Thursday, June 9, 2011

A (Wo)Man with a Fall Race Plan + Sometimes Weekly Wishlist

Thanks so much for all your excellent advice on the fall marathon debate.  I've decided to not run a fall marathon.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, I know.  I decided that if I did attempt to train for it, and suddenly became way too busy (definitely a possibility) it would be the least of my priorities.  I can't even bring myself to run a 10k or 5k half-assed, so I would be kicking myself if I had to line up for 26.2 miles feeling un-prepared or worse, dropping out entirely.

To calm my sadness over this decision, I went in to race planning OVERDRIVE this weekend.  Next on the agenda is a local 10k on July 4th.  I did the 5k last year, and it was a blast.  There are also local (free!) Monday night 3k and 5k races for the month of June.  Depending on the weather on June 20th and 27th, I may hop in for those as well.

After the 4th of July 10k, my 10 week training will start up for the Sioux Falls half marathon, my goal race for the fall.  This'll be my 7th consecutive year running this race, yayzies!  I hope to run at least one 5k in July and possibly pace the Minnesota Half Marathon in St. Paul in August.  I absolutely loved pacing the Mankato half last year, and really want to do it again.

If all goes as planned, I may have another shot at PR busting in October in Fargo for the Fargo FM half marathon.  Flat course..... chilly weather.... 13.1 miles..... Fargo redemption?  Yes please!

There's a small chance I could be pacing the Mankato half again in lieu of or in addition to the Minnesota half, depending on what happens.  Let me know if you'll be doing any of these races.  Don't you just love a full race schedule?!?!? :D


I saw this on Aron's blog and  Seriously.  KK, half birthday gift?  K sweet.
Naturally after I drafted this blogpost, I saw Megan tweet that she had got a new hoodie in the mail.  And then saw another tweet from Jenn about the same hoodie.  Hoodie TWINSIES.
Sidenote:  Anyone at first glance think this chick looks like me?  Creeps me out whenever I scroll through this post quick.....

I'm always on the look out for a great green dress. 

Holy mother of cuteness.  I've had a mini Hello Kitty lovefest lately.  Still debating getting the HK sleep mask from a past post (my current sleep mask is in a dire state).

I have this weird obsession with hot air balloons. This is so freaking beautiful.


Aron said...

Sounds like you made the smart choice for a fall race schedule. Sometimes running the shorter stuff is way more fun!!!

Ahh the hoodie - my favorite thing right now :)

Jen said...

I'm running the Mankato Half and would love for you to pace me! I started with you last year and then made the mistake of going to fast and then was passed by your group in the end. Not this year! :)

Nobel4Lit said...

More Fargo races? Will I have to fly back there?! Ha ha... good luck!

kimi said...

I have the RUN hoodie too. It is AMAZEBALLS.

Wealth is Health said...

I haven't done any races in MN, but I may have to look into the Mankato one or something... that would be fun to run with a fellow blogger :)

Anonymous said...

I had a similar debate last year, I wanted to run a fall full so badly, but I also needed a break from the full training. I sent my sights on the half and I majorly PR-ed! It was fabulouso! I've always wanted to be a pacer in a half or full, one day, one day. I am pacing my brother in his first full this fall, does that count? Also, hot air balloons are suweet! My mom is taking a ride in one for her 60th birthday in a few weeks! She said all she wanted was to take a ride in a balloon and drink some Cristal. You know, like what P.Diddy and other hip-hop moguls drink. I'm not even kidding, I couldn't make that up if I wanted to.

Richelle said...

I really want to pace a race sometime. Do you have any suggestions for low-key races where I could do that? Mankato could be an option.

Jessie said...

The Hello Kitty speakers are adorable! And that RUN hoodie is a must have! Thinking about getting it for myself! =)

..:danielle:.. said...

this post makes me happy and sad at the same time :/ wish we lived closer, i know youll kill your 10k & 5k times (more time to work on your speed)... so much for the book i sent ;) xo (and im pretty sure im buying that hoodie...creepily does look like you though)

Anonymous said...

The race sched looks like we'll be seeing some PRs on your agenda :) That's a lot of 5K/10K speed practice, whicih will prep those legs just right for a half-mara love day! Mmmhm.

Susan said...

I have the RUN hoodie too! LOOOOOOOVE.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

agreed the Run hoodie rocks the house.

i love that you have a race you have done for so many years. I think it's a great way to easily judege yoru progress year over year1