2007 Races & Goals

RR: 3.25 miles, 406 calories.


Over the past few weeks now, I have been thinking about races and goals for 2007. My 5K Zoo Race(Happy ZOO Year) will be my last race of 2006 on December 31st. From there, I only wish I knew what was next on my race schedule. As much as I would like, there are no scheduled half marathons in my future. Come January, I will be finishing my last semester of Graduate School (on top of finishing the school year with teaching), finding a job for the 2007-2008 school year, hopefully moving, and helping with my sister's wedding. I don't think I will have time to travel for a half marathon, and there certainly won't be much to offer up in the blustering cold of ND. So, as much as I would like to provide a race schedule, I can't. I won't be able to. There are races in late Spring that I might participate in, but I am not deciding for sure just yet. It only depends on how much training I will have time for and how much time I will ahve available at that point in the semester. Here they are:
  • St. Patrick's Day 5K - March
  • I Made the Hill 10K - May
  • Fargo Half Marathon (or Relay Race) - May 19th
  • Prairie Rose State Games 10K - July
Depending on where I get settled in for the next school year I might choose to train for one of the following races:
  • Finest Half Marathon, San Diego - August 20
  • Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Virginia Beach, Virginia - September 3
  • Chicago Half Marathon - September 24
  • Twins City Half Marathon - October
  • Nike Women's Marathon - October

Now, for the goals. Ahhh, the wonderful goals. It's really hard to make goals when I don't know how much time I will have and how capable I am. It only makes sense to make attainable goals, but I don't want to be too easy on myself. But, since I don't have any specific races in mind, I hope to work on becoming a better and faster runner, along with increasing the mileage on my long runs. Here's what I have so far:
  1. Each week will consist of:
    • 1 long run,
    • 1 set of intervals,
    • 1 easy run,
    • and then another run of choice if time is available and I am not too sore (i.e. Negative splits, hills, .
  2. Accomplish a 30 minute 5K
  3. Log 600 miles
  4. Cross Train 2x per week
  5. Weight Train 2x per week
  6. Ditch the Soda :) .. .. . . entirely

....more may be added later....

Happy Runnings, y'all!


Neese said...

i hope we both hit a sub30 5k next year! :) like your new profile pic, very nice

Deb said...

How awesome is that! Love the goals and planning (and the new pic!) All my best for your success in meeting every one of your goals!

Unknown said...

I would like to try to run the full marathon in May.

Wes said...

Those are great goals, and the only thing you would really have to train hard for would be a half marathon. All those 10Ks and 5Ks you can "ad lib" and fit into your schedule. On another note, a blogger friend said we all need to be selfish and jealous of our running time. It adds structure and purpose, an important piece of the puzzle of everyday life :-) I like your new pic too! Awesome!!!

Anne said...

The AFC Half in San Diego is a great one to run. Definitely let me know if you come out this way to do it.

Unknown said...

I like to set my goals a little bit out of reach, or at least what seems to be out of reach. I enjoy having lots of little goals to help me along the way to the big ones.

seagull junker said...

I like to goals! But give up the carbonated drinks? I couldn't do it. I am not that strong willed.

Anonymous said...

Those are some great goals! I'm starting to be inspired to write down some of my own. :)

Enjoy your final race of the year!

Joe said...

Good luck with your goals. I think it's sensible that you are concentrating on the half marathon before even talking about the full marathon. Stay hungry!

Lance Notstrong said...

Nothing helped my speed more than adding distance.

Phil said...

Great goals, especially the 6th! And best of luck on your goal to get under 30 minutes for a 5K. There are a lot of great programs out there. Pick one and stick with it, you'll go under 30 minutes for sure.

Kate said...

No soda? Impressive!

It looks like your mileage and training plan will help you get that 5k time (easy!)