Reflections: Prepping for Big Lake 1/2

The Big Lake 1/2 is tomorrow at 8 am. We are staying with Tina, Chris, Lily & Nick in their new home in Concord, NH. Pretty psyched about this race as it will give me a good indication of what level I am running in prep for the marathon – now a little over 2 weeks away.

Here is a link to my race here 2 years ago. This will be my 3rd Big Lake 1/2 – I remember the time before going up to the race alone and racing in the rain… nasty.

So in thinking about goals, I consider my PR of 1:28:48 (set on this course 2 years ago) and my last 1/2 marathon time in Hollis at the Applefest where I ran a 1:32:30. Although as I recall I was not really pushing too hard at that race…. Not quite getting the killer instinct for some reaon.

My goals:

I do the 3 goal option to be as mentally competitive as I am it really keeps me
focused and ok with my final, whatever that may be…

Big Lake 09:
“The planets are aligned and the gods are smiling” time: 1:25:00 – What the heck, give it my all, dig deep, remember all those power songs, get some sleep tonight and think about the champagne on the boat to celebrate victory! 🙂

“Considering all my times and averages” this is a more realistic top goal: 1:28:08 (just one up to beat that PR)

“It’s just not the day to hit my PR …. I haven’t been racing this year, my training is at a taper and my mind isn’t in race mode – and those paved roads kill my legs: 1:30

Think of me at 8 am Monday morning – and send me ALL your strength and speed – I
will need it!

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Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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