The end of the year means it is time to start looking at the calendar in order to figure out what races I want to in order to help achieve my goals in 2013. I took care of that over the past few days and figured out my plans for the first half of the year.
If you have followed this blog for any length of time you’ll know that my mission is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. As such, my training plans for the year arto planned to give me the best opportunity to do just that. My current qualifying time if or the next three years is 3:10. Last year I pushed myself closer to that mark by breaking 3:20 with a 3:17 in May.
Race season for me will begin in March. My first race will be the Around the Bay 30 km race. This is a race that is timed right to be a tune-up race for my goal marathon. I was actually registered to do it three years ago but in the end I was unable to go. My plan for this year is to run at my goal marathon pace which would get me to the finish line in about 2:15. As an added incentive this race offers graduated finishing medals. The cutoff for a silver medal instead bronze is 2:15. That should give me an extra boost in the late stages.
My second planned race for this year is the Run for Reach half-marathon. It is a race that I have done the last two years and is one that is convenient because it is close to home and I can run to the start line for a warm-up. The course along the Rideau Canal is also very familiar territory for me. The plan for this year is the same as last year, run at a 4:15/km pace for a finishing time just under 1:30.
This brings me to my goal marathon. The Ottawa Marathon in May. This will be my fifth year in a row running this race. Of course like last year my goal is to aim for a 3:10 finish. Last year I managed to get myself to less than 10 minutes from that goal.
What do you have planned for 2013?