Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Next Up

Now that I am finished training for the General Smallwood International Triathlon I am looking ahead to my next endeavor. I have a lot of big goals and know that I need to be smart with how I go about training for them.

1. Keystone State Triathlon August 26

I am currently signed up to do the Olympic distance but I am waiting to hear back from the race directors about switching to the sprint instead. This is not an A race for me so I need to focus on doing what is best for my more important races. The Olympic distance has a 27 mile bike versus an 18 mile course for the sprint. Both courses are really hilly and although I plan on spending time working on climbing I don't want it to become a priority right now. 

2. Rock N' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon September 16

Even though this is not my big A race for the year I still want to PR the shit out of it. I haven't ever fully committed to training for a half marathon so I want to see how fast I can go with some proper training. Ultimately it is a training race but I will be taking a few days rest before and after it. One of my best friends will also be running this race as her first half marathon/running race ever and I am so excited to be there with her.

3. ING New York City Marathon November 4

This is the big one. I have dreamed of running this race and to be running it as my first marathon almost seems like fate to me. From here on out this is where my priority will be. Sure I want to do well in my other races, but I want to destroy this one. Training for a marathon is no joke so it needs to be the most important of the three.

Other possible races: Sneaks Come Out at Night 15K August 11

I really want to do this race because it is at night and I run significantly better at night. Dusk is my favorite time of day and I can't think of anything I'd rather do than run around Baltimore as the sun is going down. I am not signed up for this race yet because it is not a priority race for me and I don't want to commit to anything this early. I don't want to miss out on other summer festivities for a race this isn't terribly important so I'm going to wait a few more weeks before making my ultimate decision.


  1. Wow - that's a VERY aggressive progression. Did you say that this recent Tri was your first...and then your first HM and first Marathon two months later? I would really caution you to have ANY goal but a "just finish." Just my two cents as a fellow runner and triathlete. :)

    1. I have already done two half marathons & was a national-level competitive swimmer for 12 years. Thanks for the input though!

    2. I've been running for many years, and wouldn't attempt that many firsts in one training season...best wishes!

  2. Found your blog through Daily Mile! I'm running both Philly Rock & Roll and NYC! I also think you'll be fine to tackle your first tri with a HM and Marathon shortly after...while I've never done a tri, biking and swimming are great forms of cross-training which will give you a well rounded base for your marathon and running Philly falls at a perfect time during marathon training to gauge how you'll do in the marathon! Good luck! I'm following your blog now, can't wait to follow your training!