Sunday, January 2, 2011

The 2011 Plan

Happy New Year! From what I've gathered, most of us are really excited to start a new year. New possibilities, new opportunities, and best of all, new races! I've been trying to put together some sort of schedule to keep myself motivated throughout the year. Here's what I've got so far.

22nd - Manhattan Half Marathon

26th - Al Gordon 4 Miler



1st - Long Island Half
20th - 21st Reach The Beach Relay
?? - Brooklyn Half (Date TBD)

26th - Fairfield Half
?? - Wall Street Run (Date TBD)



?? - Newport Liberty Half (Date TBD)

?? - Staten Island Half (Date TBD)

6th - NYC Marathon (!!)

I'm not 100% committed to a lot of these races, but these are the ones I'd like to do/will fit into my training schedule. As you can see, my year abruptly stops after the New York City Marathon. I know I will run after the marathon, but I don't really plan on racing anything unless something spectacular comes up.

You can also see that I have a lot of gaps...I would love to find a half in March or April (cooler weather = bigger chance for PR), but it seems like everything is just so...far. I'm a true New Yorker (aka I have no license and no car) so even events that are in NJ can take 3 hours to get to using NJT/MTA. Also, between the NYC Marathon and the Reach The Beach Relay, I'll be spending A LOT on race fees this year, so I'm trying to stay local so I don't have to get a hotel room for any other races. Those two races will definitely be the highlight of 2011.

May 1st I'm hoping to set a big half PR. I would also love to find a 5k to see if I can break a 9 minute pace. Seems absurd that last year I ran the Wall Street run in a 9:20 pace.

It may seem like I am focusing a lot of half marathons this year, which is true, I am! But I think my reasoning serves two purposes. #1: I like the half marathon distance, a lot! #2: I think it'll help keep me in shape for NYCM. Despite the fact I conquered the Philly Marathon, I am still totally intimidated by NYCM and the challenges all the bridges pose. There will definitely be tons of bridge runs in my future!

What are some of the races that you're running this year that you're most looking forward to? Any local races I don't have on my schedule that I should?


  1. There's the Sleepy Hollow Half Mar. 26 - I think the start is pretty close to the Metro North station - I'm considering doing it - but Mudders & Grunters is the next day - and that sounds like too much fun to pass up.

  2. Ha! I'm not a big fan of those muddy runs ;)