Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Motivation: What's Next?

Ann Trason Ultrarunning Quote

"It hurts up to a point 
and then it doesn't get any worse."
-- Ann Trason, Ultramarathoner

First run post-50K yesterday, cold at 37 degrees, felt strange to be bundled up, wearing gloves and ear covers. Not a long run, 3.5 miles or so, but felt pretty good, apart from some knee soreness at the end. Interesting to run with no goal, no plan, but now, with the completion of The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, I fulfilled a long-time dream to complete an ultramarathon. It has really been my focus over the past year or so, and especially in the 20 weeks leading up to the event. So what's next?

With Hero Rush Chicagoland cancelled, all I have left planned in terms of events is the Bonfield Express, our local 5K that we run with the kids. I'll look around and see if something catches my eye, but everything would have to line up just right for me to sign up for another event this year. In 2013 the focus will shift to the Chicago Marathon--Laima will be running her first marathon and that's the one we've chosen (though I did mention possibly doing The North Face Endurance Challenge marathon instead...we'll see.)

Two projects that remain unfinished this year are mileage goals I set for myself, 1,000 miles running and cycling:
  • Cycling: 758.82 miles, leaving 241.18 miles, or about 17.25 miles per week.
  • Running:547.58 miles, leaving 452.42 miles, or about 32.5 miles per week.
Depending on our winter weather, the cycling goal should be relatively easy to attain, but I'm going to have to be very motivated to make the 1000 miles running. 32+ miles a week would be a LOT for me to average (I've averaged just under 14.5 this year), though of course it's quite doable. It would also give me a good head start on my marathon base for next year.

What are your plans for the rest of your year?

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  1. You can totally rock that cycling goal and if motivated, you can get that run goal too!

    I still have a marathon relay w/ my friends in Baltimore, the RW half marathon, and then my marathon Dec. 2. I feel like I am just now starting to come into decent running shape, so hopefully these dates will work in my favor!

  2. Struggling with some motivation and goals lately. Going to write a post about it soon. Will do some local 5K's between now and year end - lots to choose from and probably using them in the "race to train" mindset more than anything (plus most are for charitable causes). But mostly will be thinking ahead to setting some hairy goals for next year and figuring out what to do between now and then to find my happy exercise place. Congrats on the post-ultra run. Best wishes on knocking out mileage towards your other goals.

  3. ZOOMA, the Bonfield and another half in warm location in the winter would be nice:)

    Good luck with your 2000 miles!

  4. Dude, you did a 50K - running 1000 miles is secondary. Besides, you want them to be good miles, not junk miles!

    1. All my miles are of the highest quality, except for those that aren't.

  5. So happy you got your first run in! And it was nice and cold!!! How is the knee today?

    I am doing a trail run near O'Hare on the Saturday before Thanksgiving... Rachel might come! You should check it out! :)

    1. Is this the Universal Sole Trail Challenge? Sounds fun and I've always wanted to check out those woods!

  6. RnR St. Louis in October and a private 12 hour race in November. You and Laima should come join us! I think SuperKate is doing it too.

  7. i can't believe it's so chilly by you already!! brr. ok granted 37 isn't that bad but it sounds cold right now! glad recovery has gone well and i know you will give both 1000's your best efforts and have every ability to achieve them both. you've already achieved a lot this year and, of course, you still do an excellent job of making your family a priority which is always more rewarding than a number :)


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