July 4th Firecracker 5000

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The boys and I made the five hour road trip Hilton Head this evening.  This, after getting up at 5am, and working all day.  We had to contend with mucho holiday traffic on Interstate 95, and storm after rainstorm, but we made it!

Tomorrow at 8am we are all running the Hilton Head Firecracker 5000.  This will be our first time running this event, and we are including my Mother, too.  This will be her first race, and the young age of 71.  I am so excited for her, and will be cheering her on loudly at the finish, she has done for me at numerous races.

My youngest son Colton has run I think 7 5k’s over the past two years.  His first race was at the age of 12, and he is now 15.  He has a goal of sub 25 minutes.

My oldest son Dylan is 17.  He has raced 10 races over the past few years.  Mostly 5k’s, but has also done a 10k.  Dylan and I raced last month, his time was 22:30, and he is hoping to beat that, although he admits to not training as much for this race.

My most recent 5k last month was 22:18.  I am hoping to break 22 minutes tomorrow.  My last training run was rained out, so I feel like a good stretch tomorrow morning is in order.

Mom is gunning for sub 45 minutes.  We have our game plan ready for the morning, and hope that the alarm goes off as scheduled.

Mostly though, this mini road trip is about family.  Having a few days to relax and enjoy one another is what life is all about.  We do plan on eating ribs and corn, and watching fireworks over the ocean.  We also plan on a little tennis, swimming, and a round of golf on Friday before we head back home.  Here’s to family, and here’s to celebrating our Independence!Image

Upcoming Races

Here is a list (not solid yet) of upcoming races on my calendar.  My quest for 13 Half and Full Marathons for 2013 continues into the Summer and Fall.  There are a bunch of options, but spacing them out is proving to be a bit of a challenge.

Image  Taking a trip to South Carolina next month and will do this race with my kids.  This is one of the top 10 biggest races yearly in the state.

Image  On recommendation of folks that have run this race before, this Half Marathon is on my list during a road trip to NY this August.  This race will put my Half/Full count at 7 for the year.  That leaves 6 more for Fall.

9/21 –  Midtown Race Series Johnson Lexus Half Marathon in Raleigh

Image  I’ve already signed up for this Marathon in Asheville, NC.  I ran the Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate earlier this year in March, and just fell in love with the City of Asheville, so I thought I would return in the Fall for the City Marathon.  Completely different course.  I took advantage of the discount they were offering on National Running Day!

Image  Running this race again, as it is a favorite, and I am friends with the race director Paula.

image  The Bull City Race Fest!  This event is on 10/20, and I am signed up for the Half Mary.  This will be my first time running this event.

I may run the Greensboro Marathon on 10/26.

Hallowed half  I ran this hilly Half last year.  It is a Halloween themed race that was really tough, but very enjoyable.  Not sure I can do a back to back Half and Full the same weekend.  Jury is still out on this weekend.

City of oaks  The City of Oaks is our local marathon in the Fall, and this will be my first year running it.  I work along the race route, and have worked the last two years on race day.  It makes me very jealous to watch the masses pass by, but this year will be a different story.

Depending on if I get all these races in, my goal will be complete at this Marathon on 11/3.  If I happen to miss one of the events listed above, I have a fall back on race, the Skinny Turkey Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day.  I have run that race the last two years, and really want to reach my goal prior to that this year so that I can just eat on Turkey Day.

So, what do you think of this schedule?  It means either 4 or 5 marathons this year, and either 8 or 9 Halves.  Lofty goal that I set for myself at the beginning of the year, but I can make it, if I stay focused, trained and injury free.