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Races and goals

In a past blog post, I spoke of tiered goals.  Well, it’s time for me to share some of my running goals for 2016.

In May, I will be running the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon with the inspiring Captain Henry as part of myTEAM TRIUMPH.  This is gonna be aweseome!  Henry and I ran the Fox Cities Half together last September… what an amazing experience.

 

We are raising the stakes and up for the challenge of a full marathon – and a leisurely stroll through Lambeau Field – in a few short months.  I can’t wait for our training runs to begin together in March!

For this race, my goals are pretty straightforward and not tiered at all.  Captain Henry and I will run the race, have fun, get Henry a finisher’s medal, and raise some money for a great cause.  Stay tuned for more info on opportunities to support us.  I will be blogging about our training and race prep come March.

After a quick three-week turnaround, I’ll be running on the shores of Lake Michigan at the HFM Maritime Marathon on June 12th.  This will be my fifth straight time running this race and I plan to run hard!  I’ve done this May / June back-to-back marathon thing in the past with good results.   However, three weeks is tighter than usual and you just never know how the body (and mind) will react…  and, the prospect of a hot June day is always a gamble.  So given all of this, tiered goals are very much in order.  Here goes my declaration…

A goal — Sub 3 hours

B goal — Under 3:07:59 (my time last year and personal best in marathon)

C goal — Under 3:10 (Boston qualifying time)

D goal — Finish, smile a lot, and enjoy the race

I’m also contributing blog entries on my prep for this great event on the marathon’s website  – HFM Maritime Marathon Runner Blogs.

MMMBOP

I’ve really ramped up my training and am dialed-in to principles of the Hanson Marathon Method.   This simply means that I continuously listen to this during all training runs…

OK, not true.  But, a good tune, right?  I know you’re still listening to it and will now be singing it all day 🙂  You’re welcome.

Actually, this means pretty focused speed work (1/4 mile and 1/2 mile repeats) and tempo runs (marathon and half-marathon pace) each week while decreasing my intensity on easy and long runs.  It’s been a pretty cool experiment and I feel like a stronger runner already – mentally and physically.  I’ll keep you updated as I continue to experiment.

Gear

I’ve fallen in love with a few pieces of running gear since the beginning of the year and thought I would share.  I’ll also add to the “Gear” page of my blog soon.

Craft running jacket

So warm and light weight at the same time.  It just gives you a feeling of confidence as you step out the door to go take on a run… and the best of what Mother Nature wants to toss your way.

SmartWool socks

Oh baby.  Amazing.  I will be buying like a dozen more pairs.  My tootsies are in heaven.

SmartWool t-shirt

Lots of treadmill time over the last couple months and this shirt that I received as a Christmas gift has proven to be the very comfortable and durable.  It washes up very nice too… no stink… allowing me to also wear it for bumming around.  If you have ever worn SmartWool, you know how comfy their stuff is for bummin’.  Quite honestly, I’m kinda obsessed with this shirt.  Right Jennie?

Plantronics Backbeat Fit headphones

Another priceless Christmas gift!  These bad boys have been awesome.  On outdoor runs, I prefer running without listening to anything, but on the hamster wheel… different story.  These Bluetooth enabled wireless headphones easily connect to a phone or iPod, have long battery life, and fit way better than expected on my big ears.  I never would have expected the lack of a wire to be so freeing.  Audio books, podcasts, and music have become even more of a pleasure while on the run.

Wisdom from Mom

“Tomorrow is important to us — For it may very well be an affirmation of all we believe in today.”

~ Adrienne Voisinet Cumicek

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