Thursday, December 16, 2010

2011 Winter/Spring Race Schedule

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!

*cue fanfare*

January 29 Willamette Mission Trail 5k

February 20 Lost Dutchman Marathon

April 10 Peterson Ridge Rumble 20 Mile Trail Race

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!

Rainbow climbing crop

 kitty party18 miler

Thanks for reading! Happy Holidays Gang!


aron said...

yipeeee! you have the right attitude and are going to have a blast with all those races. can't wait to follow along :)

Lotusphx said...


Anonymous said...

looks like a great mic of races! Definitely starting the new year off with a bang!

KK said...

I like your balanced approach to training and racing. I bet it feels good to be back in the saddle again after taking the year off. Good luck and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Carolina John said...

Looks like fun Jen!

Ewen said...

I don't think it's too much for you. Arizona will be fun (if Inga doesn't keep you up partying the night before). I like the look of the trail races and the Newport long term goal. All good!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your pictures. Good luck on the gambit of races & training to both of you....

Alisa said...

Woo hoo back in the racing game.

I think with all you've gone through in the last year you'll have no problem enjoying your way through these races. You might see me in Newport as a spectator if Justin decides to run it.