Monday, October 19, 2009

I've got a plan...

As long as it doesn't snow! Here is my current race plan, designed to get me to 52 combined marathons and ultras by my 52nd birthday on January 2nd.

10/31 Halloween Marathon at Lake Padden
11/28 Ghost of Seattle Marathon
12/12 Pigtails Flatass Marathon
12/19 Ghost of Birch Bay Marathon
1/1 First Call Marathon

I didn't want to do the triple this year (three marathons in three days - did it last year and I'm calling that good), didn't want to do a double (two marathons in two days - did that last year too, good on that one too!) Instead I'll do two in two weeks - that'll give my getting-older bones a chance to rest. Last year we ran the entire 26 miles of the Flatass in frozen snow, and about four miles of First Call in snow (plus we did the same at the Last Chance the day before). I have no desire to repeat those experiences, so I'm hanging on to the option to bail out on snowy courses. Though I'd like to hit 52 at 52, it's just not that important to me. The prediction is for a warm winter, so maybe it won't be a problem. We'll see.

The only plan I have for after the first of the year is to run the entire 24 hours of Pac Rim. I don't have a training plan laid out, I'll work on that later...

I've been a little tired since Portland, fought off a short-lived cold and have kept up with Pilates and running and work. And, I'm back on my healthy and sane eating plan. It's all good around here!

18 comments:

Joe said...

Well, woo hoo...a very cool plan!! You are a real Maniac!!

Do hold the plan with an open hand...don't want you to run with those steel screws in your shoes again.

Yet 52 by 52 would be cool!!

Sarah said...

I'm impressed you have a plan with no doubles (or triples)! Looks great.

justrun said...

Yeah, because two marathons in two weeks is rest. Ha! :) I hope you speed right through the hard miles and soak in all the rest! Go, 52!

Juls said...

I love your qualifier: "As long as it doesn't snow..."

Jack said...

I like your plan. I'll be turning 52 in 2011 and just finished my 31st - 52 by 52 is doable...go for it!

Wes said...

That's just crazy... but I like it :-)

TooeleTwins said...

You are a MACHINE!!!!! Good luck. I understand your "plan" and your "no snow" disclaimer, but after reading your blog for a while, I get the feeling that you'll make 52 by 52 with no problems - even in the snow.

olga said...

yay, Michelle! Where there is plan, there is an exsecution:) You go, girl!

Donald said...

Sounds like a great plan! I'm sure you'll hardly get any snow at all in northern WA between now and January. There's no way this could possibly go wrong.

Right? ...

TAMPA said...

I love your blog... I just started running... It inspires me !! Thanks !!

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

I'll be with you in spirit if not in person!

Scott Keeps Running said...

looks like you haven't done 4 in 4 days yet....

;)

Bret said...

There ya go stealing my plan! Gail and I are planning on running the entire 24 hours of Pac Rim too. Your always bursting my bubble. :) We are going to do the motor home thing this year too. So far 3 of us will be doing it. Nice marathon plan too.

Darrell said...

Sounds like a a fun thing to try. I hope it works out, that would be really cool.

lizzie lee said...

I am glad you are shooting for 52 at 52. Where is the First Call Marathon???

How are the cousins doing? I hope everything is ok. If I can be of any help, let me know...

sincere-lee
lizzie lee

Bob Babinski said...

Good luck on your way to your 50th marathon!
Meantime, I thought you might be interested in reading this piece about a sportscaster who's work has been transformed by becoming a marathoner:

http://tiny.cc/SS56C

There are a couple of other really good running stories on the site

Bob

lizzie lee said...

Michelle!!! I didn't dot the i's and forgot you were in Puyallup. I would have told you and finally met you!!!!!!!! well, in another opportunity.

chao!!
lizzie

Sunshine said...

Congratulations on recovery after Portland. It is good.