Just as I am nearly required to write a year end wrap up, I might lose my membership card if I don’t set out some goals for the new year.
The early part of the year will bring two races for which I’ll have no stated goals. I’m running the first one for fun and the second one for personal reasons. The third race will be the one that’s circled on my calendar.
- Ragnar Del Sol Relay, February 25, 2011. This one is just for fun. Myself and 11 other runners from DailyMile are going to descend upon Arizona to run all night, have a lot of fun, and just see where that puts us, ranking-wise. The race is a little over two hundred miles so we’ll each be running somewhere around 16 or 17 miles broken up into three legs each. I have no particular time goal in mind for this one.
- Cincinnati Heart Half Marathon, March 20, 2011. I’m running this one because that race now has a place in my family’s memory, and honestly, I’d like to help make that memory be a little less sad. I ran the mini marathon at this race last year, but they’ve added a half marathon to the mix this year, and that distance fits better in my full marathon training plan. However, if I try to set a time goal for this race, my coach will kick my ass, as that Sunday is supposed to be the end of a step down week.
- Flying Pig Marathon, May 1, 2011. This is the first “real” race I’ll have this year. After my experience at the Chicago Marathon last year, the 26.2 distance and I have a score to settle. My A, B and C goals are: a) 3:55:00, b) 3:50:00, and c) 3:45:00.
I’m trying not to look too far beyond May 1. If everything goes well at the Pig, I may set some more aggressive goals for a marathon late in 2011 or early in 2012.