a new running year is upon us! although i really don't like winter - it's my least favorite time of the year - there are plenty of great races to run. a winter season wouldn't be the same without the boston build-up series. while i typically miss at least one of the four regular races (and the informal conclusion at the blow-out 30k), it's not often that i miss the kick-off.
this time around i'll miss the 10k, in favor of a fat-ass 50k to kick off my own training mileage build-up for the umstead 100 mile endurance run at the end of march. i've done the mid-hudson "recover from the holidays" 50k once before, and it's a great event. this time around it will be a glorified training run for me (and may even drop down to the marathon distance).
what i'm really looking forward to this month it a return to the track. i love running track events, and the prospect of a racing at the armory is incentive enough to get back to speed work! with katie doing indoor track in between her field hockey and lacrosse seasons, it will be even more fun (she ran her first race at the armory just before christmas break).
a month - in any season - wouldn't be complete without a nyrr club race (or two, or three)! the manhattan half has been a fixture for january the last few years. that's been true ever since it was moved from it's traditional late august home to make way for the nyc half. now, with the nyc half moved up to march, it seems almost ironic.
here's what january tentatively looks like:
1/3 recover from the holidays 50k
1/3 - [new] - boston build-up 10k
1/7 armory track series
1/9 fred lebow 5 miler
1/9 - [new] - watchung winter 50k
1/17 boston build-up 15k
1/21 armory track series
1/24 manhattan half marathon
1/30 - [new] - wlf group training run, 4m
update: the january schedule changed before the first race (a very familiar outcome when i try plan out a month in advance)! no return to the mhrrc recover from the holidays 50k (ran the boston build-up 10k that morning) - but eliot did run it (and here is his excellent race report). instead, i ran the watchung winter 50k (and skipped the fred lebow 5 miler) the following weekend - in just as cold and wintery conditions!