Now that the new year is already three weeks old (um, what?!), I’ve started to think about my race plans for 2012. (Somehow I feel so cool writing that!)
As I’ve mentioned in my New Year’s goals post, I want to run a half marathon this year, preferably in fall. Actually, I’ve already found one that I’d love to do, the Munich (Half)Marathon on October 14th! There are several reasons why this is my favorite: it’s a really big race with several thousands of runners, the course is very scenic and totally flat, the half marathon starts at 1 pm, it’s just a 60 minute drive from where I live, and it’s in October, which gives me plenty of time to train for it. Sounds awesome, don’t you think?
Honestly, finishing a half marathon is quite a lofty goal for me, as I’ve never run more than 6 miles. The thought of running more than twice as much makes me a little nervous. I have no idea if my body can handle this, but I’ve decided that I want to give it a try, simply hoping for the best.
But this is not the only race for me this year. I also want to do a 12k in early May. The official site isn’t up yet, but it’s the same race where I ran my 5k last year. There are a few more local races that really look great, but I’ll have to wait and see if I can really squeeze them in. Somehow I enjoy racing, even if I’m still a really slow runner.
Now that I’ve picked out my ‘A-races’ of the year, I need to think about some training plans. There are so many fun activities besides running, like biking, Zumba, Pilates, squash, strength training (ok, that’s not fun, but very important for general fitness and health), but I’ve realized that I can’t fit in all of that into my already busy schedule. I know that if I want to make any progress with running, I need to run at least three times per week. While some people can easily workout six times per week or more, even twice a day, I just can’t. I’m also not one of those badass runners who happily wake up at 5 am to get their long runs in before work or before their families wake up. I won’t do that. Instead I’ll make sure to give my body plenty of rest and sleep to avoid injuries and mental burn-out. In the end, this is still meant to be fun!
And that’s why I’ve decided to quit Zumba. Even if our weekly class is lots of fun, it’s just getting too much for me, considering that I also want to get back into Pilates, as I’ve really been missing it. In spring and summer I also want to go on a few Sunday bike rides with my husband. Oh, and some strength training would be really good for me, too. You see, my plate is getting quite full. So I have to set some priorities and focus on the things that are most important to me, which is running and Pilates.
My last Zumba class is on February 15th. Until then I’ll just take it easy, doing what I feel like. After that, my official training begins, and it’s time to get serious again. I’m actually really looking forward to it!
Do you have any race plans for this year? Or other workout plans?