Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Race Plans for next year

I've done some thinking and figured that some races, including the first Maryland Half Marathon next May 31, are too expensive for my budget right now. Plus, the Charlottesville Group is not going to be formed, which may not be a bad thing. It's pricey and hilly. On top of that, it requires a hotel stay the night before (so doesn't the March 1 race in Severna Park but I had great luck with Priceline last time). Besides, there are other half marathons to run closer to home.

So, here is my new plan, going hardcore in the spring before focusing on just training runs during the summer:

March 1 - Half Marathon north of Annapolis

March 21 - National Half Marathon in DC - unless I skip it because of the $70 Registration fee

April 5 - Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

April 19 - Maryland Mountain Marathon in Cumberland - under consideration

April 26 - GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler, I did the 5K this year and my chip time was never recorded

May 3 - Potomac River Run Half Marathon - I can walk to and from the start/finish line, always a good thing

May 17 - Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg

Then no racing until the Annapolis Ten Miler in late August. I get frustrated in racing in the summer heat so it will be longer training runs instead. And remind me if I ever see New Balance 725s on sale at a DSW blowout for $29, buy every single pair of my size in the store, then order some more online beyond that. I went for an hour long run in my 725s today and absolutely love them. Thanks.

3 comments:

zandria said...

That's a hell of a lot of running, Jeff! :)

maryjanejeff said...

It sure is, and is probably over-ambitious. I'm already dropping May 3 from the schedule. Mostly because I don't feel like paying $50 to run a trail that's a mile and a half from my apartment. I can run a DC Road Runners or Potomac Valley Track Club club race for $5 when they have them, if I want to race on the Mount Vernon Trail that badly.

I didn't get any running in while in Mass. because of icy/lack of sidewalks, time not allowing for it, and maybe the worst illness I've ever had on Tuesday night (bad salad at California Tortilla morphed into me very nearly not getting on the plane) that lingered all through Christmas Eve. Tomorrow night I run with a vengeance as soon as I get home! I'm all about taking advantage of 55 degree temps at 6:30 at night!

maryjanejeff said...

Replace May 3 Half Marathon with http://www.runwashington.com/news/dec08nationalharbor.html on May 9. And I sent in my registration for the April 19 race in Cumberland.

That leaves me with one half and one ten miler within a month, then in a five week stretch three half marathons and one ten miler. Over the top, I know.