Thursday, January 12, 2017

Looking Ahead in 2017

Starting a new year means wiping the slate clean - and then filling it up will all the running and racing plans for the next 12 months!

Since 2016 was a pretty crummy year for me as far as running and racing, I've decided 2017 will be extra awesome to make up for it. Even though I'm feeling super motivated and enthusiastic about running right now, one thing I'm being careful about is not doing too much too soon. With races approaching, it's all too tempting to try to crank up mileage, run workouts too fast, or get carried away with gym work. That's why I'm back working with Coach Matt and ThunderDome Running. I know the training he creates for me will help lead me to success throughout the year. Being race ready doesn't happen overnight or in a week or even a month. It's about consistency week after week and month after month. I know Coach Matt will help me get there one small step at a time.

Once again I've decided to focus on shorter distance events: 5k and 10k. These are my favorite events to race so why not stick with what's enjoyable? :)  Here's what is on my schedule right now - although I will likely add more races as the year goes on.

Icebreaker Indoor 5k
Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay
Luck of the Irish 5k
Carlsbad 5000
Door County 5k
Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k
Race for the Bacon 5k
Lake Country 5k
Milwaukee Running Festival 10k

My goal race this spring is Carlsbad 5000. It's billed as the fastest 5k in the world so I figure there must be potential for running a fast time. The weather should be great since it's in California - I've heard temps in the 70s. And I really look forward to the wonderful coast and beach views. Although let's be honest - I typically don't remember a thing about course scenery when I race hard! My only concern is getting fit enough in time since it's only 11ish weeks away but if it doesn't happen in time, I'll still have Door County to run fast.

This fall, my goal race will be the Milwaukee Running Festival 10k. I'm super excited the race added the 10k distance to its lineup that already includes a marathon, half marathon, 5k and 1-mile races. This one falls at a perfect time of year - mid-October. Temps should be brisk and ripe for a fast time!

Last year's 5k race

To run fast this year, I'm going back to the basics. Run the workout paces Coach Matt gives me, run the easy runs easy, stretch daily, foam roll regularly, get 8 hours of sleep every day, eat food that fuels training. It sounds easy enough but I can't tell you how difficult following these basic rules is at times. Last year I was guilty of running too fast during workouts, especially those that included 400s that I love to rip. I also let stretching and foam rolling take a back burner when I was crunched for time. And let's just say one too many cookies made its way onto my plate. 

2017 = Fewer cookies

While perfection is not a realistic goal, I think doing most things right on most days will get me where I want - running strong and fast and without injury. 

Tell me: What are your goals in 2017? Where are you racing this upcoming year?

- ST


  1. I will be finishing out the Winter series, so I will be at the Luck of the Irish but my wife and I are running the 15k. Yes, we like the punishment of those hills!

    After that I have 3 Ragnars planned, Chicago, Great River and hopefully Michigan.

    I will try to sprinkle in some 1/2 marathons in there from time to time.

    I am looking at maybe getting a 50k back in my schedule. I would like to take another shot at the Junkyard Dog 50k again. I can do much better than I did the last time if my knee holds up on the trails.

    Love your new kitten!

    1. You can do it, Bob! Looking forward to hearing how your races go and hopefully I'll see you at Luck of the Irish this year :)

  2. I can't wait to meet you at Carlsbad 5000! It's a great race and loads of fun! And each participant gets 2(!) free beers.

    1. Yes!!! I can't wait for Carlsbad and look forward to meeting IRL :)

  3. What a great race schedule! I'll have my fingers crossed for you for Carlsbad, you have that IT factor and speed so I would imagine with your training your be great!
    I agree with your plan sometimes going back to the basics is the absolute best thing to do!
    I'm going to be doing the same this spring to get back into marathon shape.
    I probably won't do many races going back to college meant going back on a budget. But I do plan on at least 1 or 2 marathons next fall. And if I can score a free race entry, possibly one in the spring, LOL (A girl can dream, LOL)
    Good luck my friend!!!
    P.S. I totally can relate to the too many cookies, but for me cookies are replaced by Pepsi, LOL LOL

    1. Lol - I also have a tendency to drink Diet Coke. It's terrible but I figure since I only drink one a week it's not the worst thing in the world.

      Best of luck with your marathon training - I hope you get to add a few to your fall (and maybe spring?) calendar :)

  4. Good goals! I can't wait to hang out at the Carlsbad 5000! I'm all about focusin on those little things this year - they really do make a difference even if it doesn't feel like it at the time. I noticed it big time last year when I wasn't doing them. Good luck with the comeback and looking forward to following along!

    1. Looking forward to Carlsbad, too! Bird Camp roommate reunion :)

  5. You probably won't be looking around during the 5k, but I hope you have time to enjoy the scenery afterwards. Sounds fun! I'm training for a 50k trail race.

    1. I'm sure I will enjoy the scenery before and after the race. I can't wait for long walks on the beach :) Hope your 50k training is going well!