The Incredible Shrinking Krista

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sheer Joy and excitement...

So I keep asking myself if I REALLY think I can do this, train for a half marathon and run 2 in 3 months.  Do I really have it in me?  Can I really finish in under 3 1/2 hours as is required by the Princess Half Marathon pace?  Am I setting myself up to fail?!?!

Well, here's what I figured out....The minimum pacing requirement for the Princess Half Marathon is 16 minutes/mile and maintaining that for the entire 13.1 miles.  So, I felt like I was incredibly slow at the 5k, and was wondering how far I had to go to get up to pace for the Princess. 

So, I decided to go look at my splits for the Diva Girl's 5k.  According to the results website, My average was 16:50/mile at the Diva, this was with no training at all.  I set a goal for a pace of 17min/mile, and beat that by 10 seconds/mile, which doesn't sound like much, but it worked, and it is a HUGE success in my book.  So, basically, in order to be able to meet the pacing requirements, I need to shave 50seconds per mile off my pace, and I have 9 months to do that.  I feel like this is COMPLETELY do-able. 

So--I usually hold off on setting goals for anything other than finishing until the day of the race, knowing where I am physically and mentally.  How well I have trained, etc.  I am NOT going to get wrapped up in success or failure of the mission being based on time, but in a perfect world, I'd like to finish the Battleship Half in 2:45 on November 4, and then maybe finish the princess in 2:30.  These are pretty lofty goals right now, and I'm aware of that.  I have always said that people will rise to the expectations you set for them, so I'm setting my expectations high and shooting for the stars.



  1. Go Girl GO! Aim high! I am right there with you. I am @ 16min/mile and trying and trying to get faster. I finsihed Tink in 3:42 and am hoping for at least under 3:30 for Princess 2013. (really I'd like under 3 but we will see). GOOD LUCk and can't wait to hear your progress!!