After talking with my Hubby about my running goals for 2015 and really spending a lot of time thinking about what I really want out of my running, I’ve decided that I want to race monthly in 2015. I missed January and February due to the stress fractures but I’ve raced in March & April.
I’ve been diligently working on my race schedule for the rest of the year. Green is races I’m already registered for or have done, Yellow is the months I need to pick a race for and have possibly already chosen a tentative race & White is for races I want to run but they haven’t opened up for registration yet or are open but I haven’t registered for. I haven’t picked a distance for the Moonlight Run and until I do I don’t want to register (I’m waffling between the 10k and the 10 mile).
June, August and December are still wide open. June I’ve tentatively chosen a race but I’m seriously thinking about switching it up for a different race. I’m trying to choose things that are close for me, are reasonably price and have a medal. I know it’s so silly but I don’t want to race without a medal. Of the races on my schedule, only June’s race doesn’t offer a medal which is why I’m considering switching to a different race. Also, I’m thinking about switching to The Courage Run because they provide housing and services to victims of sex trafficking. It’s a good cause and I’m pretty sure that the Dionysius Dash doesn’t benefit anything.
It’s so weird to have scheduled races so far out. Most of the time (unless it’s a half) I just do them as they peak my interest. I don’t plan them out. I don’t usually run short races either, meaning 5k or 10k. I generally pick the longest distance that races offers unless it’s a marathon. But this year the goal is to run injury free and that means keeping my distances shorter this year.
I signed up to train with a group for my only half this year. The group is really geared for people who are doing Urban Cow in Sacramento but I’m doing Folsom Blues Breakout. It’s a couple of weeks after the Urban Cow but I can maintain my fitness for two weeks without the group. I decided to join a group this year and train with a group because I want to be more structured than last year. I train fine on my own in terms of setting up the schedule and sticking to it. But with a goal of being injury free I just feel like a training group will be benefical to me. Plus I’d love to get to know other runners that I could possibly run with after the group ends too. None of my in-real-life friends are runners.
The training group doesn’t start until the end of July, so while I wait, I’ll race short races and enjoy my running as much as possible. And try to finish rounding out my schedule.
Have you ever used a training group?
Did you meet cool people?