Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2011 Race Schedule - I've got nothin'

First, thank you all for the kind words on my Friday post.  I appreciate it more than words.

On Sunday, I went on my first post-baby run.  I decided that I had enough of the post-baby constipation (told you that I get a bit stopped up when I am nervous) and wanted to put feet to pavement.

I had originally planned on running 13 miles, but since I already received a dirty look at the thought of going out for a run (you would have thought that I suggested we start trying for another baby - hubita hubita), I decided to keep it rather short at 5 miles.  Overall, I managed 5 miles at my new long run pace of 7:39.  It was a really solid run in spite of the fact that I was carrying 4 pounds of hospital food.  Bleh.

(For the record, I went on a tempo run of 6 miles with tempo miles at an average of 7:36 today.  It hurt - a LOT.  But, I can feel myself getting used to the increase in pace.  More on that tomorrow....)

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In spite of everything over the past few days, I have a problem....I have NO races planned for 2011.  N.O.N.E.  At this time most years, not only do I have my entire year planned out but I also am signed up for quite a few races, have hotel rooms booked, have the race director on speed dial, have sharted at least once, had to duck behind someone's front tree to 'take care of business', and have injured myself pushing towards some sort of race goal.  This year? Nothing.

The reason?  My little 6 pound 7 oz tax deduction.  I am very hesitant to sign up for anything without knowing how much I'm actually going to be able to train (since I am getting up every 90 minutes during the night).  But, life goes on I suppose and I NEED to find a few races.  This is where you come in.  What races are you signed up for?  Any suggestions for races that you've ran in the past?

New marathon state - Check out my map in the right sidebar.  I'm on a painfully slow march to run a marathon in all 50 sates.  This is probably most important qualifier.
Can't be earlier than late April - The next time I run a marathon, I'm going to try for 3:15, so I need to have the time to sweat out the booze train for the faster pace.
Can't be a trail race (yet) - Since I have the coordination of a pregnant yak, I better stick to the roads.

I was thinking that I'd love to do a race around the great lakes, but I haven't been able to find one that fits.  Help me out!  Any races that you're doing that I could run with you?

37 comments:

Kimberly said...

It might not be the race to break 3:15 thanks to the hills but you should do Cincinnati's Flying Pig. I did the half last year, and it was a great race. It regularly gets kudos from Runner's World, is well organized and in early May.

bobbi said...

I'm running Grandma's in Duluth, MN on 6/18. But it'd depend on whether or not you want to spend your first official Father's Day running ;)

Your smart to take this kind of slow...sometimes having a baby turns your life upside down, and sometimes it's blissfully easy, but you never know until you're in the middle of it...

RunningLaur said...

hmm.. Bob Potts Marathon, May 15th in York, PA? Totally flat course, just like the canal but with trees, and I know a Mom that you can stay with in the area. :)
I'm still undecided if it's an event for me this year, since I have to not die at a 50 mile before that, but you know.

Tim Wilson said...

This is for later in the year, but you could potentially cheat and mark both Georgia and Alabama off of your list in one race :)

The race is the new Soldier Marathon in Columbus GA on Nov 12th 2011, starting and finishing at Fort Benning. This past November was the inaugural running of it and was better than many races that are in double digit runnings. It is a great course and crosses the river and runs for a mile along the Alabama side of the river before crossing back over into Georgia.

Laura said...

I know you've been swamped with messages, but wanted to throw the Yuma Marathon out there again. It's a 3 hour drive from Phoenix, and a REALLY flat/fast course. I PRed there last year after 1.5 months off running.

Shawn said...

You will find the time Adam, you may just have to learn to juggle more (better).

Jen said...

Congrats again on your new bundle of tax deductions.. it's wonderful news and having a baby isn't bad either. :)

How about the Jersey Shore marathon? A lot of it is on the boardwalk and this was a great race last year. I was pretty impressed.

Here's a link to check it out: http://www.njmarathon.org/ It's May 1st.

GeorgiaSnail said...

R&R Marathon - Savannah

November 5th, 2011(plenty of time to train)

Average temps - 50's

Fast & Flat - Savannah is 5-10 feet above sea level on a good day...no hills to speak of...this race will have BQ written all over it!

Morgan said...

I have two ideas for you;

Kalamazoo, Mi - May 8 - Spike and I can pick you up from the airport and give you a place to crash plus all the running nerding out you could possibly need all weekend long. :)

Cleveland, OH - May 15 - Cuz I'm running it too!!!! We can shoot for a BQ together!

Dash said...

National Marathon! DC in March, what could be funner? (plus I can give you a 15% off coupon code if you want!). Or MCM in October, kill 2 states (VA & DC) in one race! ;) Although, March may be too early for you to make up for lost cute new baby sleep!

Pam said...

I'm noticing TN is still white on that map over there...

CMM in April?

aron said...

come run SFM in july!!! not the fastest course but its fun!

funderson said...

Go run St. George, UT in October...super fast course and so pretty!

C2Iowa said...

Des Moines or Marathon to Marathon. Come back to Iowa Adam.

Jamoosh said...

Oklahoma City. Not on my agenda, but it should be on yours.

Shana said...

Oh Adam - congrats. Parenting is pretty cool if you ask me.

Anyway - my FAVE of all time is the OKC Memorial Marathon. May 1st of next year. Not too far from home - easy on the bank account - and I've PR'd there twice. That being said - the first time was my only full - and last year I was having such a blast that I didn't care about my time.
Best crowd support on the planet!
Whiskey & donuts at the same table!
However, it is WINDY around the lake and there are a few hills at the end that cause cuss words to fly out of my mouth without permission.

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Wil Travel said...

Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA (home of The Office) is a great October run - varied course, beautiful foliage, really well organized, and pretty cheap as far as marathons go.

ShutUpandRun said...

I love this b/c you admitted to the shart, which everyone does but no one fesses up to.

I think it is a good idea to bring up the idea of trying to have another baby. Now. Right now. You might find you have more running time on your hands than you thought.

I just have Boston on my calendar. Might attempt a half IM in August in Boulder. You are welcome to join me.

kilax said...

I WANT MORE BABY PICS!!!

Phew. Glad I got that out.

I was wondering how you were going to sneak out for 13 ;)

How about Grand Rapids in October? I have heard it's a great course and would love to run it "with you." (I think you know why those last two words are in quotes).

Ace said...

I suggest a 50 meter fun run. It's mostly kids so you have a good chance of bringing home the hardware. ;)

Angie Bee said...

I am already signed up for the Des Moines Marathon on October 16th 2011.......Planning on doing the Dam to Dam 20k again this year too..... :)

pajamachef said...

i'd second the flying pig. awesome course, great crowd, and the city really gets behind it. i'm running cleveland on 5/15 and have heard good things about it too.

Alma said...

Portland Marathon in Oct? I'm hoping that will be my first.

Chris K said...

Let's get some Bloggers together on a 10 man team and do a Ragnar Relay. We'd kick some a@@. Adam, can you go ahead and organize that in your spare time? I'll be on the team, just tell me where and when and I'll run like the wind.

downlights said...

Love reading your blog, I'm a regular reader, beautifully written

Yakov said...

How about Eugene, May 1? Should be a nice course from what I read. Congrats on the new (cute!) baby.

Tara said...

I ain't got crap on my schedule either for next year. It actually feels good!

I've heard that Grandma's Marathon in Duluth is a good one. I had been looking at that one until I had all of my knee/ITB issues.

PS-Need more baby pics.

Brian said...

I'll second what Jamoosh said - consider running the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I've heard nothing but great things about it, and I think it might be my first marathon that I travel for. This year it's on May 1.

Quix said...

I'll be honest, I just clicked on the comments for ideas because I'm in the same boat. No plans. I have goals, but no plans. Good luck finding some races! Thinking about a half marathon in LA or San Diego so I can run along the beach...

Emily said...

I agree with C2Iowa! You still have an Iowa Marathon to run yet! The Des Moines is a great one! And if you're looking for a non-marathon race, you must do the Living History Farms race! So fun! This year I am doing my very first Warrior Dash. Look it up! Looks like so much fun. I am doing the one up in St. Paul. You should do it too!!

...Barbie... said...

COME TO GEORGIA!! A lot of us twitter friends are running Rock and Roll Savannah!! Do it. Do it. Do it! It's in November! Plenty of time to train and figure out how to be a dad and a runner and it is GEORGIA! You have not run in GA yet! And Savannah is GORGEOUS!

ok then. it is set. i persuaded you! See you in November!!

Destination said...

ooooh, the Wisconsin Marathon! It's on 5/7 and you get a cool CHEESE medal!!
Website: http://www.wisconsinmarathon.com/

I can almost guarantee I won't do the marathon, but I AM probably going to do the half-marathon!

And congrats again on the new tax deduction - pictures, new daddy, more pictures! :)

Nitmos said...

Well, better sign up for something. You know how these races sell out! You should be planning your babies one mile fun runs for 2015 now or they may be sold out before he turns one.

Jill said...

I heard Grandma's in Duluth is a good course - and around the great lakes.

There's nothing wrong with no races on the calendar yet (me either...first time in ever) just give it a bit to make sure baby starts sleeping and all those other things that can hinder training!! That 3:15 is in the bag - I KNOW it!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Jamoosh is right! OKC Memorial Marathon was amazing! It is my favorite thus far. Excellent support and awesome fans the entire route!!! I'm thinking about doing it again! Also on my list are the Marine Corp Marathon and Big Sur, CA. Maybe even OBX since I live in NC now. It's quite a shame I moved from WA and never ran a full marathon there...tisk tisk.

Laurie said...

How 'bout Eugene in May. It's really pretty flat, crowd support is decent throughout and you get to run "in the footsteps of legends". Also, lots of people PR and BQ here, or so I've heard. Of course it could be dumping buckets of rain and be completely miserable... hmmm

Deanna@MilesToRun said...

How about the Cellcom Green Bay marathon in WI? You can run through Lambeau Field. May 15th.