When you already get your first marathon of the year done one week in, its both comforting and confusing.
Because, where do you go from there? Don’t most people start easy with oh, like a New Year’s 5k, set a big goal for Spring and then work up to it?
I mean, when you run a big race that early, then what. Guess I need to set some goals for the year.
2016 was an AWESOME year. I ran for the cycle (5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2, (bonus:ultra), I got a 5K PR (25:20) and a distance PR (44.1 miles). I ran less miles than the year before (1,505) and less races, but had at least as much fun.
So, here I sit with 11 1/2 months in front of me. What can I accomplish? What shenanigans should I get into? Here’s a few things i’ve got in mind.
- Knock another state off my marathon list
- Register for Dopey 2018
- Run a 50-miler
- Run for the cycle again
- Get a marathon PR
- Run more with friends
I’ve already got 2 piece of the cycle complete (5k & marathon in Disney), tho it should have been three. (Next year I’ll make sure Pudge got his peanut butter sandwich!) so I just need to find a half-marathon and a 10k.
I’m already thinking to do the Level Renner 10k again this summer. That one was a lot of fun. And I need to find a nice spring half-marathon that fits my training for my May marathon. Hmmm…wonder if I can find one the weekend of my Birthday. (you know you’re a runner when you’d rather run a half than party all night. LOL)
The first on my list and the last on that list will hopefully be the same race.
Next up for me is the Maine Coast Marathon in May.It looks so fun and scenic and will give me my 5th marathon state. While i’ve done 11 marathons (wow – how did THAT happen), I tend to run the same ones over and over. Time to branch out. 🙂
I also am hoping to PR that race. Its not going to be easy and I know it means that i’m going to spend the next few months doing a LOT of speedwork, and work in general, but its good to have goals.
Its also VERY weird for me to a) only have one registered race right now and b) nothing registered/planned in the next four months. But, Dopey registration opens in February, so that will fix that. And I will hopefully find the perfect fast and flat half for corral placement FOR Dopey (and get my Dopey brother to do the same). See my brother will become Perfectly Dopey next year. And i’d love for him to be able to start in his fastest corral ever this year. But that’s on him…. I’ll just run the fastest half I can so i’m not holding us back.
As far as the 50-miler? Its something i’d like to do, but doesn’t necessarily need to be this year. Just a bucket list item. Because my other thought for this year is a rematch with the Adirondack Marathon. That course really got the best of me in 2015 and I want to try it again now that I really know how challenging the first half hills are and can train accordingly and manage my pace better. I have unfinished business there.
The final one? I want to run more with my sole sisters. Whether its racing or training, i’m lucky to have two amazing mother-runners in my circle and I KNOW I need to log more miles and smiles with them this year.
Also – can I say how odd it is to write a non-Disney blog this week? Oh well, that will resume in the fall i’m sure! #dopeyorbust
So…. how about all of you? What’s your BIG Goal for the year? Another state? Another distance? Another PR? I’d love to hear from my readers. Lets all have an amazing year!