I've been thinking about my plan for 2011 in terms of running and fitness for quite some time. First, I needed to figure out where to focus and determined there were three possible general areas I could try to focus on:
1. Try to get faster in particular distances
2. Try to go longer
3. Try something completely different
I'm not that overly concerned about speed. Sure, I want to get better, but nothing too crazy. I could try to go longer, but obviously need to be realistic about what I'd be capable of at this point. I'm quite happy with running so I don't want to switch - maybe just branch out a bit. Therefore, I decide to combine all three and make goals to accomplish all of the above - all while remaining injury free and enjoying every bit of it, of course!
With that, my goals for 2011:
1. Run 1500 miles
2. Run a half marathon under 2 hours
3. Run a marathon faster than my first (under 4:42)
4. Complete an ultra
5. Superficial goal: Get to a point where I'm comfortable enough with my body to run in just a sports bra & shorts.
The plan so far:
January - Snowflake Chase 5 mile. Repeat and already registered.
February - ??
March - Chambersburg Half Marathon. Repeat, registered and will go for 2 hours.
Race for the Birds - 7.7 mile trail run and CVRT 15K
Both new to me. April was supposed to include another marathon - Mountain Maryland - but it was cancelled just a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I was going to be crazy and attempt two marathons close together, but it wasn't in the cards...guess I'll play it smart this way.
May - Pittsburgh Marathon. Registered - goal to have better time than my first marathon.
June - some sort of 5K/10K?
July - some sort of 5K/10K?
August - Ausherman 5 mile, repeat
September - some sort of half marathon or equivalent.
October - Bald Eagle Megatransect - registered! I was waiting for registration to open on this before listing my goals. This is a 25+ ultra-hike. Considered an ultra-hike due to many areas that are basically impossible to even try to run.
Fire on the Mountain 50K - hopefully.
November - ?
December - ?