2011 is my come-back year, the year of KICK ASS!
Not very sweet I know, but seriously, I need to kick some ass (my own, of course) this year after having two bum years in a row.
This list gives me butterflies just thinking about it! During my half and full marathon training programs, any races I do should be at the prescribed training pace for speed work rather than an all-out race effort. This takes some of the fun out of racing but will still be a nice way to get out and have some fun. Plus, I'll have most of May & June that are between training programs to be a racing slut.
I haven't compared full marathon training program weekly workouts to the races/dates yet, so I'm not 100% sure which races fit with prescribed workouts during July - September. This will change a bit depending on other commitments and training, especially after May, but my tentative line-up for 2011 is listed below.
Jan - Open
Feb - Open (Begin half marathon program on Feb 7)
Mar - Mercer Island 10k or Magnuson Race Series 15k (run at training pace, use results to refine training paces)
Apr - Magnuson Race Series 15k (run at training pace), Whidby Island Half Marathon (as part of a planned 15-miler)
May - Indianapolis OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon (target event!), Seattle's Best 15k (awesome course around Lake Union!). Wait - this just in: Nordstrom Beat the Bridge 8k
Jun - Lake Padden Triathlon, maybe North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon or Magnuson Race Series 5k/ 10k/ 15k (If I do Whidby, Indy, and NODM, I could be a 1 moon Half Fanatic for 3 halfs in <90 days?)
Jul - Swedish SummeRun 5k/ 10k and Magnuson Race Series 5k/ 10k/ 15k (training runs), maybe a random race in Illinois while we're out for a wedding (a new state!)
Aug - Beaver Lake Triathlon
Sep - Fairhaven Runners Waterfront 15k, Fremont Oktoberfest Brew-HA-HA (training runs, though I'd like to renew my 5k PR on the Brew-HA-HA course)
Oct - Portland Marathon (first ever marathon!)
Nov - Thanksgiving run TBD
Dec - Christmas run TBD, possible race in S. Carolina if I attend a work conference
Anyone out there have any of the same races on their list?