My plan for 2013 is simple. I want to actually have a running plan. I don’t want to train for one race for a couple of months and ignore running the rest of the year. But, I also don’t want to set ridiculous goals (like an marathon every month) for the year that would lead to injury or apathy. So, I thought it would be fun to do a race each month of the year. Each race was be of varying distances and design. I would do some 5K’s, 10K’s, a half marathon or two, a couple of obstacle races, and anything that looks enjoyable and feasible. The 2013 schedule is as follows:
Jan1 – Resolution 5K (a virtual race for Fortheloveofthekids.com)
Feb 16 – Move It Memphis 10K – Memphis, TN
Mar 17 – Germantown Half Marathon – Germantown, TN
Apr 13 – Run For Your Lives (Obstacle race in which I will run from zombies) – Chapmansboro, TN
Apr 20 – Warrior Dash (obstacle race) – Jackson, MS
May – TBD Maybe Memphis in May 10K or Zoom thru the Zoo
Jun – TBD Maybe Navy 10 Nautical Miler – Millington, TN
Jul – TBD No clue yet
Aug – TBD Probably the Elvis 5K
Sep – TBD The Tupelo 14.2 is tempting, but damn will it be hot, especially during training. The Cooper Young 4 Miler is another strong choice.
Oct 20 – 4 Bridges Half Marathon – Chattanooga, TN – This is how Susan and I are spending out first anniversary. I probably will have to get her a REALLY good gift!
Nov – TBD True Blue 5K + a new race
Dec – TBD This is still up in the air. I want to do the St Jude half again, but I would like to try something new as well. Am I ready for a full marathon yet?
I will do a write up of each race, including my thoughts on the event, pictures, my results, my weight on race day (this is a blog about running while large after all), and any swag that I might get. The only drawbacks to this plan is races are expensive and there is not much variety in Memphis area races. If I lived in Nashville, I could run anything I wanted to, but I shall make the most of it. Or, at least within reason. The cost factor is quite restrictive and has already altered my plan. In a perfect world, would run the Flying Pig Half in Cincinnati in May and catch the Braves vs Reds the following night. And then in July, I would trek north to Chicago to run in the Rock ‘n Roll Half and catch the Braves vs White Sox. But this is not a perfect world, and despite my lofty goal, I am not going to go into the poor house to achieve it. My plan is going to still be completed and will give me a great idea about future years.