Happy New Year!!!! Mine went entirely different than planned but super fun just the same! Yes-I just looked through the camera and there will be NO pictures posted of this evening......Sad fact is all I was drinking was San Pellegrino with a lime (water that makes you look like your not a party pooper) and still ended up in an elf hat, with 50 strings of beads around my neck doing the moonwalk (I'm quite good at this by the way-ha!) I actually laid in bed until 8:41 this morning. I NEVER sleep past 5:30 am-this was quite a treat!!!
On to more important things! I know, you've just been on the edge of your seats in anticipation of my 2011 race schedule......ummmmm yeah-but here it is anyway!
Race Schedule 2011-So far
March 12-Twin Cities 100% Irish for a Day 10 mile
May 21-Fargo Half Marathon
June 18-Grandma's Marathon
July 1-Firecracker 5K
August 20- Oxcart Run 10K
September 12-Dick Beardsley Half Marathon
October 2-Twin Cities Marathon
I will likely run a couple more local 5K's yet to be determined. The one 5K on my list is a family 4th of July weekend tradition. It is only 2 weeks after my June marathon so I'm not sure how I will feel and I want to run at least one 5K hard. I really want to be smart about recovering properly this time around as I just could not deal with another major injury. I decided on the Twin Cities Marathon in the fall since it's easy travel and we're planning for an extensive trip including the Boston marathon in 2012. Initially, I had planned on NYC this fall but this trip was going to be with my sister and she didn't qualify. No doubt she will soon so that will have to wait until possibly next year!
OK-my goals. Well, I do have some dream lifetime acheivement goals as well as more present realistic goals although I get very apprehensive to put them out there.....I'm essentially a chicken sh*t. As for the present, my biggest goal is to PR in every race distance this year. I don't need to PR in every race, but every distance. Bottom line is if I don't PR, I'm going to run another race the same distance until I do. So, I HATE the 10K. PR the first one and I can be done for the year. Don't PR and I have to run another one.....Simple. OK-this little breakdown is long and likely of very little interest but I'm putting it on paper for my own reference so bear with me.
5K- my current PR 21:20(6:51) is from July 2009. I ran this a week after a half marathon that I finished in 1:42. I didn't wear a watch but at mile one they shouted 6:15. This would mean the next 2.1 miles were over 7:15. Umm-can we say crash and burn-ha.....I haven't run another 5K since (except with my daughter). I've beaten this time in training so I know I can better this. Dream goal-sub 20 but I won't lose ANY sleep if I don't get it this year.
10K-I've only ever run one. PR 45:15 (7:15). This was 6 weeks before the Twin Cities Marathon in 2009 so I was in pretty good shape. The conditions were awful and I've also beaten this time in training so again I know a PR is attainable. I don't even have a dream goal for this distance yet or potentially ever..... 6 miles all out-BLECHHHH! Who enjoys this stuff....
10 mile- Again only ever run one during my Boston training. 1:12:56 (7:17) I ran it during a 63 mile week a month out from Boston. My legs were a bit tired but I gave this race a good effort. This is kind of a tough distance to gauge pace for me. How to start fast enough but not too fast... I'm going to stick with simply the PR for a goal this time around in this distance as well (which may even be a stretch). It's my first race since injury and I don't want to start the year disheartened (isn't that just the sappiest excuse and easy out-I'm very good at that)
Half Marathon- PR 1:37:10. (RR here) I ran this 4 weeks after the Twin Cities Marathon (3:25) and before I began my Boston training. Good effort but I had a little mishap around mile 10. A month after Boston I ran a HM in Fargo. In a nutshell, it was the WORST race of my life. RR here. I punished myself a bit for this and surprisingly broke my hip on the Thursday following the race....Anyway, I will likely make the September half my goal race. I will have to reevaluate as the training gets closer but without a doubt I want to be below 1:35. Dream goal sub 1:30 but that won't happen this year (if it ever happens) and I'm OK with that.
Marathon-My PR in Boston (3:18:37). This is my FAVORITE distance. I also have the biggest dreams for this distance. I'm not sure that I'm ready to put those out there yet, possibly because I wonder at times if they are even realistic.... At times I've wondered if I waited too long to even ATTEMPT to acheive those dreams. I'm 35, no spring chicken. I have to say starting this blog was the best thing ever for my confidence in this area though. I have taken GREAT inspiration from many many people but specifically 3 women who are ALL older than me and have totally killed their training and races as of late! Dream goal-take a guess!
In closing to this ridiculously long uninteresting post, I love this response from Amanda on a previous comment I made to her. "I used to be afraid of failure big time. But now I'm getting better at realizing that some dreams come true and some change and that is okay. :)" I don't know what the future holds for me with running or with life in general! For now, my dreams are my dreams and I'm going to work as hard as I can to acheive them. If they change......