Earlier this year when I shared my race calendar, I mentioned the Tear Drop Half Marathon in North Georgia and it’s this weekend! I feel like it’s kinda snuck up on me, but that’s alright.
This race is a downhill one which I really enjoy! I got a taste of racing downhill after last year’s Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon and it’s part of my 2017 running goals list. People tease me because of course running downhill makes you naturally faster, but it can also trash your quads really quickly if you haven’t trained to run downhill.
I like to use races as a way to judge my fitness before a goal marathon. Last year before the Chicago Marathon I used the Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon and this year I am racing this race in preparation for the Edinburgh Marathon over Memorial Day weekend.
Since the race starts at 7:30am and is a little over an hour and a half from home we will be going up the night before.
If you see me on course on Sunday be sure to say hi! I will more than likely be racing in my Oiselle singlet.
I love downhill running and I’m stoked to see what this course has to offer. The descent is almost 3,000 feet and takes place in Fort Mountain State Park so it should be quiet scenic.
Goal A – This is when the stars align and everything comes together. This is my stretch goal.
2:18-2:20 – My current half marathon PR is 2:21:52 so I would really like to break it! I know I am capable of smashing this time goal, but anything can happen on race day so I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I had a great race at the Berry Half Marathon last month so I have that helps.
Goal B – This goal is reasonable based on my training and should be doable as long as there are no major hiccups.
2:27-2:30 – This is on par with my current level of training and I wouldn’t be disappointed if this is where I land.
Goal C – This is not my day and things aren’t going as planned.
Finish Happy & Strong – If everything falls apart and the wheels come off early then I want to make the best of it and enjoy my day in the mountains.
Everyone goes about setting goals for a race differently. While I know I am capable of blowing my current PR out of the water, I’ve learned that I do better when I don’t place too much pressure on myself. There will always be another race if things don’t go well and often times bad experiences render the best learning experiences. That doesn’t mean I don’t plan to race my heart out though!
How do you set your race day goals?
Have you ever ran a downhill race like this?