Well, I really can't say when this all is going to happen and am frustrated with my failed RLRF 5k training that went kaput. The 5k is this coming weekend and I'm just going to run hard and see what happens without the speed work that I had hoped to get in. So, it's time to go ahead and put out a Master Plan for 2012. Today's 12-mile training run with a marathon-training friend sealed the deal - I miss those long runs!
Rather than plan out the entire year, I'm just going to take it race by race. After the St. Patty's 5k next Saturday, I'm going to focus on a half marathon. I definitely want to attempt the Furman FIRST / RLRF half marathon program again (can I muster the energy for this?) but I will need to cut it down from 18 weeks to about 10 or 12 weeks, which takes me to late May / early June. What race to do?
Several race options are available (recommendations/reviews PLEASE!):
- Capital City Half Marathon (Olympia, WA), May 20 - Just a little over an hour south of here, kinda early but do-able. I hear this is hilly. Anyone run this? Is it nice?
- Coeur d'Alene Half Marathon (Coeur d'Alene, ID), May 27 - I need to check Idaho off my list and it would be nice to get some sun/lake time in as this is a Memorial Day weekend vacation potential.
- North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon, (Sequim, WA), June 3 - I walked the half in 2010, it's a beautiful course. This would be an over-nighter but could be a fun weekend away that's actually quite close.
Between now and half marathon time, I'd love to get in some shorter fun runs but will have to see what works with the schedule. Anyone have any Seattle-area 5k/8k/10k's planned? Seahawks 12k? Nordstrom Beat the Bridge? Top Pot Doughnuts 5k? Cinco de Mayo 8k?
Also, I'm hoping I can sneak in some late season snowboarding so I can test out my NEW GNU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Megan @ Daily Sweat is a rad and much more knowledgeable boarder, so I asked her for advice about what to get. I was thrilled when the Gnu boards were at the top of her list. Now, I just need to get my butt up to the mountains!
Plan for the Week:
- Not much in the way of a taper since I haven't really trained hard for the St. Patty's Day 5k anyway.
- Swim/bike 2 days
- Strength train / do PT exercises 2 days
- Log 2 easy runs, 4-6 miles each - maybe attempt some mild speed work to get my legs ready for half training?