Although we are still in the dead of winter, spring is really not that far away. If you have any spring events on your calendar, chances are really good that you've already started training for them.
My spring calendar is shaping up rather nicely...and (dare I say?), it's already pretty full.
Here's what I have on tap just in the next few months:
March 10th - Leprechaun Chase 10K
March 17th- St. Paddy's Half Marathon
April 8th- Fight for Air Climb
April 22nd- Drake Relays Road Races Half Marathon
April 24th- Drake Relays Grand Blue Mile
As you can see, there's five events and four of them are of different distances. That is so typical of me, though. It's no secret that I like variety. I'm more of a jack of all trades, but master of none (so to speak).
Having this plethora of "stuff" on my roster poses many interesting challenges for me and my training. For example:
The Leprechaun Chase is a 10K, so it's a medium-distance race. For me, endurance is not much of an issue for a 10K since I routinely run 5-6 miles at least once a week. For a 10K, though, my big challenge is figuring out what kind of pace I should run. Granted, I will not be running this race in hopes of winning, but I do want to run it strong. A new twist to my training this winter has been the addition of burpees (thanks to the Burpees & Planks & Push-ups Challenge from January). The Challenge ended on January 31, but I've continued doing burpees routinely....and I can't help but wonder if they will give my pace a little bit of a boost. I can definitely tell my core has been strengthened, and my waist and hips have tightened up as well.
A different strategy I'm trying this year, is to incorporate varying intervals of single/double/triple steps with other HIIT-types of drills (burpees,squats, push-ups, etc.). Most of my workouts have been 30-40 minutes in length and the DOMS have been almost non-existent. I have finished in the top 5 of my age group several times, but have not yet cracked the top 3...so, it would be awesome to have 2018 be THE year to do so. Like with any other race, how you place is contingent on who else shows up in your age group. There are staggered start times throughout the entire 4+ hours of climbing, so you never know your final results until after everyone finishes. Participants who climb early in the morning have a huge advantage because the stairwells get really hot as the morning progresses (from all the heavy breathing of the several hundreds of climbers).
I have never done a 1-mile race before, so I really have no idea just how fast I can make it to the finish line. Keep in mind, this race is two days following the half marathon (and takes place in the evening), so there's no telling how recovered my legs will be. This race is part of the Bull Dog Challenge - racers who run the half marathon or 10K, and elect to do this race as well, receive a special commemorative medal. So, why not give it a go?
Whew! That's what's happening for me as I navigate my way through the rest of winter. Needless to say, spring is gonna be action-packed!
I'm linking this with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0. We're chatting about our spring goals, join the conversation!
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You have so many races scheduled! I am planning on a 5k in March...Ive sort of identified one so that i can start "training" but Im open to doing a difference race if that one doesn't work out. I just feel like I need a goal to work towards!ReplyDelete
Well, in my defense, most of these are races that I do every year...so it doesn't seem that overwhelming (yet) ;-)Delete
That's a lot of races! I do have an 8k on the calendar in March. April is still up in the air.ReplyDelete
Are you doing the Lakefront 10-miler this year? I think I heard it was later...in April?Delete
Wow you already have a fun spring line up! I love to do races of different distances as well. One of these years I will have to do one of the stair climbing events. Have a great weekendReplyDelete
...or you cam just travel out to Iowa and to the Climb with me ;-)Delete
I'm planning a 10k in March too! I think that's about all I can commit to training for since the weather can be so temperamental!ReplyDelete
The weather certainly is a factor...it'll be interesting training for a 13.1 with potential snow on the race course LOLDelete
WOW!! your spring is action packed for sure. Good luck with all of that.ReplyDelete
It's gonna be crazy (I failed to mention our last child is graduating in May...and has her senior dance recital in April as well)!Delete
I have one race in May, but I could throw in some smaller races to keep training fun.ReplyDelete
I like having a lot of races on my roster....Delete
I've been considering a one mile race for a while. The problem is I can't seem to find any decent ones around here! I hope you crush it!!ReplyDelete
Well, maybe you could road-trip out to Iowa in April and do the 1-miler with me ;-) #problemsolvedDelete
That's a whole lot of racing!ReplyDelete
I don't race a whole lot (until fall, typically).
I had planned to actually train for a 5k this spring, but at the rate I'm going -- well, I'll still train, no doubt, but not so sure about PRing it.
A 1 mile race must be REALLY difficult -- it takes me a while to warm up (even when I do a warm up run).
I have the same issue with warming up...I'm gonna have to sneak in a 1-mile warm-up run somewhere before the start line ;-)Delete
You have a full schedule! All those races sound like fun (at least as long as there is not snow on the ground). I've never done a mile race either. It sounds like fun. I don't know if I could pull off an 8 minute mile either (which makes me laugh and cry a little since I once ran a marathon at a 7:30 pace).ReplyDelete
A 8:00 pace is possible for me, but not always do-able LOL I'll definitely need a warm-up run prior to the start lineDelete
Ah! How exciting! You have a great lineup scheduled girl!! You're going to totally rock all of those races! Also--those leggings are so cute!!ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend!!
Let's hope the races go well...being they're (mostly) all different distances will hopefully work to my advantageDelete
Very exciting schedule. Good luck for your train. I would love to have these leggings of yours!ReplyDelete
Thanks! The leggings were a Christmas gift from one of my daughters ;-)Delete
Whoa your race schedule is really full! Can’t wait to see you rock all of those races in Spring!ReplyDelete
Well...not sure if I'll be rocking ALL of them, but I'm certainly hoping to not crash and/or burn at any LOLDelete
Sounds like a busy spring! I keep thinking I need to throw some more burpees into my routine, so many people swear by them!ReplyDelete
I had never done burpees until I did the January Challenge. I was amazed at how much easier they got for me (and I'm a very klutzy and awkward gal).Delete
Great schedule! I always love your climbing events - we do have one of those here, but i Just haven't worked up the courage to get in there.ReplyDelete
I've got a bunch of really fun events on my calendar and I am excited about all of them! I love this time of year and I can't wait to get out there!
I"m excited for the Climb as well. It is for such a great cause, and it's so inspiring seeing all the people taking it on as a challenge.Delete
It sounds like your spring running schedule will be anything but boring. Best of luck with your training for four different race distances. I have no doubt that you’ll do well at all of your races this coming season!ReplyDelete
Thanks ;-) I'm looking forward to getting back outside for some races.Delete
Isn't it amazing what burpees can do for your whole body??ReplyDelete
Burpees for the win!ReplyDelete
That looks like a great set of races coming up!
I am not back to racing yet, but I have been thankful to get back out to running a few times a week!
That's definitely a lot of variety in your Spring schedule! It sounds like fun :) I have an inaugural half in April so that will be interesting to check out a new race.ReplyDelete