Summer and fall race planning is in full swing, with training plans to be built around it. Basically, I want to continue to run shorter races, either as full out efforts or to supplement training as either race pace runs or to substitute for speedwork.
The fall is going to be all about the half marathon. I want to reach the end of 2010 having excelled at this distance. I’ll state now that my goals are lofty: a half by year’s end in the mid-1:20s. If I can run a half marathon at 6:30 pace per mile, I will feel much better equiped to start training for a marathon again.
So the summer’s got a lot of shorter stuff, with opportunities to score some points for the New York Harriers, and run many races I haven’t done before. Then I’ve got at least three half marathons I can run, about a month apart (I don’t count the Bronx Half, since it will probably be incredibly hot; if I do that one at all, I’m betting it will be as a training run).
The goal race for the fall is Richmond, VA. Jonathan may or may not do the full, but it’s a combined race, so we’ll figure it out as we get closer. I have it in the back of my mind that if things go spectacularly well this fall I’ve always got the option of doing the full there instead of the half. I like having options. Jonathan has a grad school friend who lives in St. Mary’s, Maryland, and whom we haven’t seen since (gulp) circa 1991. So we can hit her with a visit either on the way there or back. Long drive. But I’m good at those, my record being 11 hours from here to northern Maine in one day.
I will unfortunately miss Grete’s Great Gallop (a half marathon in Central Park) in early October as I’ll be out of town. That’s one I’d like to race, not only because of the whole Norwegian themed aspect (and a chance to meet Ms. Waitz), but also because it’s a club points scorer and I should not only be in good shape by then, but also in shape to race that distance in particular. But I’ll pencil that race in for 2011.
May May 31* Ridgewood, NJ 5K June June 8* 1500 track race, Icahn Stadium June 12* NYRR Mini 10K, Central Park, NY (club race) Jun 19-20* Green Mountain Relay, VT (approx 15M over three races) July July 5 Firecracker 8K, Southampton, NY July 10 Women's Distance Festival 5K, Rockland County, NY July 17* NYRR Run for Central Park 4 miler Central Park, NY (club race) August Aug 7* NYRR Team Championship 5 miler (club championships - double points) Aug 15 NYRR Bronx Half Marathon September Sept 11 or NYRR Mind, Body, Spirit 4 miler (club race) Sept 12 South Nyack 10 miler (could go either way between these two on this weekend) Sept 26* Jersey City Half Marathon October Oct 10 or Westchester Half Marathon Oct 17 Bay State Half Marathon November Nov 13* Richmond, VA Half Marathon December Dec 5* NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K (club race) *The asterisks indicate that I've prioritized these.