|Hanging with mom...|
This fall, I have signed up for three races: Women Run The Cities 10 mile, the TC 10 mile (little sister race of the Twin Cities Medtronic Marathon) and my priority race- the Ortho Monster Dash Half Marathon. Despite the fact that I love trail running and racing, I intentionally signed up for three road races because they are closer to home and easier to train for with a baby in the mix!
However, as I put together my fall training plan, I find myself weighing different options and struggling to set attainable but challenging goals. I know I want to do my long runs on Saturdays along with two weekdays dedicated to intervals, hills, thresholds, or another workout of this caliber. However, when I consider the rest of my plan, the regular sprinkle of easy, shorter runs are convenient, but they don't necessarily help to make me faster or fitter. So, I am wondering...should I take a risk and try something new that would require some dedication? Or, should I relax and prioritize convenience as I settle into the working mom mode? Advice, anyone?
Some of the other training options I've been considering for this fall/winter:
-Joining the masters swim team at Macalester
-Running with a local YWCA track group on Thursday mornings (free!)
-Organizing an all-women/teachers running group at my school
-Lifting weights (this would be really nice to do with a partner! Anyone interested?)
Reflecting on the big picture, I must ask myself- what do I hope to get out of training? What would I like to accomplish- this fall, this year, and in the future? It's important that these goals are attainable but I also believe that a true goal requires dedication, work, and risk to make it worthwhile. And most of all, I must be passionate about it!
Tentative Goals for 2013-2014:
Complete an olympic distance triathlon
Run the Superior Trail 25k (or 50k???) in May