Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Post-Big Cedar Plan

Grief can be a tough thing, even when it’s grieving over our own failures. I would not compare it to the loss of a loved one, but I would say that a DNF of a major race for me is similar to the loss of a pet. The only way for me to really get out of the funk is to set goals. One thing that makes my running schedule unique is I work around the Texas Legislature. So the winter and spring of odd numbered years means I don’t have nearly the time to train. 60-80 hour work weeks are not uncommon. So I have set my goals around this. I am going to try to place in my age division in the Texas Trail Championships, non-ultra division. With 2 races in 2014 I am currently in 12th place and it really seems if you finish 7 races, you will probably place an if you do moderately well,  you could win. But next year could be more competitive. So I plan on running  “tune-up” trail race near my house in January, and then trying to get in 7 races from April to November as I train for the Big Cedar 50(K or M is not for sure yet). Then my next goal will be Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler in February 2016, with the possibility of Bandera 100K as my final long run. That would make my list of notable races look like this:

Race
Distance
Result
2011 Paramount 5K at Austin Marathon
5K
Finish, walked partially. First 5K ever.
2011 Cap 10K
10K
Finish
2011 White Rock Marathon (training run)
26.2M
Finish
2012 Rocky Raccoon 50 Miler
50M
Finish
2012 Paramount 5K at Austin Marathon
5K
Finish, 2nd age group
2012 Hell’s Hills
10K
Finish 8th overall, 2nd age group
2012 Chapa 5K
5K
Finish, 1st age group
2012 El Scorcho
50K
Finish
2012 The Ranch
30K
Finish-Injured-Emergency Room Trip
2012/2013 New Years Double
26.2/26.2
DNF – Ankle Still Hurt
2013 Hell’s Hills
10K
Finish 8th overall, 1st age group
2013 El Scorcho
50K downgraded to 25K
Downgraded distance with recurring ankle pain
2013 Cactus Rose
100 M
DNF-Bad chafing
2014 Hell’s Hills
50K
Finish
2014 Pandora’s Box of Rox Marathon
26.2M
Finish – ohmygod that course.
2014 Muleshoe Night Run
30K
Finish
2014 Big Cedar 100
100M
DNF, almost halfway through, fatigue and dehydration
2015 Purgatory Trail Run
10M

2015 Hell’s Hills
10K

2015 Pandora’s Box of Rox
26.2M

2015 Muleshoe (night run)
10K

2015 Colorado Bend (night run)
10K

2015 Paleface
30K

2015 Rockledge Rumble
15K

2015 Big Cedar
50M

2016 Bandera
100K

2016 Rocky Raccoon
100M






Some of it depends on time and money, but I really hope to get 7 races in that qualify in 2015. Then back to Big Cedar, where I would prefer to run the 50 miler if I am up to it.



I am not sure how soon I want to see these trails again... but feel pretty confident I will be over it by then.

My plan for session is to keep my weekly mileage as high as I can and run at lunch any day I am able to, and when I go more than 2 days without, to get up early and run. That means 6 miles or so most week days. Then I plan to hit purgatory hard for 10 miles on Sundays before church when possible. If I ran each week day, my perfect week would be 40 miles. Maybe once a month I will try to get in a 20 miler at Purgatory for a 50 mile week. Then in May when session ends, start increasing those long runs and then adding back in two-a-days (morning and lunch). 

I had thought about taking time off completely from running but that is really not something I feel interested in at this point. I just want to run. I think I will enjoy this schedule. 

1 comment:

  1. Just keep running! :) After the San Antonio RnR last year, I was super frustrated. But at the end of the day, I still love to run. Good luck with your goals!

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