So you may have noticed that my 2014 Race Page is non existent!
This is by no means a reflection on my desire to train for and participate in a spring triathlon or half marathon. It is just the reality of spring 2014 being packed to the brim. For the past 2 years, I have run the Great Western Half Marathon in early May. In some ways, it’s good that I am not running it this year. Because of weather situations, I got out for a run in the sun for the first time TODAY! And, it was too chilly this morning to go out for a run. But by afternoon, the 55 degree weather was calling to me. I have to say that being out running in the sun left me nothing less than happy and energized!
I left the boys working on dinner and hit the path for my first outdoor run in a long time (and I was wearing short sleeves!). I chose an easy and comfortable pace and was shocked to clock in my first mile at 8:30. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve run, and I was overjoyed to be back in my running shoes.
I completed 4 miles keeping all of my miles under 9:00 minutes, which was hard work. But totally worth it!
So back to the race calendar…I won’t be running the Great Western Half because my brother’s fiancé has a wedding shower that day. I do have a loaded Memorial Day weekend with the Soldier Field 10 Miler followed by Bike the Drive. Beyond that…my race calendar is empty! Sad news…I didn’t win the New York Marathon lottery : (
May is full with 2 wedding showers, family in town, and the BOY’s law school graduation.
In June, I am heading out of town 2 weekends in a row and July is my brother’s wedding, plus the BOY takes the bar.
Fingers crossed, the BOY and I will be taking a week long trip in August. Plus August really isn’t my favorite month to race. Which brings us to September…which is when I am hoping to do 1 or 2 running races.
For me, training for races is half the fun! But it is time consuming to get up early and plan around 1-2 hours workouts. I’ve done a handful of triathlons over the past 3 years and I am extremely sad that I won’t be doing one this year. With my weekends packed, I just don’t have enough time to train for a healthy and safe race. I am still planning to bike a bunch this summer and may even consider doing my first Century bike ride!
The benefit of a mostly race free spring, is that it will make it easy to keep up with my strength training and yoga.
The bad thing is that I just really like weekend races! But I know that I can pack a few in this fall (which is much quieter) and that there is always next spring!
What races are you doing this year?
How do you decide which races to do?