The excited hum at the starting line.In the past I have been hesitant about being bold and blunt about race goals because of the fear not reaching those goals will be seen as failure. It took me a while to realize it's not. Wanting something and not even trying for it is a failure. Attempting something is not. You are still putting yourself out there. You are still running the race. Not reaching your goals just means things didn't go perfectly. Stuff happens during races. People are human. Regroup and try again.
Being honest and realistic with goal setting is important. I'm not setting the goal of winning the race, because there is no way that is happening, unless I am the only running. Likewise, just finishing isn't my goal because I have done that before and completed that goal. I find goals are most useful when they are obtainable yet challenging, building on experiences and skill you already have.
An actual shirt I own care of my awesome friends.
I'm not going to be bashful. I'm aiming for a PR in my upcoming marathon and to break 4 hours. I started doing speed work this spring and continue to struggle with the world of fueling (always my Achilles heal), but I'm ready and excited to train.
Do you make your race goals public? How do you celebrate achieving your goals? What do you do when you don't?