This week is pretty much the homestretch week for me before the big one. Lower 5.1 mile loop last nite, a modified speed workout tonite (those who are doing Queens have the option of doing a “lesser” workout tonite, as we did before Brooklyn.) rest tomorrow, 4 easy bridle path miles Thursday, rest Friday.
I have an idea in my head of what I’d like to run on Saturday…I think based some other performances this year (mainly, the 15K I did back in March) this is a realistic goal. i know others think that i should go more aggressive. yeah maybe, if the stars were aligned or something, the more “aggressive” time could be a possiblity, but I don’t want to count on it. basically, i want this to be more than just another 13.1 mile run…i’d like it to be a performance to be proud of, which means having realistic expectations. (i have “bronze, silver, and gold” performance goals…not sure if I want to write them publicly yet.)
But I think back to 2 races this year-the Snowflake disaster, where I did have what I thought was a realistic expectation of what I’d like to run and wound up crashing. And the opposite, the 15K, which wasn’t really on the radar as anything more than a 9.3 mile run and I did better than expected.
I know we’re told that the best times and performances come when you don’t expect it, when you’re thinking about it the least. But does that contradict the idea of having a goal race?
Or maybe I should just stop thinking so much and just run. 🙂