All the competing this weekend has me thinking about my own goals and how I'm going to get there. Here we go:
1. Qualify for Boston at the California International Marathon
I know that Boston sold out in 0.5 seconds. I am very aware of that fact because I let my pace slide at my last marathon thinking I could qualify at my next. Sucks, but c'est la vie.
Unfortunately, I had to do the most grueling training for the Towpath Marathon while I was on my most demanding work rotation. Generally, I was ecstatic to get a mere 6-7 hours of sleep and was happy just to be able to fit any runs into my schedule. No speedwork. No hills. Just logging the miles. I still hoped it would be enough, and there's a slim possibility that I could have still qualified if I did some serious pushing through the pain & burn. But, as I mentioned in my race report, I wasn't having fun or enjoying myself. Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I think it should be possible to qualify without being miserable and I'd much rather have it be a good experience. So I won't be going this year but I want the qualification nonetheless.
So! Goal number two:
2. Pensacola Marathon ONLY as a training run.
Looking at past results, I shouldn't have too much trouble keeping it slow. This is a pretty small marathon and last year there were less than 80 women (only 221 marathon runners in total.) I won't have massive crowds egging me on. It'll feel like a LSD run that starts & ends with a lot of people. And I won't have to carry my own water. I'm ok with that.
3. Keep running though the winter.
It's not that I'm worried about "falling off the wagon." By now, I'm a hard-core convert. If I go too many days without running I start getting symptoms of withdrawal. For me that mostly means I get super grouchy, b*tchy and can't sleep. Trust me. You don't want to see me like that. I don't want to be around myself when that happens.
And while we're on the topic, I don't want to simply run though December & January. I want to keep cross-training. I'm still toying with the idea of competing my first triathlon at the New Orleans 70.3 Ironman this spring. Right now, the major hurdle is a bike. I only have a MTB and I'm broke. There may be a way for me to use some loan money to buy a road bike, but that might cause a much tighter belt over the next year than I can afford. So, we'll call it "cross-training" for now.
|Now that's commitment|
Any suggestions for training while on an extended road trip?