First off, congrats to everyone (KC, Jennifer, Bruce, Frayed Laces, CouplaHounds) who raced IMFL yesterday and to Training Payne for representing Canada at the ITU Worlds! I loved following your progress all day.
So, with less than 2 months to go in 2011, I decided to look back at my goals for the year. I posted both some Goals and Milestones for 2011 back in January. I’m actually doing pretty well on both the goals and the milestones. I have one milestone though that is still a work in progress – “Bike over 6,000 miles, Run over 1,500 miles, and Swim over 200 miles”
On the running front, I am at 1,182 miles for the year. I got a little behind on my average numbers when I broke my toe back in February and lost about 3 weeks. Couple that with not doing a spring marathon means I need 318 miles to round out an even 1,500 miles. With 55 days left in the year, that is an average of 5.78 miles per day or roughly 40 miles per week. I think I can do this. Especially with the help of Jennie. I have been doing my own runs and accompanying Jennie on as many of her runs as possible. So, if I can average just 25-30 miles a week on my own and then join Jennie for 10-15 miles a week, I can hit 1,500 no sweat. Right now, I am loving being about get out and do a long run in this fall weather. However, those long runs are going to get harder and harder to get motivated as it gets colder and darker out.
Cycling, however, is a different story. I had hoped to hit 6,000 miles for the year, an increase of 2,200 miles over 2010. I’m currently at only 5,100 miles. 900 miles in 55 days is going to be really tough now that the weather has cooled off. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but my heart isn’t as in to completing this goal as it is with the running goal. Now, this may all change when my fancy new trainer arrives and I finally get a chance to plan around with TrainerRoad. If the year were over today, I would be super happy with 5,100 miles, but with 55 days to go, I might as well shoot for it.
Swimming on the other hand has been a breeze. I set the goal of 200 miles and have already hit that. Swimming 3-4 days a week averaging 7,500-10,000yds per week made this goal complete itself. Also, my pool just announced that next year they are going to start tracking miles for swimmers who sign up with prizes for hitting mileage milestones. Sign me up!
On the decision front, I am starting to think about the spring marathon season. My two primary options at this point are either the inaugural Lansing Marathon or returning to Toledo for the Glass City Marathon (did the full in 2008 and half last year). I’m leaning towards the Lansing Marathon because of its proximity but am waiting to learn more about the course. I have a lingering desire to shoot for a BQ this spring, but honestly am not confident that I can accomplish it. My marathon PR is 3:20:XX which means I would have to drop 15 minutes to BQ. Realistically though, I would have to drop 17 minutes to both qualify and get a registration spot before it fills up. I’ve never actually gone into a marathon with a goal outside of finishing. I’ve progressively gotten faster, but I’ve never set a time goal going into a race. What to do!?!?
I recently found the Lazy Runner’s blog via The Redhead and he just qualified for Boston at the Marine Corp Marathon (race report here). Reading his report, and following the awesome progress Jeff has been making on the running front, has really got me amped up to try and qualify. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start doing anything crazy like wearing moon shoes.
With the some serious running to do over the next few weeks, I am hoping to do some thinking about what I want my spring marathon, if I do a spring marathon at all, should entail.