Thursday, December 27, 2012

329.5 in 2013???

Happy Almost New Year!!!!

Can't believe its almost that time again.  2012 hasn't been a spectacular year with my race results, but it wasn't horrible either.  I set a 5K PR back in March and tied it in September, so that was pretty cool.  And, the biggest accomplishment of the year...well, my whole life!...was finishing my first 70.3 in June.  Two years ago I never would have seen that in my future.  Cool!

A lot of races are opening up their registrations in the next couple of months, so I finally laid out a race plan for 2013.  If I did every race on this list, I would travel approximately 329.5 miles just in the races.  Who knows how many more I would cover in training.  It will be pretty impossible to do since some races are on the same weekend, but I can dream, can't I?  So, here is my race wish list:

January 6: Chilly Chili 5K
I PR'd the course last year and came very close to a distance PR.  Seeing that the course is pretty hilly, I was pretty happy that a PR was within striking distance.  The thing that makes me nervous about this one is that my family has had bad luck after this race.  In 2010, I discovered I had a stress fracture the day after the race.  In 2011, we came home after the race to find our dog limping around because he had torn a ligament in his knee that cost approximately $3,000 at the vet.  The hubby is not racing this year with me because he's going skiing at Whiteface Mountain with our neighbor.  Maybe I should forbid him from going because things happen in 3's.

February 24: Lake Effect Half Marathon
Last year was the inaugural race.  I registered for it, but I couldn't run because of plantar faciitis.  Dan and I are both registered for this one.  I've got to start getting more serious about my training because its coming up fast.

March 2: Tipp Hill Shamrock 4 Mile Run
This one if always fun because of the St. Patrick's Day atmosphere.  Last year we had to rush home for something.  Hopefully this year we can relax and go to the Blarney Stone for a burger.

March 24: Syracuse Half Marathon
This is the inaugural year for this.  The course isn't even mapped out yet, so I'm not sure if I will actually register for it.  But, I will definitely consider it.

March ??: Some Run in Florida
Last year in Florida we ran the Save the Turtles race on the beach.  This year our trip will not coincide with the race, but hopefully we can find another race to run while we are there.

April 28: Vernon Downs Duathlon
I've never done this race, but it seems like it would be something nice to do since I don't have a race planned in April.  It is a 5K run followed by a 20 mile bike followed by another 5K run.  Hmmm....we'll see.

May 5: Mountain Goat 10 Mile Run
Always a local favorite.  Last year I PR'd this race by over 12 minutes.  This year I have to remember not to fly down the hills or I will kill my knees again.  Not smart on my part.

May 11: Fly By Night Duathlon
I've been wanting to do this for a couple of years.  This race is run on the Watkins Glen International race course.  Its a 1.75 mile run followed by a 10.2 mile bike followed by a 1.75 mile run followed by a 10.2 mile bike followed by a 1.75 mile run.  The bike is done on the actual track.  How cool is that?!?!

June 8: Green Lakes Triathlon
Last year I skipped this one because it was a little close to the 70.3.  Definitely want to try it again to see if I can improve on 2010's time.

June 9: Tour de Cure
There are a number of distances available for this.  I'd like to do something in the 30 mile range.

June 23: Syracuse 70.3 Relay-Run Portion
My plan is to do a 70.3 every other year and do a portion of the relay in the off years.  Want to redeem myself on the run course, so I will be the anchor leg on my team.

July 13: Musselman Sprint Triathlon
This one might be tough since the Boilermaker is the next day...but this is a WISH list, right?!?!

July 14: Boilermaker 15K
Since this came only two weeks after the 70.3 this year, I didn't do well.  Slower in 2012 than I was in 2011.  Again, redemption is on my mind.  Plus, there's a spot during the race where I always get dizzy...want to get through it this year without that happening.

July 21: Delta Lake Intermediate Triathlon
This would be my first intermediate distance.  I heard a lot of good things about this race, so I'd like to give it a shot.

July 27: Run to Save the River 10K
I've run the 5K and would like to try the 10K this year.  Last year was the first time they offered that distance.

August 18: Old Forge Triathlon
Another one I haven't tried yet.  Dan would like it since its in Old Forge.

August 24: Willow Bay Run for Women
A fun 5K with the ladies.

August 25: River Rat Triathlon
Didn't do this in 2012 and it was a Du in 2011 because of Hurricane Irene.  Want to do the actual Tri this year.

September 7: ARC Half Marathon
Never did this one, so I'd like to give it a shot

October 6?: Apple Fest Run
October 6: Syracuse Festival of Races
October 6: Wineglass Half Marathon
Lots of races to pick from this day.  Apple Fest would be nice so we could go to the fest after.  Festival of Races is nice because they have the mens and womens run separately so we don't have to worry about a sitter for Alex.  Plus there is a kids fun run after.  Would like to try the Wineglass someday for obvious reasons: WINE!

October 20: Empire State Half Marathon
Will be so happy not to have to stress over coordinating the volunteers this year.  Can actually enjoy it!

November ??: Jingle Bell Run
Fun family run.  That's all you need to say.

November 28: Turkey Trot 5K
Same for this race.

December ??: Its a Wonderful Run
Would like to give this another try...this time with Dan and maybe Alex too.

So, that's about it.  Busy year if I can stay healthy.  The last two years I haven't stayed healthy, so that's a resolution of mine.  Speaking of resolutions, that will be my next blog...better start thinking about what I'm going to list!


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