… to borrow a term from Johnny Olson (okay – everyone as old as me – what show is that line from? Hint – the show was cancelled in 1970). I spent the past couple of days laying out my training and racing plans from now until my 2011 goal race. Some thoughts:
- Assuming about 400 miles out of a pair of shoes, I will go through 4 pairs.
- The string of 50+ mile weeks later this year is pretty intimidating right now.
- Nine races on the calendar. Three of them 26.2 or longer. Yikes!
- Nine races on the calendar? I thought I said a week ago that one of my problems was too much racing and not enough training.
So – here’s how things are going to stack up. For my next two goal races (Long Beach Half in October, and the Southern California Half in January), I’m following the Hal Higdon Advanced Half Marathon plan with one week off in between. Then, in early January I embark on my journey to the High Sierra.
In the meantime – here’s my tentative race schedule:
- 9/6/2010: Mt. Baldy Run to the Top – 8 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain to the top of the tallest mountain in Los Angeles County (10,064 ft)
- 10/17/2010: Long Beach Half Marathon
- 11/07/2010: Shelter Island 5K. Anyone want to join us in San Diego for brunch?
- 11/25/2010: Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K (may change for something less crowded)
- 12/12/2010: Crystal Cove Xterra. 17km trail race.
- 1/8/2011: Southern California Half Marathon. Flat like a pancake. Looking for a PR? Come join me.
- 3/20/2011: Los Angeles Marathon. I have a score to settle.
- 4/xx/2011: Sycamore Canyon 50K. I’m supposed to run a 50K late in my ultra training. Guess this one wins.
- 6/21/2011: Bishop High Sierra 50. Hmm. Goosebumps.
So there we go. Now I’m committed. Maybe in more ways than one.