Like most runners I know, as soon as the year starts winding down we start focusing on the next year. I've set myself up for some pretty lofty goals/difficult races. Here's what I have so far:
February 10, 2012: Riverview Winter Fest 4 miler - must beat last years time and try to meet 2010's time of 28 minutes.
March 24, 2012: Rock CF Half Marathon - goal is to run a 1:35 or faster.
April 15, 2013: Boston Marathon!!! - just enjoy the race and experience of the Boston marathon, but make sure I at least run it in under 4 hours. I've never seen a 4 hour marathon, so why start now? :-)
April 27, 2013: Running Fit's Trail Half Marathon - I love this event but missed it last year since I was pregnant and trail running at that point was out of the question. 2 hours or better.
May 5, 2013: Pittsburgh Marathon - enjoy the hill course and first time running this event. Again, run under 4 hours and push hard if fully recovered from Boston. This course is very hilly!
June 9, 2013: Ann Arbor Marathon - just to run 3 marathons in 3 months. If feeling good, try to push for a 3:30-3:35. another hilly course.
July 2013: ?
August 24, 2013: North Country Trail Marathon - training run for my 50 miler in September.
September 7, 2013: Run Woodstock 50 miler - my first 50 miler. No goal but to finish!!
October 20, 2012: Detroit Marathon - its on my birthday so I have to run it. depending on how the 50 miler goes, shooting for 3:35 for my 35th birthday OR sub 4 hours and run an extra 8.8 after to make it an even 35 miles on my 35th birthday.
November 2013: ?
December 2013: ?
So there you have it. Looks pretty intense and insane now that I have it written down. I am so ready to tackle these events. I love long distance running and all the training that goes into it. I am sure I will throw in a few other events, but these are my MUST run for 2013.