I want to focus on improving where I'm at now before I continue to try to to take the next step. More than likely 2012 will be a year without "firsts", I no longer plan to do Brew To Brew or a 50 miler. My focus now will be on improving my overall fitness, my half marathons and my full marathons. I'm still running the Louisiana Marathon in January (it's already paid for), then instead of focusing on Brew To Brew I'm going to do a full 16 week training plan for the Lincoln Marathon on May 6th. I want to try to do several half and full marathons through the spring and summer, then probably do the 50k at Blue Springs again in the fall. I would also like to do some more trail running and in the fall I'd like to do a trail marathon. I have set a goal of at least 1,500 miles next year.
When I say I want to improve on these, I'm not necessarily talking about improving my times. That will probably be a natural effect of working on them, but by improving I mean I just want to get more comfortable with them. A big part of that is improving my overall fitness. Let's face it, I can run really far but I am WAY out of shape in general. I was very good about doing functional weight training and various types of cross training up until late January when I started having some ITB issues in my training for the Napa Valley Marathon. At that point I stopped doing a lot of things thinking I didn't want to risk injury with my first marathon coming up. I fully planned to get back to it all after Napa. I took a few light weeks after Napa and just as I was starting to get back to working out again I had my stress fracture. After losing almost 8 weeks of activity due to the fracture I was losing my mind as well. Once I was cleared to run again I had every intention of getting back to weight & cross training as well, but it just felt SO good to run again. I couldn't get myself to do anything but run. I need to get my fitness back under control if I want to improve in these races.
I have a solid plan with solid goals, now it's time to do the work and make it a reality. I'm excited for what these plans will do for me both with my running and with my overall fitness. Let's get to work!!!