After talking to my college roommate the other day, it hit me that half marathon training starts in less than 3 weeks. What the what?!!?! Considering my achilles issues put me out of commission for the last 2 months, my base weekly mileage is not where it should be. Luckily, I've managed to hold onto my "speed" in the off season, but I know that getting my endurance up to snuff and maintaining speed will be the challenge. For reference, I was running about 10:45-11:00+ pace pre-training last year. I'm running about 10:00-10:30 now, and that's in sub-par snow conditions.
It's strange, because at this time last year, I didn't even like running. When I started running in Feb/March '13 (after a hiatus since December '12), I was just getting to the point where I didn't loathe every single run. Beginning runners know that's major progress! I don't think I actually started to enjoy running until April of last year.
What a difference a year makes! I've already mentally made a calendar of races I'm hoping to run throughout 2014. Here's the plan:
March 30 - Shamrock Shuffle (8K)
April 27 - Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC
May 4 - Cinco de Miler (5 miles)
May 24 - Soldier Field 10-Miler
July 20 - Chicago Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon
September 7 - Chicago Half Marathon
Also, in assembling this list I just realized that the Chicago RNR Half starts at 6:30am. Who in their right mind made that call?!?!
What races are on your agenda for 2014?