2015 Calling!

I love the new year.  Not the pay $300 and then take a $400 uber downtown in a $150 dress to be around 1,000 people I hate new year.  The actual change from one year to the other.  I like reflecting on the past and hopefully, eagerly looking forward.  Looking forward is my favorite part so let’s talk about what 2015 has in store for yours truly.

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it’s tough when the new year has to out do things like this

Races

I plan on scaling back racing a lot this year.  And like actually scaling it back, not just saying I’m going to scale it back in December and then run 17 races (over half of what I ran last year).  Of course I’ve got the Walt Disney World Marathon coming up, and my Akron team is in the process of assembling.  Team Princess might make a resurgence and there is a definitive hold on the calendar for Rock N Roll DC.  There are some races that I’m sort of waffling on and one race that is definitely off the table – The Princess Half Marathon.  Here’s a rundown of what I’m currently registered for that is actually happening:

  •  Walt Disney World Marathon
  • Castaway Cay 5K
  • Rock N Roll DC Marathon (sorry MB)
  • Pike Peek 10K
  • Pittsburgh Marathon Relay
  • Ragnar DC
  • Akron Marathon Relay (or half marathon TBD)
  • Wine and Dine Half Marathon
  • Fairfax Four Miler
  • …plus I’m sure some other local races with my running besties

Running

Aside from racing, I’ve got some goals for actual RUNNING.   After completing almost 4 marathons, I think it’s time to focus on some new goals.  I know I can complete 26.2 – what else can I do?  Usually my big goals come from me saying I would never ever do X.  In that spirit, here are few things I have rattling around in my skull that I have forcefully, ardently said I would never ever do that might occur in 2015:

Ultra Marathoning – when I found out what an ultra-marathon was I immediately was like yeah, no. I will never do that.  Now that I’ve run 2 back to back marathons and have trained kind of on a whim for my 4th one (outcome TBD) I’ve been wondering – huh.  What’s another 6 miles?  I’ve got my eye on two 50K races in the spring and I’ve put a bug in the ear of my ultra-hero to talk about what’s realistic and what’s not given my fitness, time commitments and just general attitude.  After that, I should probably tell MB during an Ancient Aliens episode which will ensure he won’t be listening and I can go ahead with my maybe plan.

Run a 2:10 (or faster) half marathonmy half marathon PR is 2:21 which I ran almost 2 years ago during RnR DC.  At the time it was literally an accident.  I hadn’t meant to run my best half marathon ever.  I was just focused on not dying {MB was away at training, and Brandon, my emergency contact for the weekend, was not interested in body identification duty} and having fun.  Boy did I!  Since that race, that kind of time is elusive.  Usually I’m undertrained, over-tired, incorrectly fueled.  In order to run minimum 2:10 I would have to average 9:55 per mile – over 13 miles.  Right now that seems quasi doable.  I need to talk to my coach, and my ultra-spirit animal and MB to see what they think.  With that goal in mind, I could probably target the Wine and Dine for my speedier goal race.  I could also try to knock it out during RnR DC and drop from the full to the half.  I’ll have a lot of support from my running besties that weekend.  It will just take a lot of planning and extra speedwork.  And a lot less liquid cheese.

 Running related goodness

Turns out there are a lot of things related to running, but that don’t actually involve races, or really running for that matter, that I want to accomplish in 2015.

RRCA Coach certification – I’m signed up for the training this spring and I’m getting my feet wet coaching the Winter Marathon program with MCRRC.  After I go through coaching I have some ideas of how I want to actually help people become runners or get better at running.

Keep getting stronger – this month really tested my limits about what it means to be a runner.  Sure I can run 20 miles.  But most of those miles are being run on weak muscles and busted up mechanics.  This year, without any big crazy goal races, I want to finally find that sweet spot of strength, cross training, speed and endurance.  I know it’s there somewhere.  I need to dig it out.

Eat to fuel – I’ve actually been working undercover on this for a while and want to get to a comfortable milestone before I give the world the low down.  Suffice to say, I think 2016 is going to be the year that I get this under control and having food work for me instead of against me.

So, what are you doing in 2015?

One thought on “2015 Calling!

  1. Steffany R. says:

    I’m doing wine and dine too!!! Legit if you want to run your sub – 2:10 half in NOLA we could so do that! If not, DC it will go down for sure! I cannot wait for another year of our journey together!!

    PS: ultra is not crazy! Hence my Pinterest!

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