Plans for 2012? What Plans for 2012?

Now with the 6-Week Challenge over and the inevitable post challenge hangover gone, it’s time to focus on my long-term goal: 2012!!

I’ve been contemplating a plan for 2012 as of late, and  I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I do know that if I don’t set my ship in a specific direction that it will more than likely end up smashed on the rocks.

McAllister: Arr, matey.  Nary a warning light to be seen.  ‘Tis clear sailing ahead for our precious cargo.
Sailor: Uh, would that be the hot pants, sir?
McAllister: Aye, the hot pants.
McAllister: Jonathan Livingston Seagull!  We’re on a collision course! Hard a-starboard!
Sailor: Uh, port?
McAllister: [quietly] Aye, port.


I spent quite a bit of time yesterday (at work) going over a run training plan a friend of mine used last year, our paces are similar in the short stuff but for racing anything over 5km she simply kills me.  Hopefully this plan will get me to that level as well, it’d be nice for her to be able stare at my ass for a while instead of the other way around all the time.

So now that I have a “plan” of sorts, I’ve started to sort through “what I’d like to do with my new superpowers”.  I’m not sure what it is, but I keep coming back to the same races I ran this past year.  I’ve already signed up for the Around the Bay (this race will likely be an annual thing anyway), but I’m pretty much set on doing the Grimsby Half Marathon (the one I missed due to a bone bruise on my instep) and the 5 Peaks Rattlesnake Point Trail Race (from 2011’s Kick-Ass Race Weekend), even the Peachbud 10km and Twenty Valley Half Marathon keep popping up in my planning fervor!

  1. Grimsby’s motivation is easy to figure out – I’d like to ACTUALLY RUN IT unlike last year.  It’s also in a great spot in the schedule for Around the Bay training.
  2. The Rattlesnake Point trail race was a blast last year, and this year it’s in late April instead of the sweltering heat of the summer.  As an added bonus, a good friend of mine wants to do both Grimsby and Rattlesnake this year which should make things that much more fun.
  3. The reason I keep thinking of redoing the Twenty Valley Half Marathon is a completely narcissistic one.  I want to get another medal.  This past year I surprisingly made the podium, and as a mid-pack runner I’m not used to winning anything.  Ever.  And now I have a taste for clood.  This is only the 2nd year for the race, and although enrollment will definitely be up from last year (it was supremely well run last year) it’s still probably my best chance at Half-Marathon glory.  Why yes, I AM shallow…how’d you know?
  4. Peachbud 10km – It’s a fun race, on a Tuesday night, and my speedwork partner works at the hospital that race supports.  Easy-Peasy

I’m not averse to trying new races but who knows what the summer will hold?  I’d rather roll with things and see what opens up for me.  The larger concern is the Fall…

I’m suddenly realizing that this is turning into a novel, so I’ll leave it here for now.  There’s lots of time to discuss the Fall later, as for right now:

What would you do in my position?  Same races?  Different races just on principle? No races (free is fun!) Leave a comment and let me know.

Have a good on kids!


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Posted on December 21, 2011, in Distance, Running, training and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Looks like a good plan. Hopefully you will have no injuries this year and a good racing season.

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