Last night was a big planning night. I sat down with a spreadsheet and calendar to figure out how I was going to do all my fall races financially and physically. Shit, I’m tired already. Financially, it’s going to be tight. Jesus Christ is it going to be tight. But I think I can swing it and still afford to do other things like eat. Maybe. Hopefully.
The most important goal for this summer/fall is pretty simple: get through it alive and not completely financially destitute. But I’ve got some ancillary ones that are probably good ideas, too.
Goal 1: NYC is still my goal race. That’s right, if I’m going to pick a venue for being awesome, it’s New York City, so I’m going to try and not kill myself at Chicago. (I never in a million years thought I would say “not kill myself” doing a marathon as though that were possible.) I learned a valuable lesson at Dopey: I can do the higher mileage, I just have to be smart about it.
Goal 2: Don’t get injured. I’m looking directly at you, Wine & Dine half marathon. This is a big one, but I found out last fall that it’s also a really important one. Being smart and prudent about injuries will go a long way towards getting me to the start/finish lines in one piece and will help me keep doing my training. I plan on a 2 week break after NYC before I start getting ready for Dopey and I know I’ll need it mentally and physically. It’s cool, I’m happy to take the time if it means I’m happy and excited for Dopey.
Goal 3: I’m going to do other stuff, too! Last year I stopped rowing in the fall because my marathon mileage was peaking and I just felt like I didn’t have the time. This year, I plan on rowing through the season (spring-October/November). I’m shopping around for plans now and hoping to do one that’s 4 days a week. Three doesn’t quite do it for me and I think if I want to keep rowing 4 days a week, 5 days of running might be too much in the summer months.
Goal 4: Fun. If nothing else, I’m really excited to have what is shaping up to be a very social fall running season! A reunion with my 2015 WDW Marathon buddy Katherine at the Chicago marathon and on top of that to be doing Dopey and Wine & Dine with Jenn and Katherine this year! I have yet to travel to WDW or any other race for that matter with people who are genuinely excited/there explicitly for races and will thus understand why I need to pass out immediately following the marathon and why I’ll be in bed asleep at 7 during Dopey. Oh, and the dining reservations.
Any tips and/or suggestions for doing lots of races in a short period of time? Any fun fall goals (because yes, I just totally skipped summer)?