I try to set goals for every race I do. Tomorrow will be no different.
Since this race is technically a training race for my Triathlon next month, the #1 goal is to come out of the race injury free and feeling good. I’ve listed this race as a Priority ‘B’ race on my training plan.
Goal #2 is to beat my PR for this race and a half marathon.
Best time for the three previous times I’ve run this race was 1:46:50 in 2000.
My PR for this distance is 1:43:39 in last year’s Louisville Half Marathon, which is a really flat course.
Goal #3 is going to be what I really focus on…and that’s running a negative split. I described what this means in a previous post.
The 51-49 principle is what I’ll try to follow. So for the sake of knowing what my splits should be, I’ll set a goal finish time of 1:43:00
That means I need to do the first half (6.55 miles) in 51% of my total time, or 52:32 (8:01 pace). The second half would then need to be done in 50:28 (7:42 pace).
The first few miles of the race are through the hills of Iroquois Park, so keeping the slower pace is a good idea there anyway. I did the 3 miles of Iroquois Park in 8:01, 7:54 and 7:53 during the Papa John’s 10 Miler earlier this month, so holding that 8:01 pace shouldn’t be too hard.
Weather could be a factor as rain and possible thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow. As of right now, looks like the temperature will be in the mid 60’s with a 30% change of rain during the race. I can’t control the weather, so I won’t worry about it!
Easy 1 hour on the bike to keep the legs loose. I also did about 20 minute of stretching and some core work.