Now that I'm nearly finished with my 30 for 30 goal, I need a new goal to keep me running in 2012. I have found that if I don't have a challenging goal, I turn lazy and dedicate my life to Taco Bell and reality TV. My girlfriend really doesn't want to see that happen, she would rather I stay focused on running and reality TV. (By the way, is it just me or is Bachelor Ben funny looking?)
While we're on the subject of laziness, I should say that I am planning to take a break from racing for a few months this summer. Training in the Texas heat last summer was miserable, so I figure I'll take the hottest months easy and come back strong for the fall.
So then, what is a good running goal for 2012? Taking into account my summer break, outdoing my 16 states or 17 total marathons in 2011 isn't going to happen. Instead, I am going to concentrate on pacing this year. I loved the 4 marathons I have paced so far. It is fun trying to hold a perfect pace every mile while trying to motivate and entertain people in my group. Plus, more pacing experience might earn me a spot on the Clif Bar Pace Team next year!
Therefore, I've decided that my next running goal will be to pace my 10th marathon by the end of 2012.
Here are the races I am considering so far for 2012, although I'm sure the list will change as I do some more searching on marathonguide.com. So far I have 5 more pacing marathons on the list, so I will need to find one more to reach my goal for the year.
|Mar 4||Little Rock Marathon||Little Rock, AR||3:45 Pacer|
|Apr 21||Carmel Marathon||Carmel, IN||4:10 Pacer|
|May 27||Madison Marathon||Madison, WI||Pacer|
|Jun 3||Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon||San Diego, CA|
|Sep 15||USAF Marathon||Dayton, OH||New state|
|Oct 21||Des Moines Marathon||Des Moines, IA||Pacer|
|Nov 4?||Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon||Raleigh, NC|
|Nov 11||OBX Marathon||Outer Banks, NC|
|Dec 1||St. Jude Memphis Marathon||Memphis, TN||Pacer|
|Dec 2||Dallas White Rock Marathon||Dallas, TX||Double!|
Does anyone have recommendations for other races I should consider this year? Does anyone know a pace director looking for pacers? :)