Saturday, January 10, 2015

Looking Ahead

So one week in to 2015 and I am happy to say I haven't tried to change my life in any major way. 

My friend Meredith came up with the idea of "15 for 15 in 15" meaning do something for 15 minutes 15 times a month for the whole year of 2015. I like this concept a lot, but I am guaranteed to fail at something that specific and with that much time commitment. I have a list in my head of things I'd like to spend more time doing: reading (actual books, not running related), writing, being outside in the winter for reasons other than running, organizing photos, decluttering the house, yoga/stretching, etc. Maybe I'll do more of these things in the coming year and maybe I won't. I am pretty happy with the Big Picture right now and I don't feel like I need to spend a lot of time changing the little things.

Of course, I have spent plenty of time dreaming of running adventures and upcoming races for the year. I am planning to start the year by pushing a bit out of my comfort zone. Yep, I am training for a marathon! Yikes! I have to give credit to Liza Howard and her "I am not getting any younger speech" for inspiring me to do this. I have no wild aspirations of OTQ but I'd still like to see what these old legs can do and I could certainly use a little speed injection. After that, I'll head back to the much more comfortable 50-100 mile race range. ;)

2015 Race Plans:
1/18 - Cascade 10k
1/31 - Roaring Run Half Marathon
2/28 - BMO Phoenix Marathon
3/14-15 - Pac Rim One Day with Megan (I think Liam and Mac are going to go/run this year, too!)
3/29 - Pacing at Gorge Waterfalls 100km
4/11 - Lake Sonoma 50M
May - a training 50k, probably MacDonald Forest or Sun Mountain, and a one hour track time trial (Titus van Rijn) for kicks and giggles
May 23-25 - Western States training camp
June 27 -Western States
July 25 -US Mountain Running championships?? - not really my thing, but it is in Bend, it might be fun to be a part of
July 26 - Aug 1 - Wonderland trail (pending permit). This isn't an FKT or even a fast pack, just old fashioned back packing and hanging out in the wilderness
Aug 22 - Pacing at Leadville. Wish I were running it but it is just too close to 100km Worlds
Sept. 12 - 100km World Championships, Winschoten, Netherlands. I have an automatic spot and Worlds won't be held again till 2017
Fall - nothing planned yet. Would love to get around Mt. Hood one weekend
Dec. 12 - Desert Solstice - what can I say? I am a glutton for loops!

I hope everyone else has great plans for 2015! Who's coming with me to any of the races above?


Sybil Runs Things said...

Oh I hope you run Sun Mtn! It will be my first 50k!

Sarah said...

I'm hoping to do Pac Rim this year (after missing last year) but I haven't gotten an application yet. Have you?

Tyra said...

Maybe your 15/15/15 could be to spend 15 minutes doing anything that makes you happy, rather than one specific thing? Like 15 min of "me time" 😊

Pam said...

Sybil - Sun mountain looks great. Good luck on your first 50k!

Sarah - No application just yet, but I expect it will be coming soon.

Tyra- I like that idea! Who couldn't use a little more me time? ;)