Running has become so much more to me than something that I have to do. While I'm not saying that I'm always rip-roaring to go when I head out the door to go run, I do look forward to it and feel lazy if I go more than a day without running. I joined a running club, and it's been so motivational and inspirational to run with other people. And depending on the day, it really keeps my pace faster.
I'm hooked. People warned me. And because I'm hooked, I've signed up/committed myself to a number of races coming up and planned a few others.
Here's what's on the books/planned:
November 20: Women's Running Magazine Half Marathon
I'm already registered, and I'm excited to make this half marathon #2. Last year there were 6,000 people running, which is only a little smaller than the Wine and Dine. The start is only 45 minutes from my house, so I won't have to stay in a hotel the night before, which is nice. The course is flat, and we get to run through Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays play. And, it's sponsored by Publix, so I'm thinking there should be some good post-race food.
November 24: Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 8k
This is at home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I hope that my dad, mom, and sister will come cheer me on. My dad and sister haven't seen me run, so I would love for them to get to see me. Plus, it's an 8k, which is a distance I haven't run, so it'll be a clear PR.
December 17: 23rd Annual Say No To Drugs 10k
This seems to be a pretty big race. I haven't signed up yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll be doing it. It only costs $19, which is a good price for a chip timed race. And, it'll be a reason to keep running after the Women's Half and Turkey Trot.
January 8: Walt Disney World Marathon Relay
The Marathon Relay is a new event this year. Someone at work asked if I wanted to do it with him, and I was super thrilled. I get to run the first half of the marathon (a half marathon) through Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Then, we tag off and he takes the second half, which is the route that I ran in the Wine and Dine. He said he's run through Magic Kingdom so many times in previous races that he wanted to do the second half. I'm excited too because I love Disney blink. I'll get the Chip and Dale Medal on the right, which I think is really cute!
February 12: Rock 'N Roll St. Pete Half Marathon
I already signed up for this one when I found a discount code, and I can't wait to participate in my first Rock 'n' Roll event. I'm hoping to collect some of the heavy medals this year (where they give you more medals depending on how many Rock 'N' Roll events you do). I'm sure there will be HUGE numbers at this race, and I'm looking forward to it. It will be half marathon #4, and I'm hoping that by this point I'll be able to break 2:00:00. That's my goal.
Those are my plans up until February at this point. I'm sure I'll fill in a few weekends with shorter races, but I'm scared to run events and not PR. I'm afraid it will discourage me, and I have to talk myself out of that fear.
What races do you have coming up? Anyone else coming down to the Disney Marathon Weekend? It would be fun to do a meetup!
I'm off to Naples in the morning to go to an amazing weekend! I'll take pictures! :)