Sunday, December 31, 2006

What's up for 2007

With the 2006 running season coming to a close, what does 2007 have in store? Well, I am not entirely sure! I have some aggressive goals in my mind, but I don't have much scheduled right now, and I don't know how they are going to play out!

This year I would like to focus on some longer races, and also do some more trail races. So far, here is what is on the schedule:

January 1 - Resolution Solution 5k - Why not kick off the New Year with a low-intensity 5k fun run? This race is taking place in White Bear Lake, a town very close to me. I have not done this race before, but I think it is a pretty laid back intended to start out 2007 on a positive, healthy note by doing something good for yourself.

March 18
- Human Race 8k - Registration hasn't opened yet, but I will be signing up for this annual St. Patrick's Day weekend race in St. Paul because it represents an anniversary of sorts; it will mark the beginning of my racing career! Three years ago, this was the first organized race that I signed up for, and I have been hooked ever since. The course is flat and fast, and it brings out some of Minnesota finest elite runners, so I will be finishing deep in the pack here!

April 21
- Trail Mix Race 25k - Here we go, my first 25k trail race! It is run in Bloomington, MN, at the Hyland Lake Park Reserves. Sounds like an interesting mix of grass and wood-chip trails with some hills to contend with. I am looking forward to it. There is also a 50k ultra taking place at the same event, but I will stick with the shorter one for now!

May 19
- Scheels Fargo Half Marathon - Being of Norwegian stock, how can I not sign up for a race that serves the traditional lefse at its prerace meal? :) And, since I have now run in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan, I felt the need to pay attention to the states west of here. Sounds like this race is quite a party, and you get to finish inside the Fargo Dome. Cool!

That is where I am at with my scheduling so far. I'm no elite athlete (even though I might try to convince myself of that when I am flexing in front of the mirror!), but I still feel like I am capable of much more. I believe I have built up a more solid base of fitness this running season, but the keys to a successful season will still be for me to train smart, add mileage gradually, and getting adequate rest.

Happy New Year to all, and all the best in 2007!

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