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Friday, November 13, 2009

Cool Weather and Goals for Tomorrow's 10K

The past few days have blown in some cool, comfortable weather for us here in South Florida, and this morning, it was cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt for Norah when we went on our morning walk with Scooter: This cool weather bodes well for my potential 10K performance tomorrow, so I hope it stays.

And, this brings me to my Declaration of Race Intentions for the Key Biscayne Lighthouse 10K, which shall also be known as Jess' First Race Post Partum!
  • Pie in the Sky Goal: Beat my previous 10K PR. This is really unlikely to happen. Even though my previous PR of 1:01:25 is not anything fabulous, it would still require me to run a 9:52/mile pace, and based on my recent training runs, that's probably not gonna happen. However, you never know. Cool conditions combined with race day excitement could provide me with the right environment and motivation to push myself beyond my current comfort zone.
  • Realistic Goal: Finish in 1:05. This would be a 10:27/mile pace, and that's about what I've been able to run lately. If I finished with this time, I'd be very pleased.
  • Worst Case Scenario Goal: Finish the race before the time cut off of 1:20. The race directions are very clear: Anyone who finishes after this time is disqualified and will be taken out back and pistol whipped. Well...maybe not that last part, but the instructions are so emphatic about the course closing at an hour twenty that you'd think pistol whipping really would be on race directors' minds. A 1:20 finish is a 12:51/mile pace, so I think I can be consistently faster than that, but with such restrictions, walk breaks won't be an option.

So, with goals in mind and race apparel already set out, I think I'm ready for tomorrow. Wish me luck!

30 comments:

Erin said...

The very best of luck to you! Regardless, it's an amazing feat of dedication.

Katie A. said...

Good luck to you! You're gonna rock it! And Norah gets cuter and cuter everyday!! :)`

JojaJogger said...

Wow, a 10K already? Good luck tomorrow, I'm sure you'll be amazed at how well you do.

MCM Mama said...

Good luck!! I'm sure you'll do awesome!

Zoƫ said...

Have a blast and good luck!!

Jess said...

Good luck! Will Norah be there to cheer you on?

Nobel4Lit said...

No problem, right? You'll do fine!

RunningLaur said...

Good luck!!

The fairly short cut off time is good motivation to keep running forward - I could use one of those.

Stuart said...

Good luck you'll do great and enjoy!

Marlene said...

Good luck tomorrow! Hope the weather stays cool.

When you get really tired, just remember those pistol whippings.

Viper said...

Good luck on your return to racing. Run well and drink well. Cheers!

Jamoosh said...

Regardless - you will have a Post Partum PR! Have a bueno run.

Kate McDowell said...

Way to go - you'll do great! Awesome blog post and Norah is adorable.

aron said...

have a GREAT race tomorrow!!!

Lily on the Road said...

Good LUCK Momma!!!

Wes said...

Have fun! and enjoy that cool weather!!

Taiwan-Teacher said...

Dang, even without pistol-whipping , that's kind of a tough cut-off! Not for you, of course, but a slow runner could run the whole way and not make it.
Good luck!

Heather said...

Good luck! Enjoy your first race back - no matter what it will be a post-preggo pr.

Krissy said...

Have a great time and you will see the motivation to move will come naturally, all I kept thinking on my first race back was I JUST had a baby I can do this! You will do great!

Marilie said...

Good luck! You'll be back well before that 1:20 mark. :)

N.D. said...

you're going to do great! good luck!!

kelsalynn said...

Good luck! You'll do great! I can't wait to check back and hear how you do!!

Precious picture! I love her smile and cheeks.

Aka Alice said...

Awesome! Have a great race. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

Tim F. said...

Good luck with your 10K!

Oz Runner said...

good luck and have a great race!

D10 said...

I hope the race goes well. Good luck. Norah is such a happy and cute baby, so sweet.

Jenn said...

Good luck on your race! Your baby is so cute!

X-Country2 said...

GOOD LUCK! Go get 'em!

shellyrm said...

Run Strong. Sorry for the late well wishes...I'm getting caught up. The flu attached the fam this weekend.

sRod said...

Playing catch up here: hope you did really well, I'm sure it was gorceous out there.