Monday, February 29, 2016

Running Goals for 2016

My running goals for this year are to run a marathon time that qualifies for entry into the Boston Marathon and to run 100 miles in one event.  With a year off from races longer than half marathons, I have re-acquired an interest in training for and running longer races.

My marathon BQ effort is scheduled for March 20th at the B&A Trail Marathon.  This race is held on the paved rail trail created from the Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad route south of Baltimore.  My BQ requirement is 3 hours and 55 minutes.  According to my training I think a 3:45 is reasonable so that will be my goal time.

My next scheduled race is intended to prepare me for running a 100 miler.  I am registered for the 24 hour race at 3 Days at the Fair in New Jersey on May 14&15.  (There are other options up to 72 hours.)  I want to learn how to keep moving all night long.  I have a probably unrealistic thought lurking in my mind that there is an outside chance of hitting 100 miles in 24 hours on the flat course where support is always available.

My 100 mile race is the Viaduct Trail Ultramarathon in northeastern Pennsylvania.  This small 'do-it-yourself' race is on an unimproved rails to trail course.  It is 12.5 miles long and is done as an out and back 4 times for 100 miles or only twice for the 50 mile option.  There is a 31 hour time limit.