I’m a bit late sharing my running plans for 2013, but I honestly floundered for a few weeks about what I wanted to accomplish. After the Honolulu Marathon (and being sure I never wanted to run a marathon again), I felt a bit like I’d gone off a cliff. Aren’t marathons sort of the ultimate goal. Okay, ultra-marathons are, but there are several ultra marathoners in my running club and I know how they run and, well, no. I cannot do that. Don’t want to.
Ultimately, I decided to work mostly on speed, with a few fun distances thrown in there to challenge me. Here’s how it shaped up:
- Be able to keep up with the “front of the pack” at running club. They knocked out 5 miles in 36 minutes last night. I’m going to try to keep up on a 4-miler .
- Log an official sub-25 5K. I’ve already got this in the bag – just need to actually get it officially timed at a race.
- Enjoy running. I’ve shared that I didn’t really enjoy the end of marathon training or the end of the actual marathon. On reflection I think this resulted from training up for the race too quickly. I’m going to go for a longer, slower burn the next time.
2/3/13 Women’s Tri-Fitness 5K – Kakaako (will try to get my official sub-25 here)
2/18/13 Great Aloha Run (8.14 miles)
3/9/13 Marine Corps Base Hawaii Beast Run (10K)
4/6/13 Cooper River Bridge Run (10K) – Charleston, SC
5/26/13 Hibiscus Half-Marathon (Tropical Triple Crown)
6/16/13 Wahine Run (maybe)
7/14/13 Coconut Chase 8 (Tropical Triple Crown)
8/4/13 Mango Days 5 K (Tropical Triple Crown)
Sept-Nov Marathon Readiness Series Runs (20K, 25K TBD)
12/8/13 Honolulu Marathon
That’s 11 races for those of you following along at home. I should probably find a 12th race just to round it out and expect to see a little 5K or 10K pop up here in Kailua in the Fall. Here goes nothin’!