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My Goals & Upcoming Races (as shared with perspective coach)

Friday, July 15, 2011

I contacted a possible running coach today. She told me to send her a detailed email about my goals. This is what I sent her...

Thanks for the phone call! I did have a little trouble with our phone connection, so please forgive me if I ask something you covered!

As I mentioned, my paces are pretty 'slow'. I record all of my training on beginnertriathlete, though I'm behind as we've been on 2 vacations this month. Anyway, my long pace is slower than I thought...the last three 8 milers have been at a 12:41, 13:08, and 13:08 pace. I practically always have negative splits. My fastest mile ever was 9:43 and I've had only a few others below 11:00, though all in the past month.

My main goal, at this point, is to get FASTER. I've proven to myself that I can do a half marathon, though I did a run/walk last November (2:57 time). I now run instead of run/walk. Now I want to get faster so I can eventually do a marathon and it would be under 5 hrs!

I also have a goal of getting my 5K under 33 minutes, to start, and then under 30 minutes. My current 5K PR is 36:45 which I ran during the CB&I sprint tri.

My upcoming races:
Sep 11 - local highschool 5K - last year I did this in 46:30 and I want at least 10 minutes off...preferrably under 33 minutes! I recently did a 2 miler in under 22 minutes

Oct 1 - Komen 5K (another repeat from last year) Just want to run this again as my grandmother and grandmother-in-law both had breast cancer

Oct 8 - Ten for Texas (10 miler)

Nov 13 - San Antonio RnR HM - practice race

Dec 4 - Vegas RnR HM - again, this is mainly for fun & vacation with hubby & to qualify for Half Maniacs!

Jan 15 - Houston HM - I would LOVE to break 2:30!!!

As I mentioned, I've been with trainers most of the past year, but quit after the CB&I sprint triathlon. Both trainers were mainly for strength training once per week, though one of them added quite a bit of cardio, too.

So, what do I want?

1. To get faster. Yes, I'd like it very detailed. I'm very good at pushing myself to meet a goal - especially someone else's expectations. I'm not sure I'm pushing myself enough sometimes. I ran with my sister-in-law last month and asked her to help me beat my fastest mile of 11:30. I thought maybe I could run 11:07. She told me I could break 10:00. I did a 9:43. I had WAY underestimated my abilities!

2. To get ready for my various runs. My "A" races are the highschool 5K on Sept 11th and the Houston HM on Jan 15th.

3. To get stronger (strength trianing/pilates) and prevent injuries.

4. To continue to bike & swim to prepare for triathlons next spring/summer and possibly the MS150 (2 day, 180 mile bike ride).

5. To be in great shape so I can enjoy other sports & activities! (For example, I just learned to waterski, at age 41, 2 weeks ago!!!)
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  • SLEEPYDEAN
    Looks like a great few months ahead.

    So funny we'll both be doing a half on November 13th and then we'll be doing the same half in December. So happy to see that you'll be in Vegas!

    I've got halfs in October - November - December to qualify for Half Fanatics and then Tinkerbell half at Disneyland at the end of January too.

    October will be my have fun race- 20,000 women how can that NOT be fun? Then November will be the same race as my first last year so of course I'd like to beat my time, but I'm not going to push it. Now Vegas is a different story - I am definitely going for a PR since it is a flat course. Hoping to hit somewhere around 2:30.

    Best of luck in your training to meet all of your goals and have fun at those races!
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  • LIV2RIDE
    That is a great list. Your coach should be able to help you reach your goals. Having a goal to reach help you to go farther and farther and achieve more. I have a friend who runs races almost every weekend but his every day distance is 15 miles. WOW! I can't even imagine. Good for you for reaching out to someone for help to reach your goals. Good luck!
    3673 days ago
  • JETERSGAL729
    I love your list!! I'm thinking of possibly doing the HM in Vegas too but it all depends on money!! It might be my early X-mas gift to myself and my fiance! :)


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  • IONA72
    I was just thinking back to the days when I had to walk after running a mile, can you remember what that was like, lol?
    You have made amazing progress, I hope you continue to meet your goals. Increasing your pace will be a such a boost. My pace is too fast and compromises my distance so I'm trying to work on that!
    Look forward to hearing about your progress.
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    3673 days ago
  • JUST_TRI_IT
    WOW... You are really growing in your knowledge of how to set goals in your running. Do you remember when you did not know all this jargon!? Amazing, really :)

    I will be interested in how your plan with the new trainer goes. I've never been bold enough to get a trainer. I think I am afraid they will tell me things I do not want to hear! Chicken that I am :) So, you got my admiration for your courage.

    emoticon plan for the next few months.

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    3674 days ago
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    Cool - good luck and keep us updated!
    3674 days ago
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