I've nailed down a few races now, but not many. I've got some aggressive goals for 2010, apparently. I ran just shy of 550 miles last year, starting in February and having a hiatus for hip bursitis. I'm pretty sure I over-trained in the second half of the year before Ragnar.
Version 1 of my training schedule is modeled off Hal Higdon's 18 week Intermediate - I schedule, date shifted forward to match Grandma's Marathon.
I get just a bit over a week before The Lakes 8k in Big Lake, so I won't be running that race very hard at all. I've included a couple pre-marathon races, and may add in a half-marathon if I find one that matches the training schedule. Of course, this is all dependent upon how my body reacts to training. This one is rather run-heavy, though if I want to pace for Adam in August, I'll want a good base mileage to work off of.
I do plan on including more cross-training, including biking to and from work, some free-weight training, and swimming. Version 2 of this schedule will likely have a more balanced approach, closer resembling a triathlete's training. I may include Wednesday's as "Cross" days rather than runs, giving me 2 "Cross", 4 "Run/Pace", and 1 "Rest" each week.
On thing to consider is that my commute to work is 5 miles, approximately. I can get there in about 15-18 minutes in the morning, and back home in 18-22 minutes. I would like to work up to riding every day of the week while not compromising my running training.
Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
P.S. I found a nice site: Beginner Triathlete. Might be useful!