Lately I’ve been mulling over which races I want to run this coming year, how fast I hope to run them, and things I want to accomplish. I’m wildly excited by the idea of having a whole year to tackle goals and see how much I can improve, because, uh, last year at this time, I could barely run a mile–and frankly had no desire to.
So, in no particular order, these are the things I want to get done this year:
- Run a half marathon at BQ pace (I believe that’s 8:20 pace for my age group–so, break 1:50.) I’m not foolish enough to think that I could actually qualify for Boston this year, but, like most marathoners out there, it’s on my radar. Getting in 13.1 at that pace seems like a step in the right direction.
- Run the kind of marathon that makes me grateful for what happened in Philadelphia. I want to have a 26.2 so freaking awesome I couldn’t possibly understand how great it was if it wasn’t for what happened to me in November.
- Break four hours. Maybe not in the spring–I’m going to try to stay away from getting too wrapped up in time goals for this next one–but sometime during the year. I know I’ve got it in me.
- No vomiting. Unless it’s after I’ve crossed the finish line and it’s only because I prefontained the course. I’ll consider that a win.
- Race. Or at least take steps towards learning how to. I hold back in races–I know I do. I’m afraid of not saving enough to get through the end or something. I’m sure it has a lot to do with my lack of experience, but still, I hope to push harder this year, and be a little gutsier.
Where I’m doing it:
January 1 – Polar Dash 10k (ok, it’s going to be FREAKING FREEZING, so I’m keeping my expectations in check–plus I just feel so damn SLOW right now. It’s probably from spending too much time on the treadmill and, you know, not actually going anywhere when I run. That and actually BEING slow.) Part one of the Team Ortho series.
February 6 – Frostbite Four. Again, another freaking cold race I’m sure, but it’s a random distance and it’s on my birthday, so why not?
March 13 – St. Patty’s Day 5 Mile. Because it’s a new distance. And because I’m still scared of racing a 5k–the other race they offer that day.
April 17 – Earth Day Half Marathon. Tune-up for Fargo Marathon. Might be ready to run that 1:50 here. Maybe.
May 22 – Fargo Marathon.
June 6 – Minneapolis Half Marathon, part 2 of the Team Ortho Series.
August 15 – Leading Ladies’ Half Marathon. This was my first half marathon and I can’t wait to go back.
August 29 – Minneapolis Duathlon, part 3 of the Team Ortho series. 5k run, 18 mile bike, 5k run. Totally jazzed to try something new.
September 12 – Sioux Falls Half Marathon. It’s right at home and reasonably priced, so I can’t possibly pass it up.
October 10 – Chicago Marathon. Crossing my fingers Deena runs this one again and I can meet her at the expo!
October 30 – Monster Dash 10 Miler, part 4 of the Team Ortho Series.
Hopefully this isn’t overkill, because I’m certainly not going for that. The only races I’ve actually registered for are the Team Ortho ones (and while I haven’t coughed up the cash yet I AM doing Fargo–done deal) so if I need to be flexible about cutting something out I will.
So, first things first: Friday’s 10k! I have about 5 different race plans in mind, which range from running balls-out in an angry rage to show Philadelphia what I’m made of…to casually jogging it out with Megan and snapping photos along the way. We’ll see who shows up to the race ; )
If you’d like, for fun, leave your guess on my finish time in the comments. I don’t have any prizes for you, but if you’re right I’ll tell all 27 people who subscribe to the blog that YOU were right! Yay! Ok, so, my PR is 57-something–but that was in July, shortly after I got started with running, and on a hilly course. My half marathon PR is 1:56. It’s going to be hovering right around ZERO degrees. Ready, set, guess!