I haven’t even run Portland yet and I’m already planning for my time between Portland and Eugene training. So typical. I suck at living in the moment and am always thinking about the future.
Last year I had an awesome off season between Portland and training for Vancouver. This positive off-season translated into a great training cycle and an 18-minute PR, way-too-close-to-sub-4-hour-marathon in Vancouver. I’m going to approach this off season with a similar laid-back but semi-focused attitude. Here is what I’m going to focus on:
1. Running just to run. I’m challenging myself in the month of November to run every single day. It won’t matter how far or how slow — just that I run a minimum of one mile every day. And if I make it the entire month, I will reward myself with a pair of Lululemon running tights.
2. Speed sessions. These won’t be balls to the wall or super structured, but I would like to do some weekly speed sessions to start improving my speed.
3. Hills! I’ve spent the last two years avoiding hills, but lately I’ve been wanting to tackle them. I may do some hill repeats, but I generally want to include more hills in my running routes.
4. Lose a few pounds. I always gain weight in the summer and lose it in the winter. Kinda annoying, but it happens every year, and I’ve gained about seven pounds since Vancouver (and no, it’s not muscle weight). I’d like to lose at least five of those pounds before I start training for Eugene.
5. Maintain some level of endurance — I’d like to do some periodic weekend runs of 10-13 miles so transitioning to marathon training in January isn’t a total shock.
6. Have fun and get excited for Eugene 2013. This is my #1 goal. I entered this training cycle in a physically and mentally bad place, and it has negatively impacted the entire cycle.
7. No racing! One of my goals this year was to run one race every month. After Portland, I will have run 17 races this year. So while I won’t technically meet my goal (I’ll miss November and December), I’ve run plenty of races this year. My plan is to wait until the Honeywagon Half Marathon in March, and I want a very large PR at this race.
8. Lots of yoga!
We’re heading to California this weekend to celebrate my Grandpa’s 80th birthday! I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and beating John at ping pong. 🙂 Dad and I are going for one last 20-mile run while we’re in California and then it’s taper time!