This race is INSANELY hilly (the last mile is killer) so i am not going for a PR. My current PR was set on a very flat course so this is not the place to try that, especially with this being the first of 4 running weekends in a row. I am going to go for a course record for me and really work out on some hills with the Sunset Strip half coming up and also the NYC Marathon.
So here are my goals:
A- sub 1:05
This is what I would really want to do on this course. It is challenging (hills, a bit of trails and finishing in grass!) but I think it is a good kind of challenging.
B- sub 1:07:09
this was the race where I first went under 1:10 so I want to at least see improvement over last year. I will be running at the same interval as last year (2:10/ :30) to see how I compare.
This would be around an 11:00 mile pace and would still show I am working hard on the course.
D-finish with a smile
You never know what could happen. It is supposed to be pretty warm this week but with lows in the 50s. My leg may act up or the hills may not feel right.
My plan right now is to shoot for a 10:30-10:45 minute mile for the first mile so I don't go out too fast. After that, I want to hang around 10:15-10:30 and then give it all I got on the hill. Last year my strategy was to go up as much of the hills as I could and then walk up the rest and run down the downhills no matter what interval I am on. It worked well last year so I hope it will work this year.
Not going to lie: after the LA Marathon, my confidence is a bit shaken. My calf has been acting up and sciatica is flaring too so i am trying to hold it together. I think KT tape will help as it will keep everything stable. I want to do as well as I can on this course to really try to overcome some of the mental battles I have been playing in my head.
Even though I am excited to race a 10k (it has been since December), I am even more excited for the after party and all of the food!!
Are you racing this weekend? When is your next race?