The last few months of 2013 were a bit rough on me. I was sick for most of October (cold + sinus infection) and then again for pretty much all of December (influenza that would not go away, which zapped all of my energy). My running and workouts took a hit and I find myself at the beginning of the new year under trained, flabby and over-rested. And slowly going (more) insane.
(If all you saw in that last paragraph is "wahhh wahhh wahh, whine whine whine, my life is so badddddd" then you saw the same thing I did. I can't stand listening to myself complain.)
Luckily there is the energy of a fresh new year and spring racing on the horizon to give me the kick in spandex shorts that I need!
Here's a look at my upcoming racing schedule:
January 25th: Icebreaker Indoor Half Marathon
March 1st: Point Bock Run 5 mile
May 3rd: Wisconsin Half Marathon
May 18: Green Bay Marathon
First thing you may notice (or maybe it's the first thing you read on that list, therefore you noticed it first. Duh.) is that I have a half marathon in two weeks. When I signed up 2+ months ago I had visions of a fast time and possibly a PR thanks to some great winter training. Now, I'm just at the point where I'm hoping I can actually complete 13.1 miles. It's amazing how a solid month on your ass of cramming egg nog and spritz cookies in your face can kill a dream.
If I survive the half I should be great shape though. I'm working on a training plan that should get me some PRs in the other three races as long as all goes well. I'm also going to jump on the bandwagon of posting weekly workout recaps to keep me accountable. I know I wouldn't want to post a recap where my only exercise is lifting a heavy mug of beer to my mouth 30 times. (So much biceps!)
Also, to kick my butt even harder, I joined Run with Jess's Winter Miles Challenge. I challenged myself to run 30 miles/week for the next 8 weeks. I almost went with 20 miles/week, but then I remembered it's called a 'challenge' and not a 'I can probably scrape by with that'.
Okay, so there's the plan. To recap the short-term goals (so my lazy brain sees them in writing one more time):
I will post a weekly recap each week
I will run at least 30 miles each week
I will PR in my three big spring races
There. That should just about do it. Right? Riiiiiight.
Do you have any short-term goals you are working on?
Do you post weekly recaps and if so, do they help keep you accountable?