Saturday, July 9, 2011

Boilermaker, here I come!

Tomorrow morning I'll be joining about 13,000 other runners at the biggest 15K in the country: The Boilermaker.

So what if I basically threw my training plan out the window for this race? No big deal, right? Yeah, that's what I'm hoping. No big deal.

With less than 18 hours until the race, I've just started to get a bit nervous. I had the best intentions when I registered and put together my training plan. Then, as it happens, life got in the way and I let my Boilermaker training slip lower and lower on my list of priorities. I still logged some decent mileage but I didn't get in as many long runs as I would have liked. Nor did I get in much speedwork.

I'm OK with that. Honestly, I think I was a little burned out on training after focusing on two big races this spring.  Since I have another big race coming up in September (the Adirondack Half Marathon), I have to start training again right after the Boilermaker. So, it's fine that I've slacked a bit recently.

I still want to run a strong race.

Sure, I've got to get up at 4 a.m. to drive to the race. And it's going to be hot. And crowded. And the hills are notoriously tough. I'm still going for it.

In other words, I've got goals:

C goal: 1:20 or better
B goal: 1:16 or better
A goal: A PR, or 1:15:18 or better!

We'll see what the day brings.

Fast running. That's what I'd like.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone!

~ Felice


Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Good luck, Felice! Wish I could be there to run with you!

Run Strong!

J said...

Good luck tomorrow! Hope it isn't too hot for you!!

Unknown said...

Good luck on your race, it sounds like a HOT ONE! By the way, some of the best races come when you feel like you're slacking off. Just enjoy!

Bridget said...

Oh yeah! See you at 4:45 AM for the drive to Utica!!!!

Quix said...

Have a great race! I have yet to race a 15k, sounds like a fun distance! :)

Lisa said...

Training burnout bites. Have a great time at the race!

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