WHOA, My Fall Racing Schedule!

After being sidelined from running for so long last year due to compartment syndrome, I can’t believe I get to plan a fall racing schedule this year! My running coach gave me the green light for these three races:

-Fort Lauderdale Half Relay (November)
-Miami Half Marathon (January)
-A1A Half Marathon (February)

I’m sure I’ll also throw in some 5Ks throughout the season, but those three races are my priorities!

Fort Lauderdale Half Relay

This is the race I’m doing with Adam as part of Team Cecil’s Parents! He’s going to run the first portion of the relay which is 6.4 miles through downtown Fort Lauderdale. I’ll run the second leg of the race which is 6.7 miles along the beach. Then we meet up a half mile before the finish line so that we can cross together.

This half marathon holds a very special place in my heart because it was my very first half marathon back in 2013. It’s extra special because Adam volunteered at that race and got to place the finisher’s medal around my neck when I crossed the finish line. This year we’ll get to cross together!

Adam hates running and “retired” from it a few years ago after he did Tough Mudder. He agreed to do the relay with me “not because I love running but because I love you.” Awww :).

Since my portion of the relay is essentially a 10K with a short warmup/cool down tacked on, I’m going to train for it like it’s a 10K. I’ve never trained specifically for a 10K and I’m excited for this new challenge. Even though my 10K time won’t be official, it will be Garmin official!

Miami Half Marathon 

The Miami Half is another race that holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I earned my half marathon PR in 2015. I’ve run this race twice and both time the weather was pretty perfect for south Florida; 50s at the start and 60s at the end.

Earlier this year it was super hot; I think it got into the 80s. There’s always the chance that will happen again and that would suck, but this is the race that is most likely to have decent weather around here. Plus I just really like the course.

This will be my key race for the season. Coming off the relay I’ll do a 10 week buildup to the half, and hope for magic on race day :).

A1A Half Marathon 

This is my bonus race for the season and one I plan to do mostly for fun! It’s my hometown course and I know this route like the back of my hand because I have trained on it for years now. I think I could run it with my eyes closed!

And I really want the mermaid medal :).

GUYS! Honestly I am so excited for this fall!!!! I’m so excited that I get to run, I’m excited that I get to race, I’m excited to write race recaps! 😀 Is it fall yet? Have you planned out your fall races yet?



  1. July 11, 2018 / 7:27 am

    That is so sweet of Adam to do the relay with you just because he loves you! And your team name…love it!

    I’m signed up for a half marathon in September but that is it for now. I might jump into a few fall 5ks but that is probably it. Although I’ve also never trained for a 10k before so maybe I’ll give that a shot–it would be an automatic PR!

  2. July 11, 2018 / 9:24 am

    How exciting!! Yay for half marathons! It’s crazy that registration/planning for 2019 races is already happening.

    My key races are actually late summer, so my season starts a little early this year. I am running a 10 miler in November, and I’m not sure how I’ll approach it since it remains to be seen whether or not I’ll want to keep up a training schedule another two months after my Labor Day half marathon. Plus, I just don’t really care that much about my 10 mile time, if that makes sense. I am at least hoping for a PR though. I want to take advantage of this long summer of training once the weather is cooler so maybe I’ll throw in a 10K somewhere as well.

  3. July 12, 2018 / 10:38 am

    I’m so happy for you Kristina! I can feel your excitement and can’t wait to follow your training. Will Adam train for the race? I feel like all my friends husbands who decide to run a race do it without training and then are sore and whiny at the end. 🙂

    • Kristina
      July 14, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      He is going to train – not for a specific pace or anything – but just to get his mileage up. He’s been running about 1 mile three times per week for a couple months now and said he’s been enjoying it. That’s when I felt like I had my big chance to ask him to sign up for the relay hahaha! It shouldn’t be too hard for him; his cardio is great from doing MMA classes. I think it’s the mental part of distance running he doesn’t like because he finds it boring compared to MMA where you constantly have to be on your toes.

  4. July 12, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    Check you out – that’s a full calendar of racing! So excited that your recovery has gone so well. I’m officially signed up for a half in October, and running an 8K tonight, but I might do another duathlon soon. Not sure if I can step up to the Olympic distance for the duathlon or not – it’s 5K run, 25 mile bike, followed by 10K run. I mean, I could finish it, but I want to finish it feeling strong, not crawling over the finish 🙂 Oh- and in September, I’m running on a 24 hour race relay team!! I haven’t even mentioned that one year. Maybe I’m trying not to think about it because I have no idea what to expect of how far I’ll be running. And hoping it doesn’t kill me. haha!