Preparing for 2016 racing

As I sit in bed typing this, it’s kind of ironic that I would be writing about the year’s races. After all, I am sick in bed with the sniffles and can barely hear anything since my ears are so plugged.

But, since I have been sleeping for a good portion of the last two days, I figured I could be a bit productive during my “awake hours.” (If I can’t run, at least I can write about it, right?)

Once I kick this cold, I’m ready to take on 2016 training.

First up: #runlovechallenge with my partner in crime/running/Disneyland, Phyllis. We’ve created (well, she created) a spreadsheet of all the activities we will be partaking in, to get us geared up for the Orcas Island 25K. There are some Dirty Dozens as well as mini-Crossfit-type exercises for the non-running days, and then of course, a build-up including lots of hills to get us ready for the 25K at the end of the month.

Next up: Orcas Island 25K. Phyllis talked me into doing this one. We will be volunteer-sweeping the course! My understanding is that you still get to run the entire course, you are just last and make sure there are no stragglers or runners who have fallen to their demise, that type of thing! This will be my second 25K but I really don’t feel much pressure since Phyllis and I will be doing this together. (Will it hurt? Yes. Will it be fun? Of course!)

Meanwhile: I have the Anchorage Marathon in June at the back of my mind. Normally, I do some type of three-month(ish) training cycle for a full marathon since at any given time, I am usually in “decent” shape and already have a baseline to work off of. However, for this race, I will be training and running it with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT). Training officially begins in three days. This would put me at a 5-month training cycle. I’ll go into more detail as to why I am training with TNT another day.

For now, I’m going to go pour myself another glass of orange juice and take a DayQuil. Cheers to getting healthy ASAP!


Hello, 2016

Hey there, 2016.

You sure surprised us with some amazing weather and sunsets and frost/snow to kick off the year!

After a day-and-a-half of spending time with friends on Camano Island, I am tucked in the corner of a coffee shop (with Bryce sitting next to me doing work), and thinking about this brand new year.

It’s a clean slate.

I haven’t made any mistakes. I haven’t failed at anything. I haven’t hurt any feelings. I haven’t stepped on any toes. I mean, that I know of …

But, instead of thinking about what I haven’t done, let’s look at what I have planned to do.


My main goals of 2016 are running-related.

  1. Break 4 hours in a marathon.
  2. Complete my first 50K.

How will I go about achieving these goals?

  1. Train my heart out for the Anchorage Marathon. This will include focused strength and core training and foam rolling every day that I run. I will cross that finish line with at least a time of 3:59:59. Joanna will be doing the race in June with me so I’m thankful to have a training partner (and racing buddy, hopefully!) along the way.
  2. Once registration opens for the Chuckanut 50K trail race, I will register. Then, I will train and race run my first 50K ever in March. Scary! Phyllis and I will be running the Orcas Island 25K (as volunteer sweepers) at the end of this month, so I hope to have a good base going and can ease right into 50K training.

Why I am scared:

  1. I don’t want to fail at breaking 4 hours — again. I have failed twice already. (Once horribly at Portland two years ago, and a second time not-so-horribly at Eugene last year. I guess Oregon state just won’t give me a break!) I’ll be having a pretty long training cycle for Anchorage (I’ll explain why in another post,) so it would be devastating to put so much time and effort and to not reach my ultimate goal.
  2. I’ve never done a 50K before. It will be the longest distance I have run on trail or road! The unknown is pretty scary. But, I’m still more scared about sub-4’ing than I am completing a 50K!!

Don’t you have any non-running related goals?

Yes, I do. Thanks for asking. Here are a few that I will share with you:

  1. Learn Ruby on Rails (type of coding). I work on the web team in my marketing department and while I do not need to know coding for my job, my boss felt it would be good for the two of us to have some background knowledge on it. And, I agree! Plus, it’s fun to learn new things and to have another skill up your sleeve, right?
  2. Get serious about my finances. I keep putting this one off. And, by no means am I neglectful with my money. But, after having four other jobs before my current one that have had 401K or 4013b options, I have little pockets of money everywhere and need to sort out what is what and combine some things or not. Basically, get organized with my finances!
  3. Read one book a month. I love reading but most people probably think that I hate it. (Rare for a writer, I know). But, the thing is, I am always so busy running or writing, that reading gets bumped down to the bottom of my list. I end up re-reading the same chapter of a book three times because I forget what is happening each time I pick the book up after a 2-3 week hiatus. This gets exhausting. So then, I move onto a new book, or rather, a new first chapter of another book. I honestly think that last year I read 1 to 2 books in their entirety … I plan to change that this year.


Of course, I have a few other goals/resolutions but I don’t want to bore you with how I am going to be the ultimate version of myself this year.

What are your goals running or otherwise? What are you looking forward to this year? What challenges will you face? Whom or what will you pull strength from?

Take some time to think and reflect on some of this. I’m sure most of you already have. And, let’s all rock 2016 together.

I’m ready.

Getting ready for 2016 running and racing

I’m excited for 2016.

As I sit here warding off fears of “back pain” as I ready myself for the Seattle Half in four days, I am thinking beyond this one race.

I’m looking forward to next year.

I have one race that I’m already registered for — Ragnar Trail Cascades — and two that I am not registered for, but in my head am 99 percent in.

Ragnar will be with friends. The race got cancelled this season due to forest fires. This race is still nearly a year away and won’t be for time anyway since it’s a relay so I am focusing my attention to my “big two” for 2016.

  1. An ultra
  2. A marathon

I’ve caught the trail running bug ever since my 25K in September that went flawlessly in terms of my first long-distance trail race. I want more. So, the next step is a 50K, right? Bryce and I will most likely do the Chukanut 50K in March. Registration hasn’t opened yet, which is why I am not currently registered.

I have no time expectation for this race. I just want to finish.

And, as for the marathon. I’m pretty sure the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon in June will be my headliner event for 2016. This will give me plenty of time to “recover” from the 50K in March. But, why Alaska?

Joanna and I wanted to do another marathon with Team In Training next year. We did our first marathon together with Team In Training in 2010 in honor and memory of our friend, Natalie. We want to do it again since it will be 10 years since Nat’s passing. It only seems fit to once again train with the team and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Plus, Joanna and I seem to be on a streak of doing only West Cost marathons together … Alaska can be considered West Coast, yes?

Training with the team kicks off in January and we plan to go to an info session in a few weeks. I’m sure we’ll be registered for the race by the end of the year.

I have a goal time for this race. I’m chasing down a sub-4 hour time. It’s within reach, I just know it. (If I cant run 4:01:18 with a portapotty stop, I can run 3:59:59 with or without a pitstop, right??)

I’m sure I will throw in one or two half marathons into the mix at some point next year, along with shorter road races. But, one ultra and one marathon are the big ones for me.

I can not wait.

2016 is going to be a great year for racing!