I feel I should be telling you that in a few weeks I will running my next half marathon or that I have my eyes set on a new PR. It feels really WEIRD to not have any race plans. right now I guess the same thing happened last spring when I ran Sarasota and took the summer off, but at that point I was burned out. This time, well – I have a good excuse, but I’m mentally in a different place. I WANT to run — and patience is NOT my virture.
So what do I do when I can’t run? I plan.
Paula and I have been discussing our fall racing schedule and the list is getting bigger and bigger. This is what happens when you take two racing junkies and give them an “off season.” I know Paula is still racking up those race medals while I’m out of commission, but I think we would both agree it’s not the same.
At the same time, I know I will only be able to do so much with an infant. Reading this girl has helped give me a reality check. Every baby is different. I am only hoping that this one sleeps (and takes a bottle!) and I can fit in some kind of running schedule. I’m not counting on anything though – so the races I’m targeting or somewhat spaced out. This is also why there are no plans for a marathon until 2014. I would LOVE to run another marathon – but I want to train for it properly and it takes a lot of time. Time that I will most likely be spending with a small child hanging off my boob.
So here’s a list of where I really, really want to race in the fall/winter — or at least these are the races we are talking about right now. Can I make it happen? We’ll see.
I did this one in 2011 – and this will be the 15th year. It’s my first attempt to get back into racing. It’s local and it’s usually in September – so chances are it’s going to be hot, but it’s a good “first race back.”
I know nothing about this race except I love St. Augustine – so why not!
Paula was going to run this one last year (I was going to cheer her on) and then she caught the flu – so it’s going to have to happen this year instead! I know a lot of people who have PR’d on this course. I’m NOT expecting a PR, but wouldn’t that be nice?
It’s usually the week after Space Coast, so this one will be for fun (wait aren’t all of them?). I’m also *hoping* that this girl, and this girl will also be joining along. And a certain person from Austin. And maybe a few of my non-blogging friends.. *ahem* Kate and Tracy.
Assuming this race returns – I will be back too, hopefully with tons of friends this time! Girls weekend anyone?
Tallahassee Half (for some reason this site isn’t working for me)
It’s an out-and-back course (which aren’t my favorite), BUT a lot of it is on the St. Marks Bike Trail and it begins and ends on FSU campus near the stadium. I’m in!
I haven’t officially registered for ANY of these races, but planning out these races gets me through this point next year and what can I say, I love a good plan (I’m not even going to start on my post-pregnancy running goals!).
Now I just have to work on baking this baby…
What races are on your list? Any that I should consider?