I’ve been trying to work out my race schedule for 2014 and it’s been HARD WORK…albeit lots of fun.
You may remember that I spoke to my cardiologist a few weeks ago and he doesn’t want me to push to get any faster. He gave the seal of approval to me to continue to run, and to run half-marathon distance and I am SO happy about that. But he wasn’t keen that I put undue stress on my heart by pushing any more for speed. So I’ve had to think a little about how that changes my running objectives for 2014.
So I think that I want to spend 2014 running to explore the wonderful countryside of California by running trail races. This automatically slows me down but, as compensation, I get the beauty of running trails! I want to run well, I want to run my best but my time won’t be the be-all-and-end-all. Whilst I’m excited about running to explore, I’ll be honest that I haven’t quite figured out how to be comfortable with not improving my speed, the metric that we runners basically use to judge ourselves and others. But that will come with time.
Having said that, I’ve just had a relatively clean bill of heart health. My doctor said I shouldn’t get any faster, not that I can’t go as fast as I am at the moment! (semantics!). I feel like I have one more attempt to run a 1.52 half-marathon in me and I want to do it soon. Similarly, I was ‘cheated’ of my sub-52 min 10k by my pesky twisted ankle, and I’d really like that on my record book too.
For that reason, I’m not going to run the Kaiser Half in SF on Feb 2nd. I’ve been planning to do so for a long time, and several of you guys are…but I know I won’t be in 1.52 shape in five weeks so I’m going to skip it. A bit sad about that, it’s a great race!
So…bearing all this in mind, this is a very tentative plan for 2014, bearing in mind anything can happen and is likely to do so.
January – Pacifica Trail Half Marathon, 18th.
February – 10k PR attempt. Probably Bay Breeze, 15th.
March – Hellyer Half Marathon – PR attempt! 1st.
April – Muir Woods Trail Half Marathon, 12th or….Angel Island Trail race, 12th
– Big Sur Marathon relay, 27th. (We need a third team member. Anyone?)
May – Horseshoe Lake Trail Half Marathon, 18th or Stinson Beach Half, 17th.
June – Berry Falls Half Marathon, 7th. REALLY want to do this!!!!
July – San Francisco Half Marathon (although in which capacity, I don’t know)
August – Nothing is calling my name except the possibility of a relay with Bean in Colorado. Yay for running in elevation, I’ll be so good at that. 🙂
September – Emerald Bay Trail Half Marathon, Tahoe, 13th. (Again, this is a must-race!)
– Ragnar Wine Country 🙂 (Who’s in with me)
October – Sunol Trail Half Marathon, 18th
November – Mount Tamalpais Half Marathon, 15th.
And that’s kind of where we are right now!! Things will change, but this is the plan. And I like it! What are you up for this year? Are you running any of these?