Roller Coaster Race Goals

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Roller Coaster Race Lake George as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

When I first registered for this race way back when, I had big dreams of a nice 10k PR. My official 10k race PR is just over 1:06, though I’ve run faster than that during virtual races or training runs. The problem is, I didn’t run for three weeks due to my tailbone injury, and I haven’t run more than 5 miles in one go since marathon training.

At this point, all I can hope for is that I am able to finish the race without killing myself. Aside from the lack of training, I have to wake up at 3 am to drive the 2 hours to Lake George on Saturday morning because I can’t afford a hotel stay. I will most likely be exhausted and grumpy, so I can’t really see myself running a snappy 10k.

Still though, I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t lay out some official goals, even though some of them are pretty unlikely at this point. The A goal is my “Holy crap, everything is going perfectly and I can’t believe this is happening right now” goal. The B goal is my “I am super duper stoked about this” goal, and the C goal is my realistic, “unless something goes horribly wrong I can do this” goal.

  • A Goal: Sub-60 finish. I know I can do this. I’ve done it before, just not in a while.
  • B Goal: PR, which is anything under 1:06. This isn’t totally out of the question, but it is nowhere near a given, considering my training lately.
  • C Goal: Finish healthy and uninjured. I’ve been through a lot lately with my running, and I’m just starting to get back to the point where it’s pain-free and enjoyable. I don’t want to throw it away chasing PR dreams.

What I end up doing on race day will be a totally in-the-moment decision based on how I feel at the start line, and I will be constantly re-evaluating throughout the race to make sure that I achieve my most important goal–finishing still able to run. And regardless of how the race goes, I’m very excited to spend some time in the park, riding roller coasters, and hitting some water slides in Splashwater Kingdom. One of my fellow BibRave Pros will be there, and I think a few of my friends have also registered, so I’m hoping to hook up with some people, otherwise I’ll be on my own all day.

Do you set goals for races even if training hasn’t been great?


9 thoughts on “Roller Coaster Race Goals

  1. txa1265 says:

    Ugh on the drive – I had to drive nearly 1.5 hours to my trail marathon and that really sucked … too early, too long, too much vital energy consumed!

    It is also funny how different people order their goals – my ‘A’ goal is always stay healthy, ‘B’ is to finish … and I go from there! Everything else is less important than those two, with healthy being #1 goal always.

    Good luck – and remember to HAVE FUN!

    • Rae says:

      For me, the A goal isn’t necessarily the most important, it’s the one that’s more of a reach, and as they go on they get more realistic. But yes, everyone does their own thing. And don’t worry, I plan to have fun regardless of pace/time 🙂

  2. dgobs says:

    All solid goals, and – long drive aside – it sounds like it’s bound to be an awesome day! Running, roller coasters, friends… who could beat that? 🙂 I’ve definitely made goals for races despite good training… for my last half, my one goal was just to finish, even if I had to walk a lot. And I did! Just having the goal to focus on helped me. Good luck and have fun!

  3. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    Good luck and have fun!!! I used to make goals but after missing so many of them the past few years- I chucked them out the window! I usually still feel pressure at the start line though. 🙂 Enjoy those coasters!

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