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#WhatsBeautiful Goal Race and #13in2013 Trail Race No.7

Race Day Is Tomorrow!

In about 27 hours I line up at the starting line of one of my “big” goal races of 2013. My thoughts are all over the place from I’m going to crush this goal to maybe I have built this up to unrealistic expectations. And, even thoughts of my next What’s Beautiful goal to distract myself. Maybe a non-running goal. Tomorrow I have at least 12 hours of thinking time. I’m sure I can come up with something 🙂

It was this race 1 year ago that I ran my first ultra distance of 31 miles. It was the race that inspired my fascination with wanting to answer the question “how far can I run?” Last month I ran my longest distance ever in the 2013 Tie Dye Trail Race. So, what’s next?


A Goal: Run further than I ever have before.
B Goal: Run 35 miles.


I’m almost afraid to say it but it looks like perfect weather in the forecast.

Do you ever feel added pressure when you broadcast your goals to the world? Any last minute words of advice? Are you racing this weekend?

How far do you think I will run? There’s still time to enter for chances to win prizes sponsored by Mizuno and Running Skirts in the How Far and How Fast Giveaway!

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  1. Good luck on your goal! I’m sure you’ll reach your A goal but your B goal is fantastic. I don’t feel pressured when I announce my goals publicly. I guess I should because it would make me hit them harder! 🙂

  2. Thinking of you today while you run the trail race. Good luck & enjoy it sweetheart!

  3. Perfect weather! Good luck! Having a blog and putting my goals out there is definitely something that has made me run a little faster (or at least try). You’ve got this Jill!

  4. I will be thinking of you!!! Good luck – you are a winner no matter what!!!

    I di feel added pressure when talking about goals to others – I rarely do it anymore – more when I was younger but now, not so much. 🙂

  5. Good luck tomorrow Jill and have a great race! You can definitely rock this – you’re looking so fit, strong, healthy and ready!

  6. Good luck Jill, can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂

  7. Good luck and have a great race! Sometimes I do think broadcasting goals makes for a little more pressure, but it also helps to keep usaccountable in a sense and push us in to the uncomofrtable zone which we might not do without that accountability. 🙂

  8. Good luck – so exciting!!! You can do this – you are trained and ready!!!
    Can’t wait to hear all about it next week.
    And, I hope that you are proud of yourself and happy with the results no matter what the outcome!!!

  9. You’re going to rock it! I’ve never run more than 26.2 in a race (and probably now never will)! So glad you’re going to have good weather.

    Going public with your goals is good and bad. I like the accountability (seriously, sometimes knowing that I’m going to blog about my training gets me out of bed in the morning!), but there is also a level of responsibility, like you don’t want to let people down by not living up to expectations. I think the good outweighs the bad, though.

    Have fun, stay fueled, and enjoy. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  10. I think the added pressure after announcing your goals is what helps to achieve them when the going gets tough. Either way you’ll do fabulous, just remember to have fun!

  11. You are going to do great on your race! The weather really does look perfect, and having a good attitude going into the race makes such a big difference. Have fun out there!

  12. Wishing you the best of luck! How exciting! Go Jill!!!! 🙂

  13. All the best tomorrow! Thinking of you and so excited!

  14. I’m so excited for you! My goals for my 10K tomororw have gone from none, to a PR, back down to just run!

  15. Good luck! You must be so excited! I love that you share your goals!

  16. Best of luck to you this weekend! So happy the weather is on your side. And YES…sometimes having a blog and broadcasting my goals puts undue pressure on me, for sure. Last time I raced and just snuck off and did it, then came back and talked about the results.

  17. No races for me this weekend, but Jill, you are so focused and well trained…..have confidence and yes, you will crush your goal. Keep positive and great things will happen. Can’t wait to read your recap next week!

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