Working with finances I’m already in 2016. It’s been just over a month since the turning over of the new fiscal year and I’m already writing August 2016. So, I think, mentally, it’s okay for me to now start planning for next year’s races, right?
Well, even if you didn’t agree with me, this is my blog … sooooooooo … I’m going to write about it anyways.
Over the past few months I’ve stated my intention of slowing down in 2016. This mentality hasn’t changed. I’m still going to run and race, but the focus is going (well more so starting now actually) to be about balance.
Balance between running, strength training and core strength. Back in 2012 and 2013 when I was running my fastest that was the focus of my fitness. This is one reason why I have gone back to Firehouse Fitness this past week. That focus is in pretty much every workout.
I need that.
I am doing this for two reasons. One, I want to get faster and finally get that BLASTED sub-two half marathon time. But, more importantly, I am hoping that will really help me with my thyroid. That’s been a headache and a half for me the past year and a half or so. Finding balance has felt dang near impossible.
At times I’ve felt that I’ve been on a seesaw with a feather at one moment and then a rock the next. It’s been extremely frustrating. But, the only thing you can do is fight throw it, do what you can and plan for success.
And, that’s my goal for 2016. I’m planning for success.
I am not going to share my whole fitness regime here. That’s a whole post for another day. Plus, I change my regime up every 6-8 weeks to help forge through plateaus and drudgery. And, it works fairly well for me.
But, my focus right now is just the running aspect of next year.
Ideally, I want to no more than 12-15 or so races during the year. Basically a race a month. I don’t plan on necessarily doing one a month, I am planning on having a couple months where I race twice. Especially in the summer when there are TOO many awesome races.
In addition to running my races, I have also started a fun run series of free runs around here in northern Utah. It’s a Facebook group I started last year, but it never got off the ground as I had wanted it to. Mainly, because I was racing so much.
The goal for the run series is to just have a monthly fun run (with emphasis on fun) for local runners who are training for the many marathons, half marathons and other races around here in Utah.
The idea real came to me three years ago when I was training for my first marathon. I basically did it alone, including my first 20 miler. And, let me tell you … that was NOT fun. Having someone to run with makes such a difference on your long runs.
So, with that said, here is how my 2016 race schedule is shaping up thus far (dates are subject to change and some are just estimated guesses) …
1 – Run Revolution; Kearns, UT
26 – Buffalo Run 25K; Antelope Island, UT
7 – Provo City Half Marathon; Provo, UT
14 – Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon; Salt Lake City, UT
11 – Drop 13 Half Marathon; Salt Lake City, UT
25 – AF Canyon Run Against Cancer; American Fork, UT
23 – Deseret News Half Marathon; Salt Lake City, UT
6 – Timp Half; American Fork, UT
20 – Run Elevated Half Marathon; Sandy, UT
3 – Nebo Half; Payson, UT
13 – Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon; Salt Lake City, UT
8 – Pink Series Half; Park City, UT
29 – Haunted Half; Provo, UT
5 – Saltair Half; Magna, UT
24 – Thankful 13; Lehi, UT
Now, who wants to run with me next year? Or has anyone else planned this far in advance like me? Because, if so we should probably go to a meeting of Over-planners Anonymous together.