3M Half Marathon Goals

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Welp, it’s almost here. The 3M Half Marathon is this Sunday, and my lackluster training is about to shine through. Remember my well thought out training schedule which would yield a desirable 2:15-2:20 finish?


Best laid plans. It hasn’t been touched since December.

It’s not that I haven’t been running – it’s just I haven’t been following a plan, per se. I run every Saturday with our ZOOMA Texas Training Group, but weekday runs have been fairly sporadic. Well, up until last week when training for the New Jersey Marathon started, but that’s a story for another post.

Bottom line: I’m not nearly as prepared for 3M as I would like to be. I give anyone who trains for their A-race/a full marathon/basically any endurance event in January HUGE kudos. It’s tough getting through the holidays and sticking to the plan. I learned this last year, even declaring “Overall, I really enjoyed the race and I look forward to doing it again next year – properly trained, of course!”  but apparently temporarily forgot as I chose 3M to be my 2012 half marathon A-race. Whoops…

With 13.1 miles looming on the horizon, it’s time to set some race goals:

Goal A sub-2:20 (10:40 pace)

Goal B sub-2:25 (11:03 pace)

Goal C sub-2:30 (11:26 pace)

Goal D Finish under 2:37, my current PR set in San Antonio

At this point, I’m not sure what will happen on Sunday morning. With a 29:46 5k PR and 1:01:36 10k PR, I think I definitely have a faster half marathon time in me. Is this time attainable for 3M? It’s hard to tell.

One thing is for sure though: I will be rockin’ a Team Sparkle traveling skirt. Maybe all I need for this PR is a little blood, sweat, and sparkle!


Do you have an A-race in 2012 where you plan to blow your current PR out of the water? Do you have trouble sticking to a training plan through the holidays?

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  1. Ha–I am the opposite. I just follow the plan and don’t really think about it, which is ideal for me because I just need someone to tell me what to do! 😉 I don’t know if this counts, but since I’m running my first marathon this year, that will be a PR (kinda). As for half marathons? Not so sure. I’m running one on Sunday and I’m a little nervous–hard to top my last race! :/

  2. You could surprise yourself!!

    I’d like to PR at one of the 3 half marathons I am running in the next 2 months. I don’t necessarily *think* it’s going to happen on Sunday, but I’m not counting myself out just yet!

    Good luck with your race 🙂

  3. Good luck this weekend!!
    I’m ramping up for RnR USA in 8 weeks and (fingers crossed here + knocking on wood) I’m hoping to destroy my marathon PR by close to an hour! That’d be a pretty awesome wedding present to myself!

  4. I know what you’re saying about a January race…I had to sell my bib for a half marathon (that took place last weekend) because October-December ended up being crazy times in my household. Good luck this weekend! I’m hoping to squash my current PR in a May half that’s supposedly super flat and fast. We shall see…

  5. Hmmm. I think your goals are pretty reasonable here. I’m wondering what your best mile is. If you’ve done a 29:46 5K, I’m going to walk backwards into that your best mile is around 8:34? Is that right? If so, I’d say a sub 2:20 HM would be reasonable. If it’s higher… adjust. Of course that’s assuming a good day, nice weather, short porto-potty lines etc. But I’d say your PR should be toast at minimum.

    Me – my goal for Austin Livestrong is to knock 15 minutes off my prior PR of 2:50. I haven’t had any trouble training through the holidays. I’ve actually enjoyed using it as an excuse. You know? Visiting in-laws and had to go out for a run.

    • I would say 8:34 is possible although I’ve actually never done a magic mile. I should give it a shot because now I’m interested to know.

      I’ve been following your training on DM & your blog – I think you will definitely knock some serious time off your PR in February. Eye on the prize!! It’ll be here before we know it … and I’m not looking forward to running the hill on Enfield again haha

  6. Good luck!! I’m really hoping to blow my PR to shreds but I’m scared of what my training plan says I can do (a very specific 2:17:33 haha). I’d be elated to just get below 2:30 and would love to get sub 2:25. 2:17 would be a dream. I have three chances, but I’d like to get it done in race 1 so I can have fun in the other two haha. Who knows. I’m just going to run my best and see what happens. I’d rather have fun and not push myself to the point of feeling miserable to get a huge PR. But I do need a new PR for sure.

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