With my last race of the year completed and the New England winter approaching, I’m in that spot where sitting at my computer, playing a video game sounds way more appealing than covering up in layers and hitting the trails with a headlamp… Thanks a ton daylight savings. This is where I need that little extra push to get my ass out of the house and do some work. I’ve just started to put together a winter program and plan on incorporating a new diet to help get through the winter doldrums without an all-out depression setting in. My first race of next year will be the TARC Spring Classic. This year’s Spring Classic was my first marathon and I’m going for the 50K this year. I’m adding something new to this winter’s training, a weight goal. I would like to be around 165 or so by race day. Over the summer, I’ve put on a little weight. Some of it is muscle, I definitely feel more strength when climbing hills, but some of it is most certainly from cookouts and beer. I’m sitting around 180 now, and feel confident that I can shave 15 pounds by April 23.
My main goal for 2016 will be finishing at least one 50 miler and using Ghost Train, at the end of the season, as another experiment to see how far I can go. I was excited to hit 45 miles this year, but would have liked to have gotten another loop in. It’s a little odd how excited I am to have these goals, especially the weight loss. I’ve found that I take my diet and training way more seriously when I put solid, attainable goals out in front of me.