I went on a registration binge this week. Zach and I were decided on a couple of races and wanted to sign up before the prices go up on January 1st. Then there was one impulsive registration that was done before I knew what was happening. But it is all good.
Ladies and Gentlesirs, the spring race schedule!
January 29 Willamette Mission Trail 5k
February 20 Lost Dutchman Marathon
June 4 Newport Marathon
The Arizona marathon is the one that was an impulsive registration. I had already booked a trip to Phoenix that weekend to visit my super bestie Inga, and thought I’d check to see if there were any races I could do that weekend. Yada, Yada, Yada, marathon. It’s in 9 weeks.
It just so happens that I’ve been doing long runs every weekend and even hit 40 miles total last week, so actually I’m in a decent place to run this marathon. Even though I have time to cram in a shortened training plan, I’m not really going to. I am just planning on doing what I’ve been doing and run the race for fun. I know I’ll be plenty prepared, I wouldn’t do it otherwise, but I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. I’m running 4-5 times a week with one speed session (running with Zach) and one long run (16-20 miles). It’s certainly an experiment, but I think it’ll be ok!
The 20 mile trail race is going to be crazy and fun, and sort of an introduction to long course trail running. The goal is to survive!
Newport will be more of a “GOAL” race where I put more thought into training. Zach is doing it too so we’ll be crazy marathon training together. Yay!
It seems like a lot, and I gotta admit I’m a bit nervous. I think my year (well, half a year) off from racing has built up and kind of exploded. I hope it is not a mistake! I think as long as I keep my life balanced and don’t put too much emphasis on my finish times it will be fine. I intend to stay active with yoga and climbing, and I’m not going to let myself get even close to burn out! If it stops being fun, I’m out.
Unrelated picture time!
Thanks for reading! Happy Holidays Gang!