Idea 10: Plan Your Race Schedule 12 Months Out

planningBy nature, I’m a planner. After finishing this spring marathon season, I decided to plan out my races for the next 12 months. I may throw in a small race as the year progresses, but have my major races locked in.

For the next 12 months I plan to run 4 half marathons and 2 full marathons. I signed up as soon as possible since many of these races sell-out early. I was also able to take advantage of the early sign-up discounts. Planning early for races has worked out well for me so far as I have yet to miss any race I’ve signed up for.

Always having a race on my scope keeps me motivated – and once I’ve paid, I’m committed. Without a target race, I tend to slack off and lose focus and discipline. The key is to make a realistic plan. The first 6 month of races will my build-up period and the second 6 month of races will hopefully be my faster races. I tried to space out my races at least one to two months apart and two full marathons about 4 months apart.

Upcoming Races

– 8/18/13, America’s Finest City Half Marathon

– 11/17/13, Silver Strand Half Marathon

– 1/19/14, Carlsbad Marathon (Full)

– 3/9/14, San Diego Half Marathon

– 4/27/14, La Jolla Half Marathon

– 5/25/14, Mountain 2 Beach Marathon (Full)

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