Sunday, January 11, 2009

2009 Running Plans

ORN: 6.2 miles, R3/W1

I’ve been holding off publishing any plans for 2009. I knew what I wanted to do but wasn’t sure at all what I could do.

Since mile 16 of the Memphis Marathon on December 6, my left ITB has been bugging me. It’s been coming and going but always seemed to wake up in a bad mood somewhere around 8 miles into a run. A week ago, I did some speed work with no problems but only did 6 miles total. So, what would happen today when I went out for a 16 miler?

As usual, it went wonderfully for the early part of the run. Unfortunately, just shy of 6 miles, the left ITB started barking again and it became quickly evident the problem remains. I was near home, so I just shut down the run at 10km.

So, while I had previously looked at three marathons which were all nearby and conveniently scheduled this spring, I’m going to scale back and target a single half-marathon, the Geist Half Marathon on May 16 just north of Indy. This will let me scale back the mileage but maintain a target. From my log last year, that could well help. If the leg feels better, I could throw in a couple of other races but I’m not committed to such a plan yet.

It also fits with my long-term running goals about which I have not written here but will in the next few weeks.

I’m actually pretty happy with this plan. So, here we go.



Backofpack said...

The key to any plan is being happy with it, and you are, so it must be a good plan! Hope that ITB settles down and you can go long again soon. Good luck!

WADDLER26.2 said...

Take care of that ITB. You know how to deal with it.

robtherunner said...

Smart plan, Joe! I look forward to hearing about your other plans as well.

Darrell said...

I'm right there with you on the 2009 plan post. That little 26.2 in TN sure did its magic on our collective ITB's.

I had some unwritten plans that are going to have to be put on hold as well. I would love to be able to do the WTRS 21K, but its hard to say at this point.

Sarah said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about your long-term running goals!

My plan is to not have a plan, because plans keep tripping me up. : )

david said...

No harm in being conservative in your running....will miss you at the pig.

Wes said...

Stupid ITBs... Sounds like a smart plan of action to me!!

Mir said...

Hope that ITB holds up. Sounds like a good, smart plan for the spring.