Looking Ahead & Reevaluating My Goals

While reviewing my training log in Google Drive on Monday night I realized the Shiner Beer Run was NEXT WEEKEND. Obviously I knew it was soon since we recently flipped the calendar over to November, but  didn’t realize just how close it was until counting long runs between now and race day. Yikes.

Shiner Beer Run

Shiner was supposed to be my 2013 goal race but it’s been downgraded into a training run for Houston in January. We’ve done all of our runs with the dogs (the puppy desperately needs this time to get some energy out) and while the miles have been at a decent pace, we’re still taking breaks every mile or so for the dogs.

dogs on the run

This hasn’t prepared us enough to properly “race” Shiner, so we’ll be using it as a training run. After next weekend, I’m going to start doing treadmill runs during the week to supplement our puppy runs. This way I should be able to get in some speed/hill work that will boost my potential to run a fast race in Houston.

Do I think I’m going to go sub-2 in Houston? No I don’t. And I’m okay with that. It was a lofty goal I hesitated to put out there in the first place – but it’s still a goal.

Do I think I’ll PR in Houston? I’m not sure. My 13.1 PR was set last year after a really strong marathon training cycle. I’m nowhere near that fitness level right now. And I’m okay with that.

Life happens. Things came up that were unexpected (like adopting a super high energy but ridiculously adorable puppy!) and sometimes I chose those things over my running goals. I chose to bring our dogs on all of our runs because I absolutely LOVE exploring Austin with them and how excited they get when I lace up my running shoes.

So, am I disappointed that this 13.1 won’t be the grandiose race I expected it to be? A little bit. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to run strong and enjoy every scenic, hilly mile through the Texas countryside.

There are a lot of exciting things on the horizon and I’m really excited to see what 2014 has up its sleeve.

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  1. If you’re still putting in the miles, those puppy stops might not matter. You still may do better than you think you will!
    This weekend, I am looking forward to having no plans for the first time in months. I don’t even know what I’m going to do with myself.
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    • That would be a nice surprise! Although the weather is supposed to suck, so I’m not holding my breath on that one. If it’s cold and rainy, I imagine this will be a lovely little 13.1 mile death march 😉

      Hope you had an uneventful weekend!

  2. I hope you have a better race at Shiner than you anticipate. I’m not sure if the course has changed, but it’s a tough one to PR on, I think. That’s due mainly to the part of the course (mile 6 I think?) of unpaved road. It’s tricky if you’re not expecting it.
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    • Yeah I found out about that unpaved portion in a recent email. Surprise! Not looking forward to that – or the hills haha. Now that I’m thinking about all of these things, I feel a little better about using this as a training run.

  3. I am so jealous that you are running this race!! I hope you have a blast. And you never know, sometimes races surprise us… the ones that we don’t expect to be good, end up being GREAT!
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    • That’s very true! The weather isn’t looking too promising though, it’s supposed to be cold and rainy. I’m trying not to think about that aspect too much! The race is fairly small and sells out quick, but you should definitely look into it for next year.

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