Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Planning

I'm on week 2 of my return to running. Last week I finally got the "all clear" from the doctor, confirming that the nodule they removed was not cancerous so I get to keep the other half of my thyroid. That's excellent news indeed. Scar doesn't look too bad. My energy level seems about right for someone who only thinks he's in shape. I wore my HR monitor on a few runs, and I now know better.

I decided not to go for the safety pin look. 

On Tuesday, I pulled my name from the Massanutten waiting list. There's just no way I can be ready to run a 100 miler by mid-May, let alone a hard one like that. This gives me 13 weeks to get ready for Mohican, which should be doable. Last week I ran 50% of my pre-break weekly volume, this week I will run 75% and next week I actually start training. I signed up for the 52K distance at Seaton last week. My plan there is to run SLOWER than last year. I will also run PYP a few weeks later although I haven't signed up yet. My big unknown this Spring is what to do about Sulphur Springs. It's only a few weeks before Mohican so I don't want to run the 50 miler, where I might be tempted to run too fast. The two options I'm looking at are running the 50k or pacing someone. If you need a pacer let me know.

The rest of the Summer is wide open. I'm probably going to run most of the OUS races, with a few exceptions. I'm still unclear about Haliburton. I wouldn't mind running the 100M but I'm still planning to run the r2r2r at the Grand Canyon in the Fall and I'm not sure I can do both. There's time, so I'll keep puzzling about this.

The weather has suddenly taken a turn for the better and running is much more fun.

It's running season!


David said...

Nice Hairy Chest and great scar :) Glad to hear all is good.

See you at Seaton in 4 weeks. We are off to Scottsdale Saturday so I will thinking of you on my runs there.

I am doing the 50miler at Sulphur so won't really need a pacer unless you want to kick my ass around for the 4th loop.

Really jealous on the R2R2R, can't wait for the details to unfold for that.

Derrick said...

Great news JD. You'll bounce back quickly now.

chris mcpeake said...

I cant believe that you are not running 100 miles at Sulphur to get ready for the Mohican. Come on JD you can do it.