This year, however, Columbus is my goal race -- that's where I am supposed to go under 2 hours (finally). So what should I do for Parkersburg? I could:
- Run it as a long run (10:10 to 11:52 pace)
- Run it with my friend (which would probably fall into the same long run range)
- Run it as a workout and do pace miles or a progression run
- Run for a PR (sub-2:03)
- Run for a sub-2
The weather will play a role in my performance as well. It will likely be warm (getting hot eventually, but hopefully that will be after I'm done!) and humid. I can't do anything about my fitness at this point, so all I can do is focus on nutrition and hydration. I will start carbing up today (let's be honest: I'm always carbing up), and I'm going to start upping my electrolytes today as well.
(I'm not breaking any new ground here.)
I am excited to see what I can do. I've spent a month and a half doing more real training than I've ever done, and I am looking forward to seeing where I am. I want to feel good during the race, I want to finish strong and I want to feel motivated about the rest of this training cycle. Those are my real goals.