Well, its month #2 of 2013, and I have already fundamentally shifted my plan in terms of a to-do list for racing. About a month ago I posted my planned schedule of races for the year, and described how I had decided that, along with moving up to the 50 mile distance, I would do a bunch of existing races that were being grouped into a points series for 2013. I thought it would be a great because the races were all local, and the overall series prize money was good. It was a no brainer based on these factors, but as time went on I broadened my though process.
How could I focus on building up to the 50 mile distance, yet still be fast enough to do well in a 5km road race (and do everything else that my wife, kids, and boss expect of me!?) Before hearing about this series, I didn’t have any plans to run many road races this year, and definitely not 5k’s. I realized it was the idea of winning the series that appealed to me, and the more I thought about it, the less important (and less likely the winning part was) that idea became. So I have decided not to focus on the full series, but still run the individual events that appeal to me and fit my schedule.
This change also opens up my mid-summer schedule. I am considering finding a 50km race (or thereabouts) to do in between my two 50 milers (May and September). I still have to look at options and my schedule and see if something will work.
I haven’t really started focusing on a training schedule at this point. I’ve been trying to get out for a fast 10km once a week, run hills one night, and get some multi-hour runs in on the weekends. I am feeling good with that and the core and leg strength training I have been diligently (trying) to do. The weather in Southern Ontario has been all over the place lately, so that has a bit of an impact on what I get done training-wise. Its been everything from warm shorts weather, to slogging through knee deep snow on untracked trails over the past month.
I felt like sharing a bit of personal stuff amidst all of the gear reviews I’ve been working through lately. On that note, I’ve got some cool stuff coming soon. I’ve got a guest tester ready to put the new Salomon Snowcross shoes through their paces way up in Northwestern Ontario where they’ve still got a few months of frozen lakes and snowbanks ahead of them.
Thanks again for reading, and if you have suggestions for July races in and around Niagara shoot them my way!