Half of the year is gone already! Before we know it, it will be New Year’s Day and 2012 will be gone. Between work, family and events, I barely have time to look up to see what day it is. And for the next 6 weeks, it will not be getting any better.
Since I have a few minutes today, I decided to work on my strategery for Rocky Raccoon and evaluate where I stand. After my DNF this year, I made a list of things I need to improve or change to give me a better shot at finishing the 2013 race. I pulled out my list and it appears I still haven’t fixed my problems.
- Add strength training to my routine – FAIL.
I tried. I really did. I started the 100 push-up challenge and ended up at the Neurologist getting a MRI while they looked for tumors or aneurysms. I will try again…..without the trip to the doctor.
- Do some hill training – FAIL
I ran 17 miles two weeks ago with an elevation gain of 7 feet. 7 feet! I can go up the stairs at my house and match that! I need to go run somewhere besides the pancake flat roads by my house.
- Use the bike for recovery. – FAIL
I did ride my bike once. Yep, I am falling back in to the trap of running, running and more running. I have gotten in the pool twice to swim laps so I should get some credit there.
- Back to Back runs once a month – FAIL
I will address this more in a later item, but it has to do with available time right now.
- More trail/less road – FAIL
Looking at my training log, my last trail run was on…………okay, give me a second……..still looking……..HA! There it is!………..February 4th………dammit…..that was Rocky Raccoon.
- Build base early & be consistent – HUNG JURY
This is a tough one. I have been running 30-plus mile weeks for the past 10 weeks with several of them being 40-plus miles. The problem is that we are in serious swimming mode right now with Mason. So there are lots of days off followed by 4 days of serious mileage. Hopefully by the second week of August, I will be able to be more consistent.
- Figure out my feet – FAIL…..but
I still have time on this one. I have done a lot of research and have some plans. But until I can test them out with some long trail runs, then I really won’t learn anything.
- Switch from liquid fuel to solid fuel – ANOTHER FAIL……but
I have been doing my long runs with water only. Maybe a little Gatorade. But I have not really started experimenting. I still have time.
- Practice night running on trails – FAIL
I think an important component of that statement is trails. I haven’t been on them yet!
I know I still have a lot of work to do with my training and planning, but I think I still have time. If I refer back to this post in 5 months and all of the checklist items have FAIL, then get worried. Until then, I will keep working towards February 2nd in the best manner I can!