My Very Tentative Race Schedule for 2012

Flag-map of Maine

Over the course of the last month, I have tried to put together a race schedule calendar for races in Maine this year. While the calendar is not completely finished and I know that it doesn’t have all the races, it has enough of them that I feel that I can reasonably see what ones I would like to do.

My criteria were:

  • Local – Keep it local races within 20 miles got preference if they fell on the same day.
  • Cost – I can’t afford to race all that often, I stayed more with the 5K distances which are cheaper
  • Distance – nothing more than a 1/2 marathon
  • No big races
I have it narrowed down to the races listed below
Date Name of Race Location
3/4/2012 Chamberlain 5k – Decided not to run – Hamstring Brewer
4/7/2012 Fly Like An Eagle 5k China
4/14/2012 Rocky’s 4 Miler Augusta
5/5/2012 Woodfords Family Services 2nd Annual
5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism
5/26/2012 Pineland Fams Trail Running 5k New Gloucester
6/24/2012 Rail Trail 5K & 1/2 Marathon Augusta
7/4/2012 Friends of the Fourth Winthrop
7/15/2012 Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler Pownal
8/5/2012 Bradbury Mountain 9 Miler Pownal
8/11/2012 Topsham Fair 5k Topsham
9/9/2012 Bradbury Mountain 12 Pownal
11/10/2012 Maine-ly Moose 5k Portland

I haven’t decided on the Chamberlain 5k in Brewer yet, it depends on how my calf reacts over the next week or so and if I can get any speed work done or not. To be honest it doesn’t look I will make this one, but you never know – I would like to.  I decided that with my hamstring still not close to 80% that going up to Brewer to run a 5K right now would be risking an injury – because I would try to run faster than I should, better to be safe than sorry 🙂

Trail Racing

I really like the idea of the trail races and the 5K at Pineland Farms in May is one that I really want to do. The 6 miler at Bradbury is doable – I would like to think that by Aug/Sep I should be in good enough shape to do the next 2 portions of the Bradbury series – at least that is the plan. Plus somewhere in this schedule Bond Brook will be having trail races and the UMA trail race is sometime in September (I think),

I haven’t been able to find dates for those races/events yet.  I like trail running better than I do running on roads, but how many trail races I do depends a lot on how much time I can get on tougher trails to do the 9 or 12 miler Bradbury trail races.

Stuff I am thinking about

On June 24th is the Kennebec Rail Trail 5k or 1/2 Marathon, I haven’t decided yet which I want to do, I would like to just run the 1/2 to say I have done the distance and will probably try for that one.

I might also trade one of the 5Ks for a 10K, just to run one this year and get a new baseline race PR, since I have re-set all of my PRs as of January 1st as I explain in my Time to Re-Set My Personal Records post.

The August 11th 5k at the Topsham Fair I think will be a “marker” race for me, I turn 55 on the 6th and I would like to try to break 20:00 minutes for a 5K there. It is the first race after that date, so it makes sense to try it as soon as possible, since I won’t be getting any younger ;-).

The race schedule seems mighty lean in September, October, November and December – maybe I just haven’t come across the right places to fill in those races. However in Sept/Oct there are the Maine Marathon and MDI Marathon, so if I am feeling really froggy in July and there are still openings, well I will leave the door open.

Not set in stone

Nothing here is written in stone and a lot depends upon how my training goes. If the body holds up and TheWife doesn’t send me back to work to pay for all this, then it will be fun. However, I have a sneaking feeling – that a part-time job is in my future so that I can afford to run, race and have new stuff when I need it.

This is the first year that I have put a race schedule together since 1986 and am really looking forward to running more than a couple of races this year.

Anyone need some great part-time help in the Augusta-Waterville area – I am a guy with many skills and I love to run. ;-).

Did I miss any

Have I missed any “must do” races in the local Augusta-Waterville area or do you have any other races that you recommend that I should do?



Warm Weather Running in February – Nice!

I can’t believe the weather, mid 40’s bright sunshine and it is the middle of February, today felt more like mid to late March, but I will take it. Hell I even ran in short and a couple of layers on top. Had my gloves and ball cap on though. Always wear gloves when it is under 50º.

I had a really tough time finding my stride and maintaining it today. I would get it for a minute or so and then lose it again. There was no consistency to the run at all.

My Splits for this run

Looking at my splits, they each got faster, but only because I was getting frustrated with not being able to find that stride that I found so easily yesterday, which caused me to push myself a little harder each mile, trying to find my stride. I just never felt “good” or comfortable the whole run.

Despite what the cadence says I wasn’t over striding, I was very consciously keeping the strides short and focusing on the mid-foot landings, maybe the app wasn’t recording correctly, I had it under my glove in my hand.  Maybe I just have to get more used to the higher heel height in the Blur33s, which does have a different feel than the Peregrines.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and I am not going to run amazingly, my first couple of runs in new shoes.

The good news is that there was no pain in my calf while running the 4.0 miles, so that was good.

Just one of those tough days, where my running never felt quite right. Tomorrow will be better 🙂

Transition to New Balance MT20s  – Day #6

I walked 30:00 minutes this morning with no problems, so after I ran tonight, I thought I would try a little run just to see how they felt. My calf told me to stop, so I listened and shut it down after about 50 yards. Whatever is going on in there definitely does not like the MT20s when I try to run in them. I was able to walk a mile without any problems right after that though, so not sure what is going on.