Friday, January 9, 2009


Well, starting out slow on the blogging front this year. Already ahead of last year, though - I didn't even start this blog until 2/13/08, when I said:
Who wants to read about someone else's training program? I don't know, but there are are a lot of blogs like this out there. Hopefully a few of my friends and family might want to know what I'm up to, if no one else. This will also give me some motivation to keep up with my training, and an outlet for some of the thoughts I have about and during my running. Well, that's it. Here we go...

So, yeah. Here I am gearing up for another year. I had a couple of pretty big years the last couple years, with doing the TRT in sections in 2007, and setting a fast half marathon goal, then doing my first ultra in 2008. So, despite Gretchen's exhortations (+5, where are the vocab scores lately, anyway, Nitmos?) to setting BIG goals, I think I'm going to ease off a little this year. I do have a bunch of races I want to do, more than I probably should. And I do want to better my times in a few distances, but I don't think I'm going to get "goal-ly" about it. I just want to have a good, fun, healthy year running. That said, here's what I'm thinking about so far this year. I can't figure out how to do bullet points in Blogger, so here goes:

GOALS Stuff I kinda want to do in 2009

- Do a trail half marathon series. I hope they do the High Sierra Trail Half Marathon Series again this year. Four races, spread out nicely in the spring and fall. It'll get me out there enough to motivate me for other stuff.

- PR in the 5K (under 20:00), 10K (Under 40:00) and Marathon (I dunno - under 3:54, anyway.)

- Maybe even win an age group sometime. Really just a matter of picking a small enough race, I know...

- Do some fun, local races like the Run Amuck and the Reno/Tahoe Odyssey.

- Learn more about myself as a runner. What kinds of races I'm best suited for, what kind of shoes I like, all that stuff. I've still got a lot to learn.

- Really, just have a fun, injury free year of running.

I'm going to kick all that off with an 8 3/4 mile race on the northern California coast in the beginning of February - the Trinidad to Clam Beach Run. I have a group of friends who all grew up there, and they try to make it back for that run every year. Really fun time, really fun race (with a river crossing!) even if the weather isn't always good. So here's to a great 2009 for everyone!

1 comment:

SnowLeopard said...

Sounds like you have your year all mapped out! Fun runs and some PR's- I think that's what a lot of the rest of us do, when we aren't running the entire TRT in one summer, or training for a 50K. :) I heartily agree with you- may 2009 be a fun injury-free year!