Goals for 2016 Jiggety Jog

Before I tweaked my quad and foot, I had planned to set some goals for the Jiggety Jog 5k on Saturday. Then, the 20-miler happened, and I was feeling discouraged and not sure how badly I might be hurt, so I put this post off. After a few days of rest and recovery and a positively transformative hot yoga class yesterday, I’m feeling about 90% today, which brought this post back to the forefront.

Last year, this race fell on my actual birthday, and I set my current 5k PR of 28:55, which was the best possible birthday present I could have gotten. It’s been almost exactly a year since I set that PR, and I must confess, I’m hungry for another. I haven’t really been training to run a fast 5k, but I’ve been running more and longer than I ever have before, so it’s not out of the question.

HOWEVER–I need to remember that my goal race for the year is the Vermont City Marathon. My first, and likely only marathon. So I need to get there healthy and uninjured. Based on these last couple of weeks of training, my shoe issues, and the fact that my foot still isn’t 100%, now is not the time to go gunning for a 5k PR. I plan to start conservatively and see how I’m feeling, but if the stars are aligned and I’m feeling good, I don’t plan to hold myself back either.

So really, my main goal is to enjoy myself. This is my favorite race–good course, amazing volunteers, and awesome post-race food. It’s all about the fundraising (click here if you’d like to contribute–I’m almost to my goal!) and remembering my Gramma Pat.

Are you racing this weekend? Do you have any goals?

 

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18 thoughts on “Goals for 2016 Jiggety Jog

  1. allisonfiorini says:

    I think I started following you last year around this time because I totally remember you running that race and blogging about it! GOOD LUCK! Just relax – I bet your quad and foot will feel better than you think 🙂

  2. txa1265 says:

    SPEED WORK!

    Seriously – you know how much I run, but the thought of a 5k still terrifies me unlike going for an 18 miler 🙂 Just my comfort zone, I guess!

    But I would look at using this 5K as speedwork – but at the same time as you mention keep focused on not pushing too hard. You can come back after the marathon and refocus your training on being a badass 5K runner! 🙂

  3. dgobs says:

    I’m ridiculously behind in blog reading, so this is the first time I’ve heard/absorbed that you tweaked your quad and foot! I think I actually said “noooo!” out loud when I read the first sentence 😦 I hope your recovery continues, and that you have a good race. Run strong, run smart, have fun, and happy early birthday!

  4. hellyontherun says:

    I have a 5k this weekend too that I had hoped maybe I could pull off a PR on too. But, I’ve been feeling a little inkling of something on my shin and I’m super paranoid about doing something stupid so close to the start of marathon training. I’m gonna take your route and see how I feel. The most important thing is that we have fun and *that* we are DEFINITELY going to do 😀 ❤ Good luck and happy early birthday!!!

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