I love races.
Big or small, I enjoy the the energy in the air when bib-wearing runners line up together with the same goal. This summer and fall, though, I may have gotten a little carried away.
I accidentally scheduled something for Every. Single. Weekend. I knew I was doing a lot, but didn’t realize how ridiculous it was until I added everything to my calendar.
I’m going to skip June because I *only* ran three races (June 1 North Face 50K, June 15 Baltimore 10 miler, June 16 Father’s Day 10K) … and that was before the consecutive weeks started.
July13 – Women’s Distance Festival 5K
It was a last-minute decision to run this race. Saturdays are for marathon training, and my running partner and I decided to incorporate the race into our long run. We ran six miles before the race, and about five after to make it 14 for the day. I even managed a third-place age group award!
July 20 – John Wall One Mile Race
I definitely prefer longer distances, but this is part of my running club’s Championship Series. We had another race planned for the next day, so I only did about three miles total for the day. Got a PR by about 10 seconds — it’s been awhile since I raced a mile!
July 21 – Rosaryville 25K Trail Race
This race had a variety of distances, from a 10K to a 50K. The 25K fit nicely into our marathon training schedule. It was really, really hot that day, but we had a good time! The two-loop course is fairly gentle, but the uphills were a lot more noticeable the second time around.
July 27 – Endless Summer 6-Hour Run
I actually blogged about this one. But if you don’t feel like hopping over there, this was a six-hour timed event held in a nearby park. We ran as many 4ish-mile loops as we could in that time on a paved trail. I was pleased with my total of 31.41 miles!
August 3 – MD Heat Race 25K Trail Race
This was my second year running this race. A much more challenging trail than Rosaryville, but it’s a lot of fun — this course includes tough climbs and stream crossings. Oddly enough, it wasn’t that hot out! The weather definitely helped me cut 19 minutes off last year’s time.
August 4 – Dog Days 8K
Two days in a row, an unseasonably cool day on what otherwise should be a hot race! I thought I might be a bit tired from the previous day’s tough race, but I was only 45 seconds slower than last year!
August 10 – Charles Street 12 Miler
New race, and a unique distance. They billed this race as being downhill. Sure, it did go down a lot more than up. But the ups were pretty tough, and there were a lot more of them than expected! It was still a nice event, with a sweet UA hoodie as the premium.
August 18 – Iron Girl Columbia Sprint Triathlon
My sixth time doing this event. I pulled a hamstring a few days prior (I learned the hard way not to try to stretch out a super tight hammy), so I was a little concerned. The swim and bike felt fine, the run was actually much better than expected. It only really bothered me going up hills. So I walked. Those hills suck, anyway. And I think I usually take walk breaks at that point! My run time wasn’t bad, despite the hill breaks, and I was happy to finish another triathlon!
August 25 – Annapolis 10-Mile Run
The Annapolis Striders flagship run. We had beautiful weather for a change. Usually, you can expect hazy/hot/humid. Last year, we had a torrential downpour. The year before, it was cancelled because of a hurricane. But this year it was lovely. I had a pretty good run, despite a still-healing hamstring.
September 1 – Rock ‘n’ Roll VA Beach Half Marathon
I had a 20-miler on my marathon training schedule, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I was happy that I managed to run four miles before the race. Close enough. My warm-up miles felt great, but the race went downhill fast. Legs just felt sluggish, and I suppose the 75*/95% humidity didn’t help. Slowest half marathon in quite a while, I think. But a bad race was still a good training run.
September 7 – Amish Country Bike Tour 100K Ride
My first metric century! I joined some friends to bike through the Delaware countryside, starting in Dover. It was a perfect day, sunny and cool. This ride is known for its pie stop. Yum! We had a great time, and I’ll definitely be back to do it again. Maybe even upgrade to the 100 miler?
September 14 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
Girls weekend in Philly! I joined two friends for this trip. One of them is speedy and moved up a few corrals, but the other ran with me for the race. We both had some minor ailments (my hip/IT band had been tight all week, and decided it did not want to run more than six miles), but we helped motivate each other to keep a decent pace. No PR, but in my top 5. I’ll take it! We added a little mileage beforehand to make it a 16-mile day.
September 21 – Howard County Striders Metric Marathon
Signing up for a 16.3-mile race is a good way to get in some marathon training mileage … but I really needed a 20 miler. All these shorter races messed up my schedule! I got there early enough to run three and a half miles before the race. I was happy to hit the finish line at 19.9. Very easy to top it off! My hip/IT started bothering me again about halfway through the race. I started incorporating walk breaks so my pace took a hit. But still a solid training run.
And now I’m all caught up to this weekend.
I wasn’t going to race this weekend. But our 10K class (I’m a mentor) is running a 5K on Sunday. It’s partial trail, so I know it won’t be a super fast race. I decided I’d like to join them
Upcoming, I have another Metric Marathon on October 5, this time with my running club, and the Atlantic City Marathon on October 13.
After that I’ll take a break!
Um, for one week. Because then I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27.
And *then* I’ll be done.
Because I have to miss my club’s 5-mile race on November 2 for a wedding.
And I’m pretty sure I’m *not* going to do a 50K on November 9 …