Roadmap of 2013 Races
Last week, I set 8 big goals for 2013. Transforming these goals from dreams to reality will require 2 things: 1) the discipline to do the work it will take to reach them and 2) a purpose-driven roadmap of races to guide my training plans and journey. Know what you want to do. Make a plan to get there.
Below is the list of 2013 races that will direct the compass of my training and racing schedule this year. I have chosen these based on the following factors:
- Located within driving distance of where I live to save costs: During the last 3 years, I’ve taken a lot of racecations: long weekends in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Florida, and Savannah. While I love a great racecation, this year I am being more mindful of the amount of money and time away I spend on my running and triathlon addiction.
- Fits within times of the year that provide a full training cycle to optimize performance: I know there are many people out there who love to race. People who run half marathons or marathons every month or 5Ks every weekend. I appreciate those of you out there who love to race a lot. However, I am interested in quality over quantity. I want to give myself a full training cycle to train for each race – a 16-week half marathon training plan to reach my half marathon goal. A full 8 weeks to transition to a 10K-focused training plan to reach my 10K goal. 16-21 weeks to prepare for my half Ironman. You get the point.
- Has a course and weather conditions I personally tend to excel in: When possible, I’m trying to zero-in on races that have mostly flat and fast courses, temperatures below 55 degrees, quality race amenities and support, etc.
I will likely tweak the below schedule slightly, but this is where my head is today on 2013 races I will be taking on:
- January 13: Hot Chocolate 15K – Purpose: Run purely for fun and to enjoy being with my running friends. No time goals, lots of picture taking.
- March 2: Mississippi Trail 20K – Purpose: Complete my first trail race.
- April 28: Divas Half Marathon Myrtle Beach – Purpose: First attempt at 1:45 marathon time. I’m excited about the flat course and fun, all-female environment (people hand out boas and tiaras along the course and focus on pampering you). I’m concerned about hot conditions. The average temperatures in April range from 51 to 76 degrees F. The average 64 degree temp is much, much hotter than I like and excel in. I’m compromising my ideal average temperatures for a flat course, proximity to where I live and race timing in the calendar.
- July 4: Peachtree Road Race – Purpose: First attempt at 48-minute 10K. This may be challenging given that the temperatures are typically in the 80s and that the second half of the course is hilly. But I think it is still possible. Or at least it will definitely be a better performance than I gave last year. This race has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. It was the first 10K I ever ran when I was 13, and I’ve been a spectator since I was 4 years old.
- August 4: PT Solutions Acworth Women’s Sprint Triathlon – Purpose: Triathlon training opportunity before my half Ironman (I may squeeze in one additional short triathlon before October 26 as another training opportunity.)
- October 12: Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn 10K with Brooks Running Purpose: To have fun with the team from Brooks Running and attempt my second 10K time of 48 minutes or faster
- October 26: PPD Beach2Battleship Half Ironman – Purpose: Attempt a finish time under 5:46, improving my bike time from last year and my run time slightly.
- November 10 or December 14: Chickamauga Battlefield Half Marathon (not flat) or Kiawah Island Half Marathon – Purpose: Second attempt at 1:45 half marathon, building off the training from my half Ironman
Races still to be determined include an overnight relay race.
I would love to know if you will be at any of these races! It is always great meeting virtual running friends!
What races do you have planned for 2013? What do you think of my current race schedule? Are there any half marathons or 10Ks within driving distance of Atlanta you think I should consider that aren’t on this list? (Preferably races that are primarily flat and in cooler temperatures)