So what races should I do? Damned if I know. I haven't been motivated enough to come up with any sort of cogent plan for the next 3/6/12 months and it has definitely taken a toll on my motivation. I need a goal in order to stay focused otherwise it is so easy to start shirking off the training. I had planned to run the Hyannis marathon but I never signed up and never really committed. Now that isn't going to happen. I also thought about doing the Shamrock marathon in Virginia Beach in March, but since I just signed up for a 5K in Providence the day before that race you can see how committed I was to that one too.
I do have a vague plan for the year. I would still like to run two marathons and definitely Bay State again. Unfortunately the more time I spend dithering about the less likely that scenario becomes. I would also like to focus more on half-marathons. If I pour my training into them then I think it will ultimately help me in the long run (pun intended). Now comes the task of actually locating and training for these half-marathons. I will most likely do New Bedford again this year even though I hate that race with the passion of a burning sun (thanks for the fish sticks and permanent scar New Bedford!) But I definitely need to find some more halfs, and they will most likely have to be local since I am poor as dirt.
So what do I have to do? Two weeks in a row I have done ten-milers and they both felt good. Now I need to start focusing on speed. That part is currently sorely lacking. First step, lose some weight. Seriously. That can only help. Secondly, bring back the tempo runs and hills. I never really stopped doing tempo runs, they just became a bit more informal as I stopped wearing my Garmin to take the focus off of the pace and put it more on mechanics. Looks like I will need to start fretting over pace again. Thirdly, once I get the ball rolling it will be time to start in on the speedwork. This has always been the hardest to do because I don't have any good options for places to do speedwork. I can run over to MIT but after only a few mile repeats I end up doing around a 7 mile run because it is almost a 4 mile round trip. That's good for tempo but not speed. Finally, I need to get more serious about core work. Whenever I do it I end up feeling a lot stronger and it definitely helps but as I have said before, I'm a lazy bastard and need to keep the motivation up.
So there is my plan for the next ten months in a nut shell. I shall now completely ignore everything I just wrote and go and get myself some lunch!
P.S. - Excellent job to all the Derry runners. Especially Maria who now has me scared for our next race together!