I've been thinking a lot lately about redefining my goals. My original goal for 2012 was to run the Kalamazoo marathon on May 6. Given my recent injury, trying to get into marathon shape now would be nothing short of stupid. Luckily for me, the race festival includes a half-marathon - perfect! I'll downgrade to the half in May, take a brief bit of time to recover and refocus, and then continue to build for a late summer marathon. By that time, I should have a good strong base to build upon.
My long term goal in all of this is to run an ultra. Ever since my first reading of Dean Karnazes' "UltraMarathon Man" and cheering my husband on at the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike race (which has a coinciding 50 mile ultra), I've dreamed of someday running one myself. I even bought a t-shirt recently depicting the progression: 5k, 8k, 10k, 13.2, 25k, 26.2, Ultra!
For a little extra motivation, I'll do my best to cross the distances off one-by-one in my own 2012 progression. And I think I found the perfect marathon: Michigan's North Country Trail Run. The event includes a half, full marathon, and 50 mile ultra. And supposedly a pretty sweet post-race party
Sounds so much more fun than a crowded road marathon. Trail marathon here I come!!
And since I need super strong legs to get there:
-> 85,95,105,110,115 (tied my previous 3RM)
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Wall Ball
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Box Jump
-> 6:55 (14/14") (still a little hesitant to put to much impact on my hip, stuck to a low box)
Chocolate [Nut] Milk:
-> 1:56 (95/20" step up) (again, the hip)