My first race of 2014 is coming up this Saturday: The Snake River Canyon Half Marathon. As usual, I have given myself three progressive goals for the race, starting with the mandatory "C" goal: Just Finish.
C Goal: Finish, alive, preferably with all limbs intact.
B Goal: Run 1:49:XX or under - this would be close to my time at the Missoula half in July 2013, and I'd hate to have "gone backwards" after 6 months of pretty solid training.
A Goal: Run 1:45:00 or under - because this would mean I'm headed in the right direction!
Training has been going really well. Over the past few months I've rediscovered how important running is to me, and how important having a real training schedule is to running well. Through December I averaged 25 - 30 miles/week, usually on 4 or 5 runs, and for January and February I've been trying to keep my weekly average between 30 - 35 miles. I spent a week at the end of January at a conference where I was very active, but not running. I came back from that feeling a little nervous about the looming race. Last week I ran 35 miles, including a mid-week 8 with tempo and speedwork, and a slow 12-miles in a blizzard on Sunday.
So what's it worth? Well, we will find out on Saturday!