This Summer has been a mixed bag. Some great runs, some not so great. I guess that happens a lot in the summertime, at least it does for me. I can never make any wild predictions on how my training runs will go, and it’s all based on the weather. Hot and muggy, Steamy and boiling. Sunny and humid. They all sound equally tough, but typically make me stronger for the Fall race season.
I have six races planned between now and the end of 2015. Two major races, both marathons. Four, run for fun, pace for others Half Marathons. This is how it will play out.
1st up… 9/13, and the Run & Ride Half Marathon at Carowinds Amusement Park.
This is a new pacing gig for me. Pacing once again for Beast Pacing. Target time of 1:50:00. My goal is to come to the finish within 45 seconds under my goal. Just put a hotel room on hold last night, hoping to take my 17 year old son with me to ride some coasters after the race!
Next up, just six short days later on 9/19, is the Marine Corps Half Marathon. This time I will be taking my 19 year old son with me, leaving bright and early on a Saturday morning for a 2+ hour car ride to the race location. This race is run on the Marine Corps base Camp LeJeune. It’s the first time I’ve had to provide my drivers license number, make and model, tag #, and insurance info for my car during registration. They need all that info to expedite parking on base. This should be a fun race, very military pride-filled, and inspiring. Last year about 1,000 runners signed up, so it should be a good size field of runners.
Taper time! After a few Halves in mid September, I will concentrate on my next race. Chicago! Running the Chicago Marathon for the second year in a row! I couldn’t be more excited. My only goals are to equal or better my time from last year, and enjoy the crowds! This year I will be wearing my name on my shirt!
Six days after Chicago, I am pacing another Half Marathon. This time closer to home. I will be pacing the 1:55:00 Half at Greensboro. Loved the tough course last year when I ran the marathon! This time around only half the distance.
Ok, so I do have a few challenges this Fall. The day after Greensboro, on hopefully not too tired legs, I am running a Half again. This time in Durham. The Bull City Race Fast. No time goals other than to beat 1:55:00. Should be a piece of cake. And maybe a piece of cake after the race from one of the food trucks! This is a great event that I had to skip last year because of running Chicago and Greensboro marathons six days apart. I was actually signed up to run it last year, but just didn’t have the legs left to even attempt it.
All racing done now for the year? Nope! Insert another taper here. The next two weeks after 10/19 will be total relaxation. Letting my legs recover, and heal. All for the epic event known as…..
Yes, I will cap off my 2015 racing year with an epic run through the five boroughs of New York City on November 1st. This really is the race of the year for me. This is the race that I have been fundraising for for months now. It’s getting to be crunch time, and I still need help. I really had hoped to have raised all of the $3,000 that I pledged to the James Blake Foundation before the end of the Summer.
As of today, I have raised over $1,600, but need for every one of my readers to dig deep into their pockets. Will you please help my charity? $10, $20, $50? $100? All monies go toward advancing cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. Surely someone you know has been either directly or indirectly impacted by cancer. Let’s honor those that have lost the fight to this disease, and to help those that are currently battling cancer. Please give today.
You can click on the following link that will take you directly to my fundraising page on Crowdrise where you can make your charitable contribution now.
Thank you for you help, and I hope you have a fantastic Fall racing season. I hope you have as much run running as I plan on having.