With my love of Excel and spreadsheets I have made a list of all the races that seem accessible to me. Meaning, easy travel and get away. I am a tax accountant and that does play a major part. I am not really able to take any time off from February to April so that does put a damper on an earlier spring marathon since I wouldn't be able to take a Monday off and most Saturday's in that time frame are spent at work :( I have complied a list of races that are possible and now I think I need to widdle it down to 12-14. I know I am running Boston. I know I will run the SF marathon again and I always do the Lake Tahoe Marathon. Aside from those though, I am ready to tackle some new courses and few more familiar ones to hopefully set some course PR's!
I could post my spreadsheet, but then you would all see just how crazy and detail oriented I am and that would just be embarrassing. Hehehe. But here are some highlights of the races I know I am going to or probably race and I will eventually fill in the gaps. The big plan for Maniac status is all planned out - just need to fork out some race fees! Ugh!
1/1/10 NY Day Palo Alto 10K - this should be fun as Ari and I are gonna do it together and ensure that we don't drink too much the night before!
1/2/10 Brazen NY Half Marathon - Yes, a half mary after a 10K. But I am not going to race the 10K and I really want to race after the debacle of CIM.
2/7/10 Kaiser SF Half Marathon - a good girl friend of mine raced this last year and had blast. It is on Super Bowl Sunday which should help counter all the crap I will be eating that day.
3/14/10 Shamrock Half in Sac - I got to hang out on Sunday with one of my SIL's good friend's who is also a runner who talked me into this one :)
4/11/10 Santa Cruz Half Marathon - Not sure about this one yet - it's the weekend before Boston. I did BQ after I ran a half the weekend before and my 'cuz Sarah is running this again so I have lots of good reasons to do this one!
4/19/10 Boston Marathon - what can you say about this one - I'm in!!
5/2/10 Eugene Marathon - this would be the second marathon in my quest to achieve Maniac status. Ari has cousins that live there and have been begging us to come - a marathon is a good excuse!
6/6/10 RNR San Diego - even though I hated the course and the city, it is the only June marathon that is accessible to me in the 90 day time frame.
7/11/10 Los Gatos Half Marathon - this was a blast this year and I hope to PR!
7/25/10 SF Marathon - not sure if I want to tackle the full or the half yet, but it was a ton of fun and hope to PR on it if I do the 2nd half again!
9/26/10 Lake Tahoe Marathon - I will def be doing the full again so that I can get my redemption - beautiful course and great spectators!
I have lots of other races I am considering and aside from Lake Tahoe I haven't committed myself to any other fall races just yet. I would also like to get another 5K or 10K in there at some point. If you can't tell, I love me the 13.1 distance. But I am not special in that sense, many marathoners love it. Yes, it is a busy race schedule but I have some goals I want to meet (saving that for another post) and when I don't have a race on the calendar I usually end up getting into trouble :) I am already signed up for four of the races above, now I just gotta start spreading out those race fees (yeah! another spreadsheet!).
I have had a wonderful week of running already! Sunday when we got home I did a little 3 mile jaunt around the neighborhood sans the garmin. I just wanted to feel my legs below me and enjoy the crisp air. It also reminded me that I had made the right decision for me.
Monday I was planning on heading to the gym but the thought of that was daunting. I decided to head outside. I bundled up and got in an awesome 8 mile run. I needed this run. I waited until the afternoon to go since it had been raining and yes, snowing in the morning. It was cool and crisp and I felt alive. I left all of my bad feelings and doubts about CIM on the road, which you will be able to see from my crazy clip!
8 miles 59:13 7:24/mi pace - I knew I was running pretty quick since almost every time I looked at my garmin it said 7:05 or so. But for the first time that speed didn't feel like it was killing me. Call it adrenaline or self-pity, but whatever it was it was great!
Yesterday I got home from work a bit later than usual and decided to hit the gym. It is getting soooo dark out and so early lately! I am still a bit gun-shy of running the roads at night so this seemed like a good idea.
8 miles 1:02:00 7:45/mi pace - it was HOT in there! But I did a progression run and felt awesome afterwards. Ari
Thank you again for all your encouraging words after Sunday. I know I made the right choice for ME and that is all that matters. I am at peace with it now and know that a smart runner is a happy runner. I am so glad I am able to run this week instead of having to be in recovery mode.
So, what's on your race schedule for 2010? I would love to hear! Have a great Wednesday peeps!