Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My 2011 Race Schedule

First, thanks to everyone who commented on my Oklahoma City Marathon race report. It was certainly a race to try to forget with large amounts of wine to remember. I think that I am finally to the point where I can move on from the slight disappointment at my performance. The reason? I ran this morning. I’ve gotten to the point that runs have become bookends on major life events. That is, they don’t become real until I’m able to pound the pavement for a few miles to internalize what happened.

 So, if I ever get hurt and can’t run I’m assuming that I’ll be in some sort of mental purgatory (like in Office Space!) where nothing seems real and there are no consequences! (This morning – did 5 miles at an average pace of 8:15. True to form, I had to stop around mile 4 to goto the bathroom. Good news is that it was helping me drop the 7 pounds I gained post marathon)

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The other day I was working catching up on twitter when Tricia told me that I needed to post my race schedule for the rest of the year. I haven’t had a chance to post it for a while (umm, like 4 months I guess!) so I figured that the least I could do was oblige. Honestly, the main reason that I hadn’t done it to this point was the fact that I have a little 5 month old gobbling up all of my free time like one of those hungry hungry hippos eats those little white marbles. Turns out, those are choking hazards! Who knew….

As I was putting together my race schedule, it seemed like races were falling into three categories: Animal, vegetable, or mineral

  • Marathons to either add to my 50 states goal or work towards Boston qualifying
  • A series of 5Ks that only cost $35 for all 5
  • Local races that I try to do every year

Here they are:



The marathons that are currently on my schedule are the Oklahoma City Marathon, the Marathon to Marathon (Iowa), and Rock and Roll Savannah. I’d love to do another early fall race if I could, let me know if you have any suggestions! The Marathon to Marathon is 20 miles from where I grew up and RnR Savannah is going to be my BQ 3:10 or 3:05 attempt come hell, high water, or peeing my pants.

The summer series was just too good to pass up. For $35 bucks, I get 5 really competitive, fairly large (500 people or so) races that will really challenge me from a speed standpoint. These are races that I can run a 18:30 5K and not finish alone – I’ll be jogging with people the entire way.

Does anyone else have any other races that they like to do every year? Turkey Trots are my fave – if I could do that one every weekend I would!

By the way (teaser alert) – tomorrow will be my 900th post. I might not get to it until Friday, but I’m going to try to make it fun.

36 comments:

Tricia said...

I have JUST the race for you in October. It's a half. A WOMENS half, and yours truly happens to be an ambassador for them...so I could probably slip you in.

:)

SeeJaneRun Champagne and Chocolate Half Oct.9th, Austin, Tx

AND

I will give you a place to stay.

youre welcome

Tricia said...

is it just me or is there something a little dirty about that comment...

giraffy said...

Long Beach is in October!

Crystal said...

my husband is planning on savannah to be his first full! i'm going to do the half. good luck bq'ing!

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I hate when I gain weight after races! What's up with that?

Come on over to Detroit for an International Marathon with Canada in Mid October. One of the few international marathons out there. Good luck on whatever you pick!

tahoegirl said...

October 16, 2011 and it would cross Michigan off your list. http://grandrapidsmarathon.com/ I'm toying with the idea of the full myself.

Kandi said...

I'm doing Marine Corps in October but it's full so you'd have to work to get in.
I do several races every year, the Turkey Day 5k being one of them. I have also raced the same 10k every year for the past 5 years. Done a particular 15k three years... basically I do a lot of repeat races.

Kate said...

I already put in my plug for Rock'n'Roll St. Louis.

I was just looking over my race schedule, and there aren't a whole lot of running races on there. I'll be keeping an eye out for ones that look fun...wouldn't be like me to plan too far ahead.

SquirrelHead said...

I am eying the Savannah race right now but I am not sure that I can pull the trigger on the full yet or not. I have a long way to go to be ready for that so I want to see how I am progressing before I decide.

Tracy said...

Twin Cities is a great marathon and it's on October 2nd!

Chris K said...

I am so predictable. You can pretty much find me here every year.

Jan - Carlsbad Marathon
Feb - Surf City U.S.A. Marathon
Oct - Long Beach Marathon

As I mentioned in my last post. I am willing to travel anywhere to run another race as long as you are paying for EVERYTHING.

RunningLaur said...

so, i hear that you're talking about SYTO5k to other people and not including me....

I've been looking for a double to do around the time of SYTO, so just don't do it when I'm doing my double, because I want to be there!!!

Laurie said...

Columbus Marathon in Ohio is fast and flat. And sorta cheap. A tiny bit boring for about 5 miles but otherwise great.

The Green Girl said...

I love small, local races where the proceeds go to a good cause.

Adrienne said...

Jury is still out on any more races for me in the short future. We shall see. Your marathon sounded very cold. And lightning cannot be safe. Glad you eventually turned back to the "normal" color.

C2Iowa said...

Looking forward to June.

I do hear that the Twin Cities put on a real good run.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I do a local 5K every year the weekend they decided to put on the RnR Savannah. So count me out.

Jennifer said...

I signed up for the summer series too. And now I find out it's "competitive." If you're not alone at 18:30 will it just be me and the javelina at 35:00? No, the javelina can probably run faster.

Jamoosh said...

Race schedules are over-rated and why does one have to post for the entire year? I don't get it.

No I am going to bask in the glow that is post #899!

Jamie said...

For the october misc marathon, you should consider the mt. Lemmon marathon in tucson!

Run with Jess said...

I like Halloween runs (act silly & dress in costume!)... and Xmas ones too.

JessiePants said...

What a deal 5 races for $35!
Every year, hmmm...
Frozen Buns 5K (Crested Butte) - New Years Eve
Everything else is fly by the seat of my pants.

I LOVED hungry hungry hippos and you just made me think the it is in fact a choking hazard.

SupermomE12 said...

Ok, what is up with weight gain after a marathon?? I don't carb load like crazy before (and watch calories since I am tapering) i don't go crazy eating afterwards and I only take a day or two off from running. It's so annoying!

Glad you are feeling better about your race. I just read somewhere that you aren't a REAL runner until you have a "bad" race, so take it as a badge of honor. :)

Runners Fuel said...

Great race schedule!

Nobel4Lit said...

October in CA -- Long Beach Marathon, Camarillo Marathon (same day, 10/9).

My race calendar is kinda small this year... next year, I've got bigger plans.

Emily said...

i wish the may 5k was one week earlier and i could do it too! one week...that's all i ask! ps want to run some time over the 18-22 weekend time?

BrianFlash said...

I got a few local races that stay on the calendar unless something big shows up. That Marathon to Marathon is so tempting - too bad it is a 8+ hour drive - I think the logistics just aren't going to work out...

Whitney said...

The trots are your fav?... uh... gross...

Pam said...

If you're up for a December marathon, check out the St. Jude Marathon weekend in Memphis.

Christina said...

love all the pics...sorry for the potty break. You should have put your hands over your head to mimic squatting to allow the poop to flow. The finisher medal is very cool.

Average A said...

I would also say Twin Cities in October, but I'm also a former Minneapolitan.... really, though, it's a perfect weather, mostly flat, very scenic race.

You can always head west, young man, though I'm not sure the courses out here are ideal BQ courses.

Ryan said...

Kansas City Marathon in October! http://falkeetriathlon.blogspot.com/2010/10/kansas-city-marathon-race-report.html - that's my report from last year.

By the way, would you mind doing a race survey for OKC marathon for my blog project? Thanks!

http://falkeetriathlon.wufoo.com/forms/multisport-event-satisfaction-survey/

bobbi said...

I'm also voting Twin Cities :)

Anonymous said...

Not a fall marathon - but you should check out the Bix7 in Davenport, IA on July 30, 2011. Great race!!!!

Christina said...

When is the Sweat Your Thorns 5K? I'm looking forward to it.

PhyllinPhat said...

Wow...the long list of races in your post in the comments sound SOO intersting. I simply plan on doing the Vegas half and possible the stair run in Bisbee....

How are the scottsdale summer series runs? I was thinking of trying them out this summer too.