Are we really that close to next year for it to be reasonable to plan out race goals? My overall goals are unfortunately halfway the same as last year's - have yet to meet the 5k and half marathon time goals.
In order of importance:
1. Run a sub-30 minute 5k. (See training plan for the First Run to get closer to this.)
2. Run a sub-2:30 half marathon.
3. Beat my time from last year on a sprint-distance triathlon.
4. Set a new 10k PR - I beat my prior PR by 10 minutes last summer, but I'd really like to continue inching closer to an hour (which, of course, is also related to getting a sub-30 5k).
As I've mentioned previously, I'm tempted to do a full marathon and Olympic distance triathlon next summer (before trying to get pregnant next fall), but realistically I don't think that's a good idea based on my current ability level*. Even the 200-mile bike ride (Seattle to Portland) is a bit iffy in terms of doability, but since that would also be difficult logistically with kids (it's a two-day event, and point-to-point), I want to do it now, in case it's my one shot. Other goals, one-day races that are just a matter of regaining my fitness, will always be an option in the future. It might mean it's five years out instead of two, but it'll be waiting for me eventually.
*At the tri I did the sprint at last year (Aluminum Man), and the other I considered doing (Portland), the last Olympic finisher was less than twice my sprint time - and a race that's twice the distance is virtually always going to take more than twice the time. I know someone has to be last - but I'm not willing to start a racing knowing that that's going to be me!
Pre- and beginning of busy season: Focusing on shorter distances and speed.
January 1: First Run 5k - Portland, OR
January 1: Micro Marathon 2.62 miles - Lake Oswego, OR
January 25: Fight for Air 80-flight stairclimb - Portland, OR
February 22: PRC Winter Series 5k - Beaverton, OR
Busy season motivation: Medium distances, both coincidentally with big hills (or, um, in the Lewiston one, the entire course is one big hill - see unofficial course and elevation profile here). Since longer work hours limit my availability to train, the distances don't require as much time for long runs as a half marathon would, but still present a good challenge to make sure I do fit some running into my schedule.
May 3: Bloomsday 12k - Spokane, WA
May: Run for the Hill of It 8M - Lewiston, ID
Summer: After busy season, build back up to half marathon distance, as well as ramp up swimming and biking (especially biking).
July 4: Foot Traffic Flat half marathon - Portland, OR
July 11 - 12: Seattle to Portland Bike Ride
Late summer/early fall: Hit harder on the triathlon disciplines for a fall triathlon, while still mixing in short-to-moderate running for HTC, and maintaining a reasonable base for another half. If - and this is a really really big never gonna happen IF - double-digit runs suddenly started feeling super easy and my easy pace got like 30% faster, I would consider training for an early fall marathon.
August 28 - 29: Hood to Coast Relay
September: Aluminum Man sprint triathlon - The Dalles, OR - or -
Portland Tri sprint triathlon - Portland, OR
September 19: Bridge of the Goddess half or 10k - Cascade Locks, OR
Nothing scheduled in March - April, since that's the midst of busy season at work. And then nothing planned for after September - that's when we're planning to start trying to get pregnant. If things don't happen as quickly as we'd like, though, I might do another half in October or November.