Since I ran the Philadelphia Marathon back in November I have sort of taken off from actually training. That doesn’t mean I’ve become a lazy slob, but each week I have kind of done whatever I have felt like. Luckily we never really experienced winter and I was able to keep a solid average of 25 miles a week for the past 3 months. But if I didn’t feel like running, or even working out, I would just take the day off and try not to beat myself up.
But all of that changes on Monday! Monday is the start of my first training cycle of 2012! And I am really excited to start following a schedule and achieving goals.
I feel like 2011 was all about just completing the distance. I ran my first (and second) marathon but most of my training was just about getting through. My speedwork was placed on the back burner and my pace severely slowed down. So I have decided that 2012 is my year. My year to actually accomplish some running PR’s.
Here’s what the year looks like so far:
1. Broad Street Run
I was one of the lucky few, err 30,000, to get in this early May race. This is probably my favorite race because 2 years ago it was my first long distance race. I’ve wanted to run a sub 1:25 for the past couple of months.
Then I read this really awesome post about the Failure Club, about setting what seems like an unattainable goal and then going for it with everything you have. So with that mindset I am setting my goal of running Broad Street in under 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Holding 8 minute miles for 10 miles really isn’t all that crazy, but it’s something that I will really have to work at to make happen. I already have my weekly speed work sessions planned out and it’s something I really hope I can achieve.
So, #1 goal is to run under 1 hour and 20 minutes, and #2 goal is under 1 hour and 25 minutes.
2. ODDyssey Half Marathon
And 3 weeks after Broad Street I plan on runnning this half. ODDyssey is really special to me too because it was the first half marathon I ever ran.
It’s not the best course, because most of it is along West River drive, but it’s not too expensive and if my Broad Street training goes well then I should PR at this half. My current half PR is 1:51:xx and I would like to run it under 1 hour and 50 minutes.
3. New York Marathon or Philly Marathon
I entered to lottery for the New York Marathon, but won’t know till April if I got in or not. If I don’t get it then I plan on running Philly. I loved running the full last year and think it’s a great run. I loved seeing so many friends along the course and running through what has become my home.
My current marathon PR is 4:17 and I want to run a sub 4 hour marathon. I believe this is totally doable and now that I am not as scared of the distance I am determined to give it my all.
So yeah, my big racing plans for this year include a grand total of 3 races. I am trying to focus on quality over quantity this year. I’d like to compete in atleast 1 duathlon, so I am planning on that. I’d also like to do a race in Texas, but I am not sure if that will happen this year. And I have said this for the past 2 years, but I would really like to get more into cycling this year. Not sure if it will happen, but I am going to try to make it a goal.