Races Races Races!
Last weekend I ran a 5K at Vista View Park and said I would like to run there again someday – the hills really intrigued me. Well, guess what? I just registered for another 5K held there TOMORROW! It’s put on by a local nonprofit whose mission is to help end domestic violence against women and children.
I have 8 miles on my training calendar and think it’ll be nice to get them done at that pretty park. I’ll do a warmup mile before the race and then get in the remaining miles right after.
Fingers crossed that a storm doesn’t come through and cause the race to be cancelled. We’re expecting thunderstorms and lately it’s been really rainy in the mornings…
I’ve finalized my fall/winter half marathon racing season which will begin shortly after I get back from Chicago.
Not a lot has changed since the last time I blogged about it but here’s the list:
October 24: Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon* (for fun)
November 15: Michelob Ultra Ft. Lauderdale Half (for fun)
December 13: Best Damn Race Cape Coral Half (for training)
January 24: Miami Half Marathon (for training)
February 14: Ft Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon (goal race)
March 6: Michelob Ultra Miami Beach Half Marathon (for fun)
The only race on the list I’m really not sure about is the Halloween half on October 24th. I’m pretty sure I’ll do this race, but I don’t want to register until I assess how I feel after getting home from Chicago.
I do remember about six days after the Portland Marathon last year I was itching for a run. My coach at the time had me wait a full week before finally easing into a couple of short, easy runs which seemed like good advice. If I do end up running the Halloween Half this year it’ll just be for fun.
My goal half marathon will be the Ft Lauderdale A1A Half on February 14th.
I intend to take 3 weeks off from structured training when I get home from Chicago. That’ll give me about three months to properly train for a February half marathon PR.
It would be nice to scoop up another PR at the Miami Half again but I don’t think that will be my BIG goal race for the season.
Speaking of goals, races and hills, after my fall/winter half marathon season ends in March I’m thinking about tackling a summer race – the San Francisco Half! This is a race that’s been on my bucket list for a while and I think 2016 is the year to go for it.
I’ve been thinking about this race nonstop for a couple of months now. I hate that I never get to race during the summer, and 2016 is the year that I want to start pushing myself hard in the half marathon distance. What better way to explore my potential than to train for a race in hilly San Fran?
Sure I’ll have to do a lot of training on the treadmill to simulate the ups and downs of SF, but I think the payoff could be pretty spectacular. Plus I really want to run over the Golden Gate Bridge!
I think it would also help if I decide to take another crack at Portland next fall. Any type of marathon plan for 2016 is still really unclear, but I do know that I want to go back to Portland at some point. We shall see how it all unfolds!
Are you traveling for any races this fall/winter?
Do you like traveling for races or prefer to stick close to home?