Earlier this week, in the midst of the 90 degree LA weather, I realized how excited I am for fall. (yes fall in Southern California isn’t quite the same). After my sweaty, hot weather training run, slightly missing the falling leaves and hoodie weather; I scrolled through social media posts of friends running marathons and other races this weekend. I am excited for all the racing that happens over the next couple of months, almost obsessive love for it. I love watching, cheering and supporting runners on during races, especially the marathon. It’s the time all the hard work from summer training finally gets put to the test. The thrill and the hope that the training you have worked so hard on will culminate to reaching your goals.
Over the last few weeks, I have been reviewing local events, deciding upon a few I intend on racing. This year I strategically chose my fall and winter races so that I can race them, rather than just run them. To be honest, i have spent the last few years, just running events and now I really want to focus on racing them. I want to set goals and see if I can meet them, If I don't meet those goals, I want to use that to build my training for the next event. This racing season I chose races that challenge me, but aren’t too long and exhausting and create a bit of burn out. I might build to longer events next year, but for now here is my list:
10/16 Pasadena Trail 10K Goal: 1:05 Top 5 AG
10/29 Whoos in El Moro trail 25k Goal: 2:55 Top 5 AG
11/12 Griffith Park trail 10k or ½
12/ Santa Run Venice
1/29 Phoenix Women’s ½
2/19 Palm Desert ½
For my first two races of the season I have set A, B & C race day goals. With my first race being just a few weeks away, I am developing a race day strategy for those events. Since trail racing is still a bit new to me, it is hard for me to gauge a finish time. Trail races have varied levels of technicality and elevation gain so it can be hard to set only pacing goals (or at least it is hard for me to grasp at this stage). My A goal is to hit a specific time, my B goal will be to place in the top 5 of my age group, and my C goal is to finish. I will see how those first two events go, then set my goals for the rest of my events.
To guide me through the last few weeks of my training schedule I have been lucky enough to get a little extra support from Ekiden Coaching. As a Bib Rave Ambassador I have been given the opportunity to be paired with a coach from Ekiden for a few weeks and I am pretty excited about this. Jenny, my coach is a great fit. She is an experienced trail runner as well as being a yoga and strength training instructor. I have shared with her my full training plan from the season and she will work to help me fine tune my last few weeks. I will still keep incorporating yoga and cross training with only 4 days of running. In return for this opportunity I will provide feedback to the company on the product and services they provide. So far I really like it and will provide a full recap in the coming weeks.
This week’s training:
**This next week I am taking the week off work. I have a ton of vacation days to use, and it’s a way to explore some of the LA scenes and eat at a few places I haven’t had a chance to check out. Follow along via my Instagram account to see where the staycation adventure takes me.
**Speaking of fall and food, it is really hard to wrap my brain around the fact that it is fall. Honestly I don’t miss the weather, but I do miss the food. Soup, Chili, pumpkin spice everything. When it is still in the 80’s eating those foods just doesn’t work.
**I really missed not being at the Chicago Marathon this year. It is the first time in about 15 years that I haven’t been there, running or cheering. Thank God for social media and the ability to keep in touch with all the amazing runners who did get to enjoy the day.
Do you have races plan for the fall season?