I’ve been doing quite a lot of thinking about my future in running races. Don’t get all defeatist there, I’m not saying I’m done with running races once I’m done with the races I’m already registered for. Nope. No way. I LOOOOOOOVE running races! No, what I’m talking about is what kind of races I want to do. For starters, next year I want to get into triathlons. I have plans to do a sprint triathlon in March, the St. Patrick’s Sprint Triathlon. They do a 300 meter swim in an indoor pool, then a 12 mile bike ride and a 5k run. I think that’s a great one for me to start with! I also want to do 2 Olympic distance triathlons next year, the Tri For Glory that happens in July in San Marcos, TX and the TriRock Austin that happens in September.
As far as races that are strictly running, I’m thinking I’m going to back off on the marathons. Last year, when I was training for my first marathon, I was super excited because it was all new to me. I fell in love with the challenge of running 4-5 times a week for an average of 35 miles a week, which is really not much because apparently most people training for a marathon run 40-80 miles per week. Geez. I mean, I love running, but I would have absolutely no free time to do anything other than running if I ran that much. Anyway, I was initially excited about training for more marathons this season, but when it came down to it, I was burnt out. I couldn’t get myself kicked into gear. And then, when I did get myself kicked into gear, I hurt myself and took myself completely out of the running game for 6 weeks…leaving me with just 6 weeks to train for my first marathon of the season. Not much time at all. But, it can work. I will make it work. But, I am not going to be running more than 3 days a week. I won’t be creating any new PRs this season, that’s for sure.
My game plan for the marathon next month is to do my best to do a run a mile, walk a quarter to a half mile, run a mile, and repeat, hopefully landing myself with a sub-7 hour finish so I don’t DNF. But, honestly, I could do a brisk casual walk and finish within the 7 hour time limit because the pace to get a 6:50:00 finish is 15:50 per mile. I have the same game plan for my December marathon, but I’ll have a friend to do it with in December so it won’t be so lonely going slow. Ha!
So far, the races I’m registered for are:
• Austin Halloween Half Marathon, 10/24
• South Padre Island Marathon, 11/14
• Mustache Dache, 11/15
• San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, 12/6
• Chocoholic Frolic, 2/7
• Austin Marathon, 2/14
• Austin 10/20, 4/3
• Cap10k, 4/10
On top of those races, I will be registering for:
• Turkey Trot, 11/26
• Jingle Bell 5k, 12/13
• 3M Half Marathon, 1/24
• Bend Half Marathon, 4/24
These are the ones I know the dates for. I’ll be for sure registering for the Sister’s Better Half Marathon, IF when they post their 2016 date and it’s the day before Bend. Other races I’m waiting for dates to be posted include:
• Autism Speaks 8k
• Stand Up 5k
• Sunshine Run 10k
• Bunny Run 5k
• Alamo Half Marathon
• Biggest Loser Half Marathon
• Wounded Warrior Half Marathon
I want to do either the Army Marathon or Half Marathon. I have not decided which I want to do. I really liked the marathon when I did it this year. This is going to be one I decide pretty much last minute as to which distance I want to do just because I don’t know. I mean, I have the Austin Marathon 3 weeks prior to it, so I’d already be trained to run the full if I decide that’s what I want to do.
I know that this is a LOT of races and most people think I’m crazy and aren’t afraid to tell me so that I run this many races. But I just love it. I love running races. The fact that I’ve got so many races on the horizon helps to keep me motivated when I don’t want to do my training runs.
My long term plans for racing are that I don’t plan to run any marathons after this season for a while. I *might* run the South Padre Island marathon again next season OR I *might* run Austin again in 2017, but I just don’t know. IF I run one next season, it will ONLY be one. OOOOOOOR, I might just do an ultra next season and call it good. There’s the Bandera 50K in January that I really want to do. I have plans to do the Princess Weekend and Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney World in 2017. A friend and I have talked about doing it together. I’ve decided to wait until I’m 49 to attempt a BQ so that I can run Boston just a few months after turning 50. I think that would be a great way to celebrate being 50, don’t you?
Also, a brief point on my long term goals for triathlons. I am contemplating attempting a Half Ironman in 2017.
Overall, I’m trying to let go of time goals and get back to just enjoying things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to chase time goals for the 5ks and 10ks I run. I’m still going to do my best to get age group awards at the smaller races I run.