It feels so good to type that. On December 30th, I had all sorts of panicky thoughts about losing the first half of 2014 (in addition to basically losing all of 2013). By being aggressive about recovery and cross training, however, I find myself in a really good spot and ready to pick out some target races. I can’t expect all of them to be personal bests or even race bests, but they are all part of building back towards my ultimate goal of an Olympic Trials Qualifier. I haven’t picked my target half or full marathon for the fall yet because I don’t know which standard I’ll aim to hit and won’t know if I can handle the volume required for a solid full over the summer for a few more weeks.
Champlain Classic 15K: The goal is to just put a race number on and do a progression run. I won this last year and would love to defend my title. Plus, the rest of the Olde Bones are running as a fitness check in and I hate to be left behind. If things aren’t feeling ready for a 15K, I’ll do the 5K instead.
Capital City Stampede: I’ve missed this race for a few years because I’ve been recovering from VCM, but looking forward to returning to my hometown for a first crack at the 10K since last fall.
Paul Mailman 10 Miler: I LOVE this race but again, due to VCM, haven’t been able to get here since I ran it a few years ago.
Stowe 8 Miler: This race and I have unfinished business after an abysmal run in 2011. Weather dependent, hoping to get back down to about half marathon PR pace by early July.
Labor Day 15K: As a USATF Grand Prix race this year, this should be a fast end of summer race and is one of my target events for the summer.
Downtown 10K: I’m great at being 4th at this race and would like to improve upon that this year. Hopeful for a 10K PR to kick off the fall season.