Well, it’s here. My fall goal race in State #22, New York, the Wineglass Half Marathon. The last week hasn’t been ideal for prepping but I’ve done all I can and am hoping for the best. After a messy 10k last Saturday I’ve been getting plenty of rest, fluids and salt water air. As a result, the congestion in my chest has clearly up considerably.
Thanks to stronger lungs, my final workouts were solid. I had legs that were fresh and fast for a track session Monday and a short tempo run Wednesday. Both left me feeling as ready to race as I can and I’m ready to go.
My only concern is Race Day weather. It’s looking cool (40s) with potential rain. I haven’t had the chance to run in any temperatures under 60 since last spring and am curious if the sudden influx of cold, damp air will play a part in my performance. Luckily I typically do much better in cooler temperatures.
My goal is to run an even split though ideally I’d like to finish strong with a negative one. My perfect finish time would be somewhere between 1:35 and 1:35.30, averaging 7:16 miles. With my nerves about the weather, some lingering sinus issues and an unfamiliar course, I’ll be ecstatic just to beat my current 1:37 PR.
What’s your goal race this fall? Are you hoping to PR?