Monday, January 28, 2008

Looking Ahead: 2008

All the Goofy Challenge hubbub got me a little behind. I did my 2007 recap but not my 2008 preview. I know every one's been on pins and needles. Right!? Here goes...

My wish list for 2008 includes:
  • Run a solid sub 3:30 at the Boston Marathon. I'd like to do better but, with muscles needing to heal after the Goofy Challenge, snow/ice for half my training schedule, and only 12 weeks to prepare, I would be content with this time. Plus, my last two marathons have bombed out due to cramping issues. Let's just finish. On the run. Okay?
  • Sprinkle in a few 5k's this year. Hit speed training hard this spring and summer. Set a new 5k PR with an eye toward breaking 19 minutes.
  • Refocus my marathon goals. I feel like I've been adrift since the Bayshore Marathon in May 2007. I hit 3:12. I qualified for Boston. Now what? I haven't had a singular goal driving me forward since then. I'm going to go ahead and state one now. 3:10. I want to beat 3:10. I will focus my energies this year on setting a new 5k and marathon PR.
  • Research, study, learn, internalize, live new methods for injury prevention. This may involve better stretching, conditioning, diet and/or all of the above. I feel worn down. I feel like my training approach needs some tweaking. So tweaking I will do.

So when and where will I test these goals? How will I measure the results? I have these races on my tentative calendar. Besides Boston, I haven't actually signed up for any of them as of yet.

  1. Boston Marathon (April)
  2. Bayshore Half Marathon (Traverse City, MI - May)
  3. Traverse City Cherry Festival 5K (July)
  4. The Crim 10 Mile (Flint, MI - August)
  5. Dances with Dirt 50K Ultra Trail race (Hell, MI - September) **
  6. Detroit Marathon (November)

I'm sure this list will change but that's the plan as of now.

** Only if I'm feeling really stupid some morning and run out and sign up. I would have to be really, phenomenally idiotic to do this. Really, unfathomably stupid. Not smart.

Happy trails.


L*I*S*A said...

Looks good! I'll most likely join you at the Bayshore.

nwgdc said...

i've heard stories about the "dances with dirt" event...for the sake of reading a great race report i hope you sign up!

Mir said...

I hope you are able to regain some confidence at Boston! And I wish I could make it back to Bayshore this year--that truly was a wonderful race.

Russ said...

I am hoping that you will share your research as I'm always looking to learn new things...I'm a little concerned about your worn down comment...sometimes you need to take a step back and remind yourself that you are in this for fun and fitness. As much as we type A (and I think you are) people like to think that we are training for the Olympic team, we have to accept our limitations. Nothing wrong with setting aggressive goals, but don't lose sight of just having fun...I'm working on this a lot lately as I found I had become a slave to the HRM. I now run with my dog and have a much better time and while I try to keep HR down, I'm not overly concerned if it pops up over a hill.

Good luck in Boston and enjoy it all (especially the Wellsely (sp?) portion :)

Non-Runner Nancy said...

We're all hoping and wishing for you: blazing, on the run, upright finishes sans cramps.

You can do it!