First off, I just wanted to say Thank You for all of your kind and encouraging words on my last post. It took a lot of gumption and a big change of heart for me to stand up for myself, and then recap that entire string of events, and I wanted to put it out there for anyone else who's ever been in the same position. The thing is, I'm realizing, is that I LET people take advantage of me far too often. I give people the benefit of the doubt A LOT because I tend to think that most people will do the right thing, but it turns out that's just not the case many times. No one is going to look out for you, but YOU. Hard life lesson to suck down right there. I don't think the world will ever turn this dreamer cold, and I'll probably always be the empathic, believer-in-all-that-is-good person but I realize I also need to make sure my needs are being met before trying to save the world :)
Now on to today's running business...
I'm currently looking for a fall half and open to suggestions. When I take another peek at the running goals I set back in January [side note: how is it MID July right now?!], I see I've got some wins and some losses. I had wanted to run 2 half marathons again this year, but the first couple months of 2014 were so hectic for me schedule-wise that I realized early on a Spring half was just not going to be a possibility. In addition, I wanted to run some more short distance races this year, including my first 10K, which I did back in April, so Yippee on that one! I've really enjoyed mixing up my workouts the first half of this year, and not having to train seriously for anything. While running is always a constant for me, it was nice not having to stick to a strict schedule since 5K's and 10K's didn't really require any training (although I really should start doing some speed work!). I also loved trying out some new workouts over the past several months like Barre and a new Boot camp. I am a workout junkie so sign me up for pretty much anything and I'm like a kid in a candy store.
Case in point - This is how varied my workouts were last week:
Sunday - Rest
Monday - 2.5 mi walk (morning); 30 min interval bike workout/2000m rowing/5 min abs (evening)
Tuesday - 5K run
Wednesday - 2.5 mi walk (morning); upper and lower body strength training/5 min abs (evening)
Thursday - 5K run
Friday - 2 mi walk (morning); 1 hour swim/10 min sauna (evening)
Saturday - 1.5 hour hike
Although I am really enjoying running just for running's sake right now, I'm kind of getting the itch to run a longer distance race again. Sooooooo, I've been prospecting fall halfs. My sister, who just ran her first half marathon EVER in March, has signed up for her second! She will be running the VIA Half Marathon back home in PA on Sept 7th. I considered running this race with her for quite some time, but just felt I wouldn't be prepared for the early Sept race date, plus I honestly think the weather the weekend after Labor Day is just too hot for a half marathon! I really don't feel like squeezing my 10, 11 and 12 miles runs into the last weeks of August, ie. 95 degree temps and 100% humidity here in Baltimore. However, I did briefly reconsider again when I saw this race is advertised as the 2nd fastest course in the US?!! WHAT?! I hope my sister PR's like a beast.
September is also going to be a busy month for me, as I'll be planting myself in the Deep South later that month to help my other sister out with Baby #3!!! Wheeeee! So, I'm setting my sights on October for a fall race. Although I'd absolutely love to make a trip out of it and go someplace new, I don't really have the funds for a destination race right now. So, I'm searching for something within driving distance - MD/DC/VA/DE/PA/NJ/NY. Wow, that's a lot of states. Hahaha, there's gotta be some good races in there somewhere. I've been checking out various half marathon calendars and am currently eyeing up the Hershey Half Marathon on October 19th (same weekend as the Runner's World Half & Festival, but I already ran that last year). Has anyone ever run Hershey? It seems like this may be a somewhat flat course which of course got my attention.
I'm also (somewhat reluctantly) considering the Baltimore Half Marathon, which I've somehow avoided all of the past 10 years I've lived in this city because the HILLS...MY GOD, THE HILLS! But, on the other hand, this just might be something I want to cross off my Baltimore bucket list before I move on...
And last but not least, I'm looking at the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 23, because I've always wanted to run a race in Philly and have yet to do so. However, Philadelphia weather at the end of November can be like running through the Arctic tundra. Man, I am really such a baby about running weather - too hot, too cold. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, BEAN!
So, there you have it. Pretty solid plans we're looking at here: a race, probably in October, somewhere along the eastern seaboard. Nothing like laying a solid foundation.
I would LOVE suggestions from anyone in the Northeast/Mid Atlantic area for a great fall half. If you are doing one, let me know and maybe we can do one together! And if you've done any of the races I've mentioned above, I'd love your feedback on them to help narrow down my choices.
Running any fall races? Where/What distance?