6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Goals for August 22nd 10K

Stats 8/5:
5.79 Miles
Time- 48:54
Pace- 8:26
Cooler day first half of the run with Dave and the boys. Incorporated 6 big hills and tried to work on long fast strides.

Yesterday we ran after we let our dinner (homemade pizza with shrimp, olives and mushrooms) settle. I had 5.5 on my 10 K plan but hubs was sticking to his 3 mile plan for 5K training. We started out at a good clip and muscle man was doing great!! He pushed the jogger our entire run. We went to the training hill and I hit it twice without stopping, VICTORY!!! Blaine ran up and down with me. He was SPRINTING down next to me and I said "Honey slow down you will fall." He replied quickly, "I am fast Mommy, I won't fall." Oh that kid is an ATHLETE..

We had planned to depart for the last .5 so I could finish up my mileage on the sidewalks, but hubs asked that I drop him off in our neighborhood.. He said I am his inspiration to keep going.. Gotta love that. So I dropped off the boys and did a quick 1.5 mile loop back home. It was a GREAT RUN. Just near my house there was a tiny little guy riding a bike with training wheels with no parent in site. Mommy mode kicked in, I wanted to stop and move him off the road. Just as I slowed I saw a Mom in the distance, PHEW!! Home and time to stretch, my left knee and right shin were a little sore today. I tested some Balega socks today with adorable pink detail, more details soon..

My next race Railroad Days 10K is now just a couple short weeks away and I am VERY excited to test out the 10K distance. From what I have heard it is HARD, mainly because you need the speed of a 5K and the endurance of the longer races. I have TRIED to follow the training plan but I just can't seem to fit running in 5 days a week. Maybe now that the weather is cooling down it will be more tolerable. I know I have the potential to be FAST! If I could only get back my 19 year old legs back (19:30 5K legs)...oh well maybe I will get there again.
Since I have never run a 10K, I opted to use the advice of the McMillan Running Calculator to estimate my goal time.. (Try it HERE) I crunched the numbers based on my half Marathon time in May 1:43:39. My Marathon time was not a good indication of my potential, it was a BAD running day.

The results say that I should be able to do the 10K in 46:35 at a pace of 7:29 per mile or 4:39 per K. Hmmmm? What do you think?

Being the competitive lady I am, I checked the results from the Railroad Days in 2008. With a time of 46:35, assuming everyone ran the same, I would place 5th for my age group, 19th for women and 61st overall. Not too shabby for my first 10K. So my goal on August 22nd is 46:33...give or take a few seconds..

Do you set goals for all of your races?

Or do you just GO and hope for the best?
After Marlene's AMAZING advice I will be setting 3 goals:
A (hope I can)
B (think I can)
C (know I can)
Stay tuned...


Fair Weather Runner said...

sounds like you are going to do GREAT in that 10K. i have no doubt you will hit your goal time. i'm running a 5k on saturday with no goal, only because lately, this year it seems, with the exception of one race, i'm not hitting my goals and it frustrates me. but being a normally goal oriented girl, i usually DO set goals for races. it keeps me going during a 10K when i feel like stopping so i can BREATHE! :)

Manderz said...

My #1 goal is to finish the race! Good luck with reaching your goal - you are one fast momma!

Jen and Rob said...

It depends on how I wake up the morning of the race. I usually set people as my goal. I try and finish before them. Good luck!

Kathleen said...

I've run only one race. I had three goals: 1) Finish under 30:00 (didn't do it, unfortunately) 2) Run the whole way (yes!) and 3) Don't throw up. (yes!)

busyrunningmama said...

Although I have only run a handful of 5K's, I always have a goal.... It usually is to beat my PR by at least 1 second.
I'll agree with Manderz....you are one fast mama!!!
My PR for 5K is 27:45 and I had to really work for that. I used the calculator link and my 10K time would be 57:39 ( way slower than you!!!) I am running my first 10K in November and a 1/2 marathon in December. Maybe by then, with all of my training, Ill be a bit faster!! We shall see!!

Jen said...

That's a great goal! Thanks for sharing the calculator, looks pretty cool.

I always set goals. I'm always surprised, most of the time I'm pleasantly surprised, in one instance It was not a good surprise.

I think goals are good. It gives you something to work towards (other than finishing the race!)

Morgan said...

I love a good 10k! Have fun!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Jo Lynn said...

You're a fast girl! I was never fast when I did road races. I was happy with 10 minute miles.

I have that saying (I know I run like a girl, Try to keep up!) on my license plate frame. WOOT! ;)

Shelley said...

1. I heart Balega socks! I just got the ones with the pink detail. I like the thick sole for extra cushioning/warmth, but I also like that you can get thin ones to keep cool.

2. I am totally a goal-oriented girl, but I prefer to keep them to myself. Lots of times I put too much pressure on myself to achieve what I've told people, and end up overthinking the race, strategy, competition, etc. Self-sabotage is no good! :) I like the idea of focusing on "just finishing" or "beating my PR by 1 second" that people before me have posted.

3. I think you will be AWESOME at the 10k distance. It is HARD to set a legit goal for a course you have never run, that has a reputation, for a distance you're newer at racing. Have FUN, attack the hills like you practice, and triumph when you reach the top!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I set goals, but not time goals, because i'm not fast, not athletic, seem to be constantly injured, etc.

my goals are usually about having fun. when I have fun, i consider it a success.

having said that, for my 'bigger' races, i usually have a tiered set of goals and some of the a or b goals include times.

that's just me...

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i'm probably different than a lot of runners out there in that I'm not competitive. everything i do since my brain surgery is bonus... it is what it is. I go out for the enjoyment, hope to cross the line, and enjoying the moment with others that enjoy the same thing i do. Sure, I'd love to be faster, beat my previous times. If it happens, cool, if not, no biggie. You're speedy though, so I have no doubt you'll accomplish your goals :)

Marlene said...

Great runs Tall Mom, Muscle Man AND Blaine! :)

I just about ALWAYS set goals for every race. I'm also ADDICTED to McMillan. That time sounds reasonable to me... I think you could even go faster. :) Your HM time is almost 10 minutes faster than mine and I managed a 10K just undder 48 minutes. I bet you could do 45... (just sayin' (: )

I like to set THREE goals - an A (hope I can), B (think I can) and C (know I can)... that way you won't be disappointed. It gives you something aggressive to shoot for but also allows for an 'off' day - you never know.

Good luck!

Sarah Jane said...

You're so hardcore! I love it! I LOVE that bumper sticker!

For me, goal setting depends on the race. For shorter distances, I set more specific goals (finish the race in 28 min). For longer distances, my goals are more general (just finish the race). Based on your training times, I think your 10k goal is appropriate.

Marlene said...

SoOoOo happy you liked the advice. Can't wait to find out your THREE goals. :)

As for Zensah... you called me on the no pics. *blush* Truth is, the fabric is a little clingy and shoes more lumps & bumps than I feel like sharing with the world. (Should probably have mentioned that in the review...) I'm totally fine wearing it out for a run (I NEVER look good running anyway - hah)... just not posing. :)

aron said...

how cuuuuute is that?!? such a little athlete :)

i def say go for the 46:33!!! you can totally do it! i like setting A, B and C goals too :)

Chellie has Issues said...

I usually have a time in my head that I want to beat. For my last 10K I wanted to be under 50 min. I was mad that I finished in 52 min but it was a great motivation to have the goal in my head. I bet yur run will be beautiful if it's in Snoqualmie...and hilly I assume?

Croughwell said...

Good luck in your race. I usually set a goal for my races.

Running, kind of. said...

Wow! Good luck! What a great time to shoot for! I hear ya on wanting those 19 year old cross country running legs back! Those were the days when I would do a 5K in 18:45! Man, I had no idea how great that was!

I set goals:
1. to finish
2. finish alive
3. and usually a finsish between such and such time.

I alway make my goal but I set them a little on the easy side. Like finish my half in 2:06. I know I could do better but I play it safe.

Good luck! I may see about getting my son to that race for the 1K! he loves to do races too!
Are your kiddos gonna do it?