Most runners are gearing up to hit some set of goals in 2012, so we though it'd be nice to lay out our goals and race schedules so we can all commisserate together. Check out our blurbs below the jump, and post yours in the comments. We'll have a weekly thread to serve as a sort of update on progress for readers and editors alike.
Mayo: As of right now the plans are to run the Tobacco Road Half Marathon in North Carolina this March, the Parkway Classic 10-miler in Northern Virginia in April, and then continue to build and run the God's Country Marathon in Potter County, PA in early June. I've entered the NYC Marathon lottery and will run that if I get in. As of right now my hope is to run the JFK 50 Miler in November, but a lot can change between now and then. I may try to sneak a 50k race into the schedule (there's a lot of room between June and November). I haven't planned a lot beyond June at this point – I need to see my body handles getting back into marathon shape. I'd like to run a relay at some point, perhaps in the fall. In terms of pacing I have no real goals. I don't plan on hitting any PRs this year, though setting a marathon PR in the fall would be great (my current best is from Cleveland in 2009: 3h26). For any ultras that I run the goal will be to survive.
Williams: As a runner who is trying to build back up from a string of injuries and apathy, I'm taking small steps but accelerating into 2012. My only planned race is Pat's Run in Tempe, Arizona in late April. I am considering the St. Patrick's Day 8K in DC and a few other races, but right now it is a matter of getting on a consistent training regiment. I plan to start by running 14.5 miles this week and increasing by 10% every week thereafter until I am running 30 miles a week. Any faster and I risk injury. Ideally, I'll run a half marathon in the fall.
Ziller: I'm planning on doing two fulls in 2012 -- the Wipro San Francisco Marathon in July and the California International Marathon in December. I'll be doing some number of shorter distances, too, though which ones are still up in the air. I'll be using the FIRST plan from Furman for S.F., given that I'll be training during the end of the NBA season, playoffs and draft season. My goal for the year to go under four hours in the full (current PR of 4h36), and I'd like to slip under 45 minutes in the 10K (current training PR of 49:50). I hope to do at least one 10K or half on the trails.
Hudson: So far, my calendar is a bit light, with registrations officially submitted for just two races at this point. First up is the Rock ‘n' Roll USA Half Marathon in Washington, D.C (March 17), where I'll be trying to improve on my 2:08 time from 2010. (I may still end-up running the St. Patrick's Day 8K the week before the half marathon -- Cory, if you see me, say hi!) Then, for the third year in a row, I'll be participating in the Washington DC Triathlon (International Distance: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run). After a 3:17 my first time out and then a 2:47 last year, I'm hoping to continue that improvement and finish in the top-half of my age group, so in the 2:40 range. Ah, right -- I'm the resident triathlete here at Stride Nation: since a running injury (shins splints, essentially) in early 2010 forced me into the pool more, I have found myself emerged in tris. As such, I'm also planning two Half Ironman races this year (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run), likely the just-announced Ironman 70.3 National Harbor (Aug. 5) and then the Patriots Half in Williamsburg in September. And lastly, like Mayo, if they'll have me, I'll be running the New York City Marathon in November before ending the year with a Turkey Trot.