i have been thinking about a lot of things as i am planning out my 2010 race calendar, because you all know that i can’t sit around with an empty calendar for too long! one of my favorite parts about this time of year is planning next year’s races.
what are my goals?
what kind of courses do i want to run?
do i want to run fast and try to PR, or do i want to step back and do some scenic/challenging races?
do i want to travel or take advantage of what is close?
so many questions!
i have gone back and forth on what i wanted to do for the spring. it’s my favorite time of year to train and there are some good options for marathons. since i knew that even if i BQed at CIM i wouldn’t be running boston this spring, i have been thinking about this for a while.
it has been a very different change of mindset for me since i have been focusing on the BQ and fast courses for the past year+. it is nice to take a step back and not worry about those things, but it’s been hard to change that mentality too. not that i have to change it, i think i just need a little break from always worrying about speed and start being able to enjoy more of what is around me.
after a lot of thinking and talking things out, i opened up the january issue of runner’s world, and there was my answer. i decided that my legs, body and mind could all use a break from the racing pressure i put on myself and this was the year to run a “spectacular, rewarding, mystical and unforgettable” marathon and winner of the runner’s world best destination marathon, that has been on my to do list.
it’s going to be a challenge and it’s going to take a new devotion to hill training with that doozy of a course, but it will be a beautiful amazing experience and i am very excited.
so what else? you know that can’t be it!
2010 will also include another challenging course, where i fell in love with the marathon and have been wanting to do again. since i deciding not to run it last year, this year i am extra excited for it!
and finally, of course, my favorite marathon, where i will be challenging that PR again.
so this year i am sticking to the california races and taking advantage of some great courses and favorite marathons, since the beginning of next year i have a little trip to the east coast planned!
of course there will be plenty of half marathons to go in there too that i am really excited for including:
- surf city
- santa barbara wine country (completes destination race series)
- long beach (completes CA dreamin series)
i have a couple other exciting things up my sleeve too for next year that i am still figuring out. a full 2010 goals post will be up soon highlighting it all!
should be another great year of races!