Race season is here -- I know there's stuff all year, and especially here in the South, springtime is race-heavy, but I loooove racing in fall. It's cool, nice out, and though weather is iffy, I find myself breathing easier, relaxing, and enjoying the weather a whole heck of a lot more. With that, I've got lots on my plate for this fall and upcoming spring. I am so excited about, I just had to share!
October 7 - Allstate ATL 13.1 Marathon Series, Atlanta, GA
This is the race entry I won from The Running Teacher. Running for fun, see what I'm capable of, and enjoying my first half in Atlanta but not taking it too seriously, since the next one (two weeks later!) is the one I really want to conquer and make my best race this season. I have a sorority sister running this one too, so maybe we'll just cruise through together and make it a fun running adventure anyway.
October 21 - Athens Half Marathon, Athens, GA
Being new to Athens last year, I knew I wasn't ready to run it (mostly because I'd hardly been running at that point), so I volunteered at race start and finish instead. This year, the course is difference (and not utterly crazy), so I signed up. Of these three coming up soon, this is the one I'm aiming to run seriously and do some mad work at.
November 10 - Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon, Orlando, FL
SO excited about this race -- first race with Disney and after hearing nothing but magical things, I can't even control myself. I signed up for this pretty much the day it opened in like April so I can't believe it's now only 36 days away! Wheeee! This will be Heather's first half so I'm super excited to take this easy for me and help her rock her first to the finish! And more importantly, ready to party at Epcot afterwards until 4 am. Yes please! There's also a ton of folks we're doing this with that I know from the student affairs world and a few other folks, so I'm excited for a truly friend run-cation away from our real adult lives -- what better way than Disney? And wine? Win!
December 26 - Operation Jack Half Marathon, Los Angeles, CA
I think I might regret signing up for a half for the day after Christmas, but I'm really excited about this one! (Really, I'm excited for all of them, let's be honest). This one is from a father's quest for his son, which I just love -- we all know I love people's stories, and this one just got me. Plus, it's about 6 weeks out from the full marathon, so it'll give me a great idea of where I am at in my training. And it's while I'm home for the holidays, so it kind of just made sense.
February 3- Surf City Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA
THE. FIRST. FULL. MARATHON. Eeeeep! I chose this one at home because a) I think it'll be comforting running on my home turf, with the hopes that I'll have family there to cheer me on!, b) the course is heavily on the sidewalk lining the beach so the scenery alone makes it worth it, c) I've got folks doing it with me (Kasey is doing the full, and Heather, Katy Beth and Nicole [maybe!] are doing the half) so that's always fun! While Kasey and I signed up for this in April, I officially started training today so you know... it's real now.
There you have it! The fun all the way through February! I've got some on my radar for spring, but I've got enough to keep me entertained and plenty busy now!
What races are you doing this fall/winter? Joining me for any of these?