My personal journey as a runner, the highs, the lows, the training and the races, and my thoughts and feelings on all of it and life in general.
2012 Goals & Race Plan...
I know 2011 is not quite over yet, but it's time to set some goals for next year and a tentative race plan. You can't achieve big things without setting big goals and I plan on 2012 being a great year so I want to start with big goals. Once 2011 ends I'll review how I did with this year's goals, but right now it's time to plan for next year.
Sub-4 hour marathon
40 miles at Patriots' Run 9 hour 11 minute race
Get 5 Marathon Maniac stars with 3 Ultras/Marathons in 3 states in 9 days
Start trail running regularly
Stength/core/flexibility/balance training all year
Minimum of 1500 miles running total
These are not going to be easy goals for sure, but I will acheive them. It's going to take hard work, dedication and mental toughness. I'm excited about the challenge.
My race plan plays into these goals. Obviously at this point much of these are tentative, and many of the races in the last half of the year haven't even set their dates yet. But this is the plan as it stands now.
1/15 - Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge, LA
3/17 - St. Patrick's Day 2 Mile Fun Run in Manhattan, KS
3/17 - St. Patrick's Day Aggieville 10k in Manhattan, KS
4/21 - Oz Marathon in Olathe, KS
5/6 - Lincoln Marathon in Lincoln, NE
6/2 - Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon in Kansas City, MO
6/16 - Trail Nerds Summer Intro Trail Run in Kansas City, KS
7/4 - Freedom Run 10k in Lenexa, KS
8/25 - North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon in Kansas City, MO
9/11 - Patriots' Run 9 hr 11 min Race in Olathe, KS
9/23 - Omaha Marathon in Omaha, NE
10/13 - Pumpkin Run 5k in Olathe, KS
10/20 - Mankato Marathon in Mankato, MN
10/21 - On The Road For Education Marathon in Mason City, IA
It's been a couple weeks since the Blackwater Trail Challenge 50k, so I apologize for getting to this report a little later than I normally do. As usual, of course, this won't just be the story of the race itself, but of all the stuff leading immediately up to it. Let me start by saying that this particular 50k was less of a race for me and more of a long training run. I am currently training for my first 50 miler, which will take place 4 weeks to the day after the Blackwater 50k (Spring Equinox 50 Mile). I really have been training since 7/21, when I started training for the Pensacola Marathon in November, which flowed right into training for my first back-2-back marathons in January, which flowed right into training for the 50 mile. So I've done 3 marathons during that time and I wanted to do a 50k as well. So, that said, I wasn't planning to put a lot of focus on time during this race, just having fun and covering the distance. And hopefully learning some things al…
How many times have I written a post on this blog about needing change or lacking motivation? I'm here in that place again. I'm back here wondering what to change to get back my love of running. Don't get me wrong; I still love running. But do I love training? I love races. I've gotten to the point that I'm not all that interested in the miles between races. I feel like I've been there and done that. I don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything anymore. A run is a run, and some miles are some miles. But what was the point? Let's say I get home on a Saturday morning/afternoon after a long, tough 20 miler. Great. I covered a lot of miles, which many people really can't do, but why did I do it? I keep setting new race goals and signing up for things, but is that really the point of all this? I put in hundreds of miles between races, and most of them by myself. Is the point just to get ready for the next race?
I don't really know that I want to be called a runner anymore. Don't get me wrong, I love running, and I probably always will. But that tag just feels so limiting now. I've pretty much been a runner first and foremost for quite a few years. Running is what I always wanted to do, and I'd choose running over anything else. I don't feel that way now. I still want to run, but I also want to climb, I want to CrossFit, I want to surf, I want to hike, I want to swim, I want to SUP, I want to do it all. I want to try everything and I want to see every place.
I feel like when I say I'm a runner I am limiting the possibilities. How much do you run? How many miles do you run? How many marathons and ultras can you run in a year? These are the questions I get asked, and these are the questions I ask myself when I place myself in the box of being a runner. These are goals I've always pursued, and these are the goals that have consistently left me unfulfilled. These goal…