I am probably going to jinx myself just by writing this post but I’ve decided to live on the edge this week :)
After a less than stellar 2013 and a few months off of running, I finally started to get the racing itch again! Of course at the time we were in the thick of one of the Polar Vortexes(Vortices?) from last year so I didn’t actually get to start running but I did plan out some training plans and pick a few races to sign up for.
The first race that I added to my calendar was the Madison Half Marathon in the Spring! It is Memorial Day weekend so that gave me plenty of time to avoid running in the snow and cold but still have time for a 12ish week actual program. So I started this back in March and am currently on week 7 already! The winter weather won’t leave well enough alone but at least the ice has decreased some so most of my runs have been going pretty well. I picked the Hal Higdon Novice 2 half training program which happens to have a 5k and 10k as part of the plan. You already know how the 5k turned out and the 10K I signed up for is the Deer Run which is in a few weeks. I’ve been meaning to do this run for the last three years but finally now it fit in my plan perfectly! This is my main race of 2014 where I am actually planning to train and attempt to finish in a good time. Attempt being the key word in that sentence ;)
The next race registration fee to hit my credit card was the Fox Cities Half Marathon. I love this race so I signed up when it first opened back in the middle of March. This is my favorite local race and I already can’t wait to run it again after missing out last year. It was my first half ever in 2010 and then I ran it in 2011 and 2012!
About a week after signing up for Fox Cities, I somehow happened onto this website. That was a bad move on my part :) Because I already want to do all the races. I ended up semi-compulsively signing up for the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon in Colorado in August so I will get to check off a new running locale this summer!!
Those halfs are all fairly close together but I have been able to work out a decent sounding plan that allows me a little time off between races and then still increase weekly mileage at a safe amount. I am trying to increase my overall running mileage for this year for a yet to be disclosed reason :) Stay tuned next week for that post…
And to spice things up, I also signed up for my first Triathlon! I found a small one close to my house that has the swim in a pool (no scary open water for my first tri) so somehow I will have to figure out how to swim with correct form and breathe correctly before that race!
Not even taking into account the secret, yet to be published, most scary race in the coming 12 months, 2014 has turned into a year full of races that I am really, really excited about! So now I just need to keep stretching and avoid hurting myself :)