6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Calendar

"Don't be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days in the year
as you make use of."
Charles Richards

10 days to my next race and Halloween. 19 days until our Big Little Stud turns Four. 36 days until (American) Thanksgiving. 65 days until Christmas. 71 days to the end of the year. Time Time Time..

I find that I often live my life by the calendar...which is VERY VERY important for a Mom and career Woman. Last year I don't feel that I planned my Running Calendar very well. Looking ahead to my goals and plans for running in 2010 I want to be more strategic and as Tim Gun says "Make it work." So I am getting some HELP. I registered for the Bonneylake Fleet Feet Marathon training program which starts on January 9th!! The plan will help me prepare for a STRONG Marathon in late April or early May. But which one??? Hmmmmmm?? Off to check out the online running calendars.

So how do you plan your racing year? Do you sign up for races well in advance? Do you run the same races every year? This will be my second official year running I am curious what you do... Input is valued and welcomed..


***Looking at the TALL MOM CALENDAR for this week I realized there are only 2 races on my list for High Five Friday this week. If you have a race this weekend (besides Shannon and Marlene) please let me know so I can pencil you in.. Or send me your racing schedule in a comment. I am pretty good at getting most of the races I know about...but a little help is always nice.

32 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I usually pencil in a tentative calendar at the beginning of the year so I have something to work toward, but I adjusted it quite a bit this year and only did maybe 3 of the actual events that I had penciled in!

ShutUpandRun said...

It's weird, I don't usually have much of a racing plan. I play it by ear depending on how I'm feeling and what the family is doing. There are local races I always do, but then I like to throw in a few trips in airplanes to get to other races, just b/c it's an excuse to travel if I HAVE to run a marathon somewhere.

Morgan said...

My race calendar just kinda unfolds itself. I'm running a few races I've already run, and then a Half for breast cancer which is near and dear to my heart and then my next Marathon, Gasparilla, was decided just by the fact that 2010 is the last year they are holding it. Other than that... I just run whichever one tickles my fancy and/or I might be in town or visiting for.

TMB said...

I work on a budget of $250 per year for just race fees (travel doesn't go into this), because of that I plan far in advance. I registered for the Richmond Marathon last year when I was 28 wks pregnant because they offered a 1 day special rate. Usually, by December I know where $200 is being spent and I leave $50 or so, for last minute races and such ...

Shannon said...

You mean, you don't want me to tell you about my half marathon again? LOL jk

I like to do the same races every year - sometimes I'll branch out and try a different one.

J said...

I can't believe Christmas is so close! I am not ready! I think joining the marathon club will be great for training!!

robinbb said...

I usually pick my spring and fall marathons just before I run the marathon I am training for so that I don't have to go through post-marathon depression as badly. So I will probably pick my spring marathon in January and my fall marathon in April. If I run a winter marathon it is usually a last minute decision as is any double marathons. :)

For half marathons and other smaller races, I pick them after I look at my training schedule. I run what fits in well. I also will run 5k and 10k's if they sound like a fun race.

You can add my half marathon to your upcoming schedule. I am running Maine Coast Half Marathon on November 8th.

Velma said...

You are going to love the Fleet Feet team. I had the best experience, and I may sign up again.

I like to plan in advance to get lower entrance fees and many big marathons fill up. You can always throw in a local 5k or 10k here and there if you are itching to race :)

Carmen B. said...

I'm doing the American Tobacco Trail 10 miler this Saturday. It is a great trail with 400 runners. Sells out every time! Looking forward to it with the OBX half in two weeks.

I RUN LIKE A GIRL said...

Hi - check my blog for some exciting news!! :-)

I have a race this weekend, too - MCM 10k.

shellyrm said...

I'd like to be able to schedule my running year in advance but it's been a couple of years since I have been able to that. With our latest little one and my husband being out of country or out of state most of the time, my training takes a beating. I am usually very good at getting lots of miles in (about 150 - 200 a month). I am not as good sticking to a full training program without family support to help with the kiddos. So this year, I only got in one marathon and several 10ks with hopes for a half before the new year. But it is my dream to schedule 2010 and actually be able to stick to it. Here's hoping!!

Good luck on your training program!

momof3 said...

I generally plan my races far in advance. Mommyhood has taught me, put it in the schedule early so it doesn't get bumped for something else. And in general, first I put on the "big milage races" and then I hunt up a good "travel race". The little ones fill in around the bigs ones, sometimes at the last minute. My goal this year was to race 100 miles - tougher than it sounds! ((looks like I'm gonna fall about 8 miles short, even with the 2 half marathons & 1 full, 1 15K, 4 10Ks and numerous 5K's. The upside is that I raised a lot of money for charity this year))

Croughwell said...

I will probably do the same races I did last year until we move and then will find new races to run where ever we are. I also have a 30k race this weekend. Thanks Mel!

Tri Mommy said...

I try to schedule in advance so the hubby has everything on his calendar and isn't surprised by an upcoming race!

Running, kind of. said...

Wow, the Fleet Feet training is perfect for me to train for the OKC Memorial Marathon in late April! I really should get serious and look into it!

I pretty much do the same races every time they roll around. i like the idea of having an acrual race calendar though. That would help with the entry fees and prevent me from waiting until the last minute!

Doesn't time fly faster and faster each year!? Ugh.

onelittletrigirl said...

Obviously, since you read my post from yesterday I have been thinking a lot about this lately! I have already signed up for 4 half marathons and two triathlons in 2010. I try to get in on the cheapest prices. Cause well, poor runners need to be cheap!

Marlene said...

There are certain races that I do every year, but the hard thing is choosing the marathon(s) - that's no easy decision and it can't exactly be a last minute call! I should start pouring over 2010 race calendars myself...

Kerrie T. said...

65 days till CHRISTMAS! *panic mode*

Man, I hadn't really thought about 2010, except that I'm leaning torward running the Rock N Roll Marathon. Is that in June? I guess, I'm just kind of making it to the Seattle Half and then I'm going to go from there.

The CilleyGirl said...

I'm doing the Run Like Hell Portland 5K this Sunday, two days before my birthday. I haven't decided if I will be running it (leg issues again) or walking it (my mom is walking it, she's visiting from Cashmere for my birthday). Next year will be my second year running too (although TWICE as slow as you! *grin*), I don't know if I will race as much as I did in 2009 (about 18 races this year) but I would like to do longer races plus my marathon in Eugene in May 2010.

Janice {Run Far} said...

I love me some Tim Gun.... :)

Anonymous said...

I can highly recommend the Vancouver Marathon (Vancouver, BC)and that takes place in early May.

I have to plan out my races well in advance so that my hubby can get holiday time so that I can actually do it! (We live in a city with no family nearby...) I found this out the hard way when I had to miss out on the Twin Cities Marathon (fully trained!) because he had to work that weekend. I always like to have the "next" race planned anyway before I do one so that I have something else to look forward to!

I really enjoy reading your blog, thanks for sharing!

Dawn (dhaering@hotmail.com)

Britt said...

I live by my calendar, too. (Just wish I could get the organization thing down. :))
I don't usually enter too far in advance for races, just b/c of the "IF" I get hurt, sick,etc. I learned my lesson on that one before.
But, if I commit to a race MENTALLY, that's the same for me.

Micki said...

Hey Mel!!! I am running the Run Like Hell 10K this weekend with my husband in Portland. Totally looking forward to it ;)

Good luck in your half next week!!!

Micki

Jennifer P said...

I have my favourites that I try to do each year. Oddly enough this is the only year that I registered in advance for a lot of races (OK, except for maybe those 2 spontaneous 1/2 marathons). I am a notorious non-planner so like some other commenters, see how I'm feeling and when the early bird deadlines are.
I am SO jealous of your Halloween Half!

Lacy said...

I try not to plan too much. A super full schedule,or dates that linger over my head have lead me to burn out and I've lost joy in the freedom of running when I'm tied to a race calendar.
However, sometimes a entry has kept me accountable to push though when I'm not feeling it.
Plan wisely and have fun!

Amanda said...

I really want to join a training group like that when I finally take the plunge and sign up for a full marathon next year. I can't believe Christmas is so soon!

Jo Lynn said...

I'm most excited about Christmas in 65 days. ;)

Amy W said...

I am running my first 10 mile race on Saturday, The American Tobacco Trail 10-miler. And then my first half marathon (OBX Half) on November 8th.

Wish me luck!! I am going to need it....

Cassie said...

I am running a 5K Goblin Gallop on Sunday.

runsher said...

I write down all of the races that I want to do when my magazine of local races comes in the mail about every 3 months.For the most part, I know what the big races will be and as for the others , I'll check hubby's work schedule to make sure that he'll come or I'll just have to leave the kids with my parents, and some races I'll just decide to do the morning of.

Alisa said...

Run Eugene!!!!

I know several of the Portland peeps running either the half or full.

Teamarcia said...

Ahhh so many big days coming up so fast! Time is flying!
Race wise some I do every year (usually shorter ones) some I change up (marathons) some I get shut out of due to indecision/procrastination.
Nothing coming up for me as I'm trying to give myself an "off season"!:-)