Although distance road racing season is winding down here in Charleston, it’s the beginning of a very fun triathlon season. This Sunday is the start of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series –-5 races over the summer from May to August. For me it’s a race filled with familiar faces of friends and competitors. I’ve had a great time racing this series over the years. HOWEVER, this year….I’m just not feeling like getting back in to race mindset. It’s VERY unusual for me. To race or not to race, that is the question for me.
The Boston Marathon has come and gone and I was fortunate enough to run it this year for my 5th time. It is truly a magical race. Well, I can say that now. Last week I was slogging through a very difficult 26.2 miles. I was wondering if I could even make it the whole distance! But more of that in a bit, for now let me say that although my race last week was definitely a physical struggle, it was almost more mental race for me.
Jennifer is a great planner and I really enjoyed learning about what she has planned for 2017. As for me, well I’m a little unfocused. I can’t really find an event that catches my eye as a must have. Of course my MAJOR goal is to stay injury free but that doesn’t count as a big race. I’m not saying I don’t have anything on my calendar, but nothing that is huge…maybe this will be the year of lots of little things…we’ll see.
- This is a big week for Jennifer and I! We’re heading to Boston on Friday to run THE Boston Marathon on Monday. We’re so excited. This race weekend has been a year in the making — we both had to qualify, register, secure childcare while we’re gone, recover from injury, find an affordable place to stay, and get trained for the race. To say it’s been a difficult task is an understatement! Racing with a friend is great fun–or at least it can be if you have some ground rules in place. Good thing Jennifer and I have established these rules and are great racing friends!
1. If you’re traveling to a race with friends, make sure you have similar budgets and expectations for the weekend. You may see the weekend as a fun girls trip. You plan to live large, eat well, sleep little, and party! However, your friend may have a limited budget and want to focus only on the race, skipping the heavy meals and late nights. Jennifer and I usually have a game plan for each race we sign up for together. Disney races = fun races where we take a lot of pictures. Cooper River Bridge Run 10k = individual race – meet at the start and the finish. If we run together great, if not, no feelings are hurt.
What does 2016 have in store for you? Jennifer and I are big planners so we have already started to map out some of our races and goals for 2016. And as some of our previous posts have mentioned, it’s important to have a basic plan for the year so you can set goals and train appropriately. Here are some of the things we have planned for the upcoming year!
When Skirt Sport asked us to write a blog about our most ‘real’ race to go with the year long campaign of #REALwomenmove, I started to think about all the races I have done over the years. However, to find a race that I can define as my most real race was rather difficult. I was drawn to the ‘first’ of any race distance–first 5k race, first marathon, first triathlon, first ultra-marathon. While those races were self-defining in their own way, no one race stuck out as my most ‘real’ race. Until I remembered a race from way back in 2001, the St. George Marathon in Utah. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, this race was a defining moment for me. It paved the way to the person, the athlete I am today. This race ultimately opened doors for me that would have been closed had I not raced this race.
In my last blog, I talked about the importance of setting goals to guide your training for success throughout the year. This week I’m going to talk about a couple of tools/tricks to help nail your goal for that “A” race you have on your calendar. I’m telling this from my personal experience…achieving my goal time last weekend at the Myrtle Beach Marathon.