I had hoped to run the Rocky Raccoon 100, which is today, but unfortunately, I was not able to find reasonable airfare that fit my schedule. I am bummed, but honestly, I don't feel in shape anyway. During the holidays my diet and running suffered a bit. Actually, it was a much need break and rest. As I write this, I will end January with 142 miles, which is my lowest monthly mileage since December 2013.
Now, I am ready to start training and preparing for 2015. I am only looking at a few races, and I would really like to train highly focused for each race and recover. Officially, I am registered for Lake Sonoma 50 (4/11), Angeles Crest 100 (8/1) and the New York City Marathon (11/1).
I am really looking forward to Lake Sonoma. I have volunteered there the last two years, and it is a great race. Depending on my fitness, I may go for a 50 mile personal best. It won't be easy to better my 7:21 at American River on a much more difficult course, but I am a far better and more experienced runner since 2013. Lets see how February and March go.
Then, I will focus on Angeles Crest for my Western States qualifier. Super excited to run this old school 100. It will be hot and exposed with tons of downhill.
In November, I will go for a marathon PR in New York. I have never run New York, but have run Chicago and Boston. I am really looking forward to being a part of the world's biggest marathon. Improving my 2:48 at Boston won't be easy, but with some training dedicated to speed and the marathon distance, it should definitely be within the realm of possibility.
Finally, I may add a local training race in March to gauge my fitness for Lake Sonoma, but that will be a last minute decision depending on how the next few weeks go. If I have a rough day at Angeles Crest and am unable to get the Western States qualifier, I will strongly consider something like Rio del Lago, even if it is only a few weeks after NYC.
Stay tuned for my 2014 review and future training updates!!
Good luck planning and preparing for all of your 2015 races!