Here's how to set a time goal for your next race that is based on your current fitness level:

Here's how to set a time goal for your next race that is based on your current fitness level:

Photo is from 2014 NJ Marathon, when I ran with a more realistic time goal and finished smiling. I’m nine weeks away from my target race this fall—The Wineglass Marathon—and I’ve started receiving the normal questions about goals for the race. While I have a general range in mind, I haven’t decided upon a specific time. There are countless tempos, intervals and long runs, as well as a couple of tune-up races that need to be run before my coach and I decide on what time I will be chasing on race day. To put it simply, my training will dictate my race day goals. But this wasn’t always the way I approached time targets. After taking a number of years off from racing and running long distances, I signed up for the 2013 New Jersey Marathon with the goal of running a sub-3:10. I had signed up for the 2012 marathon, but deferred due to pregnancy. That number sounded great. I was ...

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