So, yesterday, I decided I should make a plan.
The plan was to answer this: What's my race schedule for the year? What the hell am I doing?
Starting backwards, my spring goal is a half marathon on 5/6. Registered, paid. Now I just need to train for it.
There's a 15K on 3/25. OK, that will be my gauge for pacing. 9 miles, should be doable. I just signed up and paid for that one. Bam.
So, after that, it was making a list of the weekends between now and 5/6, and making a stab at the long run length. My mid week runs have been pretty consistent: one hill run, of 4.5 miles, and one "whatever my body feels like" run, of 4-5 miles. I'll try slowly ramping up the long run on Sunday, with some cut back weeks, and we'll see if that gets me there.
To make it more official, I threw the races into a list on the blog, and that's that.
After the spring is done, I don't know what I'm doing yet. I have something small planned for the end of June, but nothing for the fall. I think the smart plan is to wait and see how I'm doing in May, and decide from there. There's plenty of time to recover and then ramp up for something if desired.
Part of my problem is that Mrs. Raul gets Saturdays.. That in of itself not a big deal, because I usually get a night out every week. However, almost all of the local races are run on Saturday mornings. Sigh. Maybe that's a good thing, so that I'm not running a 5K every week. This will force me to pick a certain goal, and then plan for it..
Ah well, the weekends are plotted through the beginning of May now. That's a respectable start.
Keep on rockin..