’t have any big plans for the rest of the day, so I want to leave it all out there on the course.
I want to have fun: I want to enjoy the race-day atmosphere, take in the scenery, and tear up those food trucks. I want to see my daughter there at the finish line.
As far as time is concerned, this is my first half-marathon so I don’t really have a benchmark. I’m probably going to be somewhere around 2:10. If I crack 2 hours, I’ll be ecstatic. But really, I just want to finish.
What are your goals for your fall race(s)?? Let us know by posting in the comments below!