As 2017 approaches (in just a few hours), I sit and ponder about my racing goals for the new year. As I’m typing, I can’t help but nervously glance at my Garmin, with its customized watchface, taunting me that I have 36 days until my next marathon - Rock n’ Roll New Orleans, on February 9th. Um, say whaaaat? (nervous giggles)
Am I ready? No.
Will I PR? No.
Will I have fun? Hell to the yeah!
I’m going to New Orleans with one of my good friends, Chris. We both tackled Disney’s Dopey Challenge last January and now we’re entering another new year with another destination race. Like Dopey, our goal is to have fun and enjoy the sights. This time, instead of downing butterbeer and turkey legs from Universal Studios, we plan to hit the French Quarter and eat our weight in crawfish etoufee, shrimp po boys, and beignets and maybe top it all off with a signature cafe au lait from Cafe DuMonde or possibly an ice cold hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s - you know, depending on our mood. Actually, I haven’t really checked with Chris on what his goal is, but what I just spewed out is definitely mine!
Many of you know that I’ve set a long-term goal of running a marathon in each state, which means I choose to run multiple marathons a year. This is my main focus and I plan to do this as long as my finances (and my marriage) will allow it.
It's only going to get tougher since my oldest is a high school senior and will be entering college later this year. Goodbye disposable income! Guess I’ll be looking for marathons in nearer states that I can drive to instead of ones that require flying. I just submitted my application to the 50 States Marathon Club so hopefully I’ll be getting my welcome packet soon!
I’m currently registered for 4 marathons in 2017. In addition to Rock n’ Roll New Orleans (LA), I have Pittsburgh Marathon (PA) in May (hello hills), Marine Corps Marathon (VA) in October (this is a deferred race from 2016 due to injury and is tentative since I may have a scheduling conflict), and Charlotte Marathon (NC) in November. My only race goal for 2017 is to pick one marathon where I’ll strive to set a new PR - which I’ve decided realistically, will be Charlotte. My time to beat is 3:55 that I got at this year’s Eugene Marathon. I remember that feeling running through the finish chute at Heyward Stadium. As the volunteer hung my finisher’s medal on my neck, I got so emotional and was left in tears. The waterworks just came out of nowhere - especially seeing Michael waiting for me at the finish! I’m hoping I’ll be left in tears again this coming November at the Charlotte Marathon. Let’s hope it’s because I’ve nailed a PR and not because all the muscles in my body are spasming. With that said, that means I have to stay focused on my training (and take it more seriously) and start journaling my training again. I started doing it this year in preparation for the Chicago Marathon before my foot injury. Grrr! I was on such a roll too. Speaking of that, here’s to hoping I don’t have any injuries (knock on wood) to derail me from my training. So Charlotte - I have you in my sights and I have plenty of time to train for you!
I’m excited to see how 2017 pans out! I’ve been poring over what marathons to run in the new year and these were the ones that made the cut. If I feel adventurous, I may sign up for another one since MCM is tentative, but my schedule is already all over the place. I don’t have any elaborate goals (usually they’re the same recycled goals from the previous year) or a certain specific time to beat other than to PR.
We’ll see how it all goes. Ready or not, here I come 2017!