I spent part of my afternoon last week working on entering my workouts for my two big training plans for the next year into my calendar, so it is probably a good time to let you guys know about my plans for 2016, isn’t it? Last year, I had goals based on lots of miles and a specific time PR. I hit that mileage goal (100 miles of races) and I got a nice new half marathon PR, but this year I’m looking at some different, less speedy goals.
– Run the Papillion Half Marathon again & beat my previous time: For my spring race, I want to go back to Papillion because it was a nice all around race experience. It isn’t crowded and the people were nice, plus it is cheap and local – what’s not to love? Last year, I took it nice and easy on this course and actually didn’t even wear a Garmin! This year, I’m going to take it a little more seriously and try to beat last year’s time (shouldn’t be hard if I stay injury free – 2:41:57 last year) by running the course a little more aggressively. It’s in mid-May, which can be warm, so I’m not gunning for a PR overall, but I do like having a spring race to look forward to. I’ll use the Hanson-esque training plan again because I liked the challenge of running that often, although I may need to tweak it for some more hills given what I know about this course.
– Run the I-35 Challenge: The I-35 challenge involves running either the half or full at both the Kansas City race on Saturday and the Des Moines race on Sunday in October. You guys know how much I love the Des Moines race, so stepping up to the challenge this year seems like a fun next step in my adventures with that race (nope – not ready for the marathon!). I’ll be applying the lessons I learned from training for the Rebel Challenge to this one for sure. It’ll be fun! There’s a Jeff Galloway training plan that covers 10 weeks for this challenge, which is shorter than my usual half marathon training cycle so I’ll need to be sure I keep my fitness up over the summer after Papillion so I’m ready for this!
– Train for a faster 10K: Will I actually run a faster 10K? Who knows, but I think I’ll spend my summer break training for a 10K. I’ve only done 10K training once and it was targeted at covering the distance, without any speed work. This might be a fun way to keep myself busy between my spring race and training for the I-35 challenge in the fall and if I find a race where I can actually set that PR, even better! The Lake Wehrspann 10K is usually sometime over the summer, so maybe I’ll do that one again – even if it did have that evil finishing hill.
– Hike to the top of Pulpit Rock: I’m theoretically going to Norway this summer. If the trip comes through like I’m planning (fingers crossed!) I’m going to climb Pulpit Rock while I’m there (more about it here). It’s a steep cliff that you can hike to the top of – 1982 feet up! It’s a 2.4 mile hike, with lots of stairs and steep hiking. I’ll have to think about how to train for this so I don’t pass out on the way up! I’m thinking that my cross training on days I’m not running will need to incline walking or (ugh) the dreaded stepmill. I know this isn’t technically a running goal, but it’s definitely a big fitness feat!
– Speaking of fitness goals, one of my Christmas gifts was a TRX-like suspension system for home use. My goal is learn how to use these at home and regularly incorporate them into my workout routine without injuring myself.