So today I've been putting some thought into what 2011 might look like, race-wise. It's a little hard to do this, to even think about me running, since I haven't really run since December. I know, however, that this will soon be changing AND I know that, unless I have some damn goals, I'll just languish around, running little runs whenever I feel like it and not a bit more, and I'll end up fat and out of shape by May. Taking into consideration the fact that I probably won't be running without some kind of limits until March, here's what I've come up with.
March 5 Great Ski Race
This oughta be real interesting. A 30K XC ski race that's a local classic. Hopefully I can ski by then, otherwise DFL here I come.
April 2 Pardee Party
This is a 25K bicycle road "race" that's really just an excuse to get back in touch -- after the winter season -- with Tom's mt. bike peeps and have a party and listen to live music and sleep in the truck and get on with Spring. Tom and I will be on the tandem.
April 16 Cycle for Sight
See above paragraph, but maybe we'll do the 50K.
June 4-5 Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Adventure Relay
My "A" race, so far. I'll be on a team of 10 women, and will have 3 legs of the 178 mile route. Everyone says this is just the best thing ever, and I'm really looking forward to trying a new race experience. I know ONE woman on the team.
So what follows is just speculation. I really have no idea yet, "after June" is just so far off. I've picked these races based solely on location; they're all pretty damn close to home. I've decided that anything over the 13.1 distance should be on trails (I've kinda had it with roads, and they with me). I know I want to do 2 50Ks this year -- I want to get nice and comfy with that distance. I know I fill in the calendar as time draws closer. I can't race whenever I want, 'cause I work every other weekend. I am COMPLETELY open to suggestion, if any of you know of any other "can't be missed" races that are in the west, please leave a comment. And, here's a question, are there ANY (trail) 50Ks that don't have huge (>4,000ft) elevation gains? I'm still just a little hung up about hills, I know I have to (and will) get over it, but still. Anyone?
April 30: Parkway Half Marathon, Sacramento-ish
This is on a bicycle path, and reasonably (I assume) flat. I might, just might, try to PR this distance (2:21 or something). A girl's gotta dream . . .
July 23: Golden Gate Trail Run (5k, Half, 30k, Full Mary, 50K), Marin Headlands
Who knows which distance? Probably the 50K. Advantage: I could train on some of these trails. Disadvantage: Lots of elevation gain, over 5,000 feet. Get OVER this, you-wanna-call-yourself-an-ultrarunner, Bootchez!
Sometime in October: Goblin Valley 50K, Green River, Utah
Funderson suggested this. I can't find a date, so I don't know about the work-conflict thing. If it falls on an off-weekend, I'm almost certainly up for it. If it doesn't -- as I'm afraid of, based on last year's date -- I might still do it. I'm already taking time off for the relay race, so what's another week? And it would be fun to actually do a race WITH someone.
October 1: Gold Country 34M/21M/25K/8 Mile Run, Auburn
Very close to home, all of those distances, what's not to love?
October 15: Rock'n River 50 Mile & Trail Marathon, Auburn
Definitely the marathon distance (50 miles = so far off!). Might be a can't miss date, if the Utah thing doesn't pan out. Difficult, on lots of Western States trails, would be a challenge!
Nov 12: Folsom Trail Runs 50K/25K/7M
Again, a few distances to choose from, close to home.
Probably some kind of Death Valley/Ridgecrest/Southern California thing in December
Because I always do something like that in December. This year, I might just stage my OWN little race . . .
That's it. Subject to change. Open to suggestion. Ready to kick ass. Prepared for DFL.