Well, things have not been going very well in the training department for me since last winter. No major injuries or anything like that. I just seem to have taken my eye off the prize I guess. Things are picking up now and I am feeling great. Not a lot of miles under me as I approach my first race of 2013 this weekend. A relativly easy distance with a trail marathon.
As limited as the weekly miles have been this spring I am feeling really strong mentally. I know what to expect this year. Last year every race was a mystery. Despite not being were I want to be with my milage or my weight right now I am not worried about the race this weekend. I’m approaching it low key as a long training day.
I went back to Daily Mile and pulled comparison data on weekly miles. The first chart is 10-2011 to 4-2012. The second one is 10-2012 to 4-2013.
As you can see from the comparison things are sputtering right now and have been for some time. My strategy right now is to come into the race season as a lamp and leaving as a lyon. I have two big 50 mile races this year with The North Face in WI again and the North Fork in CO. I need to be back in race shape by June!
I have a few simple goals for the race this weekend. Try not to fall is first and foremost. I fell over 20 time last year in this same race. It was the first race that I ran that had major roots and rocks on the path. It felt like nothing leveled out and become smooth until after mile 17. At that point I never fell again. But up to that point I lost count with 20 falls. 20! My second goal is to not injure myself. With all the falls last year it tore up my knee pretty bad. I almost DNF’ed and shed a few tears around mile 18. So this year no falls = no injury, I am hoping anyway. Last, I want to PR. I did the trail marathon distance, my first last year, in about 5:30. Not sure exact time but I want a 5 hour finish at least this year. Anything sub 5 would be outstanding. This is the first trail race where I have some kind of pervious effort to gage it against. I will have Garmin data to look at and pace myself against this year.
I know it has been a while since I have had an update but race season is here so you can expect more frequent updates now.