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Goals for this weekend are somewhat scattered as they were for my last half, but I also feel that having different levels of goals for each race is very important because honestly, if you set yourself up to succeed you will, but you have to give yourself the chance.

The first time I ran a half marathon I remember my only goal was to complete it. Now I know I can increase the goal with time and mile splits. I know that it’s super helpful once you sign up for a race to have the goal of completion. Whether that would be run/walk the whole thing, running the race, or just finishing the race. Once you have a goal and you set your mind to achieving that goal it’s so much easier to start running and complete workouts. You can start our with a goal of a 5k, or a 10k and just make sure you set attainable goals for yourself. You can even make fun goals, and then during the race think of your goals.

My last half one of my goals was to practice drinking more water on the course. Running and drinking water at the same time is a pretty hard task, but after trying different ways to grab the cup and drink it quickly and efficiently during the last race I feel that I can say I’ve definitely improved in that area. Its much harder than you think maneuvering through those cup throwing runners. Don’t believe me, take a peek at the pictures below. Look at all those cups. Now imagine them being hurled at you from people in front of you. Not good. The last picture you can even see the cup flying through the air. Too out of control for me.


Anyways as for this weekend, I’m feeling really good about the race thus far. I am starting to get a little nervous which I know is necessary and I actually feel ready to race. I know there are going to be a ton of people there, this may even be the biggest half marathon I’ve done thus far, so I know the first few miles might be a lot of dodging and weaving, which is annoying but at races, it happens.

My A Goal is : Finish time from 1:40-1:45
My B Goal is : Finish time from 1:45-1:50
My C Goal is : Work on racing more than just running
My D Goal is : Focus on finishing the race, pushing myself and the mile splits.

So in more depth, my A goal is to finish and PR by about 2 minutes. I think if I can finish in 1:45 I will be incredibly happy considering the mass of people that will be at this race and that it will be a new PR. I know I can do it, but I also know I’m going to have to push myself when I’m not feeling amazing.

My B goal is to finish roughly around my 1:48:xx PR that I have now, and I am pretty sure that this is pretty feasible. I wasn’t feeling amazing, and literally wanted to quit my last race when I ran this PR so to run that again would be somewhat disappointing.

My C Goal is to work on racing more than just running. This might sound weird but sometimes when I’m running I totally zone out and become a little space cadet. I know this cannot happen this weekend if I’m going to mentally be in the race the entire time. I need to focus on racing and keeping up with everyone and not be discouraged or let myself be hurting. I know running is an intense mental sport. Not everyone can continue to keep pushing themselves forward, it takes a lot of willpower to keep going and I know if I focus the whole race, I will succeed. So if you see me just tell me to stay focused! :)

My D Goal is also to work on my focus during the race but to focus on the splits and how I can improve my time and stay on the pace I’m currently running. I don’t want to let myself start hurting and then just slow down like I did at the last half I ran. I know if I stay on pace I am destined for good things, I just have to will myself to do that and keep pushing myself. I used to push myself during my races back in high school, but that was a lot different than today, it was only 3 miles, and I was averaging a 6:30 mile… yea not going to happen anymore. I know I can push myself to run hard throughout the whole race though and I can push myself harder than I have in the past races where I was just running for fun, or to complete a race.

Overall though, I do want to have fun in this race, it’s a beautiful course and the weather should be amazing which is always helpful. I have been looking forward to this race and it’s a part of the California Dreamin‘ Series that I’m working on completing so I know it will be exciting. I’m thinking of making a shirt that says MY FAMILY IS LAME, SO PLEASE YELL GO DANICA. I saw a picture of it on some one’s blog and I wish I remember who because it’s hilarious, if it’s you let me know!! So we’ll see, planning the outfit is my next big task.

As for a workout today, just going to do some painting of my desk tonight and then a biggest loser workout video, but not the one with all the squats, I don’t want to be killing myself before my race!


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  • Reply Marcy

    You are going to do AWESOME for this half chica!! I just know it ;D Now go out there and kick some serious A!!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Jamie and Craig

    You rock! GOOD LUCK! I am sure you will meet your goals!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Allie

    Sounds like you have some great goals in mind. good luck!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply The New Black

    I have been in need of some serious exercise inspiration and your blog is it! I am so glad that I stumbled across it!!!

    Good luck on your next race.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Run Mommy

    Just came across your blog..good luck this weekend (once again – someone much faster than me). You go!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply joyRuN

    Hilarious shirt idea :)

    GO DANICA!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Julianne

    You are totally gonna rock Surf City half this weekend. I think you’ll be exceeding your expectations, too! Good luck D!! :-)

    January 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply N.D.

    you always have to rearrange your goals. That’s great! You are going to do great. I like those pics!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    You’ll make that A goal!

    My family has only come to one race…I know how you feel. At least my hubby is faster than me and waits at finish lines for me.

    If I lived near the race I’d come to cheer you on!

    January 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Burger


    Now don’t let me down! ;)

    January 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Emily

    You’re going to do awesome in this race. I think it is great that you set up so many varying goals. I bet you can hit your A goal!

    With regards to dazing out – I actually think that is great. As long as while you’re dazed out you stay at the pace you want to stay. For my race last weekend I tried really hard to get in a zone and just stay there. It totally helped me.

    Good luck!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    You go-al gurl!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply BeachRunner

    You will ROCK this half, I know it, homeslice. Just relax and have fun. The kicking ass part will follow.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Katie

    LOL, love the shirt idea :-)

    January 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply kristen

    Well said about the goals earlier in the post. You have some great goals set before you and I know your going to do awesome. I love the idea for the shirt! Somebody was thinking…

    Good Luck and I can’t wait for the race report!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Running Through Life

    I Just recently came across your blog. Good Luck on the upcoming race!

    January 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply P.O.M.

    I’m so bummed. My goal would be 1:45 but not with this situation. I am just hoping to not have to walk at all. booooo

    January 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    Sounds like a good game plan. I also like having various goals – I think it can help you push when the going getd tough, but also allows some wiggle room if it happens to be an ‘off’ day.


    January 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply D10

    You are going to do great. I love your comment about giving yourself a chance to succeed, so true.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply ShoreTurtle

    Good luck this weekend!

    The photo from the Chicago 2007 marathon made me sad. That was a hot mess.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Denise

    You’re going to do great this wknd! And I’ll be thinking of you from New Orleans!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Great goals, good luck. I will be looking forward to seeing how it goes!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply J

    Oh man I am so jealous you get to run a half this weekend, especially in weather that is not below freezing!! Have fun – I am sure you can PR – just keep thinking those positive thoughts!!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    Good luck on the half. Those goals are completely attainable as long as you believe you can. We all have the strength deep down!

    January 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Matt

    Good luck this weekend! I know your going to rock that race! If you believe you can, you WILL.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply skinnyrunner

    you’re going to have such a good time and good race, im getting race jealousy. i think the course is gonna be amazing.
    funny shirt, you should def make one.

    January 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply X-Country2

    Those all sound like great goals. I tend to space out when I run too and slip into the same pace I’ve been running for years.

    Good luck this weekend! Look forward to reading all about it.

    January 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply jaime

    Good luck this weekend! You have several great goals and I’m sure you’ll meet at least one of them :)

    January 27, 2009 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply NiC

    Your gonna kick it on your half girl! Those are awesome goals and i cant wait to hear how you do! Be sure to take pics and post pics of your outfits. Its fun seeing what everyone chooses on race day!

    January 27, 2009 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Marci

    Good luck, hope you make your “a” goal.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply jlc

    Wow. Keep going!! You are amazinggg woman!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Donald

    Go Danica. Get that A goal!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    Your goals are really good for this race. It sounds like you’re both physically and mentally prepared for the challenge. Have fun and go for it!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply audgepodge

    Aw… good luck this weekend! You will do awesome!

    And I am horrible with drinking water during races while running – I have to walk it for sure.

    And love the T-shirt saying! I’ll cheer for you from up north…

    January 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Good luck this weekend!!! I’ll be yelling GO DANICA from over here, okay? :) Whoo-hoo!

    P.S. Make sure to post a pic of your finished desk!

    January 27, 2009 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Tom Ritchie

    Good Luck this weekend. It’s an awesome race and I wish I could’ve made it down to race. Alaska is so far away from all these cool races! Prices of plane tickets are too much for me lately. Gotta stick to your goals!

    January 28, 2009 at 1:14 am
  • Reply Jess

    Those are great goals! Good luck!

    January 28, 2009 at 6:26 am
  • Reply Oz Runner

    best of luck on the race…great that you have goals set out there…love the shirt idea, you should totally do that…

    January 28, 2009 at 6:32 am
  • Reply The Happy Runner

    Nice goals. I think it is great to have four tiers. I’ll send some positive vibes for goal A!

    January 28, 2009 at 7:51 am
  • Reply Jodi

    I’m your family, and I am not lame! GO DANICA!!!
    I’ll be thinking of you as I run my 5K :)

    January 28, 2009 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Adam

    I love the multi leveled goals. I’ve always been told that you should do that, but have always been really bad about actually DOING it.

    You’ll do great! sounds like you are getting in the right frame of mind already.

    January 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply aron

    those are awesome goals!!! good luck!!!

    i am doing the same thing right now for the half this weekend. i know what i want to run but i dont know if i can run it right now so we will see :)

    YAY for racing this weekend!

    January 29, 2009 at 9:56 am
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