I'm doing some things differently in training this year... I have a much smarter, more systematic plan. Instead of being completely self-coached, I now have an executive panel of high-level advisors. I'm working on balance, general strength / coordination, and self-massage pretty much every night. I'm finally using the foam roller and have learned to love (not-hate) it... after neglecting it for three years. Eventually I'll start eating healthier too (never said that before!). I'll do some more detailed posts about the tweaks to my training soon. I think its going to be a hell of a year for me. I'm ready for some major breakthroughs.
To start off, here is my spring racing schedule:
March 1 - Phoenix Half Marathon. My first "real" race of the season*. Every year we make a winter trip (or several) to Phoenix to visit my parents. Last year I won the marathon here. I'm excited to go back because the race directors are awesome and working hard to make this a great event. I'll run the half this time around and hopefully be in shape by then to run sub-66. After the race we're bee-lining to Sedona for a couple days of fun in red rock country. [*technically I opened up the season in Houston, but I wasn't really in shape to be racing yet... and I'll also have the entire SLC Winter Series (5K-10K-15K) under my belt by the end of February, but those are more or less glorified workouts]
|2013 Phoenix Marathon|
April 6 - USA 10 Mile Championship (Cherry Blossom). I haven't been back to DC since I lived there in the summer of 2008! When Cherry Blossom announced they were hosting the US Champs, Andrea and I had plane tickets booked within a few days. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of friends before/after the race... and from a racing standpoint, when your goal race for the spring is the half-marathon, I can't think of a better fitness indicator than a 10-miler.
|Racing track in DC, circa 2008|
May 3 - Indianapolis 500 Festival Half Marathon. I ran the Indy Monumental Half last November and came away impressed. The organization for the "mini" is putting together a competitive field, and the course is flat and fast. My training is going to be geared towards running a big PR at Indy, and ideally running under the Olympic Trials qualifying time (1:05:00).
June 21 - Grandma's Marathon. Is it even a race schedule if it doesn't include a marathon? Grandma's is the best late spring/summer marathon with a field of guys running in the 2:15-2:20 range. There isn't a TON of time between Indy and Grandma's (7 weeks), but if I'm fit and healthy, that would be enough time to put in a short cycle of marathon-specific work.
Another idea I've considered, in the interest of chasing track PRS - The Music City Distance Carnival and Portland Track Festival are June 7th and 14th, respectively. I could potentially run the 5000m at MCDC, the 10,000m at PTF, and then run the Gerry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth. That would be a lot of travel (and racing!) in a short period of time... and sort of expensive, too. We'll cross that bridge in May, after the Indy race. I'm leaning (99.9%) towards the marathon route for June.
The second half of the year is going to be devoted to a long, proper marathon build up. Canova style.