It took a while but I finally made my way out to experience some cold weather.
Now my procrastination did pay off a bit, it was 5F when I went out today at lunch for an easy 5 miler. Since there was no wind it felt warmer and I have to admit that it felt real good. What have I been waiting for? I definitely needed the stress break from work and I need to get back into a running pattern so the training for the 2010 racing season officially began today.
I have pretty much locked into to doing Trail Mix 50k. Its not one of my favorite runs as it is a four loop course and I can say I would prefer a point to point or an out and back or a 2 loop course or a 3 loop course but what the heck, it's local, well supported and not that hard of a course. Karyn and I have been looking at many other events and at this point the schedule is pretty wide open. We are thinking to focus locally and then throw in a few out of town races. If all goes well, maybe 2 states and a couple of 50 milers and a handful of 50k's and marathons. So here are the current thoughts:
Trail Mix - Sat 4/17 - 25k/50k - 90%
Lincoln, NE - Sun 5/2 - Marathon & 1/2 - 25%
Journeys, WI - Sat 5/8 - Marathon and 1/2 - 63%
Superior Trail - Sat 5/15 - Lutsen - 25k/50k - 30% (Or the Superior 50, can't do both)
Rockford, IL - Sun 5/16 - Marathon & 1/2 - 25%
FANS 12hr - Sat 6/6 - 60%
Afton 50k - Sat 7/3 - 95%
Turtle Trot Triathlon - Sat 7/17 - 100%
Grand Island, MI - Sat 8/1 - Marathon & 1/2 - 10%
Superior 50 - Sat 9/11 - 50M - 70%
Rock Cut 50k, IL - Sun 9/19 - 50k - 30%
Surf the Murph - Sat 10/23? - 50k/50M - 99%
Stay tuned, as my guess is that it will change pretty quickly and often.