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I’m Lazy But Having a Plan Helps

When it comes to a lot of things, I need to get my act together.  Aside from finding a job I’m excited and passionate about, there is one thing in particular that I really hope to focus my energy on in the coming weeks.  And I’m writing it here for the world to see so that perhaps I will be held accountable.

I’ve been lazy lately.  Like, really lazy.  It’s hard to get into an exercise routine when any daily routine is virtually lacking.  That being said, I know of one thing that will motivate me to run more than anything else.  What is that one thing, you ask?  Signing up for races.

By signing up for a race, I have made a commitment.  I have put the money down (good thing it’s non-refundable) and for some reason, it becomes more real to me that I will be running a race in “x” number of weeks and I need to get my act together because if I don’t, I will be disappointed in myself and it will be a waste of time and money.

I have been perusing the interweb (my 95 year-old grandma called the Internet this before anyone else) and I have found a few races that I think I am going to do.  And so, I present to you, my race calendar for the remainder of 2012:

April
Sunday, April 29 – Cheshire Half Marathon – Cheshire, CT

May
Sunday, May 27 – Boston’s Run to Remember – Boston, MA **
Saturday, May 19 – Brooklyn Half Marathon – Brooklyn, NY

June
Sunday, June 3 – Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon – Simsbury, CT

July
Saturday, July 14 – Jamestown Half Marathon – Jamestown, RI**

August
Sunday, August 19 – Rock ‘n Roll Providence Half Marathon – Providence, RI **

September
Sunday, September 23 – Niantic Bay Half Marathon – Niantic, CT

October
Saturday, October 13 – ING Hartford Marathon – Hartford, CT

November
Sunday, November 4 – ING New York City Marathon – New York, NY **

December
Sunday, December 2 – Rock ‘n Roll Las Vegas Marathon – Las Vegas, NV

**tentative

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As of right now, there are a few races that are tentative.  Boston’s Run to Remember is because it’s only a week before the Iron Horse Half.  I will definitely be doing the Amica Iron Horse Half because it’s 20 minutes away from me, but I don’t know how much I’m into the idea of doing races two consecutive weekends.  July and August both have tentative races because while both races will undoubtedly be wonderful, there aren’t many listings for those months yet.  However, based on my race in Newport last October, I know that Jamestown will be beautiful.  And my first half marathon was the one in Providence, which I ran back last August, so that will be special for me to do.  But Competitor’s races are expensive and if I can find one that is closer and cheaper, I’m going to choose that one.

And finally, the NYC Marathon is tentative because I won’t find out for a few weeks whether or not I’ve been selected from the drawing.  Fingers crossed.

Also, I realize how crazy it is for me to do a marathon a month from October through December but I’m kind of thinking I won’t be chosen for the NYC Marathon…and even if I am, I think I will at least give it a go.  The body can do some incredible things.

I’m actually not even sure if at this point I can pull of a half marathon four weeks from tomorrow, but we’ll see.  I think I’m going to see how I’m feeling by the end of next week and if I feel like I can do it then I’ll just sign up.  Muscle memory is a tremendous thing…I think I can do it.  Might as well at least try.  Then I can stop being so lazy.

Last Updated:  April 23, 2012

2 thoughts on “I’m Lazy But Having a Plan Helps

  1. That looks like a solid race schedule! Running marathons in October/December will be strenuous on your body, but it’s physically doable. I’m not sure if I would “race” both of them, though. (You might kill yourself.) I’d probably pick one to run for a PR attempt and one to run for funsies. I’d stress this point even MORE if you get selected for NYC.

    And you can totally run a half in three weeks and change. It may require some run/walk bits, but your ability to finish in a decent time shouldn’t be questioned. It’d also ensure that your building a good base for marathon training, which I assume will start in June?

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  2. I feel like I’ll probably start serious marathon training a little later, maybe July? Only because most of the plans start off at like 6-8 miles as the long run, and if I’m doing a half every month then I will be a few weeks into most of the plans. So I figure it will give me some flexibility. I may also play it by ear and see how I feel.

    For Hartford, I want to PR, but even if it’s only by a minute or two, which I think is totally feasible given my time for Vegas, so I wouldn’t go all out for that, just enough to get it done and feel good about my time. For Vegas, I would probably push it a little harder so I could really PR; the course is flat and it shouldn’t be too difficult to do. I’d love to shave 20 minutes off my time if possible, so we’ll see. I wouldn’t worry too much about my time for NYC. Your videos on your blog just made me want to experience it. NYC for me is more of an experience, at least the first time, kind of like how Vegas was for me. Anyway, it’s definitely an ambitious schedule, so we’ll see how I do. I’m feeling good about the half at the end of the this month though. I know I can do it, it’s just a matter of me pushing myself a little more. I’ve had a good week so far, so I just need to keep it up!

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