I am trying to plan in my mind and in my training what my goal finish time will be for my first ever half marathon. Its not only a physical obstacle of training for a half marathon, but also the mental training I need to do as well. Part of this mental training is setting realistic goals and planning on how I reach them.
I am already starting to worry and stress that perhaps this goal to run 21km is tad out of reach for me. What with my cramping calves issue, its really messing with my time, and subsequently messing with my head. But I figure the best way to avoid disappointment is to work with a realistic goal.
There are a few websites on the net that help you work out what your time will be or what your pace should be to finish in a certain time. You can check out these sites which I found very helpful:
Having looked at my current pace, and my time for a 10km, I have my eyes on a sub 3hr prize for my first half marathon. Even if it is 2hrs 59min 59 sec! But the fact is, whatever my time is for my first half, it will be PR and I need to remind myself of this, that this is a first of many and there will always be room to improve in the next half marathon race.