It has been a good winter of running despite having to bail out of my marathon training due to persistent knee/quad issues. I was able to log more miles over a 3 month period than I have before and now feel like I have a great base going into the spring racing season. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m more of a middle distance runner than a long distance runner and have begun swimming a few times a week to makeup for the fact that I cant’ run more than 60 miles a week without getting hurt. I have a few races coming up in March and April, but then things get a bit murky. I’d love to be able to do the Lilac 10k and the Chase Corporate Challenge again this year, but it probably isn’t going to happen. I’ll happily trade a few races for a new healthy baby girl, so no regrets there!
Next up is the Ed Erichson 5 Miler in Lagrange, NY. I’ve finished 2nd in that race twice: once in 2003 and again in 2011. It would be nice to get a win this time, but I’ll settle for a fast time. I can control how fast I run, but not who shows up for the race.
After that is Johnny’s Runnin’ of the Green. I have only run it once, and I’m excited to get another crack at it. It is a very competitive race, probably only second to Bergen 5k for depth of field in the Rochester area.
I’d like to do the Naz Roc City Classic again this year and take another crack at that elusive sub 16 minute 5k. After that I’m not really sure, but hopefully I can squeeze in a few road 5k’s before the new little lady arrives.
I’ll leave you with this great running article by David Alm An Elite State of Mind. Maybe I need to change my saying from “I may not be an elite runner but I am an elitist runner” to “I may not be an elitist runner but I am an elite runner.”