Fall Running Schedule

While I do keep my race schedule here on the blog, I wanted to do a quick preview of my races for the fall.  I’m running for Team New Skin for the next few months (check out their awesome products!) and I’m super excited to be part of the program and to promote the brand and meet new friends along the way.

I have to admit, the days of maybe running two races a year seem so far away.  I feel like my fall schedule is fairly “easy,” but I’m sure many would disagree.

October 7 – Annapolis Striders’ Metric Marathon.  Kim and I have decided to not run this race after all.  She’s coming off of an injury, and 16 miles probably isn’t a great idea on my body with my max being 13 right now.  The goal is to finish the month healthy.

October 13 – Baltimore Half Marathon.  This will be a breeze after the previous weekend.  Except for the hills.  Baltimore is a hilly course.  But I am looking forward to it just the same.   I ran the last 7 miles of this last year as part of the Marathon Relay, which was a blast, but this year, I opted to participate in the Maryland Double – Frederick Half in the spring and Baltimore Half in the fall.  Should be a fun race.  Not setting any time goals, just out to have fun.

October 21 – Army Ten Miler.  Due to a slow start, last year I very nearly got diverted to the finish at the five mile mark.  It was unexpected and I do not want to risk that happening again. For those unfamiliar with this race, there is a 9:35am (I believe) cutoff at the 5 mile mark. It’s based on the time of day, not the time the last runner crosses the start line as with other races.  I understand why, but I got blocked out in the crowds last year, which made for some slow early miles.  This year, I’m going to do my best to get out of that pack and push the first five miles, then sit back and enjoy the run for the last five.

November 3 – Downs Park Five Miler.  Another race in the Champs Series.  I’ll probably tack onto this to get in a solid long run for marathon training.

November 18 – Philadelphia Half Marathon.  I signed up for this one on a whim, mostly because I’ve heard it’s a great race.  Depending on how my marathon training is going, I might push this one a bit.  No PR in the cards for me right now, but it’d be nice to pull out a solid finish, ideally a sub-3.  We’ll see though.  Again, my fall races are all no pressure leading up to January’s marathon.

December 9 – Anniversary Run 15K.  The last race in the Champs Series. I have missed too many races to be eligible for an award (not that I would be anyway), but it’s been a great series.  10 races for $20.  I’m definitely signing up again next year.

December 15 – Celtic Solstice 5 Miler.  I love this race.  It’s not cheap, but the swag makes it worth it (the cost of the race is usually the retail cost of the shirt).  It’s a great way to end the year.

So there you have it.  My remaining 2012 races.   October will certainly be busy, with races nearly every weekend, but as long as I run smart, it shouldn’t be a problem at all.  And that’s the plan. Run smart and have fun.


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