*Thanks for your support this week. It’s definitely been a tough one for me. I’m ready get back into the swing of things around here with some running talk.*
For months now, I’ve been wanting to run more and race more, but it just hasn’t happened. Contributing factors:
- Being undertrained for spring races
- A lack of summer races nearby
- Summer heat
Now fall is getting nearer, there is the promise of cooler weather ahead, my work hours are better, and dammit, I really want to race already! I picked out my fall and spring races a while back and even made the training calendar in June, but I was waiting until training actually got closer to share what I had in mind.
My tentative race schedule:
- El Maraton Del Rio Grande (half marathon)- November 3rd, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM
This race is part of a Dia De Los Muertos race series. They are offering 4 half and full marathons on 4 consecutive days. (One of the races is being held in El Paso, but it’s on a Thursday and it’s a 1.4 mile loop that you run over and over and over again. Pass.) I plan to use Hal Higdon’s half marathon plan and take training really easy. No big time goals, no PRs. I just want to run another 13.1.
- El Paso Marathon (full marathon) – February 23rd, 2014 – El Paso, TX
I was really disappointed that when we moved in April, and I had missed prime racing season in El Paso. This year I’m taking full advantage by running the town’s biggest race. I’m going to train in the fall (cool weather!) using Run Less, Run Faster. Right now, this is my goal race. I’d love to PR (my current full PR is 4:24:54), but February is a long way off. I guess it will depend on how training goes.
- Bataan Memorial Death March (14.2 miles) – March 23rd, 2014 – White Sands, NM
When a reader initially suggested this to me, my reaction was, “eeeeeffffff noooooooo.” And yet, I could not get this race out of my head. After visiting White Sands and seeing how beautiful it is, I knew I had to do this race. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be hot, the terrain will suck and the elevation blows, but I’m going to do it anyway. Luckily, I think I’ve convinced Julie to do it with me! The goal will be to finish without passing out.
- Big D Marathon (half marathon) – April 6th, 2014 – Dallas, TX
I have run Big D for the last three years in a row, and I’d love to go four for four. Every time I’ve run this race, it means more to me than the time before. The way my race calendar is shaping up, participating in this would be really ambitious from a travel/time off work perspective and (of more concern) a physical perspective. If I do this race, I will most likely walk it. The chances of me doing it right now really depend on how the other races go. I just love it so much that I don’t want to count it out yet.
I’d love to add in another race in December and there’s the possibility that some of the spring races will get cut, but for now, this is the plan! Anyone care to join me?