Sunday, January 3, 2010
Happy New Year!
With new beginnings, it's appropriate to consider new goals and paths to venture. I enjoyed getting back into running in 2009 after an on-and-off 2008. Last year I overcame a knee injury, lost 25 pounds, and I ran 2 half marathons and a full marathon. I loved the training and joy of hitting the roads and trails. I'm grateful to have run in some beautiful places throughout the country and I'm especially thankful to have shared the experience with so many wonderful people. I can only imagine what will be in 2010, but I can't wait to continue the journey!
For 2010, I have thought quite a bit about my running goals and have charted a plan. Now this plan is actually an important part of something quite a bit bigger that I'm setting for 2011-2012, but I'll save that discussion for later!
There are three major races that form the basis of my 2010 running season: 2 marathons (one Spring, one Fall) and my first ultra (Summer). I also intend to pick up some speed and lose some more weight, but these aspects are more consequences. I also intend to finally launch my podcast (some of you are tired of hearing this, but family and work schedules have been a little much these last few months so please continue to bear with me).
My race schedule for 2010 is listed below. This plan is subject to change due to work and family, but this is what I'm shooting for so far. Stay tuned for more updates as they become evident!
March 7, Mill Creek Classic Half Marathon, Wick Recreation Area, OH
May 2, Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH
June 6, Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon, Ann Arbor, MI
June 13, 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon, Chicago, IL
August 28, North Country Trail Run 50-Mile Ultramarathon, Manistee NF, MI
September 18, US Air Force Half Marathon, Dayton, OH
October 10, Towpath Half Marathon, Cuyahoga Valley NP, OH
October 31, Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC
I'm still debating several other ultras (I'll do only one ultra this year though).
July 10, Dances with Dirt 50-Mile Ultramarathon, Baraboo, WI
July 17, Headlands 50-Mile Ultramarathon, Marin Headlands NRA, CA
July 18, Tahoe Rim Trail 50-Mile Ultramarathon, Lake Tahoe, NV
I have begun training this past week for the "Pig." If any of you plan on running this great race in Cincy, please sign up and join my Buckeye Outdoors Challenge. We can help support each other through the Winter as we prepare for this Spring race.
I hope you can join me at any of the races listed above. Please let me know so we can hook up. Also, if you are running in Michigan at any time, please let me know so we can go for a run.
Let me know your 2010 plans as well. I would love to hear your ambitions.
It should be a great year. Let's go out and make it the very best!
I wish you and your families a happy 2010. Let's run a course to remember!
All the best,