Sunday, January 4, 2009

What's in store for 2009?

I don't do resolutions. I am of the mind that if I want to change something, I shouldn't wait until January 1. I don't want to resolve to make a change, I just do it. That said, the beginning of the year is a good time to look forward to the year and think about what might be in store.

I am obsessed with getting a PR every time I run a race. I am pretty sure that this next year I will get as fast as I am going to get. Most people get slower as they get older, don't they? We'll see. Obviously, I would like to break the two hour mark in the half. That is my number one running goal of the year. I would also like to run the marathon faster than 4:30. Other than that I haven't thought that much about the other distances. I suppose a 24-minute 5K would be nice.

I have also toyed around with the idea of running in a race every month. I think it is pretty achievable. This year the cost of all those races is actually a factor.* I don't get massages or pedicures (much), so this can be my splurge.

Here are some of the races I am thinking about:

  • January-- Carlsbad Half Marathon. I am already registered for this one. That is good since it sold out the first week of December. goal: sub-2 hours.
  • February-- Xterra Trail Race at Mission Gorge. There is a 5K or 15K option. I haven't decided which one I will do. The problem is that the 15K course looks REALLY hard while the 5K course looks relatively easy. I don't want to come in last in the 15K. Kenny thinks I should do the hard one. Hmmmm... goal: to finish
  • March--There is another trail race at Black Mountain. They don't have the maps posted yet, but just knowing the area I would say that the first one is more challenging. There is also a St. Patrick's Day 10K, but that is the weekend before my daughter's birthday and I am not sure when her party will be. goal: ?
  • April-- La Jolla Half Marathon. This is the granddaddy of local half marathons. Everyone says how difficult it is. It is the second leg of the Triple Crown (Carlsbad, La Jolla and America's Finest City). That is a medal I definitely want! goal: to finish feeling strong.
  • May-- The Rock-n-Roll Marathon part deux! I am going to run it again! Laura and Jen have both said they want to do it with me. We are going to train smarter this time. Rather than just getting the miles in, each run will have specific purpose (speed training, hills etc.) goal: 4:30
  • June-- Camp Pendleton's World Famous Mud Run. This one looks like a BLAST. I just hope I have recovered from the marathon by then. goal: to get a team together and have as much fun as possible.
  • July-- I will probably do the Coronado 15K again. goal: 1:20??
  • August-- The third leg of the half marathon Triple Crown, America's Finest City. goal: to break 2 hours, but not necessarity PR (depending on how I do at Carlsbad)
  • September-- ?
  • October-- ?
  • November-- Father Joe's 5K and/or Race for the Cure 5K
  • December-- ?

It is definitely a different year in terms of my running. A year ago, I never would have dreamed that I would have completed a marathon. Heck, the furthest I had run a year ago was 10K. The idea of a half marathon was a vague idea that I discussed with friends. I definitely didn't consider myself a "runner." I am definitely a runner this year. I need to make sure I maintain a balance between my training and my roles other than running (wife, mother, friend...).

It should be a good year. Happy running!

*The economy has hit our household and my dear hubby is facing a salary cut. I will be looking for additional income. Anyone who knows of part time work that I can do at night or during preschool hours let me know. I am not ready to go back to being an executive with the long hours that comes with it.


tgorourke said...

Lisa, i'm sorry to hear about your husband maybe facing that pay cut. That sucks - I know he works long hours and very hard.

By the way, I thought you were a runner last year too. ;-)

Oh, and you could probably shoot higher for your full marathon goal. With your speed, I'd say more like 4 to 4:15 (last year you didn't feel good during the race, if I remember?)

Could it really be I've been reading your blog now for 7 or 8 months?! said...

The economy is harsh right now, I'm truly sorry it is affecting your family.

Your race schedule looks fun though. Maybe in December you could drive to Las Vegas for a race. I'm pretty sure it will be a Rock 'n' Roll event then (although Elite Racing is being pretty tight-lipped about details right now!)

MCM Mama said...

Sounds like a fun racing year! That triple crown sounds awesome.

Sorry to hear about the salary cut. That sucks. Good luck finding something (not much out there these days, unfortunately).

Marathonman101108 said...

Hi Lisa,Glad to see you have some reasonable running goals and have lined up some races. I hope things work out with you and your family in regards to the pay cut. Keep us updated.

AKA Alice said...

I'm in the same boat w/the hubby salary cut. I'll end up teaching some summer school this year (a night class at Grossmont College), which I NEVAH do. If you have a master's degree or specialty in something, that's something you could look into (teaching a class at a community college).

Your race schedule looks awesome. It's tough to find a challenging December race locally. I did the Holiday Bowl 5K a couple years was OK, fun but not challenging. Vegas sounds interesting...


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