While I have spent the last year running regularly, my willingness to put in effort has been pretty low. I’ve been content to run purely for fun instead of PRs. There’s nothing wrong with that. Now, however, the motivation is back. I thought maybe I’d never want to push myself again, but apparently that desire was simply dormant. After hours of watching runners be generally awesome this weekend, I knew that I wanted to get back into the racing game big time. I already had some races lined up, a few more solidified in my mind, and others I’m still debating.
Races I’m running fo’ sho':
I said that I wanted to run more mid-distance races, and this one is the first that I’ll be able to hit this year. I’ve been scouring the internet for more local 10ks but no dice. If I find any, you better believe I’ll be signing up. In the meantime, I know this Fort Bliss race will be a blast.
Bataan Memorial Death March – full marathon
I figured this was a one-time kind of race for me, but a gaggle of Wear Blue friends convinced me to go for round two! We’ll be walking the race as part of the team division. Even though I have no doubt that it will be tough, I don’t think that the race will be as much of a challenge this time around. I’ll have friends by my side and we will take it slow. I just hope my legs don’t hate me afterwards!
Run for the Fallen – 5k
Another Fort Bliss race. This one is non-competitive and untimed, but I might still aim for a fast finish. I don’t have delusions of a PR; I just wouldn’t mind a strong showing.
Races I’m probably going to run:
Skyline Half Marathon – half marathon
My BFF is planning to run this inaugural Dallas half. I figure that there is no better way to catch up than to spend hours running side-by-side in the humidity of the Metroplex. I’m still working out the details, but I really, really want to do it.
TransMountain Challenge – half marathon
This race goes up TransMountain Road aka up a mountain! (Thankfully, the second half goes down the mountain.) When I first heard about it, my reaction was “helllllll no!” Just call me crazy, but the idea has grown more and more appealing. I’ll definitely need to squeeze in hill training in order to not spend the entire uphill portion walking.
Races I’m considering:
I really want to run a fall and spring marathon. I might drive myself over the edge with this idea! I definitely don’t want to burn out, but I think a fall marathon would be perfect as a goal race. (Train through the hot summer and race in the cool fall. Yes, please!) And I have my eyes on a few spring fulls that just look fun. Here are my top contenders currently –
- Twin Cities
- Fox Cities
- Detroit Free Press Marathon
- Marine Corps Marathon (hey, a girl can dream)
- Austin Marathon
- Cowtown Marathon
The top options right now are Twin Cities (because it fall during my schools two-week fall break) and Austin (because it just looks awesome). Every single full marathon that I’ve considered has serious highs and a few less-than-highs. The biggest issue with those fall races is just the date. Since I do get two weeks off during the fall, the timing just makes sense to run then. Can someone talk to the people of Detroit about moving their race date? There’s certainly no rush to decide, so I’m blissfully enjoying this period of imagining every single race option. Feel free to throw out any fulls you think I should add to my maybe list! Once the race gods have spoken and I’ve registered, I’ll report back!