I don’t have major running plans solidified for the rest of this year, other than the obvious highlight that is my first Boston Marathon on April 21. I am looking forward to running a number of half marathons this year, and was expecting to run the Corporate Cup again but will miss it due to a snowboarding trip. Racefest at SouthPark is only a little more than a week before Boston, so I question whether a hard effort there would be wise.
My dilemma? I was hoping to have a NYC qualifying time for guaranteed entry before the May 1 deadline. I’m definitely capable of the 1:23 qualifying time for the half marathon, but I don’t want to jeopardize Boston. The marathon time of 2:55 would be highly ambitious at Boston, but I may consider attempting it if my training goes well. I probably won’t have another half marathon chance before the end of the month, assuming I could even muster the energy.
I want to pick up some speed over the summer, which usually means shorter, more frequent races. I have no idea what’s available in the summer, though Tim’s Ramble Tail Half Marathon at Uwharrie on May 17 is likely.
Later in the year I’ve committed to running a hard-core leg for Coach Tino at the Blue Ridge Relay on September 5 and 6, and then we have the Crazy-MFn-Legs October Classic two-day expedition (two marathons, one weekend). No time records will be set at either of those, though balls-of-steel bragging rights will be significant.