A Tactical Race Plan

As I started prepping for the race this week, I did some research into executing a tactical race plan.  Turns out step one to executing a tactical race plan is to have a tactical race plan.  I’ve outlined by goals for this half marathon as well as the steps I plan to take on race day to make it happen!


my current race PR is from the Rock N Roll Half Marathon — 2:30 what?!

First, I picked out some goals.  I set a few goals so that if things don’t go absolutely perfectly {imagine!} I don’t feel like stabbing myself in the face.

  • Goal A:  2:15 finish time.
  • Goal B:  2:20 finish time.
  • Goal C:  2:30 finish time
  • Goal D:  finish standing

Next, after training close to my goal pace I could, I researched the opportunity to run with a pace group.  THANKFULLY Cliff will have its pace teams on hand for us racers.  I’m going to chat up the 2:15 pace group leader and see what their tactics are.  If for whatever reason I get lost or I can’t hack it, I’m going to attempt the following:

  • Finish to 5K:  10:15 average pace
  • 5K to 10K:  10:18 average pace
  • 10K to 15K: 10:15 average pace
  • 15K to finish:  10:10 average pace

This is obviously for Goal A.  If it’s not looking so hot for the 2:15 finish {weather, exhaustion, too much fun} I’m going to keep it under an 11 minute per mile.

Again, I want to stress that while these are my goals and I have a plan to meet them, I’m not going to go completely nuclear if it doesn’t work out.  If running 30 races last year taught me anything it’s that every single run, whether it goes good or bad {both relative}, is a gift.  Enjoy it and get through it.  There’s ice cream and cute boy at the finish.



{finish motivation may vary :)} photo creds


Do you set up race plans for yourself?  Let’s hear ’em!

3 thoughts on “A Tactical Race Plan

  1. Sarah says:

    Great post! Sounds like you have a great strategy- I’m sure you will meet at least one of your goals 🙂

    I’ve been training for endurance these last six months so I don’t have any time goals for Dopey- just to finish upright. Of course, I’d be ecstatic if my marathon time was less than 6 hours, but I’m not going to be upset if it’s not. I’ve got Shamrock 1/2 and Pittsburgh 1/2 this spring to focus on a PR. Disney is all about the experience 🙂 See you soon! Can’t wait to meet you!!

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