As I move forward into the new year my main goal is to get my weekly training miles closer to what I was running from 2003 through 2015 and be a bit more focused on getting in the hard workouts on a more consistent basis. My racing schedule for the 1st half of the year is already booked up for the most part but depending on how things go there is a little bit of space to be filled if something comes along that suits my plans.
At this point there are no truly epic adventures planned and unless something changes this will be the 4th year with no ultras. At least not until very late in the year if the mood strikes. But there are some things I'm planning that if I hit my time goals will be pretty epic for me. So here is how things are looking right now.
The big thing for Jan and Feb is to try and build mileage so I can actually run a marathon and be properly prepared for it,something that hasn't happened the last two years. I've only got one race, the Holden Beach Half Marathon on 1-19. I just want to see some progress on getting back to times resembling what I was running in 2016 to 2017.
Nothing but miles.
Wrightsville Beach Marathon on 3-9. If things go as planned I hope to be in shape to actually race it and go for a Boston Qualifier. I may not be quite there by then but hopefully can have a strong showing. I'd like to get back to Boston but if I have to wait until 2021 that will be ok because that fits with my every 5th year pattern. but yeah, I hope to go for it. With the new tougher standards I need a minimum of sub 3:50 now so probably at least a 3:45-3:47 to guarantee a spot.
On 3-30 I'll do the Sunset Beach Half Marathon. If recovery goes well after the marathon I'll be ready to keep pounding down the half times.
On 4-14 I'm signed up for the Inaugural Sir Walter Miler Half Marathon which is on the section of the Neuse River Greenway that I do most of my training miles. Overall if the weather cooperates it should be a fast course and that's my plan.. To go for a really fast time. Other than volunteering as always at the Umstead 100 I have no other plans for the month but may decide to run a half at Morehead City. Or a 5k.
One of my big goals of the year is to return to the Cotton Row 10k in Huntsville AL. This is the only race from the GP Series that I'm returning to. It's a great event but I was not really satisfied with my time there. I really need to put in some strong hill training which I didn't do last year. I seek redemption. 5-27, Memorial Day.
A race thats had my curiosity up since it began is the Vertical Mile at Rocky Face Park. 8 laps of a 2 mile loop up and over the Mountain. Ridiculously steep and challenging. Sounds like fun !
July: Will this be the year I finally run Grandfather Mountain Marathon again? Well I iope to be in shape for it. 2 years ago I had to bail as I was coming off the stress fracture and last year I was just nowhere near marathon shape. Hopefully things will be different this Summer.
No plans at this time.
Ok, this is the biggest goal I have for the year. Return to my favorite all time road race, The Virginia 10 Miler, run it faster than I have in about 20 years and finally make the podium. In 2016 and 2018 I finished 4th. This year I intend to make a fantasy come true. I must have speed and most importantly strength on the hills. After training for Cotton Row, Rocky Face and Grandfather I should be prepared to put the icing on this cake.
Nothing planned yet but the month is full of fun options. I'll come up with something.
I always said I had no interest in the City of Oaks Marathon but after winning the 10k two years ago and placing 3rd in the half last year I decided to go for the trifecta and shoot for a podium finish in the Full. With all the hills it's gonna hurt. Make it So.
I'll decide last minute probably on how I finish up the month. Maybe return to Foot Locker or do something different.
No plans at this time. Maybe another marathon if needed for a BQ.
That's it. I'll update probably by May or June as plans unfold for more Fall events. Stay Tuned.