Since the SF Marathon in June, I haven’t been running much. In fact, I don’t have a full marathon in mind until 2015 (although trail marathons will definitely be in the mix). However, I’m someone who thrives on goals and plans, so I’ve brainstormed my priorities for my shorter races left on the calendar this year, as well as other fitness-related endeavors.
- PR in the Healdsburg Half Marathon. I haven’t ran a road half marathon since the Norcal Half Marathon in 2011, and I know I have a PR in me. My fastest half time was actually achieved during my very first half in 2:04 in 2010, and I’ve definitely improved my running since then. I plan on running three times a week, which will include a speedwork session, a five- or six-mile run, and a long run on the weekends. The race is October 20, so that will give me enough time to start my eight-week training plan next week.
- Continue to get stronger through strength training and plyometrics, performed both in classes at Crunch and on my own. I think this will also help with my speed.
- Run the Bridge to Bridge 10K faster than the Giant Race 10K. I’m not super hung up on my 10K time, and I ran the Giant Race 10K very slowly, so I think this is an easy goal for me. With this race on October 6, it’ll provide a good tune-up for the Healdsburg Half.
- Run my first ultramarathon, the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K. I ran half of the 50-miler with Jesse last December, and I’m excited to run my own race this year (with him pacing me after doing a little race called the Quad Dipsea the weekend before). Last year, it was pouring rain and a little miserable; this year my only goal is to finish and have fun exploring the Marin Headlands.