One of my favorite things to do is to plan races for the year. I love to think about the fun adventures to be had, especially when we are in the grips of winter. It took me a long time to settle on races for the year and I am still not 100% sure on some of them. Life is a little more unpredictable now with a little one so I don’t want to commit to too much. I am also leery of getting injured this year, coming back from no running for a year to a 50 mile ultra marathon is a lot to ask of my body. So I want to be gentle and forgiving of my body while pushing to see what it can do. Here is the tentative plan for 2017:
Run Through Time Half Marathon – March 18
This race is a big maybe for me, I would really like to run it and it would be nice to run a half before my marathon in April. The question is the condition of the trails, the trails in Salida in March can be beautiful, ankle deep mud or covered in snow. I don’t want to travel to this race (especially if Cannon is coming along) on treacherous roads. So I will make the call when we get closer to race day.
Desert RATS Trail Marathon – April 15th
This is the race I am using as base training for the rest of the year. I am excited to head out to Fruita for a spring trail marathon. It will be challenging to train on trails during the winter so I am sure all the climbing in this race will be hard. I am doing my best to get out when the trails are dry and climbing as much as possible.
Collegiate Peaks 25 Mile Trail Race – May 6th
I have wanted to do this race for a long time, it looks so beautiful!
North Fork 50K – June 3rd
Another race close to home that looks BEAUTIFUL, this would be the first ultra for the year.
Mueller Trail Marathon – June 24th
Cory and I are planning on running this race together. June 24th is our anniversary (11 years!) and we love to do races together to celebrate.
I will likely add some races over the summer, but I am not ready to commit just yet….
Run Rabbit Run 50 Miler – September 9th
This is the big goal for the year! RRR is a beautiful and challenging run up in Steamboat Springs.