My Race Strategy

So, I go to the sports medicine podiatrist today [Perry Julien, D.P.M. with the Atlanta Foot and Ankle Center] for my 6-week check up on the plantar fasciitis and it’s ALL GOOD!!! but that’s another post… Anywho, he asked me what my race strategy was for the remainder of the year. I’d never really thought about a race strategy before, but when I told him my plans, it sounded pretty good. This is what I’ve been doing for the past couple of years. The climax of the year is of course the ING Marathon at the end of March. But how do I get to that point? Well, it all starts after the marathon and that’s the beginning of the running year for me.

April is a pretty easy month with just 3 mile runs 3 times a week. I’m recovering from the marathon.

May is another easy month, but I start picking up the pace, adding some mileage to even include a 10-miler at the Rock and I run my first race after the marathon, the Courthouse 5K [3.1 miles] in Fayetteville.

June is when I run my first 10K [6.2 miles] of the running year, the Army HOOAH! 10K. Its a good first 10K because it’s almost like totally flat. I continue to run 3-5 miles 3 times a week and include some 10-milers at the Rock.

July is of course the Peachtree Road Race, another 10K. After the Peachtree, I start working in some hill work, continue 3-5 mile runs 3 times a week and a few 10-milers for July and August.

September, Labor Day is the U. S. 10K Classic on the VERY hilly course of Cobb Parkway. After this I again start adding mileage, mostly 5 miles 3 times a week, still a few 10-milers at the Rock.

October is the Peactree Classic 15K [9.3 miles]. I continue to up the mileage this month, 5 mile runs 3 times a week and include a 15-miler at the Rock.

November is the first 1/2 marathon [13.1 miles] of the year, the Atlanta Thanksgiving Day 1/2 Marathon [this year named The Weather Channel 1/2 Marathon]. I increase the mileage again this month, getting my weekly base up to 25 miles.

December I start the 18-week training program for the ING in March. Oh, and there’s the Jingle Jog in Peachtree City; just a 5K, but you get to wear a Santa hat 🙂

January there’s the Atlanta Track Club 10K in Peachtree City. It’s usually pretty chilly to say the least!

March? The first Saturday in March is always the Silver Comet Trail 10K, the BEST Peachtree qualifier because it’s so flat. Then… the ING GA Marathon!

That’s pretty much my race strategy for the year. August and February are the only months that I don’t have a favorite race scheduled. Maybe I’ll work on that 🙂

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