I’d like to talk about the amount of running I’ve done in the past week…but it adds up to a big fat zero. I could quote sickness, travel, MURDEROUS jet-lag and frantic Christmas preparation as four very legitimate excuses but zero is zero and I am not proud of it. What I need is a hefty dose of motivation, and tonight, drinking some very nice red wine, I found it.
With 2012 rapidly coming to an end, I’ve got thinking about races I want to do in 2013. I want to race much more than I did in 2012 but also don’t want to set random targets like 12 races or 6 half marathons just for the sake of it. Races here are expensive and I want to be picky. So I spent a very lovely evening putting together a list of races I absolutely HAVE to do and those that I would like to do as well.
I’m always a little nervous of making plans at the start of a new year. It’s like I’m asking for some kind of disaster which would make me look sadly at my list and think how naive I was. But I also believe in planning, so here’s my plan. The races in italics are as definite as definite can be without a glimpse into the future.
Feb Longleat 10k, Wiltshire, UK!!!! Be there!!!
March Woodside 5m (trail), Oakland Half Marathon
April Apple Hill Blossom Run 10k
May A 10k to go for a PR
June Truckee Half (as a training race), SF 2nd half (PR attempt)
July Davis Moo-nlight Half
August 10k PR attempt, Skirt and Dirt – 10k
September Half Moon Bay Half, Petaluma Clo-Cow Half, Tahoe Half
October No races
November Big Sur half, Ramsden Turkey Trot
December 5k PR attempt, trail race – locally, Jingle Bell Hell
Let’s briefly touch on September. Basically, every half marathon I want to do is in September. I am definitely doing Half Moon Bay – it’s a PR opportunity, it’s local and two of my favourite bloggers, Liz and Bean, are doing it. I also want to run at gorgeous Lake Tahoe this year but I also want to do the Petaluma Half simply because their medal is a cow-bell and I am a sucker for all things alpine! I think realistically I pick HMB and then one other. But OH, September!
So who’s doing what? Anyone running any of these? What are YOUR 2013 race plans? Are you considering selling a kidney to fund them? Yeah, me too.