After experiencing the excitement as I cheered for her at the Rock n Roll Virginia beach half marathon, I made it a goal of mine to become good enough to actually run the Rock n Roll 5k race. I was happy running the Disney 5Ks but I thought it might be exciting to run a race that is actually chip timed and earn a real medal, not those rubber medallions that Disney gives out.
Yup, so this was my only goal, to run the Rock n Roll 5k race because I didn't think I was capable of anything else. I really wanted to run one of the larger Disney races so I thought maybe, just maybe I could run the Tower of Terror 13K relay. But then Disney changed that race to a 10 miler so that was absolutely out of the question.
The following year, after our 3rd Royal Family 5K at Disney, my mom and I made a pact that we were going to train for the Princess Half Marathon. I couldn't believe what I had just agreed to. I couldn't imagine completing a 5k and then having to run 10 more miles! During that time I gradually increased my race distance. I actually did run my first timed 5K, (but it wasn't RnR VA Beach), I ran a 7K, 8K, and a few 10Ks and a half of a half, before I finally took the plunge.
I've come along way from my only goal being to run a timed 5K. Since I started training for actual "timed" races my goals have been this.......
To run a 5K under 30 minutes - Check, did that
To run a 10K under 60 minutes- Check, did that
To run a half marathon under 2:30 - Crushed it!
I never thought I would run a marathon so just finishing was my goal! Did that twice.
These were my very first running goals when I didn't even really know what I was capable of. Quite honestly I don't even know how I came up with these times as goals. I think I just picked them out of a hat or something...haha
2016 is my year to enjoy running pain free and so far it's going well. I am probably due to work on getting those time goals down even further since my PR's are very old, but I'm not sure if working on speed quite yet is where I need to be. How did you know when it was time to adjust your running goals? -M
Oh, and by the way, I never did get to run that Rock n Roll 5K race in VA Beach.
We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.