Aside from a few regular summer races I do, I thought long and hard about my fall season. It was difficult to decide NOT to do a marathon this year, since it is a distance I love to train for over the summer and into the fall. I ran a PR last fall, although it certainly isn't quite up to par with my other performances. I believe it will catch up to the others as I age, since it actually caters to that, but right now I have a greater interest in the half marathon distance. It also just feels right.
I've run 1:08 for the half marathon twice in the past year and a half. I'd like to surpass that barrier now. It's going to take a lot of work, and I am going to have to train very, very hard this summer. My ultimate sight is on the 1:05 qualifying time for the 2016 Olympic Trials. The qualification window for doing so opens this August 2013, and ends sometime before the 2016 Trials. This is a long term process that I've been thinking about even before the 2012 Trials. I knew I wouldn't qualify for 2012, however, and wasn't expecting to, because I was not ready to do so. My goals at the time were to run perhaps under 1:10, which I happily did in 2011. The following spring, I qualified for and competed in the USA Half Marathon Championships, a race which I was not happy about performance wise, but proud to be a part of. But I've learned to look at the bigger picture.
I believe I am now beginning to enter my prime as a runner. I turn 30 this month, and while I am not a kid anymore, I am lighter, stronger, faster, and smarter than I have ever been. I have learned how to train for different races, and to coach others. I have learned how to deal with bad races and move on. I have learned what I am capable of. I am ready. I will go all out, with nothing held back. The time to do it is now.
This fall I decided I would do 3 major races stretched out over a 2 month window.
9.15.13: Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon
10.20.13: Army Ten Miler
11.16.13: Richmond Half Marathon
Originally, I was thinking of doing Philly(11/17) instead of Richmond, but I like the way Richmond's course is layed out and looks quite fast. Plus, it's nice to do races in 3 different cities.
Over the summer, I will do a few short races to keep from getting stale. I'd also like to see if I can go sub 4:20 in the mile. The Rockville Twilight 8k I placed 6th last year, and I'd really like to crack top 5 or even win the damn thing...
7.12.13: MCRRC MidSummer Night's Mile
7.20.13: Rockville Twilight 8K
I may add additional races, but for now, the important ones are noted.
Mileage was 81 this week. The base continues to build..