I've been having a few second thoughts and regrets as I review my upcoming race and training schedule. I have a big, glaring hole from March to mid-April and I'm mad at myself for not giving Chuckanut serious consideration before registration closed. I've also had a few doubts about the Eugene Marathon. I'm already registered and I do think it will be fun to run in the inaugural race. But was it the right race considering the other races I could be doing around that time? I'm seriously considering the 30k at Peterson Ridge since I don't think I could handle the 60k just 2 weeks before Eugene. Or maybe I could? Eugene is going to be just for fun. I want to give it a good effort, but right now its not a priority as a race.
I'm also trying to figure out a way to get some more mileage into my schedule. Right now I'm just barely making it past 40 on some weeks. I'd like to make 35-40 my drop-back minimum and push it up to 50. Last week's schedule looked like this:
Fri: Weights, Yoga
Total mileage: 41
All of my workouts are in the mornings (except yoga at lunch). I just can't see myself getting in any sort of workout on a regular basis in the evenings. I do have other things I like to do and family, of course, to consider. Tuesdays and Thursdays I run a regular route with friends so I'd have to start earlier to add in more mileage. I actually already do that on Tuesdays. I'm working on pushing up the Wednesday mileage and would like to get that up to 10-12 by summer. And I can add some more mileage, of course, on the weekends. This Saturday's run will be 23, for instance. In the past I've run on Friday mornings, but I'm seeing good results from sticking to a regular weight schedule and I'm reluctant to give that up just yet.
So...I'm open to ideas!...specifically, any trail race suggestions in Oregon or Washington for March to early April. I'm also looking for something in June. And ideas on how to build my mileage would be great too!