Saturday, December 29, 2012
Like many other Sparkers seem to be this time of year, I'm sort of in a fog, getting through the holidays, taking some time to change or reassess goals after a fall racing season, and generally thinking "hmm, what's next?" This fall I was thinking of doing a marathon in 2013. Specifically, I had my sights on the Famous Potato marathon in May. However, I really want to run Robie Creek, which is a mostly uphill half marathon that is famous around here and held towards the end of April. Turning around and doing my first marathon in May didn't seem too wise as I'd have to choose one of the two as my target race. Not to mention the time commitment for marathon training would take away from my horse time, and I am finally making good progress with my horse after years of struggles. So no marathon for me in 2013, at least not in the spring.
So with two days left in 2012, I wanted to take a minute to mentally prepare for the next year. I've been dabbling with Crossfit workouts, but have decided against joining the "box" that opened next door to my gym. I'll combine a couple Crossfit WODs each week with a couple running only days (the Crossfit days are ideal days to run speed intervals), and a couple kettlebell workouts. I have never in my life been able to do a pullup, so by the end of the year, I would like to be able to do an unassisted pullup, and 10 regular pushups (I can barely do about 2 right now).
Race-wise, I am already registered for two races - the Freezeout Hill 12K that is in three short weeks, and the High Speed Pursuit 5K the first week of April (my first 5K). It's kind of funny that Freezeout is the first race I've done exactly zero prep for. It's been so easy to think "Oh, that's next year" but really it's right around the corner. Some investigation shows that it's really only about 6.6 miles, not really 12K, so taking into account the 1.5 mile grade in the middle of the race, I am shooting for somewhere in the neighborhood of an hour for that one, and would be thrilled with 55 minutes. For the 5K, my ambitious goal is 23:50, but I'll be fine with anything under 25:00.
After that will be Robie Creek. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year. Last year there was a freak heat wave and people were dropping like flies. I definitely run best in cold weather, so I might take up to 3 hours if it's hot again, but would love to finish in the 2:20 neighborhood.
My last big goal race for 2013 will be Payette Lake. I ran the 8.6 mile route in 2012, and it was so gorgeous that I vowed to run the full 30K in 2013. I think this will get me close enough to marathon distance that I can decide if I want to go all the way or not.
Weight-wise, I'm pretty happy where I am, but would still like to get down to 155. This morning I weight in at 160.4, so I'm not far off. I am not taking any drastic measures to lose weight, but it would be great to get a bit more fat off before Robie Creek, which means I'd only have to lose about 1/4 pound per week to get there. I haven't tracked my food in several months, and I'm eating as much as I want and enjoying my foods while still losing, albeit very slowly. I'm right about where I want to be as far as what I'm eating, so my only goal for 2013 will be to grow more of my own food, which means getting more vegetable beds put in and hopefully planting some fruit trees.
Lastly, I want to really build on the progress I made with my horse this year and get him out on some trail rides and to at least one or two small shows. I don't have any aspirations of winning ribbins, I just want to have him traveling calmly in the trailer and behaving like a solid citizen in unfamiliar situations. I'm going to be busy, but I think it's going to be a great year!