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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

3 Miler and Race Plans

Yesterday I failed at the early morning attempt to wake up and run, so last night, I ran 3 miles. It was hot, but otherwise uneventful. This morning was also a fail in the getting up department, so it looks like another evening run is in store for me tonight.

In other news, I've been contemplating a race calendar to fill out the end of 2009. I haven't raced a single race in this year so far, and I want to do something before the year is out. Of course, the problem this time of year is the plethora of races and my desire to do them all! So, I have selected two firm choices and one maybe. They are:

Key Biscayne Lighthouse 10K Saturday, November 14th
I've always wanted to do this 10K in part because it's one of the few 10Ks that's offered in the entire year that's close by. (The 10K seems to be an endangered species among road races.) This is also supposed to be a scenic run since the course is set within the Key Biscayne State Park.

Tamarac Turkey Trot 5K Thursday, November 26th
This is my favorite race of the year, mostly because the course goes right by my house, so I just have to walk out my door and down the block and I'm at the start line. It doesn't get any more convenient than that! Plus, everyone loves a turkey trot, don't they? There's no better feeling on Thanksgiving day when you're shoveling in your 4th serving of pumpkin pie and thinking it's okay because you ran a race that morning. (Never mind that a 5K will only burn about 300 calories!)

Weston Rotary Half Marathon Sunday, December 13th
This is my "maybe" race. I'm not sure if I can ready myself for an HM in 8 weeks, but this race has lots of advantages: the chance to run something longish before the year is out, it's cheap, it's close, and I am familiar with the course. My plan right now is to train toward it and hold off on registration until I complete a few longer distance runs. It's a small race so it won't fill up and even late registration is inexpensive.

So, that's my plan for the end of 2009, but I'm also looking ahead to the early months of 2010 as well since January, February and March are also chock full of races here in FL, and I think my plans will certainly include the Miami HM and the A1A HM, but beyond that, I haven't decided.

21 comments:

Eliza said...

All of those sound fun!

I hadn't heard of the Key Biscayne one! I wanna do it but I'm signed up for the 13.1 Ft. Lauderdale on 11/15.

Sounds like you have some great choices picked!

Jess said...

Those all sounds like great race choices. I think it's an awesome idea to work toward the half and then register later if you think you'll be ready!

Jamoosh said...

Yeah, what's up with the dearth of 10K races? I'd much rather do a 10K than a 5K.

Marlene said...

Must be nice to have some races on the calendar again. Good choices! (10K is a great distance to race!)

Katie A. said...

I love figuring out my races for the year! Those all look really good! I am kind-of jealous you have so many that are so close to you!
Don't beat yourself up too much over the not getting up to run - I can't do it to save my life either!

X-Country2 said...

That's so exciting! January racing in FL sounds like a dream. :o)

AnthonyP said...

I like the plan for the rest of 2009. Way to get back at it !

Marci said...

You are so awesome out there and ready to race already. I think you should be ready for the HM if you start preparing now.

Wes said...

We have tons of 10Ks around here, but very few 15Ks... Only one that I can think of. Good luck with your plans! :-)

kelsalynn said...

I'm totally impressed! They sound like great races and finishing the year off with them after being pregnant for the first half of 09 sounds like a great plan!

Let us know what you decide.

Krissy said...

This is when I wish I lived in a warm climate! After Thanksgiving I don't get outside to run or race until the spring here in CT. I am a baby for the cold! I just run on the treadmill during those months which is not as fun...good luck with your racing plans :)

Rio Runs said...

You are so lucky to live in an area where races are so close to home!
I think the popularity of the 10K is slowly being replaced by the allure of the Half Marathon in a lot of areas.
I enjoy HMs but I also enjoy 10Ks. Race Directors: Keep the 10Ks around!

Heather said...

Those are some good races. I bet you will be ready to run an easy half before the end of 2009 as a jump start to your training for your 2010 races.

teacherwoman said...

Way to sneak in a couple before the year is up!

Laurel said...

I miss the Miami Half. It's such a great course.

I have been hearing from EVERYONE down there about how hot it has been lately. I feel for you.

MCM Mama said...

Ooh, you have a nice running season coming up! Sound like some fun races!

Carolina John said...

Cool Jess! looks like great races ahead. Good luck.

Mrs. K said...

I think Graham is running that race- so if he is and Jerry is running with you, I can so babysit!! :)

Amanda said...

It looks like you've got some great races coming up. I love Turkey Trots, maybe just because I like the name. 10Ks are great too, it actually takes some endurance but is a lot easier than a half. Good luck making your decisions!

sRod said...

A HM in Weston? How many times does that loop? The Lighthouse race sounds great to me!

Christa said...

Could you do a post about sports bras? Specifically nursing sports bras and recommendations/favorites? I've heard "pull-over" types are not good to use, but am curious what is a good kind? Thanks!!!!