It's taken me a while, but I've finally set myself a goal (which I've learned is important) for the Hong Kong race next month:
I want to be able to run the whole way.
People have been pushing me to set a time goal, and I've heard more than once: "Come on, you can do it under an hour!!" and so on. But to be honest, I don't think I can. Maybe I'm selling myself short, maybe it's just a big lack in self confidence - but I just don't feel that a time under an hour is an achievable goal, for me.
The starting group Vicky and me are in, is the group where you've estimated you can finish in between 1h10 and 1h20, which sounds very reasonable. Maybe, if I push myself, I will be able to get in under 1h10 - maybe not, but at least that feels like a goal that would be realistic. If I do - I'll be very proud of myself, but the time is not the important goal, the endurance is. (I've decided to do it this way, and then work on the time for the race in Stockholm in March!)
So, as long as I run the whole ten kilometers, I've met my goal!