After 8 months of comfortable, easy running, I am anxious to have a race on the calendar, to start training for something…As I said in an earlier post, running for fun/pleasure is great, but I love having something to focus on and push towards.
So with that said, this is what the remainder of 2012 looks like for me. While I am excited to have a few *races* on the agenda, I am realistic about the possibility of PR’ing (not happening!). I will be running these races as a way to slowly get back into the running shape I was in pre-baby.
– Runner’s World Half & Festival (10k) – Oct 20: I am SO excited for this opportunity. Thanks to FitFluential and Runner’s World, I am heading to Lehigh Valley in a few weeks. The weekend looks to be amazing – 35 other bloggers, great speakers (including Bart Yasso, Shalane Flanagan, and Kristin Armstrong), events with RW editors, and a good variety of races. Plus it is my birthday weekend!! As much as I would love to run the half, I don’t think I am physically going to be up to it yet. More importantly, I don’t think I will be ready to leave my little guy for the time required to run the half. I am nursing and don’t plan to introduce the bottle until he is about 4 weeks old, so committing to the half marathon is a bit of a stretch for me. So the 10k it is! If YOU are interested in running one of the races (half marathon, 10k or 5k), Runner’s World has given me a coupon code that will save you 10% off the registration fee! Enter “BLOGGER32” when you checkout! If you are planning on attending the events / racing that weekend, please let me know! I’d love to meet up with you!
–Inaugural Trenton Double Cross Half Marathon and 10k (10k) – Nov 11: This is the one race in 2012 that I actually plan on racing. The reason? I plan to apply to be a Saucony Hurricane Member this year. I applied last year, but did not have the certified time standards needed (I ran the required 10k time on my treadmill but not in a certified race). If the time standards are the same as last year, I need to run sub-42 to even submit my application. So this is what I am shooting for. It’s definitely a long shot for me right now since almost all of my runs the last 6-7 months have been 8:30-9:30 and I need to average ~6:40 pace, but I figure that I won’t know if I can/can’t do it unless I try. A 10k in December would be ideal (would give me more time to train) but unfortunately, I have been unable to find any races within driving distance much later than the Trenton 10k. If you happen to know of any, please let me know!
– Philadelphia Marathon – Nov 18: This has been in my sights since before I even got pregnant. I had wanted to run this race this year since it is the 10 year anniversary of my first marathon (which was the Philadelphia Marathon). The jury is still out on this one, but I am likely NOT running it…for a few reasons. The biggest is that I am not ready to commit the huge amounts of time to train properly for this race. I will not run it if I don’t log the necessary miles and I feel that I don’t have the heart or desire to do that right now. There is a huge difference between running 3-5 miles a few days a week and following a marathon training plan. I am LOVING every second of having a newborn and being a new mom again. As much as I would love to say that I ran a marathon 10 weeks postpartum, that bragging right is not enough for me to sacrifice these precious moments of being a family of four and having a newborn baby in my arms.
–Staten Island Trail Festival (25k) – Dec 8: I ran this race last year and absolutely loved every thing about it (You can read my race recap here). There is the option of a 10k which I may switch to (depends on what sort of distance I am up to running at this point).
My main goal for the remainder of 2012 (in regards to running) is to slowly build my mileage in preparation for beginning training for a spring marathon. With the exception of the Trenton 10k, the few races I plan to participate in will be for fun with no intention of racing or trying to PR. My priority has and always will be my family and the next three months are no different!
Any big race plans for the remainder of 2012??