I have a lot of races on my schedule for this year. You probably noticed in my little sidebar over to the right. I like the energy of races and they are also a great way to meet people. I also have the "race yourself into shape" training philosophy. Not all races are "as important" as the others but scheduling them forces me to stick to my training plan and not slack off. I always regret it when I slack off. I used a similar model when studying for some Security certifications I have. I just picked a date, scheduled the test then I was forced to study. With that being said… here is my plan and goals. Writing them down also helps make them more reality
7-May xterra 4 mile (no specific goal. sub 50 minutes would be nice)
14-May vail 10k (no specific goal – just support "training" run)
21-May saddleback 5k (I’d like to break 27 minutes here)
4-Jun holcomb 15 (no goal – just upping my race mileage)
16-Jul tahoe 50k (no specific goal – preparation for longer races)
30-Jul wild west (no specific goal but want to run well to not drag down my team
13-Aug waldo 100k (goal is to finish. I’m taking the early start to help accomplish this)
20-Aug bulldog 25k (no specific goal. if I’m not trashed from Waldo I want to run the 50K here)
3-Sep baldy 8 mile (no goal – just fun "training" run)
10-Sep heart 5k (I’d like to set a PR. I run this race every year because of my heart surgery. sub 26 minutes would be awesome but I’ll settle for anything under 26:20)
24-Sep noble rat 50k (no goal – training for JJ100)
1-Oct tc marathon (looking for a marathon PR – goal time is 4:45)
22-Oct jj100 (goal is to finish and not settle for the new "I wimped out 100k" option
19-Nov 9trails (goal is to break 11 hours, and I’m shooting for 10:30 – last year was 12:02)
26-Nov highdessert 50k (no goals)
So in reality, my "main" races are:
- Wild West Relay
- Where’s Waldo 100K
- Heart 5K
- Twin Cities Marathon
I also have the bigger goal of 7 ultras in 6 months (+ the marathon).
Hmm… then there is my diet/nutrition/weight issue. Late last fall I met with Julie Vuksic to talk about my nutrition plan. She specialized in endurance nutrition. I started a plan and that quickly fell to the wayside when I got injured. She spoke to OCTR last weekend and that re-ignited my desire to eat smart. I dug out the stuff we went over late last year and am reviving it starting this week. I signed up for calorieking.com because they have a great tracking system and pretty thorough food database. So far this week I have realized I eat too much fat and not enough carbs. The other problem is that in December/January I was only about 5-7 pound away from my goal weight. Well… today I hate to say it but I’m now about 14 pounds away. Yikes. What happened? I maybe don’t look it if you see me, but I do feel it. So I’m working on that and hopefully by JJ100 I’ll be at my goal which means about .5 pound loss per week. Pretty reasonable.
So there. Now my goals are in print. I said them. It’s the sort of accountability that I need.