So I just put together my race schedule for the rest of the year and…. wow.
9/4/11: Virginia Beach Half Marathon
This is my A race. I’ve been training my butt off for this race and I can’t believe it’s here in just over a month. I’ve felt so good about my training that I’ve stopped obsessing over a time goal, which is pretty huge for me. I know I’m going to do the best I’m able to do – and if that day it happens that my best is a few minutes slower (or faster) that what I’ve been expecting… well I just don’t care. Plus, I finally found the elevation for this race and man I’m excited for a nice flat run!
9/24/11: Clarendon Day 5K
Clarendon Day was the first 5K I did last year after finishing Couch to 5K. This year my goal is to try to break 30 minutes. I think it might be humanly possibly as long as I stick to the shortest course distance and take that down hill as fast as I can without regard for my quads. Last year I made it down the hill in under 9 minutes and I know I can do it faster this year. As long as I have a good first mile I should be left with just enough time to pull it off.
10/15/11: Baltimore Half Marathon
I signed up for Baltimore on a whim after I waited to long to sign up for Hershey and it sold out. I knew it was a hilly course, Hershey is also fully of hills, but looking at the elevation chart is pretty intimidating. I see lots of runs up the Rosslyn Hills between now and mid-October. Even though this race will be tougher than VA Beach, I’m hoping it will still be a good time. It’s close to home and I’ve heard good things from people who have run it before (aside from the hills).
10/30/11: MCM 10K
I am pretty much running this to kill time while Suze and Laura run the full MCM. I haven’t run a 10K this year and I’d like to beat my 10K PR from last year. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to after running Baltimore 2 weeks earlier but either way I plan to have a good time. I’ll probably run all of 3 times between Baltimore and this race but I love running in DC. I love the beautiful sights.
12/3/11: Hot Chocolate 15K
I saw a lot of bloggers/tweeters talking about this race and I hope everyone decides to sign up because it looks like a lot of fun. Plus, the registration fee includes a windbreaker and chocolate. Seems like a win to me.
Sometimes I look at this and think it seems like a lot of races and sometimes I’m like “Oh, this is going to be so fun.” Usually the latter wins out in my mind. 🙂
What are you training for this fall and winter?