2010 was a great year for me running-wise -- I was fortunate enough to have been healthy all year, which gave me the opportunity to participate in a number of races and learn more about what works for me and what doesn't when it comes to my training. I am looking forward to the new year ahead and the opportunity to set some new goals for 2011.
One of my biggest goals for this year is to go after some PRs in distances other than the marathon. Specifically, I will be focusing on the half marathon for the first part of the year. I am planning on running the Salt Lake City Half Marathon in April and the UtahValley Half Marathon in June. I will start out the year by building a mileage base in January and February, and then begin more race-specific training in the early spring when the weather is a bit more manageable. I plan on running several 5K and 10K races during this time in order to build the speed that I will need to compete in the half.
Following the Utah Valley Half Marathon in June, my focus will shift to the marathon for the remainder of the racing season. I am planning on running the Deseret News Marathon in July, where I hope to set a PR by running a 2:50 or better. Following that marathon, I will assess where I am at, and either go for an Olympic Trials qualifier at an out-of-state marathon, or run in one of the local fall marathons (Top of Utah or St. George). As far as mileage goes, I plan to stay at 50-60 miles per week, and increase that to 70-80 during my peak marathon training. I logged just over 2,650 miles in 2010, and I would like to get that number closer to 3,000 for 2011. More importantly, however, I want to stay injury free and be more consistent and smart about my training.
I am very much looking forward to another year of running and racing. Best of luck to everyone chasing new goals for 2011. Happy New Year and Happy Running.